Employment Counselor-Ottawa
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
Ottawa, ON

Position: Employment Counselor & Stakeholder Engagement

Term: Part-time Contract Position:

  • December 2019 (possibly January 2020)- March 31, 2020 – 32 hours per week
  • April 1, 2020- March 31, 2021- 16 hours per week

Reports to: Director or Education & Workforce Development

Accountable to: Project Coordinator Stakeholder Management

About Landscape Ontario:

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LOHTA) was established over 40 years ago with a mandate to promote and advance the Landscape and Horticulture industry through leadership, community, professionalism and stewardship. Landscape Ontario represents 2600 members with 70,000 employees in Ontario in nine geographical chapters and across 10 occupational Sectors. LOHTA recognizes the competitive environment around attracting and retaining the current workforce employed by 'employers of choice' to support the design, installation and maintenance of healthy green infrastructure that provides sustainable solutions to issues created by weather events. With the industry's vision to be recognized as professionals that provide economic, environmental and health & wellness benefits for every community, LO strives to be the hub that creates opportunities for the current and future workforce to advance their careers and pathways to support this growing industry.

Position Summary

Landscape Ontario is seeking a dynamic part-time employment counselor who can support stakeholder engagement to support the delivery of a new training program that will be recruiting, preparing and supporting visual minority newcomer women (VMNW) to work and build careers in the Landscape and Horticulture industry in Ottawa, Ontario.

The project is being delivered in partnership with two Ottawa based organizations (Ottawa Community Immigration Services Organization (OCISO, and Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO) that provide specialized services and programs aimed at newcomers and employers including mentorship programs and building the capacity of employers to support and integrate newcomers into the Canadian workforce.

The objective of the project is to recruit, train and prepare newcomer women with the interest and aptitude to work in and build careers in the Landscape and Horticulture industry, as well as to build the cultural capacity of industry employers to support, integrate and retain newcomer women in the industry. This includes providing mentorship services for the program participants following their employment and post-employment retention supports for women and employers.

This position will support the program participants in advance, during and following the program in the areas of: employment and workplace preparation, soft-skill development, communication, and post-employment coaching support to support retention and advancement in the industry. This position will also support the Project Coordinator and Stakeholder Management position in engaging stakeholders to support project success.

The position responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with LOHTA Project Coordinator and partner Employment Counselor to develop and deliver employment counseling and case management services for program participants in advance of program enrollment, during the project/program and following employment;
  • Support awareness campaign (social media, community engagement and events) to attract and engage potential participants;
  • Support delivery of client orientation and training sessions from employment counseling lens;
  • Conduct client intake and assessments; assess client’s employment readiness, and define short/long term career goals;
  • Support development and delivery of a mentorship model that applies a visible minority immigrant lens to develop employment counseling curriculum;
  • Co-develop an in-take, case management, counseling and participant follow-up model to support participant preparation and success in the program and following the program in employment;
  • Prepare and deliver employment preparation modules including resume writing, interview preparation, skills identification, communication, goal setting and other capacities to ensure success following employment;
  • Facilitate referrals to wrap around programs and services available with project partners as needed;
  • Establish and monitor employment counseling and stakeholder engagement work plan goals in consultation with partners;
  • Establish and maintain client detailed database as required by the IRCC to support clients and project outcomes;
  • Track client progress and follow-up at various milestones and following employment;
  • Participate on internal committees and working groups as required;
  • Provide and support strong communication, reporting, and evaluation;
  • Demonstrate and provide high standards of service delivery within an anti-racism and anti-oppression environment;
  • Contribute to and participate in a developmental evaluation approach throughout the duration of the project, and prepare progress/final reports as required;
  • Deliver post-employment career development workshops including apprenticeship awareness and preparation seminars;
  • Build relationships with local organizations to support the future recruitment of candidates into the Landscape and Horticulture industry;
  • Work within a team to troubleshoot and address workplace issues that may arise for program participants, employers and partners;
  • Work with the LO provincial workforce development team to identify opportunities to scale local recruitment, training and workforce retention practices and strategies across the province, including capacity and operational needs and best practices;
  • Represent LO to external partners and stakeholders; and
  • Support tracking of project outcomes.

Required skills and experience:

  • University degree or college diploma in HR, Career Coaching, Women’s studies or related field;
  • 3+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas: employment; supports/counseling, human resources, labour market integration is required;
  • Knowledge of labour trends and challenges faced by Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Canada;
  • Knowledge of the trades and the Landscape and Horticulture profession is an asset;
  • A high level of organizational skills, attention to detail; demonstrated ability to track project deliverables, timelines and maintain case management protocol;
  • The ability to effectively design and deliver employment preparation, counseling and post-employment retention supports is require;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate non-judgement and compassion is required;
  • Strong cross-cultural verbal and written communication and presentation skills;
  • The ability to build relationships with industry employers, build knowledge of workplace and industry trends and tailor solutions accordingly is required;
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and foster partnerships to deliver project outcomes is required;
  • Knowledge of the VMNW community and experiences in Ottawa is a strong asset;
  • Knowledge and experience of the Landscape and Horticulture industry is a strong asset;
  • Social work experience is a strong asset;
  • Additional workforce development, employment or adult education experience is an asset;
  • A strong desire and interest in issues related to poverty reduction, newcomer services, progressive human resources, and/or inclusive workforce development is required; and
  • A strong desire and aptitude to work directly with visual minority newcomer women is required.
  • Proficiency with current computer applications including the MS Office Suite, internet -based productivity tools and databases
  • Fluency in English essential, French other languages desirable
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment

Salary & Benefits: $42,000 - $43,500 annually.

Application Deadline: November 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter and a resume.

We encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

LOHTA is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, LOHTA will endeavor to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the Director of Education and Workforce Development upon scheduling your interview.

Job Type: Part- time Contract


  • Ottawa, ON (Required)
  • Successful candidate will work from their own home office and at partner locations within Ottawa for program delivery.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: $42,000.00 to $43,500.00 /year


  • Counselling: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Social Services: 1 year (Preferred)