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About SickKids


Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.


Position Description


Developed by The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Empower™ Reading is a set of evidence-based reading programs for children and adolescents with reading difficulties. As an Empower™ Teacher Mentor with the Empower™ Reading and Learning Group, you will facilitate Empower™ Reading training workshops and provide ongoing mentoring and coaching to Empower™ trainees to effectively implement the program.

Here's What You'll Get To Do:

  • Assist at training workshops for Empower™ Reading trainees, using training guidelines developed by the Empower™ Reading team.
  • Engage trainees in a positive learning environment by facilitating individual and group work using several techniques (e.g., modeling, role playing).
  • Support, coach and mentor trainees (teachers) through observation of program implementation during classroom visits (onsite or via videoconferencing) to improve commitment to instruction and maximize student outcomes.
  • Provide constructive feedback to trainees (e.g., modeling program content, providing suggestions for improving classroom set-up, reviewing upcoming instructional content). Complex issues may be brought back for discussion to the Empower™ Reading team to ensure program consistency.
  • Identify the learning needs of the trainees through information from formal needs assessments, written requests, email correspondence, telephone calls, etc.
  • Arrange dates for coaching visits with trainees and complete and maintain appropriate records of learner development for program evaluation reports/recommendations as required.
  • Participate in presentations about Empower™ Reading to teachers, administrators, parents and other potential clients.
  • Participate in Empower™ Reading team meetings and provide updates on the progress of assigned trainees.
  • Frequent travel to schools/client locations to provide onsite coaching/mentoring and training is required.


Here's What You'll Need:

  • Post-secondary education (University Degree), preferably in Education, Adult Learning, Training.
  • Certificate in Teaching, and particularly Special Education additional qualifications, is an asset.
  • At least 3 years of experience in delivering the Empower™ Reading program to completion to groups of students in a school setting is required.
  • Valid Ontario Driver's License and a reliable personal vehicle (reasonable compensation for travel expenses will be provided and in accordance to Hospital's policies and procedures).
  • Significant strengths in engaging learners and creating and maintaining a positive learning environment are required.
  • Exceptional oral communication skills to disseminate information about Empower™ Reading in a concise and coherent manner is essential.
  • Ability to establish and maintain constructive and
cooperative working relationships with colleagues and clients.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to address the specific needs of Empower™ Reading trainees and their students when working in the classroom/tutorial environments.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks.


Employment Type

  • Casual (one year contract)

Our Commitment to Diversity


The children and families we care for are from a variety of communities, and so are our employees. We welcome and encourage everyone to join our organization and be part of our team.

When requested, SickKids will provide access and inclusion supports to eligible candidates to support their full engagement during the interview and assessment process. Information received related to access or inclusion will be addressed confidentially.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY: As a health care institution, our highest priority is the safety of patients, families and staff. As a result, we are adopting all prevention measures to ensure the safety of our patients, families and our staff. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon you submitting proof that you have been fully vaccinated with a Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible and no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the effective start date, in addition to satisfying any other condition(s) that may be set out in an offer. If a candidate fails to satisfy this condition (or any other condition(s) set out in an offer), any offer of employment shall be immediately rescinded.

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Job Empower Teacher Mentor in Toronto

The Hospital for Sick Children

Toronto