YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Afghan Women’s Employment, is a new pilot project tailored to support Afghan Refugee Self Identified Women in building their careers in BC. This pilot project is an employment and skills building program for self-identified women. The Coordinator is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Afghan Women’s Employment program. The Coordinator role is also responsible for ensuring that project deliverables are met as stipulated in the funding contract, handling day-today project operations, working with internal, community, agency, and partners, and supervising the career advisor, with the support of the Associate Director.
- Working with Afghan Refugee Self-Identified Women to explore ways to help increase clients’ likelihood of finding work by connecting clients with the business and employer community, WorkBC Employment Services, hiring fairs and employment-related events
- Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with WorkBC Employment Service Centres and referring community agencies, to market, promote and generate program referrals
- Acting as a champion of the Afghan Women’s Employment program, representing YWCA Metro Vancouver to community partners and other stakeholders
- Collaborating with internal YWCA departments: Marketing, Fund Development, Employment, to coordinate initiatives for program promotion and outreach
- Ability to meet deadlines and take initiative by demonstrating proactivity, critical thinking, organizational and time management skills
- Assessing client, team and program needs through coaching, instructional methods and skill development practices; assisting in participant feedback and follow up
- Working independently and as part of a team, demonstrating adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and cultural sensitivity
- Participating in a variety of projects, including proposals, implementation, reporting documentation and business development
- Analyzing project outcomes and trends; providing a documented monthly program report of outcomes
- Responding to all program enquiries promptly, referring individuals to appropriate resources and services where required
- Continuously striving to improve client outcomes and enhance program exposure collaboratively with leadership
- Performing other duties as assigned
- Adhere to onsite Health and Safety Procedures
Ideal Skills and Qualifications:
- Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills and working knowledge of another language (Dari and Pashtu preferred)
- Two years’ leadership experience in program coordination, staff supervision or leading a team; experience in conflict resolution
- Demonstrated positive, self motivated, solutions focused attitude, builds relationships effectively and is comfortable with change
- Knowledge of employment programs and services, online delivery, adult learning methodologies, and/or local labour market conditions
- Knowledge of issues and barriers that this client group can face and the ability to provide solutions to meet these barriers
- Knowledge working with people of diverse backgrounds and awareness of specific ethnocultural minority communities; experience in cross-cultural communications
- Passion for working with refugee self-identified women while providing holistic supports
- Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel throughout Metro-Vancouver
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and work remotely as required
- Related post-secondary degree or diploma, or equivalent combination of education and experience in Social Services, Psychology, Humanities, or Counselling or equivalent knowledge, skills and life experience
- Excellent computer skills (all Microsoft Applications), video conferencing and office equipment
- CCDP Certification considered an asset
- A valid criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) is required
- Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents.
Help us make a difference
Established in 1897, YWCA’s vision is to achieve women’s equality and its mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. YWCA serves over 48,000 clients annually, with 66 programs and services in 75 locations.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and value our diverse workplace. Women, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+ individuals and people with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an inclusive and rewarding workplace. Candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes, titled Coordinator - Afghan Women's Employment by November 30, 2021 to:
Etab Saad, Associate Director
We thank all who apply, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. For more information about this and other YWCA Metro Vancouver career opportunities, please visit ywcavan.org.