Employment Advisor
YMCA of Okanagan - WorkBC - Penticton, BC

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We are seeking an Employment Advisor to join our team who is energetic, personable, resourceful, well-organized, natural at building relationships and bringing out the best in people, and excels in a challenging work environment. The successful candidate(s) should have significant experience working with at-risk individuals in an employment setting. The Employment Advisor will assign client TIER’s based on the results FNA and MDNA assessments in order to determine the level of benefits available through action plan development. You will be a very significant point of contact for participants accessing services and therefore you have tremendous people skills and a positive attitude. Your local knowledge of community service providers is critical to client success. Your ability to network and establish a solid knowledge of local labour market information is also considered critical. You will demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse needs of clients such as literacy, emotional, social, behavioural and cultural differences. Knowledge of Customized Employment and Job Development is an asset.
Major Responsibilities and Abilities: Responsibilities of the Employment Advisor position will include assisting and reporting to the WorkBC Catchment Area Manager as needed. The ideal Employment Advisor will have experience conducting specialized assessments and personality assessments. The Employment Advisor will guide clients through action plan development in the areas of: attainment of basic needs, career exploration, vocational assessments, diagnostic testing, work search skills, skill enhancement and job maintenance. Additionally, closing of participant files, conducting follow-ups, documenting all information mentioned above, reporting client successes and employment outcomes to the Ministry as required.

The Employment Advisor will liase with employers and businesses to create a network of opportunies for job experience placement. You are non-judgemental of others, and challenges self to deal with assumptions and stereotypes. You are comfortable working through diverse situations to respond to individual needs by jointly exploring workable solutions.
 Degree/Diploma in Counselling, Psychology, Social Sciences, or related discipline, OR education and training specializing in Employment and Career Coaching.  A combination of education, training and practical experience in the employment field will be considered. CCDP certification is considered an asset  2+ years experience working with at-risk individuals in a Case Management role  The ability to handle confidential information in an appropriate manner 
Extensive knowledge of LMI, employment, and community resources  Strong verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual is an asset  Effective time management and organizational skills  Employment Coaching theories, and use of career assessment tools  Knowledge of EI and EAS programs and services  Must be open-minded, flexible, and thrive on a teamwork approach

Competencies: Commitment to Mission, Vision and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision and values of YMCA-YWCA of the Okanagan. Relationship Building and Collaboration: Builds positive interactions both internally and externally to achieve work related goals. Self-Management: Ability to direct personal performance to achieve desired results with minimum supervision. Initiative: Seeks and finds solutions to problems without waiting for direction and understands when to take action on issues. Leadership: Motivates and inspires self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes.

Location: WorkBC Employment Services Centre Penticton Catchment Area
Compensation: $23.00-$24.00/hr (based on experience)
Placement Date: TBD End Date: March 31st, 2017

Application Process: Please apply with cover letter and resume, to: Michou Szabo, WorkBC Operations Manager 50 Calgary Avenue, Penticton, BC
Application Deadline: On Going
We thank you for your interest, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.