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YMCA of Northern Alberta Program Coordinator and Employment Counsellor (Grande Prairie) Contract in Grande Prairie, AB

YMCA of Northern Alberta

Branch Grande Prairie AB CA

Position:
Program Coordinator and Employment Counsellor (Grande Prairie)
Location:
Grande Prairie, AB

O University Degree in Social Sciences, Human Services, Career and Work Counselling or equivalent. O Knowledge of related community, education, youth and human…

Grande Prairie YMCA

Has the following contract position (Program Coordinator 0.5 FTE and Employment Counsellor 0.5 FTE) working full-time until fall 2017 available for an August 2015 start :

Program Coordinator and Employment Counsellor

The YMCA is a charitable, mission-based organization dedicated to the development of thousands of people in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA of Northern Alberta is seeking a motivated individual that will provide effective leadership and direct service delivery to the Bridging the Gap for Youth pre-employment program. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the supervision and direction of staff, development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of programming as well as the effective caseload management, supportive counselling and work experience placement of program participants. At all times, the Coordinator will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills with vulnerable populations who face employment insecurity and related challenges.

Compensation : The YMCA of Northern Alberta has a comprehensive benefits package. Salaries are commensurate with experience.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Coordinator

  • Recruit, hire, train, coach, supervise and manage all full-time and part-time staff, volunteers and students within program areas .
  • Support the staff, volunteers and students and hold them accountable to the delivery of high quality services through excellent relationships with participants.
  • Coordinate program operations within YMCA guidelines and adhere to contracted performance outcomes. Research, plan, and evaluate program components for progress, outputs, and outcomes.
  • Assess participants’ interests, skills, abilities and readiness as they relate to obtaining and retaining employment and identify barriers to employment.
  • Provide one-to-one support and skill development in areas related to life skills, job search strategies, resume writing and interview skills. Develop, monitor and evaluate Employment Action Plans for each participant.
  • Contact potential employers in order to obtain job leads, develop relationship and secure work experience placements.
  • Actively recruit employers to provide work experience placements for participants who have successfully completed employment skills program.
  • Follow up with employers and participants to ensure the work experience placement is a success.
  • Establish effective community relations relevant to the program. Market and promote programs to achieve programmatic and financial targets. Network with key program stakeholders, community agencies, education and business stakeholders to identify needs, receive referrals, coordinate program solutions and opportunities.
  • Manage within the approved program budget. Establish and maintain accurate and current participant and program records, expense and revenue records, current statistical, outcome tracking, anecdotal information and participate in annual participant and program record audits.
  • Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, and values and the YMCA programs and services .

Employment Counsellor

  • Assess participants’ interests, skills, abilities and readiness as they relate to obtaining and retaining employment and identify barriers to employment.
  • Provide one-to-one support and skill development in areas related to life skills, job search strategies, resume writing and interview skills.
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate Employment Action Plans for each participant. Provide one to one support to participants on planning and achieving personal, social, employment and education goals.
  • Provide participants with information on employment opportunities that are compatible with their interests, skills and abilities by analyzing available jobs.
  • Conduct group sessions such as information sessions and workshops.
  • Contact potential employers in order to obtain job leads, develop relationship and secure work experience placements.
  • Actively recruit employers to provide work experience placements for participants who have successfully completed employment skills program.
  • Follow up with employers and participants to ensure the work experience placement is a success.
  • Liaise with community service providers and employers in order to promote the program.
  • Maintain appropriate program administration systems in accordance with the YMCA and funder standards. Maintain current statistical, outcome and anecdotal information regarding participants and the program. Collect statistical information and outcome data and participate in annual program and service delivery reviews.
  • Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, and values and the YMCA programs and services.

Qualifications:

· Education/Certifications/Credentials/Professional Registration

o University Degree in Social Sciences, Human Services, Career and Work Counselling or equivalent

o Level B Assessor for Employment and Career Assessment Tools (preferred)

o Standard First Aid, CPR-Level C, and WHMIS Certification
o Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search, and a current and satisfactory Child Welfare Intervention Record Check.
o Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
o Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention Certification (not required for hire)

· Experience

o At least 1 year experience providing staff and program supervision.

o Two years of experience working directly with individuals facing multiple barriers to employment; facilitating career development and youth employment.

o Working with cultural groups, high needs and marginalized populations.

o Experience working in a team environment.

· Knowledge/Skills

o Organizational and time management skills, excellent written and oral communication, and team work skills.

o Working knowledge of group facilitation, individual assessment, program planning and promotion, outcome evaluation, marketing and public relations.

o Beginner knowledge in supportive counselling skills.

o Knowledge of related community, education, youth and human services resources.

o Sensitive to and demonstrated knowledge of dealing with the needs of participants from different cultural and racial backgrounds.

o Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows.

Applications will remain open until suitable candidate is found.

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Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Grande Prairie, AB, CA
Posted on: 2015-08-01
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