PART-TIME: Post-Secondary Autism Support (PASS) Specialist

  • Location: Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: August 11, 2021


Post-Secondary Autism Support (PASS) Specialist – Casual- Part-time employment

POSITION TITLE: Post-Secondary Autism Support Specialist

POSITION DETAILS: Casual (as needed; may include days, evenings and weekends)


POSITION START DATE: Summer and/or Fall 2021

DIRECT REPORT: Post-Secondary Autism Support Coordinator

A Post-secondary Autism Support Specialist provides individual support to post-secondary students on the autism spectrum to enhance transition success.


The PASS Program is looking for undergrad, grad students or those with a relevant post-secondary degree to fulfil the role of PASS Specialist which is a casual part-time position (4-5 hours per week).  There will be one position at CBU and one position at Marconi campus of NSCC.  The start date is expected to be the end of August or early September 2021.

Time: Part-Time – dependent on the student receiving support and their availability. Monday – Sunday, days, evenings, weekends during each semester (times are subject to change).

The Opportunity: A Post-Secondary Autism Support Specialist provides one to one individualized support to a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder in non-academic areas to promote their independence and positive social image. The support is a very collaborative approach between the Post-Secondary Support Coordinator, the specialist, the student and the faculty.

Responsibilities include:

· Guide students learning to complete goals in non-academic areas (social & life skills, organization, etc.)

· Plan activities for sessions that will help students develop skills & reach goals

· Critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve on the job

· Strong ability to create an environment of respect and trust with the student

· Promote inclusion and foster student independence

· Provide leadership and act as a positive role model always for the student

· Ensure adequate communication with Post-Secondary Support Coordinator, student, guardian/s, PSE faculty if applicable

· Be creative and have fun learning

· Adhere to post-secondary institution policies, practices, and procedures

· Attend training

· Traveling to and from campus to support student


· Basic knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder

· Experience supporting individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities, and/or experience in supported employment, educational and/or recreational environments

· Knowledge and ability to develop and modify activities when necessary to meet student’s development

· Master’s Degree would be considered an asset, but not necessary

· Must have flexibility in your schedule to work with student on late afternoons, evenings and weekends

· Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills

· Superior ability to build and foster relationships

· Creative thinking

· Strong organizational skills, communication skills and keen attention to detail

· High level of professionalism and judgment regarding student/student services relationships

· Ability to work independently

· Demonstrate self-confidence in your role in the community and providing support one to one

· Updated Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector

Accommodations: Interview accommodations can be made. Please state any interview accommodations required in your cover letter.

Work Environment:

· Approachable and welcoming

· Both fast and slow paced during different times of the academic semester

· You may support a student at a location directly on campus (such as campus library or common) or at a location off campus (such as the Halifax Public Library). Some students may choose to receive support online, or a combination of in-person and online.

· Structured activities/lessons

Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individual’s experience and education.

Application Process: Please email an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining how you qualify and are suited for the position as described above to Post-Secondary Autism Support Coordinator Elizabeth McAra-Crawford

Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.