Employment Advisor – Disability
WorkLink Employment Society
|Location:||Langford & Sooke|
|Pay Rate:||$29.73 to $31.75|
|Job Type:||Full Time
|Posted:||August 2, 2023|
|Expires:||September 29, 2023|
Are you passionate about making a difference?
WorkLink Employment Society is looking into recruiting an Employment Advisor working in either Sooke or Westshore locations, depending on the need. This is a term position until the end of the existing contract with the province for the delivery of WorkBC Services. The successful candidate will work up to 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with a salary range between $29.73 to $31.75 hourly. Additional responsibilities include providing occasional evening and weekend coverage for community events. About The Society: WorkLink has provided government-sponsored employment services to the residents of the Victoria Capital Region’s Westshore (Colwood, Langford, Highlands, View Royal and Metchosin) since 1978. In 2008, our services expanded to include the communities of Sooke and surrounding areas including Jordan River and Port Renfrew. We are also pleased to provide Indigenous outreach services to the First Nations Communities of Beecher Bay, T’Souke and Pacheedaht. Our nonprofit organization is funded through both federal and provincial government initiatives. WorkLink is a registered charity in the Province of BC, which is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors chosen from leaders in the community.
We empower our employees to achieve great things and are proud to offer:
- Accelerated vacation entitlement.
- Competitive wage & health benefits packages
- Pets in the workplace
- Strong workplace culture
- Supported work/life balance options
- Up to $7,500.00 signing bonus and moving expenses paid, for anyone with current WorkBC Experience.
About The Position:
The Disability Employment Advisor plays a crucial role (as part of the Disability Services Team) to all eligible clients as part of the job readiness/ sustainment services, This position is the first detailed step of the Customized Employment Services includes the following components (Discovery; Employment Profile; Customized Employment Services Part I; and; Customized Employment Services Part II; Unpaid Work Experience Placement for the purpose of BCEA Client assessment; and Self-Employment Services). Upon direction from the Supervisor, the Discovery Specialist will assist with other roles in the CED Team.
Key duties for this position include:
- Assist with Unpaid Work Experience as a backup for client assessment purposes.
- Complete the Discovery and Employment Profile in accordance with WorkBC Policy, for example, this process should not exceed 12 weeks in duration.
- Document the findings of Discovery throughout the process in ICM and will summarize the Discovery phase in writing.
- Meet, plan with, and observe the job seeker over a period of time and in different locations/ settings/environments (includes observation and participation in activities that are usual, as well as new, with the individual), Interview family, friends, and other acquaintances, with Client consent.
- Make available to the CED team and as directed by the CED Supervisor, a schedule of appointments by client, location, and anticipated duration Identify the contributions the Client has to offer to a business; and identify the essential versus desirable conditions that will help the Client thrive in an employment situation.
- Shall ensure that all additional WorkBC requirements for the Discovery Process and Employment Profile are met.
- Service and support all client inclusion groups’ unique characteristics.
- Synthesize observations about the Client at home and in the community; with the Client, identify his/her interests and the businesses in the community that are most strongly aligned with these interests.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- A strong understanding of professional standards of practice with respect to clients
- Ability to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions that are timely and in the best interests of the client and organization
- Ability to establish and maintain a client-focused approach using coaching techniques and active listening skills; uphold and maintain confidentiality
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally.
- Comprehensive Knowledge of WorkBC Contract requirements
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to share best practices that enhance organizational effectiveness
- Demonstrated Technical Skills and digital literacy: Use of complex databases, preferably ICM; Data analysis and reporting, Computer software – Microsoft Office
- Exemplary organizational skills and ability to set priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
- Proficient communication and customer service skills.
- Sound current knowledge of employment services, job search strategies, and techniques
- A minimum of 2 years of demonstrated experience in the delivery of employment support services (employment counseling, client needs assessments, coaching/mentoring, working with multi-barrier clients) assisting individuals on how to navigate through detailed information.
- Current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check; and valid BC Driver’s licence
- Post-Secondary Degree directly related to career or employment development, vocational rehabilitation, social work, psychology, sociology, human services, counseling, education, or human resources management.
- Strong skills in Microsoft Office 365 products, including Excel, Word, and Outlook