Careers With Purpose

Make an Impact

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What you do matters! SARC Members support people experiencing intellectual disabilities in all aspects of their lives, and employees tailor these services according to the unique needs (developmental, behavioural, health, social) and life goals of each person. Working with people experiencing disabilities brings new and exciting challenges and rewards on a daily basis. You get to be a part of celebrating everyday accomplishments and major milestones in the lives of the people you support.

Join us in helping people experiencing intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential.

Check out the most recent SARC Awards recipients for inspiration.

Total Compensation and Rewards

SARC Members offer competitive wages, pension, and benefits packages. A variety of shifts exist for flexible scheduling and great work/life balance. You’ll find SARC Members value supportive and fun working environments where you can truly bring your passions to work – and that is priceless!

Earn While You Learn

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Disability Service Professionals require a variety of skills to support people experiencing intellectual disabilities to live healthy, safe, and meaningful lives, including personal care, healthcare supports, and mobility assistance. While these skills can be learned through post-secondary education, employees can also earn while they learn through on-the-job training programs.

Visit SARC Learning Central to learn more about training programs and events, including SARC’s COMPASS Training Package, a collection of training programs available to employees of SARC Member organizations at no cost, making it even easier to get the training you need for success in the Disability Service sector.

Career Pathways

There are a variety of training opportunities, workshops, and conferences that are available to you to support your career progression in the field of disability services. When you learn and grow in your career and network with your peers, you will quickly realize that you are part of something great!

SARC Members have a number of career paths in service delivery, supervision, administration, and leadership. The Disability Service sector is full of examples of career advancement and lateral movement to different areas of service delivery.

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You May be a Good Fit if You:

Believe that all people should be respected for their uniqueness and contributions.
Believe that everyone deserves opportunities for shared experiences and personal growth.
Enjoy supporting people to set and reach goals that are important to them.
Are reliable, open-minded, and flexible.

Job Summaries

The following are some of the types of positions that may be available at a SARC Member organization.

Assists and supports people, according to their documented person-centred plans, to make and act on choices in their life with a focus on maximizing independence and quality of life. Supports could include personal care, accessing health and community services, accessing social/recreational/volunteer activities, and life skills development. Supports vary depending on each individual’s specific needs and goals and range from living independently and working in the community, to 24/7 support for those with complex behavioural and medical needs. Direct Support Professionals work in a variety of settings, including in a person’s home and the places where the person being supported chooses to spend their time – the workplace is the community!

Supports people experiencing disability to prepare for, obtain or maintain employment. Assists with pre-employment skills, career planning, job search, and transitioning to the workplace. Builds connections with employers with a view to identifying or developing potential job opportunities. Works with both the employer and employee to support the employment relationship (i.e., acting as a liaison or providing job coaching) until natural supports are established in the workplace.

Oversees the support provided to people who receive services from the organization. Supervises, coaches and supports assigned Direct Support Professionals. Responsible for scheduling and time keeping for a particular group(s) of staff. Monitors to ensure that the goals and objectives of people being supported are being addressed, and assists Direct Support Professionals in their duties.

Works with people and their support networks to develop, implement, and evaluate person-centred plans designed to maximize their independence and quality of life. Ensures person-centred plans address life goals as well as developmental, behavioural, health, and social needs. Facilitates discussion with community partners related to accessing resources and support strategies within the community as may be necessary. Provides training on service delivery to Direct Support Professionals and Team Leaders and acts as a resource, particularly in the area of positive behaviour supports. May have supervisory duties.

Performs administrative and clerical functions for the organization. Duties could include: reception, word processing, data entry, maintenance of filing systems, meeting scheduling, and inventory/supplies ordering. May perform certain accounting functions to prepare financial information (i.e. financial statements, budgets). May perform certain human resource functions (i.e. employee payroll and benefits).

Provides input into the organization’s strategic agenda and holds a leadership responsibility for a segment of the organization’s services or programs. This could include financial responsibilities, human resources, and service delivery responsibilities. This position may be second in command and may be used as part of the succession planning strategy for the Executive Director.

Holds overall responsibility for all aspects of the organization’s operations, including service delivery, human resources, finances, facilities, public relations, and government/funder relations. Is accountable for the organization’s relationships with people supported by the organization and their networks, employees, suppliers, community partners, funders, etc. Is responsible for the successful leadership, management, and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of the organization according to Board direction.

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