Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer

Our Place Peel

Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer

This is a Fulltime contract from asap – March 31, 2016

Our Place Peel believes that all youth within the Region of Peel who are at-risk of homelessness will have access to a safe shelter and appropriate supports. We are committed to providing shelter, support and hope to youth aged 16 – 21 in the Region of Peel who are at risk of homelessness.  We are currently recruiting for a Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer to join our dedicated team.

Position Summary

The Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer will work collaboratively with the Our Place Peel Staff team in running the Employment Resource Centre.  The role of the Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer will be to intake, assess, case manage and job develop youth who access the Employment Resource Centre.   In addition, the Employment Counsellor/ Job Developer will develop and deliver effective employment and life skills workshops in collaboration with the Transitional Program Worker.

Responsibilities of the Position:

-Conduct initial assessments with youth to identify strengths, interests, short and long term goals and barriers to employment
-Facilitate effective and interactive employment and life skills workshops
-Reach out to community businesses to advocate hiring our youth
-Collaborate with other employment services to develop opportunities for our youth
-Assist youth in understanding the job application process and employment expectations
-Collaborate and involve Our Place Peel team during assessment and case plan process
-Develop and maintain links with other community agencies that work in the areas of employment and homelessness, by participating in meetings and community events
-Develop practices and protocols that promote positive employment outcomes
-Initiate and maintain contact with vulnerable participants using flexible engagement strategies to achieve case plan goals
-Apply a collaborative approach to case planning and record keeping. Collect and record demographic information and maintain detailed case notes, case management plans and contact lists of involved  supports and community services
-Adhere to all Agency protocols, procedures and policies including Code of Conduct, Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Policy, Health and Safety protocols and any related
-Develop clear case planning with youth designed to eliminate individual and systemic barriers
-Create and apply appropriate outcome measurement tools to provide accurate case planning and outcome management data for reporting purposes
-Assist youth in exploring and understanding eligibility criteria for relevant programs and services
-Comprehensive identification of a neighborhood map where each youth can form continuous links for services, counseling, food, healthcare, socialization, etc, within their local community
-Forms associations and relationships with a broad spectrum of community service agencies to be able to refer youth and facilitate a successful connection.   Initiates contacts with or responds to contacts from a wide variety of individuals on matters concerning youth case plans
-Other duties as assigned
Qualifications:

-Minimum of 2 years working in the employment services field
-Relevant Post-secondary education from an accredited College or University
-Experience working with homeless youth, preferably within a shelter environment
-Certification in administering various career assessment tools
-Knowledge of labour market trends and current employment programs
-Developed skills to enhance participant motivation and follow through on decisions related to employment and life skills
-Understanding of the challenges experienced by hard-to-serve clients in obtaining housing, employment, educational and community opportunities. Effective knowledge of agencies, resources and supports within Peel to address those challenges
-Multicultural sensitivity and commitment to work with the socially and economically disadvantaged
-Demonstrated and proven ability to engage hard to serve youth in workshops & activities
-Ability to work collaboratively, problem-solve and to motivate people
-Proven ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
-Strong organizational, effective time management and planning skills
-Proficient with computers, remote access, MS Office products, database entry and compiling statistics
-Satisfactory Police Records Check and Vulnerable Position Screening
-Demonstrated experience working from an anti-oppressive framework
-Adaptable, flexible and resourceful
-Knowledge with the use of social media concepts and functions
-Valid CPR/First Aid and CPI certificates or in the process of obtaining
-Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings
This is a fulltime contract position for 40 hours per week including evenings and weekends.

Please respond by email with current resume and cover letter by May 11th to:  kcho@ourplacepeel.org

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