Organization Overview

Learning Disabilities Society is a growing, innovative, research-based, non-profit charitable organization serving children with Learning Challenges. In collaboration with academic institutions, LDS offers individualized, evidence-based programs that target student-specific learning needs. Our growing programs and services currently operate from our Learning Centers in East Vancouver and North Vancouver, as well as from six In-School locations. We provide sustainable, affordable and individualized programs to ensure that all children have an opportunity to realize their full potential. Our goal is to ensure that No Student is Left Behind. 

Through early intervention, we support students at a critical time in their life, leading to profound, positive change in student life outcomes. We are scaling-up our organization and service provision with the ultimate goal to effect system change with material and wide-ranging societal benefits.

Work term: May 11 -August 21 2020 (15 weeks)

Job Location: Vancouver and North Vancouver 

Wage: $17.00/hour (potentially more for more experienced candidates)

Hours per Week: 35

Number of Positions: Vancouver: up to 2  North Vancouver: up to 4

* some of these positions may be dependent on Canada Summer Jobs funding. Other positions may be reserved for Co-operative Education students.

Supervised by: Executive Director and Associate Director of Learning Support

Job description

Are you passionate about making an impact in your community, and changing the lives of children with learning disabilities? Are you interested in going into a career in education, special education, psychology, communications, or the non-profit charitable sector? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you.

This summer, the Learning Disabilities Society of Greater Vancouver (LDS)  is launching the LDS RISE Summer Camps. These week-long camps will focus on helping students with learning challenges develop new skills in a fun, hands-on program. We are looking for enthusiastic LDS RISE Summer Camp Leads to help make this camp a success.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Work with LDS staff and instructors in May and June to finalize the programming of camp activities and itineraries, and prepare for upcoming camps.

  • Shadow staff through individual student intake assessments of children with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities.

  • Summer Camp Leads must be able to prepare and lead a variety of programs and activities including sports, games, arts and crafts in July and August. The Summer Camp Lead position will be a critical part of providing safe, quality camp activities, with the support of LDS trained instructors.

  • Work with students with learning disabilities in grades 3-5. Supervise camper group throughout the camp program (max 8 children per camp).

  • Lead camp participants in fun indoor and outdoor activities to build on the camp themes that encourage teamwork, social skills, and outdoor exploration and games:

    • RISE and Tell: Work closely with camp participants to teach them the skills to create their own stories to share, through written word, plays, graphic novels, poetry and more. 

    • RISE and Solve: Work with children with learning disabilities to investigate and solve all sorts of problems, including puzzles, math games and more. 

  • Providing camp participants with daily individual learning disabilities Society instruction to provide focused assistance on projects taking place within the camp (e.g. writing tasks).

  • Perform other related duties, as required to deliver a quality LDS Rise Summer camps program

  • Summer program staff are expected to be fully available on weekdays during all camp sessions (6-7 weeks in July and August) and should be prepared to work at either the North or East Vancouver location. [SSG NOTE: if we have to do separate applications for each location, is this still a requirement? If so, we’ll need to note this earlier in the application where it asks about location. Will they fund a program in North Van if CSJ candidates are being asked to work in two different districts?]

  • Perform other related duties, as required to deliver a quality LDS Rise Summer camps program.


  • Current enrollment in a Bachelors or Masters degree program in Education, Psychology, Communications, or other relevant discipline (or two years of post-secondary education or equivalent education/work experience).

  • Enthusiastic about working with children and creating a fun, supportive program for students with learning differences.

  • Experience working with children in an educational and/or recreational setting.

  • Outgoing with outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Well organized with excellent leadership abilities.

  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills. Candidates must be able to work effectively with children, communicate well with parents, and work cooperatively with LDS staff.

  • Self-directed and strong work ethic.

Special Job Requirements

  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a Criminal Record Check prior to the start date.

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certificate. (This certification must be completed prior to the beginning of camp sessions, July 1, 2020 and may be provided by LDS).

  • Equity: LDS is committed to employment equity and believes that a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission. We encourage applicants of all genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and with a range of life experiences to apply.

  • Individuals who have diagnosed or suspected learning disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Accessibility: Please note, LDS’s main office space is located on the ground floor of the building.

Please send you resume and cover letter as ONE PDF to Rachel Forbes, Executive Director,

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