The Career Foundation

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Employment Specialist

Dec 14, 2018
Various Locations, Ontario
Early Career

Organization Profile:  The Career Foundation offers a wide range of career and job-related programs. Since its inception in 1988, The Career Foundation has steadily expanded its services. Operating out of seven locations, we now help thousands of people each year successfully accomplish their employment goals. The Career Foundation receives funding from Employment Ontario, Service Canada, and private sector companies. For more information, please visit our website at

At The Career Foundation, we value inclusiveness and embrace diversity in the workplace. We are a professional, result-driven organization that has been described by our employees as caring, compassionate, innovative, and team-oriented.

We also offer the following:

    • Competitive compensation
    • A comprehensive health benefits plan that includes massage therapy, naturopath services, and travel coverage
    • An Employee & Family Assistance Program
    • An RRSP matching plan
    • A wellness program

Position Type: Full time contract to March 31, 2019 (very good possibility of renewal)

Location(s):  Toronto (Weston office)

Experience: 3+ years

Start Date: Immediately

Responsibilities (main duties include but are not limited to):

  • Assesses customers’ needs and assists them in developing a Service Plan
  • Keeps up to date information on referral sources by liaising with Community Partners
  • Makes appropriate referrals to Employment Ontario services and tracks customers’ progress
  • Manages a caseload of hundreds of customers annually ensuring that written documentation and statistics for each file is consistently up to date
  • Assists customers with various components of the application process for training
  • Manages client information in EOIS and The Career Foundation’s database
  • Conducts onsite/offsite job search workshops
  • Participates in the design, implementation & evaluation of job search material to meet the needs of job seekers with barriers to employment
  • Monitors individual participant and group process to maximize client learning, self-confidence and employability skills
  • Makes resources available in print, online and through short workshops; workplace H&S, Human Rights, specialized workshops for newcomers, youth, disability, laid-off workers,   etc.
  • Assists employers to attract and recruit employees/skilled labour by facilitating employment related events, internal job boards, employer prospecting activities
  • Identifies barriers to employment and provides supported referrals for clients to the appropriate community services for individual support
  • Assists in the implementation of effective program marketing strategies in the community
  • Assists clients in the exploration of occupational and training requirements, professional accreditation, language, credential & PLAR
  • Provides orientation to workplace, life skills coaching, support for disclosure of a disability
  • Supports assisted clients in planning and conducting job search based on a realistic and accurate assessment of qualifications compared to job requirements
  • Guides and supports individual clients in the daily completion of job search tasks
  • Conducts exit interviews with participants to ensure service provided was in accordance with service plans and met the highest standards of The Career Foundation
  • Assesses participants’ employment goals and establishes whether further assisted or other referrals are required
  • Prepares and submits weekly and monthly reports on service and client activity
  • Collects data on service needs, service delivery and service satisfaction

Other Duties as Needed:

  • Develops a resource pool of mentors/coaches
  • Develops support plans with participants and mentors/coaches
  • Links participants with appropriate mentors/coaches to provide support during and after job placement
  • Monitors mentor/coach relationships and its impact on workplace and individual success and facilitates adjustment as required
  • Plans and executes an effective outreach plan targeting appropriate clientele
  • Recruits participants and ensures that required number of participants start services Initiates and maintains documentation of contacted community organizations in an organized manner (including a database)
  • Develops ideas for outreach and with supervisor’s approval, implements those ideas and maintains such strategies
  • Participates in community events, job fairs and such activities to inform jobseekers about Career Foundation and recruit them for the program
  • Visits and builds relationships with Community Partners in the area for referrals of participants including Libraries, Community Centers, Toronto Community Housing, etc.
  • Maintains flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed


  • University Degree required
  • Experience in assessment and case management
  • Experience in job search techniques and coaching, outreach, group facilitation, and life skills coaching
  • Excellent knowledge of English grammar and spelling for the development of business documents
  • Strong internal and external customer service focus, positive attitude, initiative and professional attitude
  • Experience with youth, women's services, internationally educated professionals, newcomers, ESL job seekers, disability issues is an asset
  • Second language is an asset, preferably French
  • Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues by maintaining a solution focused climate to enhance information sharing and listening skills, and to maintain collaborative work relationships
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset
  • Computer Proficiency with MS Office, Internet and Email 

Application Process: Candidates must send a cover letter and resume to, addressed to The Hiring Committee.  No phone calls please.  Thank you for your interest in The Career Foundation.

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