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Employment Placement Counsellor

Employment Placement Counsellor

Website YMCA Hamilton Burlington Brantford

Organizational Overview:

As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide solutions. By nurturing the potential of children, youth and adults, the YMCA connects people to life-building opportunities, to each other and enhances their quality of life. We foster social responsibility and healthy living. The YMCA works collectively with community partners that share the YMCA’s determination in strengthening the foundations of community for all people

This position requires a commitment to the YMCA mission and core values of: Responsibility, Honesty, Caring, and Respect, as well as, a commitment to building developmental assets in children and adults.  All offers of employment will be subject to the provision that the successful incumbent provides the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford with a current and satisfactory Police Records Check.   Positions responsible for the direct supervision of children and/or vulnerable persons will be required, in addition to a Police Records Check, to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening Report at the time of hire.

Nature & Scope:

As a branch of the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, the YMCA Employment & Immigrant Services delivers Employment Services, Youth Employment Initiatives, Literacy & Basic Skills, Summer and Part-time employment Experience Programs, Youth Outreach and Immigrant Settlement Programs.
The YMCA Bridge to Work Program will provide Foreign Trained Professionals, who have credentials in Teaching, Child Care and Social Services with hands-on training opportunities to enter various opportunities in Child Care and Children Services fields. This program will develop employment & transferable skills, improve knowledge of Canadian workplace culture, improve job prospects and assist newcomers to enter the Canadian labour market in a field that is commensurate with their training.
This is a full-time position with benefits.



Employment Counselling:

  • Develop and implement the program according to program guidelines
  • Conduct outreach and recruitment of potential candidates for the program
  • Development of curriculum, course outlines, and content for participants in the program
  • Conduct information sessions and organize assessment activities
  • Based on assessment results, select appropriate participants for entry into the program
  • Assess clients’ needs through various assessment tools and develop an action plan based on the decision-making model
  • Provide effective follow-up and support based on the clients’ action plans
  • Manage the program files
  • Build relationships with participants, employers, community agencies, government, funders & stakeholders
  • Exercise patience, understanding and diplomacy in dealing with participants, funders, employers, etc.
  • Develop and co-ordinate workshops offered by the program
  • Complete accurate monthly statistical reports in a timely manner


Job Developing:

  • Assess employers’ needs in order to identify possible job opportunities
  • Liaise with team members to identify participant interest and to identify potential candidates
  • Refer, promote and market candidates to the employer community
  • Follow-up on referrals made to employers and close on employer’s choice of candidate
  • Evaluate work sites to ensure safety and program standards are met
  • Provide employers with the administrative documents and convey procedures
  • Maintain accurate documentation and statistical records
  • Mediate employer/participant conflict as they arise



  • Demonstrated 2 years’ experience in Career and Employment Counselling with specific experience with Internationally Trained Individuals
  • Degree or Diploma in Employment Counseling, Human Resources or related program
  • Experience & knowledge of Ontario Bridge Training programs and/or the Ontario Apprenticeship system
  • Knowledge of Children Services and Child Care is an asset
  • Work collaboratively with partnerships, corporations and associations to represent YMCA and/or the network in a professional manner while achieving agreed upon results.
  • Advanced skills utilizing all Microsoft Office Applications including Word, Outlook, Power Point and Excel
  • Well organized, team player who is able to take initiative, manage change/transitions with the ability to prioritize and multi-task and meet deadlines and targets
  • Excellent English communication skills, written and verbal
  • Bilingual or Multilingual is an asset
  • Driver’s License and own transportation required

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