Contract Vocational Coach/Life Skills Facilitator, Toronto Youth Job Corps

West Neighbourhood House - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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  • interview and assess each participant’s appropriateness for the TYJC program: their needs, stability,
self-management skills, lifestyle choices and readiness to participate in a pre-employment program;

  • provide case management and follow up for all youth participating in the program;
  • provide information and referral to other services/agencies regarding housing, food, addictions,
health, legal aid, income, training;

  • facilitate life skills workshops two days a week, plan and develop the monthly group schedule
including guest speakers and outings, develop new workshop topics as need;

  • support each participant on issues affecting their interpersonal relationships, the workplace, self-care,
problem solving, personal needs, self-esteem and empowerment;

  • build trusting relationships, provide crisis intervention support for distraught participants;
  • provide weekly check-ins with the youth in the office and at the paint-site;
  • thrive in a fast pace environment where planned activities can change, and multi-taking is essential;
  • assist the TYJC Placement Supervisor/Job Developer with work planning and the setting of short- and
long-term job/educational goals, as well as support the youth at the paint site;

  • demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to contribute to a monthly statistical report, daily
case notes and the management of the participant casefiles;

  • advocate on behalf of program participants with community and government agencies, provide
ongoing support after program completion;

  • develop and enhance strong partnerships with referral sources across the city, engage in offsite
outreach activities on a biweekly basis;

  • educational experience from Community worker, Social Service worker or Child and Youth worker

  • 2-3 years of direct experience in client assessment, supportive counselling, case management, conflict
resolution and crisis intervention specifically with youth aged 16-29;


  • excellent understanding of the types of barriers faced by a diverse population of disadvantaged young
adults including racism, discrimination, addictions, poverty, homelessness, mental health issues,
learning disabilities, limited education or criminal background;

  • experienced in group facilitation and life skills coaching, topics include stress management, time
management, effective communication, self-care, setting boundaries, budgeting and goal setting;

  • knowledge and ability to integrate anti-oppression, LGBTQ2S and trans-positive, trauma, harm
reduction, mental health and a strength-based approach;

  • very good knowledge and understanding of community resources available in Toronto;
  • demonstrated ability to be an active and effective team member, with strong communication skills;
  • passion for helping others, exceptional client engagement and boundary recognition skills;
  • ability to provide support in vocational counselling, as well as supporting the Job Developer with
resume writing, job search techniques and interview skills;

  • exceptional organizational, time management, problem-solving and multi-tasking skills;
  • excellent English communication, both written and verbal and interpersonal skills are essential;
  • proficiency in MS Office, MS Outlook, cloud computing applications (e.g. OneDrive, Google Drive);
  • life skills certificate an asset;
  • fluency in a second language an asset.
Status: Contract (11 Months)
Start Date: Mid-February 2020
Hours: 35
Rate: $24.51 per hour
Unit: Community Economic Strategies
Supervisor: Coordinator, Employment Services
Posting Date: December 10, 2019
Closing Date: January 6, 2020
Note: West Neighbourhood House provides accommodation during all parts of the
hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Applicants
should make their needs known in advance.

Please reply in writing by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to:
Hiring Committee
1033 King St. West
Toronto, Ontario

M6K 3N3