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Employment Counsellor

Employment Counsellor

WESP_Toronto Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

cutting edge employment services for people with disabilities

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

Job Posting

Position: Employment Counsellor (full-time, contractual)
Location: CCRW National Office (477 Mount Pleasant Road Suite 105, Toronto ON M4S 2L9)
Hours of Work: 40 hours/week – contractual until March 31, 2018
Start Date: June 2017

Based on 52 weeks employment – 40 hours per week

Reporting: Reports to the WESP Project Manager
Pay Level: 4 (Projects & Specialists 2)
Hiring range: $43,000 – $47,000

Current CCRW staff will be considered on a priority basis

CCRW is the pre-eminent Canadian centre of excellence on the economic, social and psychological aspects of disability (be it one or more physical, sensory, medical, learning or mental health disability), as they impact people’s ability to seek, acquire and retain productive employment. WESP, a program of CCRW, is a client centred dynamic employment program designed to specifically provide job seekers with disabilities a professional insight into the world of work. Using a full suite of employment based services, WESP provides clients the necessary tools to be competitive in today’s job market and the confidence to become employed.

We are currently seeking an Employment Counsellor for the Workplace Essential Skills Partnership Program (WESP) in Toronto, ON.

This is a full-time contractual position for the period June 2017 – March 31, 2018.


The WESP Employment Counsellor will be responsible, in collaboration with the Employment Specialist, for providing group-based employment counselling, coaching and workshop facilitation (including career testing) within the WESP workshop. The WESP Employment Counsellor will also be responsible (and in collaboration with the WESP Job Developer) for providing successful graduates of the WESP program with post-workshop support such as job coaching, individual employment and career counselling, and overall job search strategies.

Successful candidates must have a comprehensive knowledge of barriers encountered by persons with disabilities in achieving opportunities to employment and independence.


General Duties:

Many of these duties are performed in conjunction with the site staff.

  • In conjunction with the Employment Specialist, supports all aspects of the WESP workshop facilitation process. Provides individualized support to each client in revising and/or developing his/her resume and cover letter in application for a particular job opportunity, while providing ample opportunities for mock interview and additional job search support as required.
  • Provides career testing and career exploration to clients within the workshop setting including the administration and interpretation of level B psychometric tests (such as the MBTI and Self-Directed Search)
  • Researches labour market information using various sources and communicates this information to WESP clients.
  • In conjunction with the Employment Specialist, oversees the content development and delivery of the WESP workshop while actively seeking out guest speakers.
  • In conjunction with the WESP Job Developer, provides individual job coaching and employment counselling support to WESP clients.
  • In conjunction with the WESP team, conducts outreach activities and thereby forges working relationships with employers, universities, colleges and other community agencies as require
  • Responds to questions from workshop participants, employers, agencies and the general public via telephone, email, fax or other applicable communication methods.
  • Tabulates in a timely fashion all statistical information of CCRW WESP activities for monthly reporting purposes.
  • Adheres to protocols and policies documented in the CCRW HR Manual.
  • Supports and completes, as and if required, CCRW local and National initiatives and activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CCRW WESP Manager.



  • Post-secondary Degree or Diploma in employment counselling, career counselling, human resources or related discipline or combination or equivalent combination of experience and education (university degree preferred)
  • Qualified to administer and interpret level B psychometric tests (i.e. MBTI, Self-Directed Search)
  • 2-3 years’ experience in assessment and case management, familiarity with Employment Ontario OEAS model preferred
  • 2-3 years’ experience in job search techniques including individual job coaching and employment/career counselling, outreach, and group workshop facilitation
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the barriers experienced by job seekers with disabilities as well as an awareness of cross-cultural sensitivities and issues.
  • Proven experience implementing Employment Action Plans for persons with disabilities.
  • Strong English verbal and written communications skills; other languages (especially ASL) are an asset.
  • Excellent organizational, presentation, and workshop facilitation skills.
  • Takes initiative with regards to problem solving; team-oriented, creative and innovative.
  • Computer Proficiency including MS Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word), Internet and Email. Experience with Office 365 and SharePoint strongly preferred.
  • Comfortable using various forms of social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) and experience instructing jobseekers on their use.
  • Ability to work variable hours is occasionally required.


Please send covering letter and resume in one document to Jaclyn Krane, WESP Manager, at

For more information, please visit Thank you for your interest in WESP and CCRW.


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