Prince George, BC
Full-time, typically business hours with some flexibility required
What you will gain
$30.00-$33.00 hour, depending on education and experience
eligible for benefits after 3 months
4 weeks of annual vacation
Discount on child care (excluding infant and toddler)
Who we are
Rooted in Northern BC for over 50 years, the YMCA of Northern BC is a charity of over 400 staff and volunteers working together to strengthen the foundations of our community through promoting healthy living, fostering belonging, inclusion, and connection, and helping children, families, and seniors thrive. We offer opportunities for personal growth and create social change through child care services, camp programs, community health services, employment services, recreation, and health and fitness services.
Foundry Works is an employment service within Foundry Prince George, an integrated health and social service hub for young people ages 12-24. Alongside partners, Foundry Prince George offers access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services, and youth and family peer supports. Foundry Prince George is part of a larger provincial network. The new “Foundry Works” program will provide flexible, wraparound services to young people who are not currently involved in education, employment or training to find work, further their education, and meet personal goals.
What you will do
At the YMCA people are our greatest asset and we are proud to be an employer of choice. Working at the YMCA means you are part of a fun, positive team in an environment of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and inclusivity. The YMCA is committed to providing our community the support it needs to thrive through employment, youth services, and programming for families and seniors. We believe a vibrant, healthy community is one in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and connection.
The Job Developer/ Employment Specialist will build and maintain relationships with employer partners and work directly with young people who experience barriers to employment to take steps towards their employment and education goals. The position functions as part of an integrated, multi-disciplinary team.
What you will bring
Our caring community health providers are passionate about helping children, youth, families, and seniors live well. They believe in guiding each individual through a holistic approach to health that embodies all aspects of physical, mental, and social well-being to support people to live healthier, happier lives.
Responsibilities and abilities
- Identify, build, and maintain relationships with a broad range of employer partners to provide opportunities for youth with support and accessibility needs in the workplace
- Work with employer partners and other stakeholders to develop curriculum and content that meets employer needs/ wants and supports successful employment
- Maintain comprehensive knowledge of employment trends, needs, and gaps to support employment and education opportunities for youth
- Maintain comprehensive knowledge of education and training options for youth with support and accessibility needs and help youth to access
- Identify volunteer opportunities that further employment and education goals
- Build positive, trusting relationships with diverse youth, including those who face barriers to participation, as well as local partners and employers
- Provide employment support one on one and in small groups
- Inform and support development and monitoring of individualized service plans
- Job placement and ongoing employment support; troubleshoot individual and systemic issues with participants, employer partners, and relevant supports
- Case management including outreach, advocacy, resource referral, and follow-up
- Workshop development and facilitation
- Perform administrative tasks, ensuring accurate and timely records and reporting
- Work effectively as part of the integrated Foundry team and other relevant services and supports
- Ensure consistent and clear communication with participants, employers, and other stakeholders
- Develop a thorough understanding of the program delivery model and resources
- Participate in quality assurance procedures and evaluation
- Post-secondary degree in a relevant field or specialized training/ employment practitioner designation or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
- Minimum 2 years of experience in the employment sector, preferably in a job developer role and/ or with populations facing barriers to employment
- Knowledge of integrated placement support (IPS) an asset
- Passion for and ability to work effectively with diverse youth
- Understanding of the impacts of colonization and residential schools on Indigenous peoples
- Personal understanding of and alignment with the mission, vision, strategic outcomes, and values of the YMCA
- Ability to engage and motivate
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
- Proven ability to develop and maintain effective cooperative relationships
- Commitment to social inclusion; able to respond sensitively and with personal awareness to the diverse needs of participants, including those with barriers to participation
In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, and an orientation to service, the candidate should possess the following competencies:
1. Leadership/ Coaching – Ability to direct and develop performance of self and others to achieve desired results.
- Negotiation/ Communication/Interpersonal Skills - Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings. Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results. Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
- Planning/Organizing – Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long-term goals.
- Problem Solving – Ability to identify an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, determine possible solutions, selects appropriate responses and implements and evaluates them.
- Service Strategy – Ability to identify the needs and wants of members/participants as a priority and respond in an effective and timely manner to enhance every person’s YMCA experience.
- Initiative/Enthusiasm/Innovation – Ability to manage and lead in order to achieve and exceed identified goals.
- Teamwork/ Cooperation – ability to work cooperatively and productively with others within and across organizational units to achieve common goals; demonstrate respect, cooperation, collaboration, and consensus-building.