YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Axis is a new program, funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (MAEST), to provide employment services for individuals who identify as visible minority women who have experienced violence. The program will build on the successful YWCA Employment Navigator model where the team will provide one to one holistic services and wrap-around supports for women from visible minority communities to move towards employment and/or substantive education. The staff team is comprised of one Manager and 2.5 team members to deliver this target-based employment program, and will provide program services virtually and in-person where needed in the Metro Vancouver region.
Under the general supervision of the Axis Program Manager, the Axis Career Advisor is responsible for working closely with program staff to ensure Survivors of Violence in target populations are reached, enrolled and participate in overcoming the impacts of violence and/or abuse to move towards employment and/or substantive education. Proficiency in another language such in Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Punjabi is a requirement.
- Career Advisors of the YWCA’s Axis program provide specialized employment services following an individual service based model to support participants who identify as visible minority women Survivors of Violence and/or Abuse
- Ensure safety plan and basic needs are in place and work with participants to refer to counselling, community resources and other referrals as appropriate
- Work collaboratively within the community and YWCA to create resource partnerships addressing issues related to violence/abuse
- Strong ability to work with participants with different needs, backgrounds, learning styles and employment goals
- Facilitate soft skills training, employment readiness, essential skills and provide one-to-one coaching
- Assist participants in developing healthy boundaries, confidence, resilience and coping skills
- Work collaboratively within the wider YWCA ecosystem to ensure optimization of cross referrals
- Provide job search coaching; assist participants in identifying and overcoming employment barriers, setting realistic career goals, and creating and following action plans
- Assist participants with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, and labour market information and trend research
- Providing career coaching, resource counselling and work experience placements for participants
- Ensuring documentation standards are met as part of MAEST requirements
- Assist participants to participate in the Single Parents Employment Initiative and wider WorkBC services where eligible
- Conducting specialized outreach in the community to recruit participants to engage in services
- Participate in weekly Case Conferencing with program staff to discuss participant and employer issues, and placement opportunities.
- Facilitate workshops to women from the Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin and Punjabi communities.
- Establishing and fostering effective relationships with local community partners to promote the program and recruit eligible participants
- Provide ongoing feedback/input of program development, evaluation and design
- Maintain accurate participant records and confidentiality, as per CARF standards
- Report program outcomes to Program Manager
- Liaise with other community and external stakeholders to promote and engage issues specific to visible minority violence.
- Recruit employers for work experience engagement and activities, job openings through internal resources, cold calls & emails, and screen potential employee referrals for employers
- Meet with employers to create training plans and complete paperwork
- Participate in events / roundtables
- Other duties as assigned
- Proficiency in English and Farsi Languages
- Experience in career counselling, social work, job development and/or working with visible minority communities
- Experience and knowledge working with government funding
- Knowledge of issues and barriers that this cohort can face and the ability to provide solutions to meet these barriers
- Proven experience to work independently and part of a team to deliver exemplary service
- Either a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or a combination of education and experience
- Excellent computer skills (all Microsoft Applications), Sharepoint and OneDrive
- CCDP certification is an asset
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- A demonstrated positive attitude towards change
- A criminal record check will be required
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 by September 23,2021 to:
Devi Sharma, Program Manager Axis
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.