Employment Facilitator


For more than 25 years, Phoenix has provided at-risk and homeless youth with the support they need to realize their potential. Our innovative continuum of care helps young people, aged 11-24 who have faced adversity, remain strong, resilient and optimistic as they transition to a place of independence. We are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Phoenix serves hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent. For more information about Phoenix please visit our website: www.phoenixyouth.ca ______________________________________________________________________________

Job Summary: Phoenix Learning and Employment Centre provides youth with opportunities for employment, life-skill and academic development. The Employment Facilitator is responsible for the Transition Program, an employability program designed to address the complex needs of the youth we serve. During this 16-week program the Employment Facilitator facilitates group learning and coordinates and supports youth through their work placements. Youth participate in skill development workshops for four weeks prior to engaging in a 12-week work placement. The program offers three intakes over the course of twelve months and each intake engages five youth. Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation.

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with some flexibility and occasional evening work

Location: 6169 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Reports to: Coordinator, Phoenix Learning and Employment Centre

Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, child abuse register check and proof of education.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES - Work as part of a team to determine best practices in employability programming. - Develop, design and facilitate a four-week employability program to youth who have a variety of learning needs. - Support youth participants who are experiencing multiple barriers to employment through a 12-week work placement. - Develop and closely monitor through effective communication and collaboration the individual goals that each youth identifies upon entry into the program. - Identify and approach employers/mentors in the community with the goal of creating workplace training opportunities for youth and coordinate workplace training opportunities with employers. - Supervise workplace training opportunities and support youth and employers to facilitate a transition toward employment independence. - Advocate with employers on behalf of the youth. - Empower youth to make their own decisions. - Maintain records and statistics as required ensuring confidentiality. - Monitor the progress of participants through weekly check-ins. - Continually evaluate the program to ensure the program is inclusive of all members of society.

QUALIFICATIONS - Bachelor of Education or equivalent with a minimum of one year of direct experience with qualifications listed below. - Possess extensive knowledge of community resources and social service delivery systems related to training and employment programs and an ability to foster positive relationships with community partners. - Experience facilitating groups using an adult education model and experiential education. - Experience using various educational assessments. - Demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth. - Experience supporting young people to make positive transitions into the workforce. - Possess strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. - Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification or membership of a related professional body (if applicable). - Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.

TO APPLY * Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period. Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by Sunday, May 8, 2016: Claire Munroe, Coordinator, Phoenix Learning and Employment Centre cmunroe@phoenixyouth.ca with the subject line “Employment Facilitator”

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