Language Assessor, Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) Y Catherine St. Location

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Position: Language Assessor, Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) Y Catherine St. Location
Location: 240 Catherine St Suite 308, Ottawa, ON
Type: Full-time preferred start date October 3, 2022
Preferred start date: Monday, Oct 03, 2022
Closing date: Thursday, Sep 29, 2022


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. 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.

Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA-YWCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

 What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care, and camps)
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program including free, immediate, confidential assistance and counselling for you and your family members for mental and physical health, and financial advice, among other 12 suites of services
  • Health and dental insurance for full-time, permanent employees
  • Development courses at no cost in several areas
  • 100% coverage for renewal of professional designations
  • Up to 27 vacation days per year, including two float days and one birthday vacation for full-time, permanent staff
  • Long-term disability and life insurance for full-time, permanent employees.
  • Workplace pension plan available for full-time, permanent employees
  • Extended Maternity leave benefits to all our staff for up to 6 more months after the year of leave.

What do you offer?

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.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal commitment to and understanding of the Y’s mission, vision, and values.

 Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • 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.

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field


  • Fluent in English, oral and written.

Experience, Abilities & Skills

  • 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.
  • Meet the 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 an intake form, History of Assessment, Referrals and Training System (HARTs) entry, and other filings
  • 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 the Newcomer Information Centre (NIC)
  • Conduct off-site assessments as required
  • Some travel required

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

 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 yourself 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

 About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

 How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Raymonda Ibrahim. Please send applications to Director, Language Assessment and Referral Centre, Raymonda Ibrahim (

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview 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 this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.

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