- Position Type: Full-time 6-month contract (very strong possibility of extension)
- Experience: 3+ years
- Number of Positions: 1
- Reporting to: Manager, Employment and Training Services
- Location: Toronto
- Start Date: Immediately
The Employment Specialist is responsible for assessing client employment needs and developing service plans accordingly. The successful candidate will also work to secure employment opportunities/placements for clients in jobs that meet their career objectives.
Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
Client Needs Assessment, Job Search Support & Retention:
- Assesses job seekers, determines specific individual needs, identifies job goals, develops action plans, and supports job seekers in overcoming identified barriers to employment
- Case manages, coaches, and motivates participants during their job search
- Supports job retention by monitoring client progress during employment and through 12 months post closure
- Demonstrates a good understanding of the positions that participants are applying for and clarifies questions participants may have
- Plans and participates in community events concerning employment, education, and career development
- Provides orientation to workplace, life skills coaching and support for disclosure of a disability
- Conducts workshops periodically to instruct participants on effective job search strategies.
Job Matching and Placement:
- Places job seekers into full-time employment through advertised and non-advertised job leads
- Negotiates and administers placement agreements and employer incentives (wage subsidy, on-the-job training) and monitors training plan ensuring expectations of placement are met
- Ensures quality of placements by appropriately matching candidates’ skills with the job requirements
- Conducts required employer site visits, ensuring workplace health and safety policies are in place
- Supports employer and placed job seeker with any arising retention issues
- Provides employer with suitable candidates for the role, works with employer to carve out roles from existing job descriptions based on needs and skills requirements of job seeker and employer
- Makes resources available in print and/or online form on topics such as workplace health & safety and Employment Standards Act.
Program Marketing and Outreach:
- Plans, executes, and continuously monitors an effective outreach plan targeting appropriate clientele
- Assists in implementing effective program marketing strategies in the community
- Recruits clients and ensures that the required number of people access services
- Maintains organized documentation (including a database) of contacted community organizations
- Participates in community events, job fairs and related activities to inform job seekers of The Career Foundation and to recruit them for the program
- Facilitates client referrals by building relationships with community partners and organizations in the area, such as libraries, community centers and Toronto Community Housing.
Workforce Development, Employer Outreach & Relationship Building:
- Develops relationships with employers in a variety of industries
- Assists employers to identify their workforce development needs and conducts site visits to ensure that employers can provide suitable and safe workplace environments
- Assists employers to recruit employees/skilled labour by facilitating employment-related events, preparing job postings on employers’ behalf, assisting with outreach to attract suitable candidates, and posts positions on internal and other approved job boards.
Other Duties as Required:
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends occasionally as needed
- Participates in fundraising activities on behalf of The Career Foundation
- Other duties as required.
- University Degree or diploma is required
- Preference given to CCDP
- Experience in job development, employment assessment and case management considered a strong asset
- Proven track record in a results-driven environment, solid experience in meeting or exceeding targets
- Must have very strong English written communication skills and the ability to develop job search and business-related documents without grammatical and spelling errors
- Strong organizational and time management skills, able to take initiative, manage change/transition and multi-task
- Knowledge of the current labour market trends, the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market, job search techniques and employment research methods
- Strong internal and external customer service focus with a positive attitude
- Experience with youth, women’s services, internationally educated professionals, newcomers, ESL job seekers, disability issues is an asset
- Bilingual (English/French) is a very strong asset
- Ability to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues by maintaining a solution-focused environment
- Equipped to work remotely with adequate internet capabilities and ability to work from various Career Foundation sites, as needed
- Knowledge on online communication platforms, techniques, and tools (Zoom, MS Teams and SharePoint) with an aptitude and willingness to learn and work with new technologies
- Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is an asset
- Flexible team player – willingness to take initiative to lend assistance where needed to ensure that the team is successful in meeting project goals.
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About Us: 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