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Specialist, Accessibility Technology, CNIB

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 12, 2016

Reports To: Executive Director, GTA

Posting Date: July 26, 2016

CNIB is Canada’s leading organization serving and supporting people who are blind or partially sighted. We help people not only live independently, but thrive after a loss of sight.

As we near our 100th anniversary, CNIB is setting out a bold and ambitious new vision for the future: one that aims to change lives and society itself. We’re working in partnership with our clients, volunteers, donors and partners to transform CNIB to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted Canadians today and in the future. We’re excited to be creating new programs and services, and looking for new members of our team who can help us deliver real change now.

The Specialist, Accessibility Technology will act as the resident "Technology Genius" and will lead and empower integrated teams of staff and volunteers to deliver programs and services that change the lives of Canadians who are blind. Specifically, the Specialist will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies around increasing access to accessible technology for the people we serve in the Greater Toronto Area, adhering to organization-wide service standards while maximizing positive experiences and outcomes for participants.

This is the job for you if…

  • You’re passionate about changing what it is to be blind in Canada today – and you believe it can be done.
  • You’re driven not just to meet expectations, but to exceed them – then set even bigger goals.
  • You’re an energetic leader who can build and motivate a high-performing team.
  • You’re an outgoing person and a strong communicator. You can forge great relationships with all kinds of people.
  • You’re creative, resourceful, collaborative and solution-oriented. Where others see problems, you see opportunities.
  • You’re flexible and resilient. Change doesn’t intimidate you – it excites you.

In this role, you will change what it is to be blind today by:

  • Creating and leading an amazing team: You will recruit, train, engage and actively manage an integrated team of staff and volunteers who will be accountable for promoting existing CNIB Supported recreation and sport groups, develop partnerships in the technology sector to better support the need of the client, as well as developing and delivering new programs to those who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Developing, delivering and monitoring best-in-class programs: You will develop implementation plans to maximize the success of the accessible technology in our foundation programs and in your local market. You will seek to grow existing CNIB programs in accessible technology working within national service delivery standards and program curricula.
  • Engaging and empowering participants: You will help us build strong, positive relationships with staff and volunteers involved in your initiatives and those involved in other programs in the foundation, gaining insight into their unique needs and lived experiences, and ensuring they have the support they need to reach their goals.
  • Building strong community relationships: You will be a key local ambassador for CNIB, developing effective partnerships with community organizations, funding agencies, individual and corporate donors, volunteers and others to help advance our mission in the community.

Your qualifications include:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of experience accessibility technology and delivery within a charity/not-for-profit organization 
  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field of study.
  • Ideally, personal or professional experience relating to blindness and/or vision loss.

Closing date for applications: September 12th, 2016

Please send the application to and quote the job title in the subject line. Applications must include a resume and cover letter, mentioning how you learned of this position.

At CNIB, we strive for an inclusive workplace and believe that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. We are committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion, ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment. We particularly welcome and encourage candidates who are blind or partially sighted to apply to work with us.

CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.