Job Posting 64535

Employment Specialist
The Career Foundation
Toronto Metro area, Toronto
closing tomorrow (Fri, 25 Sep)
full time - term / contract

Position Description: The Employment Specialist works with the Manager, Employment and Training Services and a team of employment specialists to assess client employment need and develop service plans accordingly.  The successful candidate will also work to secure employment opportunities/ placements for clients in jobs that meet their career objectives.  


Position Type: Full time 6-month contract (possibility of extension)

Experience: 3+ years

Number of Positions: 2

Reporting to: Manager, Employment and Training Services

Location: Toronto

Start date: Immediately

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Assesses clients’ needs and assists them in developing a Service Plan
  • Keeps up-to-date information on referral sources by liaising with community partners
  • Makes appropriate referrals to Employment Ontario services and tracks clients’ progress
  • Manages a caseload of hundreds of clients annually, ensuring that written documentation and statistics for each file are consistently up to date
  • Assists clients with various components of the application process for training
  • Manages client information in EOIS and The Career Foundation’s database
  • Conducts onsite/offsite job search workshops
  • Participates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of job search materials to meet the needs of job seekers with barriers to employment
  • Monitors individual client and group processes to maximize client learning, self-confidence, and employability skills
  • Makes resources available in print and online form and through short workshops on topics such as workplace health & safety and human rights and for audiences such as newcomers, youth, people with disabilities, laid-off workers, etc.
  • Assists employers to attract and recruit employees/skilled labour by facilitating employment-related events, internal job boards, employer prospecting activities
  • Identifies barriers to employment faced by clients and provides clients with supported referrals to appropriate community services
  • Assists in implementing effective program marketing strategies in the community
  • Assists clients in the exploration of occupational and training requirements, professional accreditation, language support, credential assessment and PLAR
  • Provides orientation to workplace, life skills coaching, support for disclosure of a disability
  • Supports assisted clients in planning and conducting job searching based on a realistic and accurate assessment of their qualifications for various job positions
  • Guides and supports clients in the daily completion of job search tasks
  • Conducts exit interviews with clients to ensure service provided was in accordance with service plans and met the highest standards of The Career Foundation
  • Assesses clients’ employment goals and determines whether further assistance or other referrals are required
  • Prepares and submits weekly and monthly reports on service and client activity
  • Collects data on service needs, service delivery and service satisfaction

Other Duties as Needed

  • Develops a resource pool of mentors/coaches
  • Develops support plans with participants and mentors/coaches
  • Links clients with appropriate mentors/coaches to provide support during and after job placement
  • Monitors mentor/coach relationships and their impact on workplace and individual success; facilitates adjustment as required
  • Plans and executes an effective outreach plan targeting appropriate clientele
  • Recruits clients and ensures that the required number access services
  • Initiates and maintains organized documentation (including a database) of contacted community organizations
  • Develops and implements outreach strategies, with supervisor’s approval, and monitors outreach activities
  • Participates in community events, job fairs and related activities to inform job seekers about The Career Foundation and recruit them for the program
  • Visits and builds relationships with community partners and organizations in the area, such as libraries, community centers, Toronto Community Housing, to facilitate client referrals  
  • Maintains flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed

Qualifications/ Skills Required:

  • Must possess a university degree in social sciences or related
  • Experience in employment assessment and case management is required
  • Proven track record in a result’s driven environment, solid experience in meeting or exceeding targets
  • Experience in job search techniques and coaching, outreach, group facilitation and life skills coaching
  • Knowledge of the current labour market trends, the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market, job search techniques and employment research methods
  • Excellent knowledge of English grammar and spelling for the development of job search and business-related documents
  • Strong internal and external customer service focus, positive attitude, initiative, and professional 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 essential for local travel
  • Flexible team player – willingness to take initiative to lend assistance where needed to ensure that the team is successful in meeting project goals.


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


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

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