Child and Youth Worker – Full-Time (Entry Level)

Job description

Do you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and teens with autism? If you are looking for a meaningful role that provides training and a team-centred, supportive environment, then Breakthrough Autism is the right fit for you!

We are looking for energetic individuals to join our team as Child and Youth Workers and deliver front-line one-to-one teaching using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). It is anticipated based on current volumes that on average Child and Youth Workers are likely to be assigned to work at least thirty to forty (30-40) hours per week at our centres and in clients’ homes during regular business hours, some evenings, and Saturdays. This position is for a one-year contract with the possibility of becoming permanent at the end of the contract.

What’s in it for you?

  • A rare, unique chance to launch your career in a field in which other employers may have not considered you
  • The satisfaction that comes with making a difference in the lives of children and teens with autism and empowering their families
  • Working with a fun and experienced team
  • A comprehensive training program in a highly-supportive environment
  • 4% vacation pay and time and entitlement to statutory holiday pay to start

What you’ll be doing:

  • Delivering direct ABA services
  • Working one-to-one and in small groups with children and teens with autism
  • Monitoring each child and teen’s progress
  • Liaising with parents on an ongoing basis
  • Working at our centres or in clients’ homes

The individual we are looking for has:

  • Previous experience working with children and teens; experience working with children and teens with special needs is considered an asset
  • Enjoys working with children and teens and has endless energy and patience
  • Completed or working towards one of the following: Behavioural Sciences Diploma, Autism Behavioural Science Certificate, Child & Youth Worker Diploma, Developmental Services Worker Diploma, Social Service Worker Diploma, Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate professionally with parents/guardians
  • An ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • Eager to learn and accept feedback for continuous improvement
  • Has a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle to travel to between our centres in Richmond Hill or clients’ homes or willing to commute to those places
  • Has the flexibility to work all or some regular business hours, some evenings and Saturdays

Interested? Please send your résumé, along with a cover letter referencing code “BA-CYW-2024” in the subject line to or apply through Indeed by searching opportunities at Breakthrough Autism.

Breakthrough Autism is committed to making the recruitment process accessible to all candidates; accommodations are available upon request. Thanks in advance to everyone who applies for this position. Please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.00-$20.58 per hour

Expected hours: 30 – 40 per week


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Application question(s):

  • Do you have experience (paid or unpaid) working with children and/or teens?
  • Should you be the success candidate, will you commit to working at Breakthrough Autism for a minimum of one consecutive year (e.g., this is not a summer position that can be combined over multiple summers to make a year)? If your answer is no, we welcome you to re-apply should or when you’ll be able to do so.

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2024-05-20

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