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Careers at Sensory Friendly Solutions

Occupational Therapy Student Research Assistant

Please note that summer terms are closed.

Projected Start Date: Between mid August and mid September 2024.

Projected End Date: Between mid December 2024 and mid January 2025.

Hours: 10 hours a week, typically for 16-20 week intervals.

Location: remote, work from home, anywhere in Canada, on your own laptop

Salary: $23.35 per hour plus 5.2% vacation and 5.2% statutory holidays

Position Closing Date: Open

About the role

Sensory Friendly Solutions, a woman-owned, disability-owned, B-Corp™ certified social enterprise, is seeking the assistance of a supporting occupational therapy student research assistant for a short term employment contract.

Role Description

The research assistant collects and analyzes emerging research and data to identify trends and knowledge gaps about sensory friendly experiences at events and locations along with an understanding of sensory sensitivity and/or sensory overload.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop creative knowledge mobilization products such as blogs, social media posts, infographics, presentations and/or short video stories about the accessibility and inclusion features of sensory-friendly products, public events, and locations.
  • Create, modify, and monitor e-learning training provided by SFS. 
  • Help with continuous quality improvement of all knowledge mobilization products.
  • Interpret and identify key results from research evidence and other data sources and convey the information in plain language.  
  • Other duties and responsibilities to support the work of Sensory Friendly Solutions may be assigned.
  • It is important to know that Sensory Friendly Solutions does not deliver occupational therapy services to individuals or groups of clients, the role is to support knowledge mobilization.

*applicants need to clearly explain how they have the skills to perform each duty, with examples, in their application.

Knowledge and skills

  • Self-starter.
  • Works well independently and with a small, remote team across time zones.
  • Familiarity with MS Teams, Asana,  WordPress, various Social Media Platforms, Canva are all assets.
  • Ability to create and edit digital media (e.g., audio, video, image, etc.).
  • Apply sound judgment and make decisions.
  • Be flexible to rapid changes in project direction based on feedback, opportunities and priorities.
  • Prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure.
  • Being positive, tactful and diplomatic when working with others.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Superb project management skills to deliver knowledge mobilization content on time.

Additional requirements for applicants:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • Be registered as an Masters or Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Student in Canada as of the employment start date.
  • Successful candidates will also need be approved by and complete documentation for Venture for Canada to BioTalent Canada or possibly other SWPP organizations for this role.
  • Be ready to provide a recent criminal record check.
  • Be ready to provide at least 3 references, including full contact info and their emails.
  • There may be a possibility of the role being renewed, availability for ongoing work, until graduation, is an asset.


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      Sensory Friendly Solutions (SFS) believes that an equitable work environment and a diverse, empowered team are important. 

      SFS is committed to inclusion and diversity, and welcomes all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

      SFS specifically invites applications from applicants including but not limited to: persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas on the SFS team.

      If you require any accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate so in your cover letter.

      Even if you do not believe that you meet 100% of the Knowledge and Skills described, but believe this role is right for you, explain in your cover letter why you should be part of the SFS team. 

      Note that the Additional Requirements and Attestations are always required criteria that must always be met for the role, as mandated by the wage subsidy programs that support the position.  Applicants who do not meet the Additional Requirements and all Attestations will not be considered.

      Sensory Friendly Solutions thanks all applicants for their interest, however only candidates under consideration for the position(s) will be contacted.

      Discover more about Sensory Friendly Solutions.

      "While working for Sensory Friendly Solutions I held the positions of Project Management Intern as well as Knowledge Mobilization and Marketing Manager. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that SFS provided me. I was given a safe place to develop and build my skill sets and do so in a meaningful way. Not only was I able to grow as an Entrepreneur, but I was able to help make a difference in people's lives. Thank you Christel and the SFS Team for letting me be a part of making the world more sensory friendly!"
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