Language Assessor (English)

Part Time Hourly Contract

Posted date: November 22, 2016

Position vacancy Closing date: December 05, 2016
Employment TypePart Time
Job ID1002
PayHourly Rate $22.10
Reports toProgram Team Leader, Language Assessment and Referral Centre
Location / RegionConsumers Road YMCA Centre, Toronto (251 Consumers Road)

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. 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 Assessor is responsible for administering the CLB assessment tools and referring immigrants and naturalized Canadians to the most appropriate language training program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI).  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.


  • Screens clients’ immigration status eligibility for placement in IRCC and MCI-funded language training.  
  • Administers Canadian Language Benchmarks assessment tools according to principles outlined in the initial training and according to the YMCA, IRCC and MCI 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 Children's Aid Society.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • TESL Ontario accreditation is mandatory  
  • Experience teaching ESL to adults)
  • Posts-secondary education in a related field
  • Proficiency in a second language is a strong asset
  • Excellent interview and assessment skills
  • Flexibility regarding assigned work hours and locations
  • Must be able to work evening shifts and, if required, Saturday shifts
  • 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 working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • 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

How to apply

Please send résumé and cover letter
quoting job posting # 1002 by Monday, December 5, 2016 to:

 Saima Malik
Program Team Leader
Language Assessment and Referral Centre

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.

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.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

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