Job Developer/Career Advisor - Off the Leash Program for Youth
Grant Part-Time (21 hours/week). Contract ending March 2023
Career Zone, Vancouver
Posting Period
Job Description

Off the Leash is a program for youth ages 15-30 who are interested in a career in the Pet Care industry. The program operates in cycles of 14 weeks with the participants obtaining training and certificates applicable to the pet care industry during the first four weeks of programming. During the last 10 weeks of the program, participants will be placed in an industry applicable to pet care to obtain hands-on experience. Participants will be paid during all 14 weeks of programming.

The program is funded by Employment and Social Development of Canada under FES (Fall Economic Statement) till March 31st, 2023

Employer Engagement Responsibilities:

  • Establish and foster effective relationships with local community partners to promote the program, recruit participants, and establish long-term partnerships
  • Recruit employers for work placements and job openings through cold calls & emails, and screen potential employee referrals for employers
  • Meet with employers to create training plans and complete paperwork
  • Attend job fairs and encourage clients to attend as well, creating network opportunities for all
  • Mediate when problems arise between employers and our clients
  • Develop employment opportunities for candidates by maximizing, implementing and maintaining a sound marketing strategy (including: candidate matching, effective customer service and follow up activities), facilitating employment interviews and coaching participants in job interview strategies

Client Engagement Responsibilities:

  • Conduct information sessions and client intake to determine eligibility and suitability
  • Assist clients with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, and labour market information and trend research (in group setting and one to one)
  • Assist clients to research and secure work experience placements in the pet and animal care industry
  • Maintain accurate client records and preserve client confidentiality
  • Work with clients to acquire specific skills for the labour market
  • Provide job search coaching; assist clients in identifying and overcoming employment barriers, setting realistic career goals, and creating and following action plans
  • Attend case conferencing meetings with program staff as needed to discuss client and employer issues, and placement opportunities.

Other Task and Responsibilities

  • Update various trackers as clients navigate through the different phases of the program
  • Prepare invoices from employer wage subsidy reimbursements
  • Special project contribution and other duties as assigned
  • Develop and facilitate assessment, career planning, employability and job search skills for youth job seekers with different needs


  • 3+ years in networking, recruitment or employer engagement
  • Experience facilitating group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions with clients
  • Experience working with youth that have multiple and compounding barriers
  • Motivated to work independently and as part of a team to deliver exemplary service
  • Advanced professional communication
  • Comfortable with all Microsoft applications (Office 365, Excel, Microsoft, Outlook etc.) and familiar with social media tools
  • Demonstrated flexibility and positive attitude towards change
  • Experience and knowledge working in the non-profit industry or with government programs
  • Equivalent knowledge, experience or education in Career Counselling, Human Resources, Teaching, Facilitating etc.
  • Career Development Practitioner training and CCDP (an asset)
  • B Level Certification or training for career assessment (e.g. Personality Dimensions or MBTI) delivery and interpretation (an asset)
  • Criminal record for vulnerable sectors check will be required
  • Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents.

About the YWCA

This year, YWCA Metro Vancouver marks 125 years of serving our community. We recognize that Canada was founded through colonialist and racist policies, and the YWCA was established and operated during this time. We also recognize that these legacies exist in our present time and are committed to actively decolonizing our policies, programs and practices. Our vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. Our mission: We advance gender equity alongside women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people through advocacy and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing.

This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of a passionate, dedicated and impactful team!

How 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 June 24th, 2022 to:

Employment Services, YWCA Metro Vancouver
Apply by email only to: Kimberly Way at

No Phone Calls or walk-ins Please

YWCA Metro Vancouver is 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