Developmental Service Worker (DSW)

How to apply

Send resume by email, mail or fax to the coordinates below:

Kennedy House
Attention: Human Resources Manager
10 Milner Business Court, Suite #404
Scarborough, ON
M1B 3C6
Fax: (416) 299-3912


We are hiring full-time and part-time on-site DSW positions located at our Developmental Services and Residential Services for Adolescents and transitional-aged adults. Locations available – Manse Road (Toronto), Galloway Road (Toronto), or Brock Road (Pickering). The ideal candidate will be available to work rotating shifts that can include days, afternoons, overnights, and weekends.

  • A University Degree or College Diploma with a focus on Social Services and/or Behavioural Science is required
  • DSW Degree or Diploma preferred
  • Prior experience specifically related to working with youth and young adults living with developmental disabilities. This may included student placement experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developmental needs (intellectual, emotional, physical, and social) of children, youth, and young adults
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid is mandatory within 30 days of hire
  • Current certification in CPI with autism awareness is recommended
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License and clean Driver’s Abstract is required
  • Current (within six months) Police Check and Vulnerable Sector Search must be provided
  • Experience in a not-for-profit social services agency is considered an asset
  • Broad awareness of other cultures, values, identities, and perspectives with a demonstrated ability and interest in working with and for diverse populations
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage conflicting and/or competing priorities in an effective and efficient manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent assessment, interviewing, and counselling skills
  • Excellent clinical skills, including experience and ability to work with and manage difficult behaviour
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to write legible, clear and concise reports and person-centred plans
  • Maintain all required immunizations and vaccines


  • Provides case management to youth/individuals on caseload
  • Provides appropriate personal and physical care as needed, including but not limited to: hygiene and toiletry, medication administration, and crisis response
  • Advocates on behalf of individuals supported and liaise with family, medical, other professionals, and other service providers to address client needs
  • Identifies needs of supported youth/individuals and participates in the development and implementation of life plans/plan of careto enhance clients’ capacity to function in all aspects of community living.
  • Develops and implements life skills programs based on the Individual Support Plan/ Plan of Care
  • Assists in monitoring achievement of personal outcomes
  • Provides life skills training and emotional support to clients on a one-on-one or group basis
  • Maintains documentation, monitors finances while ensuring an appropriate standard of living
  • Provides direction to part-time and student placements staff as required
  • Supports individuals to achieve their established goals using a strength-based approach
  • Participate, attend and complete all required training meetings and/or learning programs
  • Complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, applicable legislation, and workplace-specific health and safety policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as required

Additonal Information

Telephone inquiries will not be accepted. We thank all candidates for applying and indicating your interest in serving our youth, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Kennedy House welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.