Autism Skills Worker - EIBI - Child & Adolescent Services - Mental Health & Addictions

July 20 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Health, Medical, Health, Medical, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology
Amherst, NS

Req ID: 101585
Location: Northern Zone, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre
Company: NSHA
Department: MHA NZ Autism CRH

Type of Employment: Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: CUPE

Posting Closing Date: 4-Aug-21

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Autism Skills Worker (ASW) with the Early Intensive Behavioural Interventional Clinical Intervention (EIBI) Program works under the direct supervision of the EIBI Clinical Interventionist (CI) who is a master’s prepared Psychologist, Speech Language-Pathologist, Board Certified Behavioural Interventionist or Occupational Therapist, with oversight by the Mental Health & Addictions Manager. The ASW provides direct early intensive services to young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their family. Working as a member of an Interdisciplinary team, the EIBI ASW provides evidenced-based interventions Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and/or Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) for children and their families in their natural environments including home and daycares.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Child Studies or equivalent degree with supporting courses in child development
  • One (1) year experience in interventions with pre-school aged children required. Specific experience with young children with ASD preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of family-centred care and limits of competency
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary and interagency teams in a variety of settings
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills working with multi-level health provider disciplines
  • Excellent time management skills, high degree of initiative
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to take direction and implement intervention plans.
  • Excellent observation and problem solving skills
  • First Aid and CPR certification and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective change agent with good team building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to accept and use constructive criticism for personal and professional growth.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies.
  • Ability to think creatively, critically and solve complex problems
  • Values diversity, social inclusion and team work
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate word processing applications, electronic mail, spread sheets, and internet
  • Employees are responsible to access training, education and awareness of safety (occupational health and safety and patient safety annually
  • Valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle is required.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) and a Child Abuse Registry to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be screened on the above qualifications. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the knowledge and competencies in their cover letter and resume. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

Hours of Work

Full-time (100%) long-assignment; 75.00 hours bi-weekly.

With an anticipated start date of September 1, 2021 and an expected end date of September 1 2022 (approximately 12 months).

These dates are approximate and may be subject to change.

Travel is required, must have valid Driver's License.

Evening hours may be required.

Salary Information

Autism Skills Worker (HC61):

$28.35 - $33.08 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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