Community Employment Specialist

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Region:  Toronto Metro area               Type: Contract - Full time
Location:    Scarborough Salary:    (not entered

Full time, one year contract (mat leave)

East Scarborough Storefront, a project of Tides Canada, is a unique community organization in the priority neighbourhood of Kingston Galloway/Orton Park.  The Storefront uses a Connected Communities approach to community development; this means that our main focus is to leverage the power of collaboration to support people and build community. Storefront staff act as a bridge, catalyst and facilitator between and among community members, services and resources.

The Position

To work with colleagues and partners to deliver employment consultation and work with local residents to develop tools to become effective job seekers.  Work involves reviewing with community members their employment aspirations, helping identify supports to reach their goals, creating employment action plans, connecting residents to job opportunities, and working with community partners to access training, placement and job opportunities.

Responsibilities include:

Support to Community Members:

  • Work with local residents seeking employment: perform intakes, conduct employment assessments, develop employment goals and action plans, and maintain follow-up
  • Act as an advocate for residents in obtaining employment and collaborate with other staff and local networks to find appropriate job placements
  • Use community based resources to provide additional supports and work with Storefront partners to assist community members attain job readiness
  • Facilitate employment workshops focused on addressing community needs
  • Identify supports residents may need, community assets to build upon, and opportunities to leverage, to help people reach their employment aspirations

Employment Resource Centre Management:

  • Ensure that facilities are neat and the environment is welcoming
  • Collect labour market information including job openings, skill requirements and other information, and ensure information is up to date, accessible and comprehensive
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations and processes, and work cooperatively to provide quality seamless support to community members

Information Management:

  • Maintain database information and ensure all paperwork supporting employment action plans and employer agreements is complete
  • Keep accurate and complete records of information, referrals and supports provided

Community Outreach:

  • Promote The Storefront’s employment supports and resources in the community, including conducting presentations, displays and participation in community events
  • Liaise and network with community agencies, leaders, and members of the public

Other Duties as Assigned


  • 2 years of post-secondary education in a relevant field
  • 2 years’ experience directly supporting people seeking employment or equivalent relevant experience
  • A thorough understanding of community work, and a demonstrated ability to apply an empathetic and holistic approach to assisting community members
  • Able to create inclusive and non-judgemental environments
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from various backgrounds and in various cultures and contexts
  • Understanding of labour market trends and resources
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Comfort with group and workshop facilitation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer proficiency and attention to detail; database skills are considered an asset
  • A second language is considered an asset
  • Flexibility to perform a wide variety of tasks

Full time Monday to Friday, schedule to be determined, occasional evening and weekend work required.

Please forward your application in person or by mail by Thursday December 10, 2015.  Please note that emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

East Scarborough Storefront, Attention: Hiring for Community Employment Specialist

4040 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough ON, M1E 2R2

No phone calls please.  Only those candidates selected to advance in the hiring process will be contacted.

Qualified candidates will be invited to a mandatory group screening interview on Friday December 18th, 2015 at 10:30 am. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you have participated in a Storefront screening or interview in the past.

East Scarborough Storefront encourages applicants from all Human Rights protected groups and is committed to hiring staff members who reflect the diversity of East Scarborough.

As East Scarborough Storefront is a Project of Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI), the selected candidate will be an employee of TCI. For more information about East Scarborough Storefront and Tides Canada Initiatives, please visit: and

How to Apply:

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Please forward your application in person or by mail by Thursday December 10, 2015. Please note that emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

No phone calls please. Only those candidates selected to advance in the hiring process will be contacted.

Contact Details:

East Scarborough Storefront
4040 Lawrence Ave East
Toronto, ON, M1E 2R2

SOURCE: East Scarborough Storefront

18 Dec 2015
East Scarborough Storefront
Scarborough  Ontario
Community Capacity Building
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