Job Posting 77875

Employment Counsellor
York / Durham area
closes in 3 days (Tue, 30 Nov)
full time  •  42240-45000

Every Bite Matters is a youth focused training and social inclusion employment program that addresses the many needs within the community; it is a food industry job training program, providing unemployed and out of school youth the skills and opportunities to successfully enter this sector of the working world.  Also, Every Bite Matters will address the social isolation that many in the elderly population are facing, providing opportunities for youth and the elderly to connect over a nutritious meal.  Every Bite Matters will educate both populations on healthy eating, nutrition and Canada’s Food Guide.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build a positive referral base with community partners.
  • Marketing, outreach, and promotion of program to community youth serving agencies, employers and community at large
  • Develop and facilitate appropriate program materials for at-risk youth including hard and soft skills for employment, life skills, kitchen safety and culinary skills, to maintain and sustain employment.
  • Act as a positive role model, mentor and support for youth as they learn new skills in through development and co- facilitation of pre-employment workshops culinary skill development, social innovation component and job coaching throughout work placement.
  • Assist youth in accessing various community programs as appropriate based on needs and barriers.
  • Relationship building and assessment of youth to ensure successful job matching.
  • Work alongside program staff to ensure job opportunities reflect youth needs, abilities, employment goals, and overall suitability.
  • Deliver programming/services in accordance with 360°kids’ Strategic Plan and funding expectations.
  • Ensure key relationships with community partners and others having impact on the program are sustained.
  • Work with 360˚staff to ensure program(s) success while positively contributing to organizational needs.
  • Assist in the development and co-facilitation of appropriate program materials for at-risk youth.
  • Conduct program intakes, determine eligibility and makes recommendations based on youth needs.
  • Act as a positive role model, mentor, and support for youth as they learn new skills.
  • Co-ordinate youth action plan activities, monitor progress, and keep client case notes.
  • Assist in monitoring job placements; liaise with employers, youth, and other team members regarding progress.
  • Complete all mandatory recording and reporting including daily documentation and statistical data collection.
  • Participates in regular supervision meetings and performance appraisal meetings on a semiannual basis.  Attends training workshops and relevant conferences that pertain to the role.
  • Other duties as required.


Working Conditions

  • Work in 360°kids’ location at Home Base, Richmond Hill Community HUB and a variety of public locations
  • Transport of clients as the need arises, maintain adequate liability coverage ($2,000,000) at all times on personal vehicle.
  • Contact with at risk and homeless youth, which may include working under unpredictable circumstances and with potentially challenging clients.
  • Contact with seniors in the community, which may include working under unpredictable circumstances and with potentially challenging clients.

Physical Requirements

Standing, sitting at regular intervals.  Incumbent is able to shift position at regular intervals.  Occasional lifting of objects up to 20 lbs.


Direct Reports



  • Post-secondary education in mental health/social services field of study (e.g. Child and Youth Work, Addictions and Mental Health, Social Worker, Social Service Worker, Psychology) and/or Food Services Coordination, Nutrition, Health Sciences, or the equivalent combination of education and experience working with youth. 
  • Minimum of one year Employment Counselling and/or Program Facilitation experience.
  • Experience working with vulnerable or street involved youth/youth with mental health/addictions barriers.
  • Passion for cooking and skilled in meal planning and preparation.
  • Professional/employment in commercial kitchen an asset.
  • Counselling experience in terms of life skills and behaviour management.
  • Exceptional relationship building skills, excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills.  
  • Demonstrated client focused counselling skills and role modelling. 
  • Assessment, intake, and case management skills
  • Motivated, has a strong work ethic, empathetic, and must be able to work with a team
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to be adaptable with a flexible approach taking into consideration the unique qualities of each client. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills that promote positive team building, negotiation and conflict resolution. 
  • Will possess a broad knowledge of community resources and the ability to strongly advocate for clients and professional referrals. 
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification, current vulnerable sector screening (criminal background check), car and valid driver’s license with a clean driver’s abstract and $2 million liability insurance
  • Working knowledge of York Region youth focused support services

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