ACT - Autism Community Training
Information Officer- Job Description
Overall Purpose of the Position
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Information Officer
will provide one-to-one support and information to parents of children
with ASD. He/she will gather information on ASD resources in British
Columbia for inclusion in information provided by ACT through its
web-site and by mail. He/she will collaborate with other organizations
and government agencies, to enhance the understanding of issues
related to the well-being of individuals with ASD for families,
professionals and the community throughout BC
The Information Officer must have a criminal record
Hours per week: 35 hours, Monday to Friday
8:30 AM to 5 PM
Education and Training
Required: Bachelor's degree in social sciences, nursing, education,
youth and child care or related field.
Previous experience providing support to families who have children
with disabilities preferred. Experience working in some capacity
with children who have ASD preferred. Experience working for not-for-profit
agencies an asset and previous experience working in government
or in the health or education fields an asset.
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities required
· Excellent command of the English language. Knowledge of
a second language, in particular
Cantonese, Mandarin or Punjabi, an asset.
· Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders, early intervention,
treatment approaches and practices,
issues surrounding ASD and provision of services to
children and their families required. Knowledge of
multi-cultural issues related to providing family support,
· Excellent oral, written, facilitation and interpersonal
· Demonstrated teamwork skills.
· Well developed planning, organizing, decision-making skills.
· Ability to deal tactfully and sensitively with child and
· Ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Ability to maintain a positive, professional, non-judgmental
· Ability to work effectively with professionals, government
employees, community groups and agencies.
· Ability to maintain records and provide reports of activities.
· Ability to function independently, frequently under pressure,
while managing multiple activities
including effectively managing emergency situations
is an ongoing expectation.
· Computer literate.
· Ability to be flexible and innovative in providing support
and information support, including ability to
research using a variety of sources, including the
· Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
· Provide information and support to parents following their
child's diagnosis of ASD on best practices,
treatment options and services available through government
· Strengthen and support families in their role as decision-makers
on behalf of their child and
themselves by providing information about on-going
· Continue to provide support and information to parents
in the post-diagnostic period and throughout
the childhood and adolescence of the individual with
ASD when requested.
· Support existing community groups that support families
of children with ASD and encourage the
founding of new informal community networks by putting
parents of children with ASD in touch with
· Gather information on services that can be of use to families
and individuals with ASD to be included in
the information available on the ACT website and by
Collaboration with Other Organizations and Government
· Work in collaboration with the regional health authorities,
including the regional representatives of
BCAAN - the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network,
to support families during the diagnostic
and assessment period and when ongoing health services
· Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Children and
Family Development in supporting parents of
children with ASD to provide information about policies
and practices within the Ministry that apply to
the provision of services to children with ASD and
· Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and
Related Disorders and school districts to support school-aged
children with ASD to improve
home/school cooperation focusing on the educational
and therapeutic needs of the student.
· Work with community agencies to raise awareness of the
changing needs of children with ASD
throughout their lifespan to encourage meaningful inclusion
while addressing the need for autism
specific therapeutic and behavioural supports.
· Support capacity building throughout the province to address:
diagnostic and assessment needs,
training of families of children with ASD, support
to professionals working with children with ASD and
· Assist families by providing them with information about
ASD, best practices in treatment approaches,
resources, and services available.
· Make referrals to other community resources as appropriate.
· Maintain comprehensive, up-to-date files; ensure necessary
forms are complete.
· Prepare reports and compile statistical records as required
· Support families in their roles as self-advocates.
· Support families to make informed decisions.
· Liaise with between families, government and other agencies
about eligibility and resources available
to support a child with ASD and their family.
· Attend meetings as required representing ACT.
· Attend staff meetings of ACT as required.
· Participate in training opportunities as approved or directed
by the E.D.