Job Posting 75296

Employment Coach, Youth Employment Bootcamp
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Fraser Valley
46167 Yale Road, Chilliwack
closed 3 days ago (Mon, 20 Sep)
full time - term / contract  •  Under review, includes benefits


Position Title:      

Employment Coach, Youth Employment Bootcamp (2 positions available)


46167 Yale Road, Chilliwack

This position may be working virtually, in-person, and/or a hybrid combination as per operational and program needs


Term, Full-Time


35 hours per week

Occasional evening or weekend for special events as per program needs


Start Date:           

September 13, 2021

End Date:             

December 30, 2022



Under Review, includes benefits

Reports To:          

Manager, Youth Employment Programs



The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.


For over 130 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. One of the Lower Mainland’s leading charities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health & fitness, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 120,000 participants annually.


Nature and Scope:

The YMCA Youth Employment Bootcamp program is designed to support youth with barriers to employment to develop fundamental life, social and employability skills. This occurs through a series of workshops and training sessions followed by a practical work experience.


This position has the primary responsibility of working directly with participants of the program to set up work placements and provide on-going follow-up supports. The position will also involve assisting in setting up structure and process for the delivery of the program, outreach to the community in order to promote and recruit participants, and establishing connections with businesses in order to develop job opportunities as participants move towards employment. Additionally, the position will facilitate, improve, and evaluate workshops related to life, social, and employability skills. The work environment is very fast-paced, with a high volume of program participants.


Major Responsibilities:       

  • Assists participants in assessing their job skills for employment positions
  • Instructs in job seeking, application procedures, resume writing, interview preparation and job retention skills
  • Facilitates and develops in-classroom pre-employment, job search, career workshops and presentations
  • Support multi-barriered youth with pre-employment supports such as housing, mental health, addictions, income supports, food security, hygiene & clothing and addressing other barriers to securing and sustaining employment
  • Coordinates and supports job placements for program participants
  • Provides labour market and community resource information
  • Maintains contact with employers during the participants' employment and reports results to appropriate staff
  • Monitors participant performance on the job and counsels participants when job performance is not satisfactory; works with participants to improve job performance and gain necessary job skills, or reviews other employment options
  • Prepares forms and reports related to placement activities
  • Tracks participant activity and progress data
  • Initiates and maintains on-going contacts with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies to promote programs for participant placement
  • Makes cold calls to potential employers
  • Explains the benefits and employment support services provided by programs to employers, including addressing employer’s needs
  • Researches internet, agencies, and other resources for job leads
  • Locates jobs for participants who have successfully completed training programs
  • Matches job skills with applicant qualifications
  • Develops and executes creative outreach strategies to recruit program participants
  • Travels across Vancouver and Lower Mainland for meetings



  • Post-Secondary Certificate, Diploma, or Degree in a related discipline, or equivalent work experience
  • Experience working with youth or persons facing barriers due to challenges with mental illness & substance use including concurrent disorders
  • Established relationships within the local business community and proven track record in job placement recruitment
  • Experience with developing and facilitating community based programming and services
  • Strong facilitation skills with proven experience leading pre-employment, job search, career information workshops and presentations to a youth audience
  • Awareness of local youth resources and willingness to develop community supports
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and multi-task in high demand environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Computer proficient – Microsoft Office (including Office 365, Word, and Excel)
  • High degree of independence and initiative within a team environment
  • Proven responsibility to coordinate tasks and work as part of a team
  • CDP or related certification is an asset
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR-C Certificate required, can be obtained within 30 days of start date
  • Requires access to a vehicle to travel to meetings with employer and community partners
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/ Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date




In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, the candidate should possess the following competencies:

Leading Self

  • Evolve in Professional Capability – Commit to being better
  • Achieve Excellence and Authenticity – Show up with the best version of you

Leading Others

  • Develop the Potential in Others – Help people grow and lead
  • Create a Culture of Connection – Build bridges between people and partners

Leading Mission

  • Think and Act Strategically – Make good decisions and act on them
  • Make an Intentional Impact – Advance the strength and cause of the Y



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