English Language Assessor

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Position: English Language Assessor
Location: Language Assessment and Referral Centre - 240 Catherine Street
Type: Full Time, Contract ( 18 Month Maternity Leave Replacement)
Preferred Start Date: Monday, Nov 02, 2020
Closing Date: Friday, Oct 23, 2020


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in the National Capital Region, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide meaningful solutions. Serving more than 90,000 children, youth and adults across our region annually, we are committed to promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.


The YMCA-YWCA National Capital Region's Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) provides language assessment, resources and referral services to newcomers to the National Capital Region. The Language Assessor is responsible for administering the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA), the Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT), the Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA), the Canadian Language Benchmark Literacy Assessment (CLBLA), and/or other related assessment tools. The Assessor will also refer newcomers to appropriate Language classes. The assessor will work as a team member contributing to quality service delivery and achievement of program goals while establishing and nurturing an effective working relationship with the Language program providers (both federally and provincially funded), the Association and the community. 

 Assessor Duties

  •  Administer the CLBA, CLBPT, ELTPA, CLBLA, and/or other related assessment tools according to the principles and procedures outlined in the CET and the CCLB training, the YMCA-YWCA, CIC and MCCSS policies and standards at the Language Assessment Centre.
  •   Must successfully complete a week-long training in the use of the CLBA, additional two-day training in the use of the CLBLA, and additional two-day training in the use of the CLBPT. 

Core Competencies

  • Diversity: Appreciates that people with different backgrounds, opinions and characteristics bring richness to the program and challenge or situation at hand. Demonstrates respect for people of diverse backgrounds. Suspends judgment and challenges self to deal with assumptions and stereotypes. Make efforts to educate self and others about diversity issues.
  • Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
  • Planning and Organization: Establishes a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long-term goals.
  • Teamwork: Participates in an effective organizational team, which acknowledges and values team members’ skills, experience, cultural background, knowledge, creativity and contributions.
  • Self-Management: Works independently within prescribed parameters, can discern the relevance of issues and communicate them effectively to their supervisor.
  • Leadership: Participates in an effective organizational team, which acknowledges and values team members’ skills, experience, cultural background, knowledge, creativity and contributions


  • Fluent in English, oral and written. Bilingualism in English/French a strong asset.
  • Successfully completed one-year ESL program recognized by TESL Canada with a minimum of a 100 hour practicum or post-secondary degree in linguistics, modern languages, English OR holds a provincial teaching certificate in English heritage languages or ESL
  • Meet Assessor criteria set forth by the Canadian Centre for Language Benchmarks. www.language.ca 
  • Meet Assessor criteria set forth by the Centre for Education and Training to become a CLBA Assessor.   
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and database programs
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, interviewing skills, documentation skills, and decision-making skills.
  • Must have a working knowledge of immigrant services available in Ottawa.
  • Participate in research, pilot or other assessment projects that arise at CLARS. 
  • Collect and enter client data to accurately complete intake form, History of Assessment, Referrals and Training System (HARTs) entry and other filing 
  • Refer clients to the most appropriate training provider based on language benchmarks and individual client needs
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date client files and documentation of services delivered
  • Participate in settlement/language-related community events as needed 
  • Provide information to clients through CLARS and refer clients to Newcomer Information Centre (NIC)
  • Conduct off-site assessments as required
  • Some travel required 
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion


Must provide a Vulnerable Sector Police Check, as per Association policy.

How to Apply

Cover letter and resume must be submitted no later than the closing date to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, to hiring manager Raymonda Ibrahim: raymonda.ibrahim@ymcaywca.ca 

Please use the position title as the subject line in your application e-mail. 

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position. 

Closing Date:  October 23, 2020 

Thank you for your interest.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during the application or selection process.  We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.  Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to providing a safe environment for children. Candidates will be thoroughly screened using background checks and a review process.

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