Autism Edmonton enhances the lives of people on the autism spectrum, through knowledge, services and inclusive opportunities.


Autism Edmonton is looking to hire a Respite Care Aide (or Occasio Social Architect). This role will provide front line services to community members, particularly children and youth with Autism.

Autism Edmonton’s Occasio Program is designed to allow children and youth diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum to become comfortable with themselves, people of their age and the world around them. It also facilitates learning the necessary skills to be able to function in our society as an independent being with confidence. Respite Care Aides (or Occasio Social Architects) are the front line workers of this program and are in direct contact with the participants. They are responsible for facilitating social and life skill opportunities for program participants, as well as creating a safe and enjoyable environment.

This position will be full-time for the first 8 weeks then moving to a casual employment after.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the planning and facilitation of scheduled activities
  • Provide administration and program support to the Occasio Program Coordinator
  • Be an enthusiastic and positive role model to children and youth throughout all activities
  • Ensure the safety of all participants during activities, including drop-off and pick-up times
  • Create positive life experiences and opportunities for youth and adults on the autism spectrum
  • Be involved in the group and/or individual behaviour management and support
  • Engage in pre/post activity discussions with co-workers and the Manager of Community Programs and Services to develop plans to best support program participants
  • Provide guidance to participants on the development of their social awareness, social thinking and life skills
  • Support Autism Edmonton’s initiatives and events, as required


  • Interest in the betterment of community is a core value that Autism Edmonton seeks in all employees
  • Some post-secondary education       
  • Previous experience in youth or disability programming would be considered an asset
  • A commitment to deepening the understanding of Autism and supporting each individual to achieve success
  • Strong written/verbal communication, interpersonal, negotiation, and mediation skills and comfortable in an advocacy role.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Independent worker and strong team member
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR considered an asset
  • Skilled user of technology

Conditions of Work

  • Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends in various environments. This job combines office work and working out in the community.

Screening Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check
  • CWIS Check


Applicants must meet the following criteria, as set out by Service Canada:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume citing the job title in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Autism Edmonton. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.