Employment Counsellor (Ft. McMurray)
YMCA of Northern Alberta
Fort McMurray, AB
Classification: Contract working 32hours a week

About Us:
The YMCA of Northern Alberta is a registered charity operating in Edmonton since 1907, Wood Buffalo since 1975 and in Grande Prairie since 2007. The YMCA’s Mission is to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA is committed to the values of respect, honesty, caring, responsibility, diversity and social inclusion.

About this Job Role (Employment Counsellor):
The YMCA of Northern Alberta is seeking a motivated individual that will provide direct service delivery to the participants of the Bridging the Gap for Youth pre-employment program. The Employment Counsellor is responsible for the effective caseload management, supportive counselling and employment placement of program participants. At all times, the Counsellor will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills with vulnerable populations who face employment insecurity and related challenges.

Compensation: An attractive compensation package commensurate with experience and knowledge.

  • Provide employment and educational counselling, direction and moral support to participants.
  • Advocate on the behalf of participants with parent/guardians, schools, community agencies and others involved in their lives.
  • Facilitate employment placements and carry out caseload management.
  • Recruit and retain Work Experience partners.
  • Effectively market program to local businesses to create partnerships.
  • Maintain effective communication with all program stakeholders.
  • Assist Program Facilitator in facilitating employment workshops.
  • Complete evaluation, record keeping, and administrative tasks as required.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date participant files.
  • Demonstrate excellent case management.
  • Establish effective community relations relevant to the program, and market and promote the program to achieve service and financial targets. Liaise with community programs and services and communicate YMCA programs.
  • Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, and values and the YMCA programs and services.
Education/Certifications/Credentials/Professional Registration

  • Post Secondary education in Psychology, Human Services, Education or equivalent.
  • Level B Assessor for Employment and Career Assessment Tools (preferred).
  • Standard First Aid, CPR-Level C, and WHMIS Certification.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search, and a current and satisfactory Child Welfare Intervention Record Check.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention Certification an asset.

  • Working directly with youth seeking employment.
  • Facilitating career development and youth employment.
  • Working with cultural groups, high needs and marginalized populations.
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Marketing and social media experience an asset.

  • Organizational and time management skills, excellent written and oral communication, and team work skills.
  • Working knowledge of group facilitation, individual assessment, program planning and promotion, outcome evaluation, marketing and public relations.
  • Beginner knowledge in supportive counselling skills.
  • Knowledge of related community, education, youth and human services resources.
  • Sensitive to and demonstrated knowledge of dealing with the needs of participants from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent understanding of database systems.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows.
How to Apply: Applicants are requested to apply for this position directly through our website at https://northernalberta.ymca.ca/careers

Note: A Security Clearance Check is a condition of employment for successful candidates. The check must be completed prior to commencement of work and is the financial responsibility of the candidate.