Autism Skills Worker - Autism
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Truro, NS
Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


This position is with the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program for young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which uses a coordinated, family-centered model. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team (i.e., including psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology), the Autism Skill Worker is responsible for participating in ASD assessments, developing treatment plans and providing clinical interventions within the home environment or in day care settings.

Please Note: This is a reposting with an amended end date for the assignment, previous applicants need not reapply.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Child Studies or related human service field required.
  • Knowledge of child development and experience working with young children with special needs required; experience working with children with ASD required.
  • Successful completion of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Training preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and as an independent and autonomous service provider.
  • Experience in using PRT is preferred.
  • Understanding and willingness to work in a family-centered model.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under stress with behaviorally challenged children.
  • Must have patience, enthusiasm, adaptability and respect for children and families.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must possess a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license (or eligibility to obtain one) and access to reliable transportation required.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered for this position.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.
  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information

Hours of Work

  • Long assignment full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
  • Beginning as soon as possible with an anticipated end date of August 3, 2019
Salary Information

Autism Skills Worker (HC61):
$27.6498 - $32.2675 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentations such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on timeliness of delivering the above.

This is a Healthcare CUPE Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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