Career Development Counselor
We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary health care, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy.
The Career Development Counsellor is responsible for the implementation of the youth employment program, aimed at addressing youth underemployment and unemployment in priority neighbourhoods, through a series of accredited skills training, employment services, and quality employment opportunities.
The Career Development Counsellor supports registered clients, from in-take and assessment to assisting youth securing meaningful employment opportunities, including on-going monitoring and supportive structures towards job retention. The Career Development Counsellor works with a caseload of clients, to determine their fit for the program, and guide them into three programming streams: accredited skills training; employment service /training; and quality employment opportunity. Over the course of 10-14 weeks, the Counsellor supports the client towards successful completion by offering a range of wraparound supports and individualized supports.
The Career Development Counsellor identifies leads and partnerships with prospective employers in order to co-create job placements for clients in positions related to their experience and to ensure clients maintain their placements. The Counsellor will be proactive in supporting and monitoring placements to ensure job retention.
This is a full-time contract position until February 2023, and a bargaining unit position with OPSEU Local 5115. Staff have the opportunity to participate in HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan), and receive sick and vacation entitlements.
To protect the health and well-being of our clients and employees, Regent Park Community Health Centre has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all staff, including new employees to be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals with valid medical or human rights-based exemptions, will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy.
- Support the intake of prospective clients and assess overall fit with the program
- Create customized plan and goal-setting for clients to determine the stream they will be participating in the next 10 to 14 weeks
- Work with the team to develop training/workshop schedules on a weekly and quarterly basis in order to meet organizational and funder targets
- Create, deliver, and evaluate workshops such as: career exploration and goal setting; job search and application process; resume and cover letter preparation; job interview prep and conduct; on the job performance; technology and computer skills
- Work with Program Coordinator to make recommendations, adjustments, and improvement to program delivery to monitor performance targets
Partnership and Career Placement Development
- Proactively seek out partnership opportunities and career placements with prospective employers in sectors relating to the marketplace demands and experience of registered clients
- Works directly with employers to identify opportunities for on-the-job training and work experience to build skills and place clients in employment
- Organize job fairs, informational interviews, networking events, and sector-specific recruitment fairs for participants
Caseloads and Wraparound Supports
- Serve as case manager to a group of clients and provide support for the youth clients related to their program experience from in-take to obtaining employment with the program
- Consult individually with clients to determine the stream and duration of the program required for the client, and make modifications as necessary over the course of their participation with the program
- Set up individual and group consultation meetings with clients in order to identify barriers, challenges, gaps or issues that would limit their ability to successfully complete the program
- Provide systems navigation and/or referrals to other RPCHC services or community-based agencies
- Identify and agree upon wraparound financial and non-financial supports to participants to ensure their ability to successfully complete the program and obtain meaningful employment – including support with transportation, food, childcare, and housing.
- Track and submit receipts and reports of any purchases, and expenses related to the program.
- Maintain case notes for all participants, and submit them as required.
Outreach, Digital Media, and Special Projects
- Help to coordinate and conduct promotional events to raise awareness of the Jobs4U program and other RPCHC/Child and Youth programming
- Support the creation of outreach material, such as flyers/brochures, update website, maintain social media presence – including job portal and/or linkedin job pages
Qualifications and Skills Required:
- Degree or diploma in Employment or Career Counselling, Education, Business Development, or equivalent
- 3-5 Years of work experience in the non-profit employment service sector, preferably with youth-serving agencies
- Experience with job recruitment, job development, job retention, and intervention strategies to support clients’ employment success in the short to long term horizon
- Experience with program design and facilitation, including public speaking skills to train participants in a series of employment-related workshops
- Competencies with digital platforms, social media, and presentation platforms – both in person and virtual – are required in this role
- Excellent oral and written English skills; fluency in another language is an asset
- Familiarity and commitment to Anti-Oppressive, Anti-Discriminatory, and Harm Reduction frameworks
- Knowledge of Regent Park area and issues affecting families living within Regent Park and Moss Park areas
- This position will require the incumbent to have the flexibility to work in evenings and on weekends to support outreach and special events as required from time to time.
- Must be fully vaccinated for the safety of clients and staff
Apply For This Position
Please submit your resume and cover letter by
May 31, 2022
No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. RPCHC is committed to developing an inclusive, selection process and work environment. If contacted, please advise the hiring manager if you require any accommodation during the interview process.