Job Posting: Project Manager for the Accessible Organizations Project

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We are a non-profit organization and registered charity that champions issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

We work to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Job Description

DABC is seeking a Project Manager for our Accessible Organizations Project. In 2022, DABC received funding by the BC Government to allocate, distribute and administer one-time grants to public sector organizations to support their work in meeting requirements under Part 3 of the Accessible BC Act. The Project Manager will be responsible for maintaining and cultivating relationships with public sector organizations, and providing guidance on Part 3 of the ABCA, notably the:

  • Requirement to establish accessibility committees under Section 9
  • Requirement to produce an accessibility plan and public feedback mechanism under section 11 and 12.[1]

A project of this size and scope will require a Project Manager that is able to manage multiple relationships with external agencies, as well as having subject-matter knowledge on accessibility in order to properly guide and encourage meaningful implementation on accessibility by the public sector organizations. The ideal candidate will have a fine attention to detail with previous experience in project management, as well as lived experience with disability that will ground the project in DABC’s values of equity and inclusion.

The goal of this project is to strengthen the public sector in its ability to meaningfully support and take accountability for accessibility and inclusion in the province, through the process of sharing information, building relationships, and developing resources on accessibility. This will ultimately ensure that the Accessible BC Act is effective in identifying, removing or preventing barriers to inclusion for people living with disabilities in BC. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director at DABC to ensure the project is inclusive of DABC’s organizational knowledge on accessibility and the Accessible BC Act.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Project Manager will carry out the following responsibilities and tasks:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with public sector organizations, including managing contracts and agreements
  • Collate and review progress reports from grantee organizations
  • Coordinate all communications with public sector organizations
  • Oversee the BC Accessibility Hub website
  • Develop and manage the project’s workplan and all subsequent planning documents and processes, which may be used to report on the project’s progress.
  • Produce and maintain guidance documents and resources related to obligations to Part 3 of the Accessible BC Act
  • Work in collaboration with public sector organizations to share best practices and lessons learned on the implementation of the project.
  • Engage with the disability community and other external stakeholders on community engagement initiatives related to the project as appropriate.

The successful applicant must:

  • Have prior extensive experience managing projects of a similar size
  • Have experience in promoting accessibility initiatives
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with organizations across different sectors
  • Be self-motivated, adaptable, able to work independently and take initiative
  • Have excellent organizational skills
  • Be proficient with Microsoft Office software and relevant Project Management software
  • Be able to manage time well and meet the deliverables and timeline of the project

The following are strong assets for this position: 

  • Lived experience with disability
  • Knowledge of accessibility and how to identify, remove and prevent a wide range of barriers to inclusion of people with disabilities
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Experience supporting the disability community

Working hours and type of position: This is a contracted position for an average of 20-25 hours per week. There is flexibility to spread these hours throughout the workweek. The office hours at DABC are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

At present, the Accessible Organizations Project funding cycle ends on March 31, 2025, however there is possibility for extension.

Location: This position will primarily operate remotely, with some possibility to work at DABC’s office in downtown Vancouver on an ad-hoc basis.

Wage: $38.00 per hour

Please note that as this is a contracted, fixed-term position, the successful applicant would not be eligible for extended health benefits.

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and answer the questions through the job survey link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7WSX3CL

For questions about the position or if you require any accommodation to access the survey questions in an alternate format, please contact aop@dabc.ca. No phone calls or faxes please. Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 21, 2024. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in June and July, and the position start date will be as soon as possible.

[1] https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/21019#part3

Job Posting: Program Coordinator, Tax AID & Access RDSP

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We are a non-profit, charitable organization that champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

We work to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Description of Programs

Tax AID

Tax AID is a DABC program that partners with the Together Against Poverty Society, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, and the Active Support Against Poverty Society, to provide free support to people with disabilities across BC to file income taxes for current and previous years. In addition to simple tax filing, we help with self-employment income, outstanding amounts owed to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), applying for other tax related government programs/benefits, and matters related to financial literacy.

Access RDSP

Access RDSP is a DABC program in partnership with Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS). This program is part of the financial literacy arm of our Advocacy Access Program. Building on the work of our collaborative partnership, the objective of this program is to promote the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) across BC, and to assist people with disabilities to access the DTC and open an RDSP. 

Job Description

DABC is seeking a Program Coordinator for our Tax AID and Access RDSP programs. This role contributes to maintaining the quality and sustainability of program services. The Program Coordinator will assist the Director of Tax AID & Access RDSP in supporting the day-to-day operations of both programs by managing client intake and inquiries, maintaining program policies and procedures, developing program materials, participating in strategic planning for both programs, coordinating outreach activities, and other tasks as reasonably required.

