Labour Market Facilitator
Job Description & Application Form
Position Type: Temporary Full-time (3 Year Term)
Position Available: September 23, 2019
About Canucks Autism Network
Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round sports and recreation programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia.
Our team consists of a diverse group of trained staff, support workers and dedicated volunteers working together to achieve CAN's vision -- for every individual with autism to be understood, accepted and supported in all community spaces.
CAN has been selected to join the Ready Willing and Able national project, delivered by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) in partnership with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA). RWA is funded by the Federal Government of Canada and designed to build on and increase employer capacity and demand to hire persons with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), link employers with employment agencies and supports, work in partnership with schools, post-secondary institutions and the business community, and promote the increased employment of persons with an intellectual disability or ASD.
Reporting directly to the Manager of Inclusive Employment Initiatives, the Labour Market Facilitator (LMF) is responsible and accountable for the successful delivery of the Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) initiative, in accordance with its policy and practice parameters. This position seeks to generate business demand to hire inclusively and share this demand with employment service agencies supporting job seekers with an intellectual disability and/or ASD. Situated within the RWA project, this position will contribute to CAN’s broader mandate to create inclusive spaces, in this case with a focus on businesses and employment.
This position is the link between businesses, community employment agencies, autism organizations, members of assisted community living, and community. Building relationships with relevant stakeholders is a critical role of the position in achieving the overall outcome of the initiative, which is to create meaningful and equitable employment opportunities for job seekers with an intellectual disability and/or ASD.
While efforts are focused in the designated RWA primary community (Vancouver), the Labour Market Facilitator position may be required to establish relationships and connections with both businesses and employment agencies across the province/territory (particularly as related to RWA partnership with national employers).
Within the overall national RWA framework, the Labour Market Facilitator will:
Conduct Outreach and Engagement
- Implement the necessary labour market bridging tactics and strategies needed to expand recruitment and hiring of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Conduct outreach to businesses across various sectors and industries to promote the value of inclusive hiring
- Conduct outreach and follow up to businesses and employer organizations, via implementation of business engagement and information strategies
Link Hiring Demand to Qualified Talent Pool and Build Community Capacity to Support Job Seekers and Employees with an Intellectual Disability or ASD
- Outreach and partnership development with and between businesses and agencies at the provincial and community levels
- Develop and/or expand partnerships with community employment agencies to ensure equitable access to hiring demand by both persons with an intellectual disability and persons with ASD
- Identify and develop, based on business needs, mechanisms needed to establish linkages between businesses and community partners
- Develop and sustain relationships with businesses, agencies and various community partners to further enhance and develop the RWA initiative
- In conjunction with the delivery partner, develop relationships with key community stakeholders and assist in the design/implementation of strategies for activation of key elements of the employment strategy such as transitional planning, employer confidence and capacity, employer-to-employer networks, entrepreneurship, and inclusive post-secondary education
Build Business Capacity and Confidence to Hire Inclusively
- Ensure adequate and ongoing information dissemination, development of required tools and resources; and development and delivery of public awareness efforts
- Deliver presentations and information tools for business groups to promote the employment of people with an intellectual disability or ASD
- Participate in national RWA communications and marketing campaign activities, as required, including use of social media, LinkedIn, etc.
- Represent the RWA Delivery Partner at tables where businesses, stakeholders and others meet to lead innovative approaches to how people with an intellectual disability or ASD can access employment
- Provide current and accurate information on intellectual disability and/or ASD in the workplace for employer presentations and marketing collateral for business groups to promote the employment of people with an intellectual disability or ASD
- Active and ongoing promotion of existing RWA-branded tools and resources e.g. RWA Works
- Maintain ongoing relationships with RWA employers and partner employment agencies (both during and subsequent to the hiring process)
- Collect and document stories of successful hires
Team Engagement and Reporting
- Attend monthly RWA Team conference calls
- Engage in project management, administration, budget and expenditure monitoring activities, as required, and as related to project implementation
- Liaise and maintain working relationship with RWA National Team
- Liaise and maintain working relationship with delivery team members across the country
- Work with other RWA Delivery Partner staff to ensure Ready, Willing and Able integrates and supports other activities and programs within the organization and its membership
- Participate and provide input into the RWA evaluation
- As necessary, collect data; and undertake statistical analysis of data.
- Meet all reporting and documentation requirements of the national RWA program, including but not limited to completion of quarterly reporting and maintenance of client management database
- Other duties as required and/or assigned
Job Requirements & Qualifications
- Experience in building relationships with diverse groups and interests
- Experience in working on a large-scale project and collaborating virtually with team members
- Experience in sales and/or marketing an asset
- Demonstrated success and experience working in a community development framework an asset
- Post-secondary education in a related field (e.g. Human Resources, Social Services, Disability Studies, Education, Business) or equivalent experience
- Any equivalent combination of training and experience
- Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Commitment to full inclusion for people with an intellectual disability or ASD, including the right to employment and economic participation in the community
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues and barriers faced by people with intellectual disability or ASD in accessing the labour market
- Strong knowledge of local labour market issues and trends
- Excellent presentation, facilitation and public speaking skills
- Strong influencing skills. Experience in change management an asset
- Superior written communication skills, excellent time management skills, with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- Knowledge of social media applications and some related experience with education and awareness campaigns
- Proficiency in MS Office Applications and client relationship management software. Aptitude for learning new online systems and tools
- Willingness to travel
- Passionate about Canucks Autism Network and its values
This is a temporary full-time position attached to federal initiative beginning September 1, 2019 and continuing to March 2022, with the possibility of extension of employment within the CAN organization.
Office hours are generally 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday; however, this position will also require evening and weekend work.
Salary based upon qualifications and level of experience and a competitive employee benefits package is offered. Please include your salary expectation in your cover letter.
We would like to thank everyone who applies for this position, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit an application to our Labor Market Facilitator position. Please note that only successful candidates will be notified.
The Labour Market Facilitator is an employee of the RWA Delivery Partner agency (Canucks Autism Network) and as such the personnel policies and procedures of the agency are applicable