Youth Employment Counsellor
START DATE: ASAP
REPORTS TO: Manager Employment Services
Summary of Responsibilities
The Youth Employment Counsellor works with the Employment Services team in Delta to provide young people facing barriers to employment with skills development, mentoring and subsidized work experience to successfully transition into the labour market and maintain employment. The Youth Employment Counsellor markets Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC (BGC) employment services to employers and recruits eligible potential participants.
- Understands and works in accordance with policies, procedures, and standards set out by BGC and the funder to meet project milestones and outcomes.
- Recruits participants and completes intake and assessment to determine program eligibility and obtain relevant information from prospective participants.
- Develops and facilitates workshops, ensuring that curriculum and materials are updated, relevant, and meet the needs of participant groups and employer partners.
- Facilitates a wide range of pre-employment and job search skills workshops to assist participants in their overall employment readiness.
- Assists participants in the development of action plans, life skills, job finding strategies, and skills development in both a one-to-one and group setting.
- Works with the employment team to review and support participant action plans.
- Provides current employment related knowledge such as labor market information, employment standards, and on-line job search strategies.
- Completes real-time subjective documentation of all communication and activities with participants, using data-based software.
- Provides job development support and mentoring on a scheduled and as-needed basis with individual participants.
- Introduces participants to online job search tools to access and generate job leads.
- Develops relationships with employers and provides participants with ongoing coaching and support to develop employment opportunities and ensure a positive experience.
- Arranges job interviews with BGC employer partners; develops new community employer partnerships whilst maintaining current employer relationships.
- Monitors post-employment success of participants to ensure outcomes are met.
- Ensures that accurate and up-to-date program and participant records are maintained and complete.
- May work in other employment programs during high volumes and/or coverage needs as needed.
- Other duties as required.
- Clean Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector)
- A relevant degree such as Social Work, or Education or a two-year diploma in a related field (i.e., Career Practitioner or Employment Counselling, Marketing) and related experience working in the human services field, or the equivalent of education and experience working with youth and young adults.
- A minimum two years’ experience in employment counselling and group facilitation; recruiter/ job developer experience an asset.
- A reliable vehicle and a clean driver abstract.
- Experience developing and delivering employment and life skills related workshops and one-to-one employment counselling to individuals with multiple barriers to employment.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, electronic communications, database software and in the use of video teleconferencing software programs.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of employment-related support services, the labour market as well as the various challenges facing employment seekers.
- Knowledge of group process and facilitation techniques.
- Well-developed interpersonal, employment counselling, conflict resolution, oral and written communication skills.
- Strong organization and time management skills.
- Proven ability to work with diverse participant populations in a results-oriented work environment.
- Demonstrated experience establishing employer / participant linkages to complete work experience placements in the community.
- The following certifications and skills would be assets: Valid First Aid Certificate / Personality Dimensions Certificate
This is a full-time position (35 hours per week) with benefits at six months and pension after one year.
Thanks in advance to all persons who apply for this position. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
BGC recognizes the value and importance of building and sustaining a culturally diverse environment and commits to intentional efforts to reflect that (along with our values) in all that we do. BGC has always been committed to diversity, and we believe that articulating our commitment to it in this way will support the ongoing evolution of this in our work going forward.
For employees, participants, volunteers, donors, and the community, we demonstrate that commitment through:
- Recruitment, employment, development, and promotion practices that are barrier free
- Encouraging representatives of diverse identities (race, national or ethnic origin, language, spiritual beliefs, age, gender, sexual identity, marital status, family structure, political beliefs, mental or physical ability, or socioeconomic status) to apply for available positions, participate in programs, and/or engage with BGC
- Making decisions based solely on an individual’s qualifications, merit, performance, and organizational needs