EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) provides programs and services for people with disabilities. We believe that everyone should be able to participate as active members of their community – communities that value inclusion are committed to creating opportunities for all.

The Community Based Services department is currently seeking a qualified/experienced Employment Specialist to work 24 hours per week.

START DATE: IMMEDIATELY

DUTIES INCLUDE:
• Complete participant intakes.
• Provide functional assessments/needs determination.
• Assist participants to develop and implement an employment plan.
• Assist participants in the career decision making process.
• Survey employment abilities, transferable skills, values and interests.
• Identify and assess employment barriers, needs, and external issues.
• Review assessments and reports as necessary.
• Assess and support the participant’s internal/external support network.
• Assist job seekers with such matters as job readiness skills, job search strategies, and interview skills. Conduct modules on career development and facilitate job club activities.
• Assess need for assistance from additional support services or systems and make referrals
• Confer with the Director of Community Based Services to identify employers who match the job seeker’s interests and abilities, whether through supported or customized employment approaches.
• Prepare job seekers for, and support them during the interview process, if requested
• Liaise with employer to facilitate an effective orientation and employment success.
• Assist with onsite training, as needed, in order to facilitate independent competency. Develop strategies to integrate the job seeker into the workforce, including integration in the workplace team and culture.
• Provide follow-up to job seekers and their employers and, where required, identify and address the need for modifications and/or accommodations at the worksite.
• Ensures service standards to job seekers to reflect funding, organizational and legal expectations.
• Promotes cooperation and communication between job seekers, families, advocates, volunteers, community agencies, vocational placements, and professional support staff
• Ensures that job seekers are actively and respectfully included in all aspects of their transition to employment.
• Advocates for the job seeker’s desires and choices.
• Support job seekers to obtain and maintain paid employment.
• Acts as liaison with the community and promotes community involvement.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduate or certificate/diploma in human sciences or combination of education and experience in employment counseling OR experience in business.
• Knowledge of Employment Standards Act.
• Knowledge of Charter of Rights.
• Knowledge of people with disabilities.
• Knowledge of the local labour market and employment opportunities
• Be able to work independently and within a team.
• Must be flexible based on the needs of the participant/employer and will include weekends and evenings.
• Ability to provide job training and work effectively with others in a wide variety of work environments.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Good computer skills (using databases).

PREREQUISITES:
Criminal Record Search
Current First Aid (level B or higher)
Negative TB Test or clear chest x-ray
Medical doctors note of good health
*Valid BC Driver’s License, Driver’s Abstract, and a car for business use needed*

Date Posted April 10th, 2019

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