French Language Assessor

Part -Time Hourly Contract – until March 31, 2022

Posted date: November 02, 2021

Position vacancy Closing date: December 02, 2021
Employment TypePart Time
Job ID1000
EffectiveImmediately
HoursFlexibility regarding assigned work hours and locations.
Reports toSite Supervisor
Location / RegionAll CLARS Sites
Application DeadlineDecember 02, 2021

Why Work for the Y?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values — kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and optimism — the YMCA provides thousands of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment, counselling, outreach, intervention, training and newcomer programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre functions as the first step of the language training pathway for immigrants to Canada.  All immigrants wishing to access language classes funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration need to undergo an assessment at the language assessment centre.

The French Language Assessor is responsible for administering Batterie de tests de classement aux Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (BTC-NCLC) assessment tool and referring newcomers to the most appropriate language training program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). The Language Assessor works as a team member ensuring quality programming and service delivery, achievement of program goals and establishment and nurturing of effective working relationships within the program, the Association and the community.

Responsibilities

  • Screens clients’ immigration status eligibility for placement in IRCC and MLTSD -funded language training.  
  • Administers Canadian Language Benchmarks assessment tools according to principles outlined in the initial training and according to the YMCA, IRCC and MLTSD policies and standards. 
  • Refers clients to the most appropriate language training providers based on Canadian Language Benchmarks, the national placement grid and individual client needs.
  • Re-refers clients whose needs have changed since initial assessment.
  • Provides language needs assessment information to clients.
  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date client files and documentation using a shared database.
  • Prepares and submits statistics and program reports, as required, in a timely manner.
  • Maintains regular contact with language training providers and other community partners thereby sharing program information with all stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Participates in volunteer supervision, staff meetings and professional development trainings as required.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.  Represents the YMCA and the program in a professional manner.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  •  Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Certificate in teaching French/FSL or equivalent and/or post-secondary education in a related field (e.g., French language and literature, linguistics, or modern languages).
  • Certificate in Batterie de tests de classement aux Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (BTC-NCLC) assessment toolis an asset
  • Ability to comment orally and in writing in both Canadian official languages on the effectiveness of client’s communication.
  • Experience in teaching FSL to adults is mandatory (minimum 300 hours)
  • Training in second language acquisition, socio-cultural variables in language learning and the teaching of the four language skills.
  • Demonstrated bilingualism, verbal and written, in both Canadian official languages.
  • Theoretical understanding of and practical experience working with appropriate stages of the Canadian Language Benchmarks/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.
  • Knowledge of the settlement sector.
  • Excellent interview and assessment skills.
  • Proficient with perona; computer applications, e.g. Microsoft
  • Office, Microsoft Outlook, Internet search engines, power point, Excel, Zoom, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize responsibilities.
  • Ability to work in an efficient manner both independently and as part of a team.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Commitment to respecting diversity and demonstrating inclusive behaviour, responding with sensitivity and self-awareness to the unique needs of colleagues and members, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Must be able to work on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Flexibility regarding assigned work hours and locations.
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communication; Ethics & Self-management; being Results Focused; Teamwork & Collaboration; Valuing Diversity & Social Inclusion fundamental competence in: being Member Focused; Relationship Building & Partnering.

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of your employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. As outlined in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In the future we see for our region, everyone will have opportunities to shine their brightest.

Mirroring the diversity we’re privileged to have in the GTA, our YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of our communities. For 170 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has provided opportunities for people to shine through a variety of programs and services including health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. When you donate to the YMCA of Greater Toronto, you help ensure more people get access to these vital programs that help them connect, grow, and reach their full potential.

Visit www.ymcagta.org to learn more about our work to build vibrant communities where everyone can shine.

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