Job Posting 86326

Youth Employment Specialist
WJS Canada
Edmonton area
closes in 36 days (Thu, 15 Sep)
full time - temporary / contract  •  $21+/hr PLUS employer-paid benefits!

Hours of Work Per Week: 40
Scheduled Days Each Week: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
Scheduled Hours: 8:30am TO 4:00pm (Work hours may include some evenings & weekends, depending on the operational needs of the program)


The Program
WJS Canada's Youth Employment Services supports youth and under-employed young adults (aged 15-30 years) experiencing barriers to employment (developmental or mental health challenges, Indigenous, ESL, refugee, recent immigrant or living in a remote, rural location) through exploring career, training and employment options by developing appropriate action plans designed to overcome challenges in securing and maintaining employment.

The Position
This is a temporary full time position of an unknown duration (You may apply for permanent positions with WJS Canada during this time)
You will provide individual and group employment search/career planning, employability skills training and coordinate community employment placements, sometimes, travelling within assigned communities, to identify inclusive business/community partners and assist them in understanding the customized employment supports available to them should they hire through the program.
Schedule may include some evenings and weekends, depending on program needs.
This position will be required to travel throughout assigned communities.
This position reports to the Team Lead.

In Your Role You Will
• Assess potential clients' employment needs, readiness and eligibility for program interventions and financial supports
• Support clients face-to-face or virtually with job searches, career planning and interview prep.
• Discover creative solutions to overcome employment barriers. (Ex. visual calendars/schedules, communication aides, etc.)
• Provide group and individual employment counselling, coaching, placement supervision and placement/job retention services to disadvantaged people
• Design workshops, tools, presentations to assist clients entering or re-entering the labour market
• Source and maintain partnerships with employers, community organizations, education and training institutions, private and public sector agencies
• Use skills in public relations, public speaking, facilitating group learning, conflict resolution, mediation and crisis prevention/intervention techniques.
• Career Development Practitioner Course (CDP) would be an advantage
• Self motivate, motivate others and be a positive role model.
• Maintain client files and statistical reporting
• Deal effectively with distressed, hard to serve clients

*** 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 Social Sciences, Social Work or Human Resources, combined with a minimum of 2 years of experience in career planning, employment counselling, and working with at risk youth
• Previous experience as a Career Coach or in an employment supports program and/or working with disadvantaged populations with various barriers to employment (youth, 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

What WJS Canada does
WJS helps people with developmental disabilities thrive in their communities through a variety of programs and services, including:
• Community-based homes and residential care
• Supportive Independent living
• Family support services, including respite care
• Day programs, community involvement, employment
• Behaviour, emotional and mental health support

Our Employees Enjoy
• Financial reward for New Hire/Employee referrals
• A fair and equitable wage.
• An excellent Health and Dental benefit plan, with premiums paid by the employer!
• Programming that meets current best practices.
• Innovation that sets and defines new standards of care.
• An empowering balance of independence and supervision.
• World-class staff training and personal development.

We recognize that equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important element in our work and in our day to day lives.

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