Career Opportunity: Job Developer (Youth Job Connection Program)
About The Career Foundation: The Career Foundation is a dynamic non-profit organization that offers a wide range of employment, training, and HR services to job seekers and employers. Since its inception in 1988, The Career Foundation has steadily expanded its services. Operating out of seven locations, we now help thousands of people each year successfully accomplish their employment goals. Our team of dedicated professionals have described The Career Foundation as caring, compassionate, innovative, and team-oriented. For more information about us and our services, please visit our website at CareerFoundation.com.
Some of the benefits and features available to our employees include:
- Competitive compensation
- A comprehensive Health Benefits plan that includes massage therapy, naturopath services, travel coverage, and much more
- A comprehensive Dental Insurance plan
- An Employee & Family Assistance program
- An RRSP Matching plan
- A Wellness program
Program description: The Youth Job Connection (YJC) program is designed to help young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who face multiple barriers to employment. It provides access to employment skills development, along with education/training and work experience.
Position: The Job Developer is an important part of the team, responsible for establishing new relationships with employers, securing job placement opportunities for program participants, and ensuring job retention is achieved. The Job Developer is also responsible for delivering pre-employment workshops, providing job coaching to participants, and other essential duties.
- Position Type: Full-time, six-month contract with good possibility of extension
- Reporting to: Program Coordinator
- Location(s): Base office at Islington & Hwy 401 in Etobicoke and potential to temporarily work some days remotely from home on a hybrid-remote schedule. Must have valid Ontario G driver’s licence and be willing to travel across the GTA to perform job duties
- Number of positions: 1
- Experience: 2 + years
- Start date: Immediately
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Job Development & Outreach:
- Places program participants into full-time employment opportunities.
- Analyzes, evaluates, and interprets collected information to assist participants in targeting the most suitable employment based on individual factors as well as existing labour market factors.
- Establishes relationships with employers in a variety of industries and continuously develops job placement opportunities for program participants.
- Ensures quality work placements for participants by appropriately matching each person’s skills with the job requirements.
- Collects and maintains accurate documentation of contacted employers, job leads, and all other job development activity.
- Regularly participates in community and business networking events, meetings, job fairs, and other activities to inform the community, employers, and job seekers about the program.
- Supports outreach and recruitment efforts, including developing positive relationships with community partners to foster strong referral relationships.
- Other duties as assigned.
Job Placements, Coaching, and Retention:
- Places a minimum of 6-8 participants per intake session into full-time employment.
- Ensures quality of placements by appropriately matching participants’ skills with job requirements and in keeping with requirements of the program’s funder.
- Completes necessary registration forms, placement agreements, monitoring documents, participant case notes, and surveys in a timely manner and in accordance with program guidelines.
- Prepares, tracks, and submits employer claims in a timely manner.
- Maintains ongoing communication with hiring employers and continuously visits employers to initiate and maintain strong relationships in support of employment retention and future placement opportunities for program participants.
- Conducts job retention functions with program participants and employers, including coaching participants on how to overcome barriers during their work placements.
- Conducts regular follow-up calls with all active participants.
- Coaches and motivates participants throughout their job search and during their job placements.
- Other duties as assigned.
Job Search Support:
- Analyzes, evaluates, and interprets collected information to assist participants in targeting suitable employment based on their skills, experience, education, and existing labour market factors.
- Provides effective individual and group job search support to all participants (e.g., Internet job search, interview preparation, employment research methods, employer contacts, job postings, cold calling, etc.).
- Demonstrates sound knowledge and understanding of the positions to which participants are applying and works with participants to develop and modify resumes for those positions.
- Conducts position-specific interview preparation with each participant as needed.
- Effectively answers questions that participants have and/or anticipates information they will need to successfully start employment and has such information readily available.
- Maintains regular and consistent follow-up with participants during workshops and retention phases of the program to ensure positive outcomes.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications / Skills Required:
- Post-secondary degree or diploma in Marketing, Business, Human Services, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in recruitment, job development and/or social services field is required.
- Previous experience working with multi-barriered youth or other related experience that is directly transferable is highly preferred.
- Vocational counselling/placement experience a strong asset.
- Understanding of, and ability to effectively apply, the principles of the sales process to generate job leads and secure positions for clients.
- Experience with outreach and developing relationships with employers considered a strong asset, along with knowledge of current labour market trends, the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market, job search techniques, and employment research methods. Preference will be given to candidates that also possess an existing network of employers in a variety of industries.
- Previous experience with facilitating workshops considered an asset.
- Exceptional customer service skills and ability to uphold the organization’s service standards, policies, and core values.
- A professional and courteous approach to client service with a high level of respect for the diversity of the people served.
- Excellent verbal and written English communications skills, detail orientation, and ability to clearly communicate information in written reports and during team meetings. Bilingualism considered an asset.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), as well as Zoom and Outlook 365 applications, including Teams and SharePoint. Must also possess aptitude and willingness to learn and work with new online systems and technologies.
- Flexible team player with a positive attitude and willingness to take initiative to lend assistance where needed to ensure the team is successful in meeting goals.
- Must be willing to work from base office location at Islington and Hwy 401 in Etobicoke and must be willing to travel across the GTA to develop relationships with new employers and support program participants during their job placements. A valid Ontario G driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is required. Must be equipped to work remotely from home with appropriate work-from-home space and reliable internet connection for a potential hybrid remote working schedule, as determined by management.
- Willingness and flexibility to occasionally work outside of normal business hours, including evenings and weekends, during peak periods, when required.
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About The Career Foundation
The Career Foundation offers a wide range of career and job-related programs. Since its inception in 1988, The Career Foundation has steadily expanded its services. Operating out of seven locations, we now help thousands of people each year successfully accomplish their employment goals. For more information please visit our website at www.CareerFoundation.com.
The Career Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion and aims to create a healthy and rewarding environment for all. We welcome applications from qualified individuals who represent the diversity of the people we proudly serve, including, but not limited to, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and individuals of all genders and sexual orientation. The Career Foundation, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), is also committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. We will work with candidates requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.
We are a professional, result-driven organization that has been described by our employees as caring, compassionate, innovative, and team-oriented.
We also offer:
- Competitive compensation
- A comprehensive health benefits plan that includes massage therapy, naturopath services, and travel coverage
- An Employee & Family Assistance Program
- An RRSP matching plan
- A wellness program