Job Posting 75730

Youth Employment Specialist
WJS Canada
Edmonton area
closes in 36 days (Tue, 30 Nov)
full time - term / contract  •  $21 - $27.50/hr PLUS employer-paid health & dental benefits

Schedule: 40 hrs/wk; 8:30am TO 4:30pm (Work hours may include some evenings & weekends, depending on the operational needs of the program)


The Program

L.E.A.P (Learning Employment Action Plan) is a free federally funded employment program developed by CBI Consultants focusing on youth or young adults (15-30 years) who may be experiencing barriers to employment (developmental or mental health challenges, Indigenous, ESL, refugee, recent immigrant or living in a remote, rural location). Through customized strength-based skills development training and a growing community network, L.E.A.P participants develop vital skills and knowledge to minimize employment barriers.

WJS is happy to share in CBI's mission to improve the quality of life of people world wide and that all citizens have the right to fully inclusive lives and access to fulfilling work for real pay.

The Position
Reporting to the Team Lead, the Employment Specialist supports participants through group facilitations, job development, job coaching, goal monitoring and crisis supports. Using a person-centered approach they create vocational profiles for participants and track outcomes.
The Employment Specialist will also travel throughout assigned communities, identify inclusive business/community partners and assist them in understanding customized employment, supports and training.
*** This is a temporary full time position, eligible to participate in health and dental benefits (employer-paid premiums) after 6 months employment ***

In Your Role You Will
• Assist the Team Lead with recruitment and intake of program participants
• Facilitate modifications and adaptations to the worksite/job duties and/or prepare visual supports for program participants (Ex. visual calendars/schedules, low-high tech communication aides, etc.)
• Support job seekers throughout the program to achieve their employment/education goals and meet their ideal conditions of employment.
• Model support or instructional strategies to participants' natural supports (caregivers, employers/co-workers) to encourage success & goal attainment
• Use sales techniques such as “cold-calling” of prospective employers and securing in-person meetings to understand businesses’ hiring needs to secure employment opportunities
• Complete detailed Employer needs analyses to understand employer’s hiring needs and priorities
• Establish, develop, and maintain working relationships with employers, providing support and resources to ensure successful long-term employment matches
• Deliver presentations/Information sessions to stakeholders and community partners, disability and inclusion-based workshops for employers, jobs skills training, etc.
• Represent CBI positively within the community, venues and training locales, as well as, marketing through social media, agencies, service providers, etc.
• Ensure adherence to the contract (budget, policies, procedures, reporting, etc.)

*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.

As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Degree in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Recreation and Health Education, Community Support Work, Rehabilitation, HR, Business, Mental health and Addictions)
• Previous experience in an employment program and/or working with individuals with various barriers to employment (ESL, new immigrant, people with disabilities, etc.) is an asset
• Equivalent combinations of training and experience will be considered
• Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract - travel to communities within the service area; expenses will be reimbursed
• Experience writing/implementing program plans and/or business and community development is an asset
• Demonstrated competency with public relations, public speaking, facilitating group learning
• Career Development Practitioner Course (CDP) would be an advantage
• Strong conflict resolution, mediation and crisis prevention/intervention techniques.
• Knowledge of communications and public relations principles, practices and techniques.
• Be calm, confident, patient; Follow instructions, and function in a crisis
• Self motivate, motivate others and be a positive role model.

What WJS Canada does
WJS Canada provides social services to children, youth, adults and families facing difficulties. We take a personalized, trauma-informed approach to care in an environment of cultural respect and support.

Our Employees Enjoy
• Safe, respectful and caring team environment
• Training programs to ensure professional development and career development
• Flexible hours
• Generous benefit packages


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