Position: Specialist, Intervenor for the Deafblind community

Term: Full-time

Location: Ottawa (Cover Ottawa & Kingston area)

Summary of Primary Responsibilities:

Covering a broad range of duties and responsibilities including acting as a communicator and sighted guide to individuals with a combined loss of hearing and sight. The incumbent provides access to information and facilitates the interaction between the individual and their environment.

Essential duties entail, but not limited to:

  • Works with the Manager/Supervisor Deafblind Community Services, to effectively meet the needs of individuals.
  • Provides one on one service and support to individuals who are Deafblind in the home or in the community; Assists individuals with tasks as required.
  • Facilitates access to information for individuals to gather information, learn concepts and skills to make an informed decision, and acts as interpreter and sighted guide.
  • Assists in accessing Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario (VLRO) and CNIB Foundation services as well as community services; Provides intervention services at retreats (i.e., workshops, retreats, CNIB camps).
  • Assists client in pursuing community-based recreation, education, vocation, social and self-advocacy; Supports client in literacy and learning opportunities
  • Performs administrative duties such as reports and service tracking upon request.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated understanding of theories and principles of intervention.
  • Knowledgeable of Deafblindness and common associated health related concerns in all life stages (children to seniors).
  • Knowledge of multiple communication methods i.e. Two Hand Manual, American Sign Language, etc.
  • Well-developed communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Well organized with the ability to time manage and set priorities.
  • Demonstrated good customer service with a supportive attitude.
  • Self-directed, organized, with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated individual centered approach and commitment.
  • Mature and professional attitude.
  • Adheres to the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct set forth by the Deafblind Community Services Program.


Experience and Education:

  • A diploma or degree in intervention for Deafblind individuals or related work experience in the field of Deafblindness would be an asset.
  • Experience or a willingness to learn and practice alternate formats of communications i.e. Two Hand Manual, American Sign Language, etc.
  • Willingness to learn Braille.
  • Good command of relevant computer applications.
  • Travel will be required. Must be available to travel to individual’s home and to their appointments.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.


Closing Date for Applications: July 31, 2019

CNIB Deafblind Community Services is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity. If you need this job posting in an alternative format or if you require accommodation measures, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

Please send your Cover Letter and Resume to careers@deafblindservices.ca indicating the Job Title, Term and Location in the subject line, and mention how you learned of this position. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a Vulnerable Sector Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB Deafblind Community Services, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.