Residential Supervisor

Bonny Lea Farm is a not-for-profit charitable organization providing residential and vocational supports for adults who live with the challenge of an intellectual disability. We operate 8 homes on our main campus along with one home in the local community. Situated on over 80 acres near Chester, our infrastructure includes a vocational centre, our homes, barns and other outbuildings, and a Work Activity Centre. We employ more than 70 individuals all of whom are focused on supporting the men and women who live and work within our programs.

As a result of internal promotions, we are recruiting for a:

Residential Supervisor
(Full-time, Permanent)

Duties & Responsibilities

As part of our residential program leadership team, the Supervisor is responsible to support the work of our front-line counsellors and support workers by ensuring that they have the tools, skills, and competencies to meet the needs of our participants living in our licensed group and small option homes. Our residential program operates under the premise that as employees we are working in the participant's homes. While safety and security of participants is paramount, the principles of inclusion, participation, contribution, and managed risk form the daily foundation of our work.

Through a leading and coaching approach, the Supervisor supports employees and participants in solving problems that arise within the areas of daily household operation and management. The Supervisor ensures that individual programs are developed and followed and supports the overall structures that need to be in place to ensure that our homes and programs meet our standards along with the licensing requirements of the Department of Community Services. Supervisors support: program planning, the medical care of participants, emergency planning and responses, team meetings to monitor program effectiveness, contact with participant families, and developing supportive responses.

The ideal candidate enjoys a workday that is guided by the needs of our participants and who enjoys supporting others in solving problems. As we are a unionized work environment, the candidate is extremely comfortable using a collective agreement to guide their work in relation to supporting our employees including performance management, entitlements and benefits, and when absolutely necessary, progressive discipline. The candidate also enjoys developing relationships with others and using their knowledge and understanding to respond to issues that arise in our homes. Someone will be well matched to this role if: they are able to laugh and enjoy the fun things that happen when you help to provide quality life experiences for others, they are detail oriented, organized, and comfortable using technology, they are responsive to and comfortable with ever changing priorities.

The Supervisor works a rotational schedule which will include mainly afternoon and evenings but with some days. The schedule also includes a period of one week every month of after hours on call support to our Shift Leaders and Counsellors in the homes. On call support can include dealing with medical emergencies, equipment failures, employee sick calls and scheduling, and critical/crisis situations that sometime can involve a return to the workplace.

Requirements & Desired Assets

Post secondary education preferably in the human services field combined with at least 5 years of direct support experience to individuals living with the challenge of a disability (preferably in a residential service setting). Previous supervisory experience or training along with demonstrated skills focusing on managing and coaching others is preferred. A clear understanding of the rights of choice and dignity of risk along with supporting others to make decisions and solve problems will are desirable.

Other employment requirements include: Current first aid certification, valid drivers license with a clear drivers abstract combined with the eligibility to successfully obtain a Class IV drivers license, ability to drive a variety of vehicles, and a clear Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records check.

A strong understanding of safe work practices and a history of having demonstrated these in previous employment is required along with demonstrated strong attendance in previous employment.

Salary & Benefits

The job offers a competitive salary ranging from $52,000 to $57,450 per year dependent on skills, and experience. In addition to paid holidays, earned paid sick leave, group insurance and group retirement savings plans that are cost shared with the employer are provided. Annual vacation leave entitlement starts at 15 days after the first year and 20 days starting with the 5th year of service. The role provides opportunity to participate in the management process of the organization including the workplace occupational safety process. Support for professional development is also available and an Employee and Family Assistance Plan is provided for all families. Time worked or travel during periods of on call are reimbursed.

If you enjoy working in a role that challenges you each day to create solutions that help make our workplace the best it can be, we invite you to submit a cover letter along with your résumé to:

Financial/Human Resources Director
South Shore Community Service Association
PO Box 560, 5 Collicutt Road
Chester NS B0J 1J0
Fax: 902 275 2567

Deadline: March 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Applicants selected for an interview can expect to be contacted by March 5, 2021 with an anticipated start date for the successful applicant no later than April 9, 2021.

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