Employment Specialist (Youth Job Coach) – Kenora, ON

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Employment Specialist (Youth Job Coach) – Kenora, ON

Our Employees Enjoy:

  • Generous benefit packages (for staff 30+hrs/week) starting after 3-months employment!
  • Assistance with relocation costs if relocating from an area outside of the Kenora, Ontario region.
  • A one-time signing bonus upon successful completion of probationary period.
  • Safe, respectful and caring team environment.
  • Training programs to ensure professional development and career development

City: Kenora, Ontario
Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Hours of Work: 37.5hours/week
Schedule: 0830-1630 Monday through Friday
Compensation: $24.00 per hour

The Program:
WJS Canada's Youth Employment Services supports youth & young adults (aged 15-30 years) experiencing barriers to employment (developmental or mental health challenges, Indigenous, ESL, refugee, recent immigrant or living in a remote, rural location).

The Position:
The Employment Specialist assists youth in exploring career, training and employment options by developing appropriate action plans designed to overcome past challenges in securing and maintaining employment.

You provide individual and group employment search/career planning, employability skills training and coordinate community employment placements, sometimes, travelling within assigned communities, to identify inclusive business/community partners and assist them in understanding the customized employment supports available to them should they hire through the program.

Schedule may include some evenings and weekends, depending on program needs.

Located at the Administration office in Kenora, Ontario.37.5 hours per week; 0830-1630 Monday through Friday

*Work hours may include some evenings & weekends, depending on the operational needs of the program.

  • Assess potential clients' employment needs, readiness and eligibility for program interventions and financial supportsSupport clients face-to-face or virtually with job searches, career planning and interview prep.
  • Discover creative solutions to overcome employment barriers. (Ex. visual calendars/schedules, communication aides, etc.)
  • Provide group and individual employment counselling, coaching, placement supervision and placement/job retention services to disadvantaged people
  • Design workshops, tools, presentations to assist clients entering or re-entering the labour marketSource and maintain partnerships with employers, community organizations, education and training institutions, private and public sector agenciesMaintain client files and statistical reporting
  • Provide computer assistance e.g. Windows environmentDeal effectively with distressed, hard to serve clients

*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record with Vulnerable Sector Check. This check can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.

As An Ideal Candidate You Possess

  • Degree in Social Sciences, Social Work or Human Resources, combined with a minimum of 2 years of experience in career planning, employment counselling, and working with at risk yout
  • Previous experience as a Career Coach or in an employment supports program and/or working with disadvantaged populations with various barriers to employment (youth, ESL, new immigrant, people with disabilities, etc.) is an asset
  • Equivalent combinations of training and experience will be considered
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License (not GDL), reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract - travel to communities within the service area; expenses will be reimbursed
  • Experience writing/implementing program plans and/or business and community development is an asset.Demonstrated competency with public relations, public speaking, facilitating group learning.
  • Career Development Practitioner Course (CDP) would be an advantage.
  • Strong conflict resolution, mediation and crisis prevention/intervention techniques.
  • Knowledge of communications and public relations principles, practices and techniques
  • .Be calm, confident, patient; follow instructions, and function in a crisis.
  • Self-motivate, motivate others and be a positive role model