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Below is a listing of current career opportunities with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Please check back in the future for more opportunities.


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 20, 2018, 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.

Finance and Administration Manager (Full Time)

About Us

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) is an award-winning Canadian charity, based in Burnaby, BC. Our mission is to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by pioneering and providing educational programs and services, disseminating information, and changing attitudes in BC and across Canada.

The DSRF team is a highly skilled group of professionals who are proud of what they do and their organization. We are a progressive employer offering comprehensive salary packages with extended health benefits and opportunities for professional development.

About the Job

The Finance & Administration Manager, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the smooth and efficient functioning of DSRF’s operational systems, ensuring that organizational processes are efficient and effective, and supports proper management of overall finance and administration matters. The job involves multi-tasking as well as getting the routine work done along with supporting and making high level decisions in a very supportive, empowered and flexible environment where self-management is encouraged.

Key Responsibilities, Tasks, and Duties


  • Work with the CEO and Leadership Team to develop and manage the annual operating budget.
  • Manage and oversee a full-cycle accounting process including all accounts payable and receivable procedures and all payment/acceptance methods.
  • Ensure records of all financial transactions are in accordance with organization policy, financial reporting regulations, statutory requirements and government regulations as applicable.
  • Maintain complete donation administration including proper issuance of Canada Revenue Agency compliant tax receipts and reconciliation of manual and automated donation systems.
  • Prepare quarterly financial reports with the CEO for presentation to Audit Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Independently manage facility operations budget.
  • Assist Director of Development and Communications and Director of Programs and Services in the management of their department budgets.
  • Assist the fund development team with financial donor reports, invoices and payment requests.
  • Prepare government and other funding partner financial reports as required.
  • Coordinate and support development of annual financial statements and external audit including aiding external auditors with working papers, analyses and reconciliations.
  • Prepare and submit annual Canada Revenue Agency filing.
  • Provide support and advice, as appropriate, to all departments, to the CEO, and Board of Directors on financial matters.
  • Improve internal controls by developing, implementing, maintaining and ensuring compliance with sound accounting and other business policies and procedures.


  • Oversee facility operations including maintenance activities and tradespersons/suppliers.
  • Manage other facility activities (office supplies, recycling, grounds keeping, renovations, etc.)
  • Ensure all facility operations adhere to policies and regulations.
  • Overall responsibility for logistical and operational processes including:
  • Legal and insurance obligations
  • IT, mainly internet and telecom services and equipment acquisition
  • Occupational health and safety of staff
  • Other office management functions
  • Administrative staff management

Human Resources

  • Manage payroll, health plan and RRSP programs through third-party providers.
  • Develop and maintain internal electronic personnel records.
  • Coordinate and assist with the onboarding and orientation of new employees and volunteers.


  • Serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors and Board Committees (subject to Board appointment) to provide direct administrative support. Plan, attend, and take minutes for Board of Directors and committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting.
  • Responsible for all records pertaining to Society, its registration and its membership.

Education, Skills & Competencies

  • Post-secondary degree in a related discipline (accounting/finance/business administration) or equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in finance & administration that includes direct responsibility for staff, organizational budget development. Experience in or familiarity with facility management would be an asset.
  • Proficient in QuickBooks, Microsoft Office 2016 (with advanced proficiency in Excel). A familiarity with Salesforce-Enterprise Edition would be an asset.
  • Strong attention to detail specifically with spreadsheets, timelines and database management.
  • Exceptional communication (written & verbal) and interpersonal skills particularly in building relationships and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership and working style with an ability to gain trust and confidence of colleagues and constituents and able to work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Ability to act with independence of judgement with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working with or supporting individuals with a disability is an asset.

General Information

Position Level: Senior Management (Leadership Team)
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Direct Reports: Accounting Assistant, Administrative Assistant
Location: DSRF Centre - 1409 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, BC                                           
Hours of Work: Full Time (flexible schedule)
Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000
Paid Vacation: Provided
Comprehensive Employee Health Benefits Plan: Yes
Operational Expenses/Materials: Provided
Professional Development Opportunities: Provided

Please note all employees of DSRF are required to have a Criminal Records Check.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining DSRF’s team, please submit your covering letter and resume to jobs@dsrf.org and quote “Finance & Administration Manager” in the subject line.

DSRF is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants for their time and effort in applying however only those who are selected for interview will be contacted. Please, no telephone calls.

Closing Date: June 10, 2018

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