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– Career Development Specialist – 1 YR CONTRACT

Please send your resume and cover letter to Pablo Castro (castro@selectionscareer.com).

About Us

Selections Career Support Services is a non-profit organization that assists individuals with developmental disabilities and other barriers to secure and maintain employment or volunteer opportunities in their community. We are continuously working towards being able to serve a wider scope of individuals to better respond to the needs of the community, and are in search of an additional Career Development Specialist to add to our growing team!

Career Development Specialist: Job description

As a Career Development Specialist, you will be responsible for managing a caseload individuals to find and maintain employment. The successful candidate will be tasked to seek out jobs and further training opportunities and support individuals with disabilities, mental health concerns, or other barriers to employment through their career development process. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can adapt and learn quickly, enjoys new challenges and is able to work under pressure with tight deadlines in a fast-peaced environment. The ideal candidate is someone who has previous experience in employment counselling and is familiar with available community resources. In addition to this, someone who is a strong advocate for/ has an understanding of: disabilities, mental health and addictions would be preferred.

 

Career Development Specialist Responsibilities:

• Coordinate and conduct intake assessments for new individuals in service.

• Directly support and maintain a caseload of individuals through employment counselling to create  individualized service plans based on skills, strengths, needs and desired outcomes.

• Monitor individual service plan progress through the duration of services.

• Ensure case notes are up to date and entered accurately into the internal and government database.

• Assist and support clients in job search, career explorations, interviews and on-the-job training. This includes but is not limited to: interview preparation with clients, bus training, role playing, cover letter and resume submission, follow up correspondence, online training, HR paperwork, and any additional steps to help overcome barriers to employment.

• Coach individuals on effective job search strategies, resume development, interview skills and job maintenance to foster greater independence.

• Support clients to seek out employment / volunteer and further training opportunities and refer job ready individuals to the Job Developer.

• Act as a liaison as needed with current or new employment partners to support Job Development.

• Support with individual or group workshops will be required.

• Continually maintain positive relationships with employment partners, the community resources and other agencies.

• Maintain consistent bi-weekly follow up with individuals on caseload to ensure engagement and monitor progress.

• Be actively involved in weekly staff meetings, fundraising activities, Selections Strategic planning, special events, CET Accreditation process or any other event that requires participation from all staff.

• Track program outcomes and complete reports on a monthly basis to ensure targets are met.

• Maintain files, reports and records for individuals as prescribed by SELECTIONS and other administrative duties as required.

• Possess a high degree of confidentiality and demonstrate ethical behavior at all times.

• Transport clients in personal vehicle may be required.

• Other duties as required.

• With the restriction exemption program implemented by the Government of Alberta, this position will require proof of vaccination to access community or employer sites as needed.

Qualifications:

• Degree or diploma in social science or related discipline (Required).

• 1+ years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities, or mental health and/or addictions

• Clean Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check (Required)

• Experience working in Employment Counselling (Preferred)

• An understanding of local current labour market trends (Preferred)

• Strong team player qualities: integrity, accountability, adaptability, and motivation.

• Passion for learning and overcoming challenges.

• Knowledge of provincial and federal labour and privacy legislation.

• Sound MS Office skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

• Effective conflict resolution skills.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as efficient organizational and time management skills.

• Being accountable for mistakes and working toward resolution.

• With constant changes around COVID-19, all employees at the organization must acknowledge their commitment to adapt to current restrictions, regulations, and policies.

• A valid Alberta class 5 Driver’s License, registered motor vehicle and a valid copy of registration and 2 million liability insurance (Required).

• A Clear 5 year driver’s abstract (Required).

• Car safety inspection checklist- to be completed by supervisor first week of starting.

What We Offer:

• Opportunities to attend training sessions, seminars, resource fairs and workshops as part of our commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

• A dynamic and supportive team environment that values inclusion, innovation, integrity and advocacy.

• Team Building and other seasonal activities.

• Comprehensive benefits package after 3 months

Salary will commensurate with experience. Selections is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

All applications are welcome, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Pablo Castro (castro@selectionscareer.com).

Competition will remain open until suitable candidates are found.