The G.R.O.W. Program Coordinator provides participants with a safe, educational, and positive program experience. Program Coordinators are responsible for the development and implementation of individualized intervention plans that focus on supporting participants in achieving their self-identified goals, commonly related to community living. Examples of life skills areas addressed include home management, money management, cooking, cleaning, shopping, managing health and safety, community mobility, social skills, self-determination, self-advocacy, self-regulation and self-management. The Program Coordinator provides both group-based and one-to-one intervention. G.R.O.W. focuses on providing collaborative, person-centred and evidence-based services. Implementation of program activities are be overseen by the G.R.O.W. Executive Director in conjunction with the G.R.O.W. Board.
The role of G.R.O.W. Program Coordinator is typically held by an occupational therapist; however we are open to considering other professionals with relevant experience and education; for example, those with backgrounds in social work, education, psychology, community health, disability studies and so forth.
The G.R.O.W. Program Coordinator must demonstrate strong leadership and organizational skills, encourage and develop opportunities for experiential learning, have a positive attitude, use person-first language, and be sensitive to the strengths and needs of our participants.
Education & Training
- Master of Occupational Therapy or bachelor's degree in OT, or another professional degree in a related field as above.
- 2 or more years of experience in programming for youth/young adults with special needs is considered an asset.
- Experience in developing and implementing life skills learning modules including individualized programming that focuses on maximizing an individual’s strengths to support independence.
- Experience administering the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), the Adult Sensory Profile, and the INICO-FEAPs Quality of life measure is an asset.
Skills and Abilities
- Strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
- Strong organizational and leadership skills.
- Well established documentation and report writing skills.
- Able to participate in and contribute to a team environment.
- Ability to effectively promote and market the G.R.O.W. Program.
- Able to conduct self in a professional manner.
- Skills in adapting and grading and development of individualized intervention plans.
- Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and funding bodies.
- Successful completion of child abuse registry and criminal record check.
- A valid Emergency First Aid with Basic Rescuer CPR Level C. Certification must be renewed every three years.
- Proficient working knowledge of MS Office.
Planning and Program Implementation
- Develop overall program goals and objectives, guidelines and timelines.
- Deliver life skills education using a holistic approach that focuses on enhancing independent living skills to maximize an individual’s potential.
- Facilitate the achievement of participants' self-identified goals.
- Assess and evaluate participants’ progress on an ongoing basis.
- Provide regular written progress reports.
- Evaluate goodness-of-fit for new program applicants.
- Follow G.R.O.W. Program Policy and Procedures.
- Assist in the hiring and supervision of all employees and volunteers, contract staff and educational facilitators.
- Provide training and professional development opportunities for facilitators.
- Document and report on the progress of individuals’ goals on a daily/weekly basis.
- Develop procedures for collecting program information.
- Assist with funding applications and reports to funders and other stakeholder as required.
- Participate in program evaluation and other research activities.
- Provide professional support to G.R.O.W. committees as required.