YMCA of Greater Toronto
Youth Job Specialist
(Salaried Full Time Contract)
Effective Date: Immediately – May 31st, 2020
Please submit your salary expectations in the cover letter
Reports to: Employment Program Team Lead
Location: Richmond Hill Bayview Avenue YMCA Centre
Why work for our Y?
YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.
Nature & Scope:
YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment and counselling programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The YMCA serves youth who are unemployed, in transition from school to work, and have multiple barriers to employment. The mandate of our program is to provide employment-related job search skills, life skills, career assessment, and job opportunities with local employers.
The Youth Job Specialist provides a range of assessment and counselling services in order to determine member’ eligibility and employment needs, as well as extensive sales and marketing strategies to attract employers to utilize the program. The Youth Job Specialist works as part of program delivery within a fast-paced employment centre offering multiple program opportunities for youth members.
- Conducts youth case-management including needs and risk assessment, contracting, implementation and follow-up as it pertains to employment/vocational goals and other needs. Identifies and assesses youths’ need for job coaching.
- Actively recruits employers and seeks out job placement opportunities, including identifying and contacting new prospective employers in industries/labour markets that members have identified as an area of interest. Develops and monitors training plan and agreements with member and employer. Acts as a liaison between youth and employer
- Facilitates, develops and evaluates individual training with regards to pre-employment and job maintenance issues
- Provides one to one coaching and motivation. Assists in identifying barriers to employment. Counsels members on proper résumé and job search technique. Assists members in the use of computers and other tools to conduct information searches. Assists members in the development of appropriate work habits, behaviours and attitudes for the workplace.
- Completes case note documentation and handles confidential data; ensures quality audit measures are achieved in accordance with the YMCA and funder’s standards.
- Conducts ongoing outreach to employers and community resources
- Advocates on behalf of the youth to community employers, services and programs that will move them closer to their employment goals and provide co-ordinated service. Consults with team members and community partners to find employment opportunities, and monitor progress in the work environment. Participates in outreach events/ activities through collaboration and relationship development with community partners.
- Ensures self-management of program targets related to the employment program delivery and funder expectations; completes and maintains youth's files as per funder and YMCA quality standards.
- Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
- Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
- Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
- Other duties as assigned.
- University Degree preferred or College Diploma in Careers Planning, Employment Counselling, Social/Community Work, Social Services, Human Resources and/or related field
- Minimum of two years related experience including counselling, sales/marketing, file management, recruitment and job coaching. Other Career Testing Certificates an asset, e.g. Level B: Life Skills
- Access to a motor vehicle is required for this position, as extensive travel within the Region is required
- Superior presentation and written communication skills
- Able to provide excellent service delivery
- Knowledge of community resources, familiarity with the labour market as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities
- Proficient with personal computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet search engines
- Well developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
- Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity.
- Able to visualize, understand and articulate YMCA outcomes
- Flexibility regarding assigned working hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
- The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self Management; Teamwork and Collaboration
Please send résumé and cover letter quoting job posting #0097 by Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, to
Employment Program Team Lead
Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.
We are committed to an environment that is barrier-free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.
About the YMCA of Greater Toronto:
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plans Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.
Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.
When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come. www.ymcagta.org