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Occupational Therapist (Part-Time)

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation has an opportunity for a talented Occupational Therapist with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families. With a start date of August 19, 2019, this is a part-time position for 3 days a week which may lead to fulltime employment as the demand for this service increases. 

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) was formed in 1995 and has an established history with a strong reputation for excellence. The outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome can be maximized by providing opportunities for rich social connections with family and friends, participation in the community, optimal health care, as well as the opportunity to learn through instruction that is tailored to the profile of the learner. Our aim is to assist in the development of children into adults who are confident, self-reliant, resourceful, socially connected, and able to make positive contributions to their community. 

We offer a dynamic working environment where all members of our team problem solve together to create the best possible outcomes for the children we serve. Our collaborative multi-disciplinary team offers occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and one to reading programs for students of all ages, as well as small group adult programs for students transitioning from high school. 


  • A Registered Occupational Therapist (Master’s degree)
  • Registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia
  • Experience in pediatric occupational therapy 


  • Provide weekly individual therapy to children with Down syndrome
  • Develop life skills individually or in small groups for a teen and young adult population
  • Assist in the transfer of skills into the classroom, community, and home environments via mentoring parents and other team members
  • Collaborate with Director of Programs and Services and other team members to ensure quality and effective programming
  • Deliver presentations to parents and professionals in the community on various topics within the domain of occupational therapy 

The Ideal Candidate

An interest in continual learning, the ability to be creative and innovative, and a positive, energetic personality are key attributes that you bring to the position. You especially enjoy young children and a play-based approach to learning. You create a fun and friendly environment in your therapy sessions and appreciate the small gains that lead to success over time. Addressing sensory processing challenges that interfere with learning, social interaction, and/or feeding is a key area of focus, so experience in this area is preferred. The successful applicant must possess the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively within a small occupational therapy team, and other professionals as part of the full DSRF team. 


The salary is based upon a 22.5-hour work week and is commensurate with experience as an OT in a pediatric setting.   

How to Apply

Interested candidates please forward your resume and cover letter to Pat Hanbury, Director of Programs and Services at pat@dsrf.org

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