Employment Preparedness Specialist

Job city: 
Peel region
Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 6, 2023 - 11:45pm
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Job Title: Employment Preparedness Specialist
Job Posting # EPS-SP-07/2023-24
Date Closed: July 6, 2023
Report to: Manager – Newcomer Settlement Programs
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $62,000- $65,000

About the Organization:

Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) is a pioneer community based not for profit, charitable organization. PCHS has been fulfilling the needs of the diverse populations for 31 years by providing services in the areas of addictions, mental health, geriatric, health promotion, domestic violence, parenting, settlement and services for women, children and youth. PCHS has several research studies to its credit and recognized as an innovative organization for community development and its Integrated Holistic Service Delivery Model. PCHS is accredited by Commission of Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International and Imagine Canada. PCHS is a 2SLGBTQ sensitive organization.

About the Position:

The Employment Preparedness Specialist position is funded by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC.) The Employment Preparedness Specialist is a multidisciplinary team member and works directly with newcomers, helping to connect them with resources to bridge their education, validate credentials, conduct job searches, prepare assist cover letters and resumes, and prepare for job interviews and provide them with employment-related sessions/workshops. In addition to the activities mentioned, The Employment Preparedness Specialist will be maintaining confidential records and writing reports. This position reports to the Manager of Newcomer Settlement Programs.

Qualifications and Skills required:

• Post Secondary Education in Social Services, Human Services, Recruitment Services, Business Management or education in a relevant field combined with at least 3 to 5 years of experience
• Enthusiasm, patience and understanding of issues that newcomers face when seeking employment
• Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate information to a variety of stakeholders effectively
• Excellent computer skills with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Highly organized with strong documentation skills and attention to detail with the appropriate handling of confidential and sensitive information
• Exceptional project and time management skills, including planning, prioritization, and follow up
• Proven ability to work independently or as part of a team
• Ability to work flexible hours and in a fast-paced environment


• Must possess a valid Ontario Driver’s License, have regular access to a reliable vehicle and provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance
• A satisfactory current Vulnerable Sector Screening (Criminal Record Check) report
• Current CPR and First-Aid certification
• Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a job requirement unless you have an exemption on a medical ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Key Responsibilities:

• Plan, organize and implement the various programs for employment readiness for newcomers
• Identify clients’ barrier to employment and make the appropriate recommendation
• Maintain an excellent working knowledge of local labour market trends and community resources
• Conduct needs assessments and helps prepare career plans
• Help clients adjust to a new system
• Provide one on one job searching and coaching
• Assisting clients with resume and cover letter writing
• Helping to improve interview skills of clients, ie. Conduct mock interviews
• Access job market and liaise with organizations to find job opportunities to share with clients
• Conduct workshops on job searching, resume and cover letter writing, and interview skills
• Participate in networking events with employers
• Provide information and referral
• Follow up and provide ongoing support to clients.
• Ensure that all equipment and supplies are in a safe working condition
• Develop communications tools, promotional, and outreach materials
• Conduct outreach activities with a diverse range of groups to raise awareness regarding the program
• Ensure that all programs are operating in a safe and positive environment, addressing safety concerns promptly, and focusing on using a proactive approach
• Provide referrals to additional support services
• In collaboration with other staff and shared care partners, identify clients with complex needs
• Compile and produce accurate statistics and reports as related to the position
• Maintain supportive relationships with clients
• Any other job duties as assigned

Hours: Full Time, 37.5 hours
(Some evenings and weekends work is required)

Position to commence: July 2023

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How to apply: 

Please submit resume by July 6, 2023 to the Hiring Committee at: hr@pchs4u.com

Please add Job Posting # EPS-SP-07/2023-24 to the email subject line and cover letter.

PCHS offers an attractive and rewarding work environment. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview.

PCHS is committed to diversity in its workplaces and welcomes applications from all visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, 2SLGBTQ, persons with disabilities, among other self-identified diverse groups. We also provide accessible employment practices that comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at hr@pchs4u.com