The position will be based out of DABC’s Vancouver office but may require occasional travel to other BC communities.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director, Tax AID & Access RDSP, the Coordinator will carry out the following responsibilities and tasks:

  • Respond to client inquiries over the phone, email, and in-person
  • Screen clients for eligibility of Access RDSP and Tax AID services and conduct initial client intake 
  • Ensure regular update of any program materials, including program manuals, educational resources, community resources and contacts list 
  • Maintain and organize physical and digital files, as well as other program materials in the office 
  • Provide accurate statistical information on participant activities for evaluations and reporting purposes
  • Provide information and support to people with disabilities on the DTC, RDSP, and other tax related issues
  • Keep up to date on any changes to policy and procedures relevant to the Access RDSP and Tax AID programs
  • Liaise with community partners to schedule and arrange specific outreach activities
  • Assist in the development of community awareness and outreach strategies through a variety of means including the development of educational materials, delivery of workshops, and establishment of new community partnerships
  • In consultation with the Communications Coordinator, assist in the development of marketing and communications strategies
  • Lead tasks and activities related to key projects and community partnerships
  • Support the Tax AID and Access RDSP advocates with daily tasks 

Working hours: This position is for 32 hours/4 days a week. The office hours at DABC are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The successful applicant must:

  • Be able to work effectively with people with disabilities from a client-centered approach 
  • Have a minimum 2 years combined post-secondary education and/or applicable work experience
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with clients and staff across many diverse backgrounds
  • Be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work effectively with a team as well as independently
  • Maintain a professional, respectful, and empathetic demeanor with clients and have the ability to manage client expectations as it relates to the capacity and scope of DABC’s services
  • Have excellent organizational and critical thinking skills
  • Be computer literate and proficient with Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of client information
  • Be able to manage and sort through a significant volume of incoming communication.

The following are strong assets for this position: 

  • Working knowledge of federal tax and financial programs for people with disabilities including the Disability Tax Credit, Registered Disability Savings Plan, Canada caregiver amount and other deductions
  • Knowledge of tax law
  • Experience with community outreach or program planning
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Experience with a disability and/or supporting people with disabilities
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources available to people with disabilities
  • Understanding of anti-oppression principles
  • Experience working with design tools including Canva, or Adobe Creative Suite
  • A driver’s license   

 Compensation

  • Salary will be $40,000 per year with the potential for hours to be increased from 32 to 40 hours per week based on future funding.
  • This position offers the following benefits after the successful completion of a three-month probationary period:
  • 12 days of paid vacation annually
  • 14.4 0 days of paid sick leave annually
  • 100% of the cost of extended health and dental care benefit premiums
  •  A generous Health Spending Account program 
  • 2 weeks of paid time off during DABC’s annual holiday office closure in December.

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and brief covering letter addressed to Cynthia Minh, Director, Tax AID & Access RDSP at cynthia@disabilityalliancebc.org.  No phone calls please. 

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 2nd, 2024. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Job Posting: Part Time Receptionist (1 year Contract)

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We are a non-profit, charitable organization that champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

We work to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Job Description

DABC is seeking a part-time Receptionist to join our Advocacy Access Team for a contracted 1 year period, with the possibility of extension dependent on future funding. Our receptionists are often the first face or voice that a client interacts with when connecting with DABC. The successful candidate will exhibit an empathetic and professional attitude who will respond to inquiries about our services as well as offer referrals to other community-based resources. DABC provides a variety of services that assist clients with applying for provincial and federal disability benefits, registered disability savings plan, tax filings and tax credits, legal aid, and accessible housing. The successful candidate will be working with other contracted and volunteer reception staff in-person at the front desk of DABC’s office in downtown Vancouver. All of our reception staff and volunteers are people living with disabilities.

Under the supervision of the Advocacy Access and Access RDSP Program Managers, the Receptionist will carry out the following responsibilities and tasks:

  • Respond to client inquiries over the phone, email and in-person
  • Screen clients for eligibility of our services and conduct intake of client contact information for our waitlists
  • Keep detailed and accurate records of visitor requests and of calls/emails received
  • Maintain an organized desk reception space and filing system
  • Support the digital and paper document file management systems
  • Clerical duties as needed to support reception and program staff

Working hours: This position is for 24 hours a week, in office. The office hours at DABC are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The successful applicant must:

  • Have a minimum 2-year applicable work experience
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with clients and staff across many diverse backgrounds
  • Be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work effectively with a team as well as independently
  • Maintain a professional, patient, respectful and empathetic demeanor with clients and have the ability to manage client expectations as it relates to the capacity and scope of DABC’s services
  • Have excellent organizational and critical thinking skills
  • Technologically proficient with computers and computer programs, including Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of client information
  • Be able to manage and sort through a significant volume of incoming communication.

The following are strong assets for this position:

  • Lived experience with disability
  • Lived experience with provincial and/or federal disability benefits
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Experience supporting people with disabilities
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources available to people with disabilities

Compensation:

  • Salary will be $27,900 per year
  • This position offers the following benefits after the successful completion of a three-month probationary period:
  • 9 days of paid vacation annually
  • 10 days of paid sick leave annually
  • 100% of the cost of extended health and dental care benefit premiums
  • A generous Health Spending Account program
  • 2 weeks of paid time off during DABC’s annual holiday office closure in December.

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and brief covering letter addressed to Sharareh Saremi, Advocacy Access Program Manager, at sharareh@disabilityalliancebc.org. No phone calls please.

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 2, 2023, DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.