Youth Coach

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Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00am
Job terms: 
Full-time contract


Working within the Employment and Community Development department, under the supervision of the Supervisor, Southwest region, the incumbent will support the execution of Skills for Change’s youth employment programs in South Central Ontario, with core services provided in Brantford and Guelph.

About Experience Ontario

The 2017/18 Experience Ontario project is an expansion of Skills for Change’s existing employment programs for youth. This project focusses on grade 12 students and graduates who require educational and career pathway planning support. This new pilot concept supports youth in pursuing their postsecondary educational pathway through workshop training, meetings with employers and professionals, career exploration and short term experiential learning.

The Role

The Youth Coach will work in collaboration with high schools to identify potential service users, develop and facilitate detailed workshops, provide mock interviews, encourage peer support, build relationships and work closely with local employers, universities/colleges, employer organizations and trade unions in multiple regions, and secure meetings with professionals related to the participants’ fields of interest.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with high school administration and successfully secure participants who fit the pilot project’s criteria
  • Understand, evaluate, and interpret academic information with the student and, if necessary, share the information with their parents/guardians and/or academic staff
  • Conduct detailed assessments to understand/establish existing barriers to youth education, training and employment
  • Implement appropriate non-directive/empowering individual and group career coaching methods
  • Coordinate travel and participation in a one day conference
  • Design and implement engaging, interactive training workshops
  • Assess the education and workforce development needs of participating youth
  • Guide participants through career exploration including identifying career options, and coordinating college and university visits
  • Foster effective partnerships and outreach with key stakeholder bodies: employers, colleges/universities, relevant employers and civic contacts including local BIAs
  • Build relationships with employers to place clients in short term unpaid employment placements
  • Coordinate meetings and interviews with employers, professional, and potential mentors
  • Assess and place youth participants into appropriate employment opportunities
  • Maintain Skills for Change’s online case management records in Salesforce, client enrollment registration, and case notes for clients enrolled in the program
  • Provide routine status reports to the Supervisor on progress with client base
  • Assist with the collection and verification of employment information and other related documentation required to meet contract outcomes
  • Provide required documentation for approval of supportive services for client transportation, employment, and training needs
  • Prepare and submit reports and required documentation demonstrating progress of weekly and monthly goals
  • Prepare and submit required client or employer information to support project contract compliance requirements
  • Attend and actively participate in team, agency, appropriate trainings, and other required meetings identified by the Director and Regional Supervisor
  • Submit appropriate client information for the development of e­blast and other program marketing opportunities


  • Must have 3­-5 years’ experience in youth employment services including identifying and fostering employment opportunities for youth, mentoring, employment identification, apprenticeships, creating linkages with employers, assisting with the application process to universities or colleges, small business recruitment/job development support, marketing assistance, adapting business to market needs, maintaining equipment, career exploration and assessment, career coaching etc.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in social services, marketing, humanities, etc. A diploma with supporting experience will be considered
  • Must provide a clean Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) ­ this is mandatory prior to being employed in this role or meeting with clients
  • Candidate will be collaborative, detail­oriented, and possess a strengths­based approach to working with youth and families
  • Strong understanding of non-directive, empowering coaching techniques
  • Experience developing and facilitating interactive training modules
  • Self­motivated, organized, and a team player
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and personal vehicle with current registration, inspection, and appropriate insurance
  • Strong knowledge of the youth employment marketing strategies
  • Skills in career exploration including certification in career exploration tools is an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Computer proficiency including use of online database and record keeping systems
  • Experience working successfully with nonprofit, government agencies and employers to promote employment opportunities for youth
  • Understanding of labour law, including those related to securing non­hazardous, non­exploitive employment opportunities for youth of legal working age.

Start date: Immediate
Contract ends: April 30, 2018
Hours: 35 hours per week (including occasional evening and weekend hours)
Contract: February 2017 – April 30, 2018
Wage: $22.00 per hour
Primary project locations: Brantford/Guelph

How to apply:

Please send your resume or letter of intent to:


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Thank you to all applicants for their interest in the position, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.