The Project Leader will function as the Employer Liaison and Participant Support while they train in the curriculum and values of the Momentum Centre for the first 8 months and then they will be responsible for training and leading their own groups for the remainder of the contract. The Momentum Centre provides meaningful work experiences for income assistance youth in their fields of interest and provides comprehensive and hands on professional development.
The ideal candidate:
- leverages his/her strong training background to create, develop, and facilitate workshops for weekly skills development workshops on a variety of work-related topics
- possesses a good understanding of Canadian workplace needs and workplace cultures in order to successfully provide coaching for participants
- collaborates respectfully with participants coming from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; possesses an understanding and appreciation of New Canadian and Aboriginal participants’ backgrounds, cultures, and needs
- practices excellent interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
- possesses the ability to coach participants’ in job search skills, including resume and cover letter development, handling job interviews, etc.
- is able to assist participants identify internal motivations, build resiliency, and develop their own leadership abilities.
Project Leader Job Description
In collaboration with the Director of Training and the Executive Director, the Project Leader
- Delivers hands on and highly participatory training and professional development to low income youth.
- Assists in interviewing potential participants to obtain understanding of life experience, employment history, educational background, and individual goals; assesses the potential participants’ strengths and deficits; seeks to identify and understand barriers to employment and supports needed, e.g. reliable childcare, transportation; assists in selecting potential participants to join the program
- Provides support to participants as they research the labour market in order to identify potential work experience placements in their field of expertise or interest; aids in developing participant resumes
- Contacts (often cold calls) Winnipeg organizations and businesses to propose work experience placements; articulates program model and goals, explains benefits to employer and participants; assesses possibility of a meaningful work experience placement (e.g. a work-plan, a safe work environment, a welcoming workplace culture, workplace supervision, mentorship, coaching)
- Plans and facilitates weekly Professional Development Seminars to meet learning outcomes through participatory activities including individual and group work, role plays, self-reflection, and peer support
- Organizes presentations and workshops facilitated by guest speakers
- Arranges field trips to organizations/sites of interest around Winnipeg
- Collects and shares labour market information with participants, e.g. job openings and requirements, educational opportunities and funding support; empowers participants to learn how to research and monitor the labour market on their own
- Visits participants at their work experience placements to provide coaching, participate in Performance Reviews, further understand the workplace culture and job duties
- Visits work experience placements to liaise with supervisors
- Regularly meets with participants individually to understand their perspectives and demonstrate interest in their well-being; cooperate with participants to assess their progress related to their action plans; explore their assessment of the work experience; offer support as they enhance their employability and life skills, including affirming strategies or developing alternative strategies
- Strengthens the internal motivation of participants by demonstrating respect for their choices and challenging behaviors that put them or their goals at risk; chooses to coach and problem-solve with participants privately rather than intervene in participant-work experience placement relationships directly
- Assist participants in locating and accessing culturally appropriate community resources to improve health and well-being, increase success in maintaining employment, e.g. child-care, housing, financial aid, educational supports, counseling services
- Provides crisis intervention counseling and coaching to participants if needed
- Advocates for participants in the workplace and beyond when they need an ally to overcome a barrier
- Maintains client records and client confidentiality
- Takes on other tasks that the Director of Training and Executive Director determine will support the participants in reaching their personal and professional goals
Salary: $24/hr for 37.5 hrs/week, plus benefit package.
Closing date: May 9th, 2014
Please address cover letters and resumes to Dawn Rodgers, Executive Director at the email address below or drop them off at The Momentum Centre at Suite 207, 865 Main St (2nd Floor, Neechi Commons). For more information please call Dawn Rodgers at 415-7488.
Please address cover letters and resumes to Dawn Rodgers, Executive Director.o