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Hanen is Hiring an Autism Services Program Director

Posted on: July 31, 2018

Employer: The Hanen Centre
Position: Autism Services Program Director (4166)
Job location: Main office is at 1075 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2B1, travel will be required. Travel costs will be covered by The Hanen Centre. 
Employment: Permanent, full-time, 35.00 hours per week (days, evenings, weekends)
Salary: $100,000/year
Benefits: Eligible for bonuses and/or salary increases. Also eligible for Group insurance and RRSP benefits.

We are looking for a talented individual who is ready to assume responsibility for the More Than Words® and TalkAbility™ portfolios. The Autism Services Program Director will spearhead the growth of these two programs and other autism-related resources and trainings. As part of a team of Program Directors, you will have opportunities to develop and refine programs, trainings and resources of the highest quality and to participate in new initiatives that will help The Hanen Centre expand its reach worldwide.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Autism Services Program Director is responsible for:

  1. Content Creation – ongoing creation of content related to their portfolio. This includes undertaking program development, program revisions, developing or revising program-related resources such as parent guidebooks, Leaders Guides, online modules or other electronic resources, as well as developing new trainings, presentations, e-Seminars and other eLearning products
  2. Member Support – offering support and information to Hanen SLPs worldwide via e-mail or phone, creating member-only resources, planning and leading online member meetings on a variety of autism-related topics, writing articles for the member newsletter, etc.
  3. Instructing Certification Workshops – the Program Director leads More Than Words and TalkAbility certification workshops
  4. Workshop Development/Refinement and Instructor Leadership –  the Program Director is responsible for the quality of the trainings and workshops in her/his portfolio, and for revising these workshops as needed (e.g. when new research is published, when the program undergoes a revision, etc.). S/he is also responsible for recruiting and training new instructors, as well as updating the current group of instructors, who lead More Than Words and TalkAbility workshops around the world
  5. Research – the Program Director is expected to seek out research partners in the academic community and to participate in research on the More Than Words and TalkAbility Programs.
  6. Represent The Hanen Centre in Local and International Communities – this includes developing and offering presentations on More Than Words and TalkAbility programs and related topics on autism at conferences and conventions

Employment Requirements:

  • Language: English
  • Post-secondary degree in social science or business administration
  • 5 years of related experience is required
  • 5 years of related teaching experience is required
  • Ability to Supervise: 1-2 people 
  • Experience working with families of children with autism and experience providing intervention to children with autism is required
  • Experience using the Hanen approach and leading More Than Words and TalkAbility Hanen Programs is considered an asset
  • Experience conducting research is required
  • Experience with content creation is required, such as developing training materials, curricula, reference materials and online resources.
  • Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: This position requires the ability to work under pressure and to pay attention to detail. There is a large workload

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV and expression of interest to Elaine Weitzman, Executive Director at