The Career Foundation

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Job Developer/ Outreach Worker

Mar 01, 2019
Scarborough, Ontario

The Empowering Abilities project assists individuals with disabilities in overcoming barriers to employment by enhancing their employability to make a successful transition to employment or to return to school to further their career goal.  The project consists of up to 10 weeks of pre-employment workshops followed by 12 weeks of a wage subsidy placement.  The Job Developer/ Outreach Worker will focus on establishing new relationships with employers, securing wage subsidy placements and ensuring job retention.  The Job Developer/ Outreach Worker will also deliver some pre-employment workshops and provide some job coaching.   

Position Type:  Full-time 6-month contract (good possibility of renewal)

Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Location(s): Scarborough 

Number of positions: 1

Experience: 2 + years

Start date: Immediately

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Job Development

  • Places individuals with disabilities into full time employment on a weekly and monthly basis according to the funder's requirements (+20 placements per contract year)
  • Ensures that each client obtains a personalized assessment, addressing their individual barriers and outlining steps to their short term and long-term goals
  • Develops 2-3 new employer contacts each week and 8-12 new employer contacts each month
  • Ensures that the employer database continues to offer diverse employment opportunities
  • Prepares and submit job development activity report
  • Attends business networking events and hiring fairs to connect with new employers
  • Analyzes, evaluates and interprets collected information to assist persons with disabilities in targeting the most suitable employment based on their experience, education, disability and existing labour market factors
  • Administers placement agreements with wage subsidies
  • Conducts cold calling and job search workshops or works one to one with individuals
  • Prepares participants for position specific interviews, i.e. conduct mock interviews as needed
  • Arranges sufficient number of appropriate job interviews for participants
  • Ensures the quality of the placements by appropriately matching the participants’ skills with the job requirements and meeting the funder’s criteria
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of the positions that participants are applying for and clarify questions participants may have
  • Reviews participants job search material prior to sending them to employers
  • Visits employers to initiate and maintain the relationship
  • Works effectively as part of a team, this includes demonstrating a willingness to be cross-trained
  • Collects pay-stubs and processes payment claims
  • Conducts site monitors and maintains retention of placements
  • Works with employers to identify and create effective accommodations for participants
  • Travels on a regular basis to visit employers and community partners
  • Manages individual and team administrative duties: scheduling appointments for participants, completing necessary paperwork, maintaining participant and employer files and filing system 

Job Coaching and Retention

  • Ensures retention of participants in wage subsidy through coaching participants and helps participants overcome barriers during their placement
  • Follows-up weekly with all active participants to support job retention
  • Provides one–on-one sessions on job maintenance skills to ensure that participants can handle challenges on the job
  • Delivers employability skills workshops focusing on overcoming barriers to employment and job maintenance
  • Coaches and motivates persons with disabilities during job search and after placement to ensure job retention

Outreach and Recruitment

  • Assists in the recruitment of new clients through community outreach
  • Presents the program to community partners and applicants in a clear manner ensuring that they understand the program objectives and the time requirements
  • Strong familiarity with community partners, employers and stakeholders
  • Holds events such as hiring fairs to support employer contact needs between groups as well attract new participants to the program

Qualifications/ Skills Required:

  • Degree or Diploma from a Human Services field combined with relevant experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities or a high need population/ an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience is required
  • Vocational counselling/ mental health counselling considered an asset
  • A minimum of 2 years direct experience in recruitment, job development and / or job coaching
  • Superior written communication skills and detail orientation are a must
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Workshop facilitation skills
  • Understanding of and ability to effectively apply the principles of the sales process to generate leads for wage subsidy placements
  • Vocational counselling / placement experience with individuals with a disability considered a strong asset
  • Knowledge of local labour market, job search strategies and techniques
  • Strong resume and cover letter writing skills
  • Must be willing to travel on a regular basis for work

Candidates please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@careerfoundation.org.  Please remember to quote the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.  No phone calls please.  Thank you for your interest in The Career Foundation. 

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