Interviews, assesses and assists members to achieve their employment goals through identifying and following up on a plan of action to achieve employment goals.
Provides group and one to one coaching and motivation. Prepares members for employment through the facilitation of life skills, job search, pre-employment and job maintenance workshops. Assists in identifying barriers to employment. Counsels members on proper résumé and job search technique.Assists members in the use of computers and other tools to conduct information searches. Assists members in the development of appropriate work habits, behaviours and attitudes for the workplace.
Advocates on behalf of members to community employers, services and programs that will move them closer to their employment goals. Consults with team members and community partners to find employment opportunities, and monitor progress in the work environment. Participates in outreach events/ activities through collaboration and relationship development with community partners.
Ensures self management of program targets related to the employment program delivery and funder expectations; completes and maintains members' files as per funder and YMCA quality standards.
Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
Understands and supports YMCA philanthropic commitments, connects with families and offers opportunities to give, either financially or their personal time, including participation in special events within the centre and the community.
Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
Other duties as assigned.
University Degree preferred or College Diploma in Employment Counselling, Social/Community Work, Social Services or related field
Minimum of two years counselling, file management and group facilitation experience an asset. Other Career Testing Certificates an asset, e.g. Level B, Life Skills
Superior presentation and written communication skills
Access to a motor vehicle is required for this position, as extensive travel within the Region is required
Knowledge of community resources, familiarity with the labour market as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities
Proficient with personal computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet search engines
Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
Excellent written communication skills
Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
Flexibility regarding assigned working hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; Teamwork and Collaboration