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Job Number:  38621
Employment Advisor/Placement Specialist
Job Posted: Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 13 October 2017
(62 days ago)
The Career Foundation
Region: Toronto Metro area Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Lawrence Ave. W / Weston Rd. Salary: (not entered)


Organization Profile:  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. The Career Foundation receives funding from Employment Ontario, Service Canada, and private sector companies. For more information please visit our website at www.CareerFoundation.com.


The Empowering Abilities project assists individuals with disabilities in overcoming barriers to employment by enhancing their employability to make a successful transition to employment or to return to school to further their career goal.  The project consists of 10 weeks of pre-employment workshops followed by 12 weeks of a wage subsidy placement.  The Employment Advisor/Placement Specialist will case manage participants through the delivery of pre-employment workshops, one-on-one counselling, securing wage subsidy placements and/ or assisting participants in returning to school and doing follow-up with participants to ensure successful outcomes.


Position Type:  Full time contract

Reporting to: Project Coordinator/ Director of Operations

Location(s): Weston

Number of positions: 1

Experience: 2 + years

Contract Start Date: Immediately

Contract end date:  March 31st, 2018 (contingent on funding being extended)


Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Assesses participants employability readiness and identifies employment skills and supports required to be competitively employed and assists in developing those skills
  • Delivers employability skills workshops and information sessions for participants
  • Assists participants to develop resumes, cover letters and interview skills
  • Builds and maintains professional relationships with employers
  • Ensures that each client obtains a personalized assessment, addressing their individual barriers and outlining steps to their short term and long term goals
  • Provides individual counselling services  to clients living with mild to moderate depression and anxiety
  • Supports employers by acting as a resource regarding individuals with a disability and assisting to customize the participants placement as needed
  • Reviews participants performance and supports required to gain the skills needed to be successful in their placement
  • Conducts intake sessions with potential participants for the project
  • Manages individual and team administrative duties: scheduling appointments for participants, completing necessary paperwork, maintaining participant and employer files and filing system 
  • Responsible for outreach activities to promote The Career Foundation and EA Program
  • Develops and maintains accurate documentation related to wage subsidy placements
  • Administers placement agreements with wage subsidies; monitors wage subsidies throughout participant placements
  • Ensures individual placement targets are met
  • Travels on a regular basis to visit employers and works from various office locations 

Job Coaching/ Client Management Support/ Outreach

  • Provides Job Coaching to participants on appropriate work habits, behaviours and attitudes during the participation in the EA Program and in the workplace
  • Maintains regular consistent follow up with participants during both the workshop and retention phases of the intervention to ensure positive outcomes
  • Conducts regular monitoring visits and calls with clients
  • Provides one –to-one sessions on job maintenance skills to ensure that participants are able to handle challenges on the job
  • Prepares participants for position specific interviews through activities such as mock interviews
  • Conducts approximately 20 hours of workshops per week
  • Provides effective individual/group support to all participants to develop personal management skills (positive attitudes, self-awareness and workplace expectations, flexibility and adaptability on the job, budgeting etc.
  • Supports clients in selecting immediate job goal, helping to understand the conditions and specifications of job goal selected
  • Help clients discover educational and career paths for selected occupations, including training certification or apprenticeships
  • Possess a strong ability to source information in order to clarify questions individuals with disabilities may have and /or anticipate information they will need to successfully start employment
  • Coordinates and conducts marketing and outreach activities to employers, associations, sectors and community partners
  • Work with team to recruit clients into the program and to ensure that the required number of participants start the program each session

Job Development/ Job Retention

  • Responsible for placing approximately 30 participants per contract year with wage subsidy
  • Generates 2-3 new relationships with employers each week in a variety of industries to ensure successful job development for clients 
  • Explore client’s vocational interests, aptitudes and abilities, matching them to appropriate employment opportunities
  • Helps with job retention by monitoring placements and successfully finds additional employment for clients that experience job loss
  •  Consistently follows up with employers and clients to mitigate potential issues
  • Develops relationships with employers in a variety of industries to ensure successful job development for clients in their areas of interest, thus enhancing retention
  • Assists employers with identifying their employment and training needs and conducts site visits to ensure employers can provide suitable and safe workplace environments
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of the positions that are suitable for individuals  with disabilities

Qualifications/ Skills Required:

  • Degree or Post-Secondary Diploma from a Human Services field combined with relevant experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities or an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience is required
  • Vocational counselling/ mental health counselling considered an asset
  • A minimum of 2 years direct experience in recruitment,  job development and / or job coaching
  • Superior written communication skills and detail orientation are a must
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Workshop facilitation skills
  • Understanding of and ability to effectively apply the principles of the sales process to generate leads for wage subsidy placements
  • Vocational counselling / placement experience with individuals with a disability considered a strong asset
  • Knowledge of local labour market, job search strategies and techniques
  • Strong resume and cover letter writing skills
  • Must be willing to travel, on a regular basis, for work
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and reliable vehicle is essential
  • Flexible approach to work to ensure that all requirements of the project are met
  • A second language is an asset


Application Process: candidates please submit a cover letter and resume to .  Remember to quote the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.  No phone calls please.  Thank you for your interest in The Career Foundation. 





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Candidates please submit applications to addressed to The Hiring Committee. No phone calls please. Thank you for your interest in The Career Foundation.
Contact Details:

www:   www.careerfoundation.com

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