Career Advisor, Tech Connect Program
Temporary Full-Time (35 hours/week) until Sept 02, 2024 (Possibility of extension to Mar 31, 2025 – pending funding).
In-person, Metro Vancouver and Tri-Cities (Port Coquitlam)
Posting Period
Open until filled
Job Description

YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Tech Connect is a program that delivers employment services to racialized newcomer women searching for work in the information technology (IT) sector. Tech Connect includes the following components: facilitation of workshops, recruiting employer contacts from the tech sector; hosting alumnae engagement activities. 

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Conduct career assessment and planning for racialized newcomer women seeking career opportunities in the IT sector 

  • Facilitate employability and job search workshops using hybrid technology, in person and virtually, using online Learning Management Systems 

  • Provide job search and career coaching to clients, supporting them in identifying and achieving employment goals, setting realistic career plans, and following up on action plans  

  • Encourage clients with attendance, time management, and collaborative communication  

  • Conduct participant recruitment such as client intake, needs assessment, eligibility screening, and registration, and making appropriate community service referrals, as needed 

  • Connect clients to IT opportunities through hiring fairs, job postings, industry events, etc. 

  • Assist clients with developing their professional brand (e.g., LinkedIn, online portfolios) 

  • Maintain and update the program’s social media presence for marketing, outreach, etc. 

  • Assist in monitoring project outcomes and trends through client surveys, success stories, and assist in narrative reporting 

  • Collaborate with staff to understand clients’ evolving job search needs in working towards their goal of obtaining sustainable careers that align with their tech skills and experience  

  • Maintain timely, accurate client records and uphold strict confidentiality  

  • Maintain communication with alumnae through email, phone, Zoom meetings and LinkedIn  

  • Report relevant client results to Program Manager: employment, connections made in the program, mentorship matches, job shadowing opportunities, etc. 

  • Special project contribution and other duties, as assigned 

  • Connect clients with alumnae, professional groups and employers in the IT sector for informational interviews, industry insights, learning opportunities, job leads, etc.  

  • Facilitate matches between mentors and mentees, from introductions to follow up, including informational interviews 

  • Implement mentor recruitment, including outreach with Tech Industry professionals, fielding and onboarding new mentors  

  • Maintain timely, accurate mentorship records including outreach and mentorship matching 

  • Perform administrative duties such as mentor application processing and onboarding 

  • Stay informed about hiring trends and initiatives to support newcomer job-seekers 

What you’ll need: 

  • A valid clear criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) is required.  

  • The YWCA Metro Vancouver’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination from COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the YWCA deem it necessary to reintroduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties. 

  • Self-starter: ability to take initiative, maintain effective and professional work habits (e.g., prioritize, plan and manage work; punctuality) to produce timely and effective results  

  • Strong professional communication and research skills with excellent attention to detail   

  • Effective relationship builder with track record of establishing strong working relationships; natural connector and networker 

  • Skilled facilitator with demonstrated ability to engage newcomer self-identifying women in small and medium-sized groups in virtual and/or in-person settings 

  • A degree/diploma in any of the following disciplines: Marketing, Communications, Business, Human Resources, or a combination of related education and related work experience 

  • Strong background in delivering employment programming for racialized newcomer women, coordinating mentorship opportunities, employment recruiting and career coaching 

  • Demonstrated ability using Learning Management Systems (LMS), and knowledge of web delivery tools in a hybrid delivery model  

  • Excellent computer skills; proficient in applications such as SharePoint, MS Teams, Zoom, LMS, Rudder, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Forms, Eventbrite, and online platforms  

  • Advanced ability using social media skills for clients’ job search process (e.g., LinkedIn)  

  • Ability to track project statistics and outcomes as well as assist in evaluation and reporting 

  • Must be willing to travel in the Metro Vancouver region to meet with potential employers and conduct outreach  

  • Must be able to work at the physical office location to deliver in-person client services  

Bonus qualities (but not required) 

  • CCDP certification is considered an asset 

  • A second language will be considered an asset 

  • Previous experience in the IT industry in BC is considered an asset 

What we offer:  We offer our eligible employees the following benefits as part of their total compensation package: 

  • Extended medical and dental benefits  

  • A defined benefit pension plan 

  • Flexible working arrangements for applicable positions 

  • Employee Family Assistance Program, a confidential and voluntary support service for employees and their eligible family members 

  • free membership to our Health + Fitness Centre, discounts at our YWCA Hotel and priority in YWCA Child Care centres 

  • Pay Rate: $30.55  

  • A workplace that prioritizes employee health, safety and wellbeing, including many learning and growth opportunities such as our staff mentorship program and three equity committees who help to support our goals towards achieving meaningful equity and inclusion. 

How to Apply

This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of an inclusive, dedicated and impactful workplace! Candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes to: 


Sophia Sithole (She/ Hers), Program Manager, Tech Connect Program 

535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E8 


This posting will remain open until filled. 


We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview processes are accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations in submitting your application, or have other questions, please contact the hiring manager as listed.  All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, transferrable skills, lived experience, and business need. We thank all who apply, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about this and other YWCA Metro Vancouver career opportunities, please visit