Apply By: Monday, January 30, 2023 11:59 pm EST


Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch
Job Term:
1 Temporary , Part-Time (up to 25 hours per week- September to June recurring)
Job Code:
50466 - Residence Counsellor 2
$26.55 - $29.21 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
The W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind is a community-based school for students who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind, under the Ministry of Education, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch with the tradition and reputation for meeting the academic, personal, social, emotional, and developmental needs of the individual children.

The student lodging program is an extension of the school program for students who do not live close enough to access daily transportation and runs from Monday – Friday during the school year.

Academic and student lodging programs support each other in the provision of a comprehensive curriculum. The School Principal and Student Support Manager work together toward a successful experience for all students.

Learning continues after the daily academic program in after school programs that promote:
  • Language & communication
  • Life skills
  • Social skills
  • Independence

Student support staff are invested in facilitating every student's growth and independence.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of students who are blind and/or visually impaired? Do you have a background in child development, experience in a childcare related field and the ability to facilitate effective programs for students who are blind and/or visually impaired? If so, this career opportunity with the Ministry of Education, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch, may be of interest to you.

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What can I expect to do in this role?

  • Provide supervision, guidance, intervention, and instruction for students who are blind, and/or visually impaired in planned and organized programs in student lodging in a school setting.
  • Plan, organize and implement customized individual and group programs designed to meet the personal, social, emotional, and developmental needs of students who are blind and/or visually impaired using a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Supervise, guide, and instruct students who are blind and/or visually impaired.
  • Provide sound physical care and maintain a safe/secure environment for students in the student lodging program.

How do I qualify?


  • Community college certificate and/or equivalent training, education and working experience in a child related field.
  • Current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR.
  • Current certification in defensive driving and Behaviour Management Systems.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience working with students who are blind and/or visually impaired.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate effective individualized developmental, social/life skill programs to meet the needs of students who are visually impaired and who may have additional challenges.
  • Knowledge of orientation and mobility needs of students who are visually impaired.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation/policies/procedures/guidelines/practices that address student care and safety.
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively with students, parents, staff, and other professionals.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds to assist with student transfers.
  • Willingness and ability to work shifts.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary - PartTime, duration up to 10 months, 350 Brant Ave, Brantford, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Health and Social Services
Posted on:
Monday, January 16, 2023
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    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

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  4. Be sure to quote the Job ID number for this position.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, January 30, 2023 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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