POSITION POSTING # 1864

  • SERVICE AREA: Community – Ready, Willing and Able
  • LOCATION: Kerry’s Place Central Region – Kitchener/Waterloo
  • POSITION STATUS: Temporary Full-time (Contract to September 30, 2022; two weeks written notice prior to contract end date)
  • HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 hours per week (Days, Evenings and Weekends; Flexibility required)
  • HOURLY PAY RATE: $22.14 – $27.68 per hour

CLOSING DATE: 4:30pm, November 24, 2021

Are you looking for a meaningful career full of lifelong learning and everyday adventures?

At Kerry’s Place, we help enhance the quality of life for more than 8000 people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) each year! Our dedicated team of professionals have become experts in the field through our continuous training and development programs. Get ready for a fun and vibrant career because every day is an adventure at Kerry’s Place!

Why Join our Team?

  • Make a Meaningful Difference in Someone’s Life.
  • Career Development & Internal Growth Opportunities Available.
  • Various Employer-Paid Training Programs.
  • Flexible Schedule.
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plan (optional).
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan.
  • Corporate Membership discount for Goodlife Fitness.
  • Employee Recognition and Celebration Programs.
  • Open and Inclusive Work Environment.

About the Role:

As part of the Kerry’s Place Autism Services administrative support team, the Employment Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the: leadership, resource management, quality outcomes for the persons we support, and quality assurance measures to provide efficient and effective provision of supports and services for persons diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

General

  • Through actions, supports the Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan of Kerry’s Place.
  • Reviews and adheres to all Policies and Procedures, including: Finance & Administration; Services & Supports; Human Resources; Health & Safety, and all other.
  • Adheres to employee responsibilities for Health & Safety as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and applicable regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Commitment to full inclusion for people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum, including the right to employment and economic participation in the community.
  • Work with other Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) Delivery Partner staff to ensure RWA integrates and supports other activities and programs within the organization and its membership.

Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Management team and Human Resources, provide appropriate staffing to meet the needs of the persons we support through effective recruitment, selection, and orientation.
  • Assist the Management team to chair meetings, ensure minutes are distributed and employees are updated. Ensure follow up actions are implemented as directed by the Management team.
  • Bring together key stakeholders in the community to generate shared understanding of each organization’s work and foster coordinated pathways to employment for persons with ASD.
  • Undertake development of strategic partnerships with community employment agencies in order to adequately meet hiring demand.
  • Develop and/or expand partnerships with community employment agencies to ensure equitable access to hiring demand by both persons with an intellectual disability and persons on the autism spectrum.

Resource Management

  • Maintain operations within budget as directed by the Management team, includes authorization of expenditures as per Finance policy.
  • Assist the management team with payroll functions and Service Agreements.

Quality Outcomes for the Persons we Support

  • Implement the necessary labour market bridging tactics and strategies needed to expand recruitment and hiring of people on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability.
  • Conduct outreach and follow up to businesses, across various sectors and industries, to promote the value of inclusive hiring.
  • Deliver presentations and information tools for business groups to promote the employment of people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum.
  • Provide current and accurate information on intellectual disability and/or on the autism spectrum in the workplace for employer presentations and marketing collateral for business groups to promote the employment of people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum.
  • Maintain ongoing relationship with RWA employers and partner employment agencies (both during and subsequent to the hiring process).
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with families, partner agencies, volunteers, government employees and the community.
  • Share positive outcomes with Communications department for newsletters and social media channels.
  • Engage in a diversity of outreach efforts (e.g. presentations to post-secondary schools, family associations etc.) to connect with job seekers on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability for the purpose of connecting persons to employment opportunities generated by RWA.
  • Provide critical systems navigation supports to job-seeking adolescents, young adults and adults with an intellectual disability or autism by connecting them to relevant employment supports and services in their community with the ultimate aim of assisting persons in obtaining competitive employment.
  • Connect with persons with an intellectual disability or autism to determine educational and work history, occupational or post-secondary interests and potential accommodation or support needs and ensure a referral is made to an appropriate service/support in the community; maintain ongoing contact, where requested, with all job seekers.
  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date job seeker database in order to share employment opportunities with job seekers.
  • Provide support through evidence-based treatment models and approaches for persons diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Attend community planning tables/external committees.
  • This position supports adults.

Quality Assurance Measures

  • Ensure the health and safety of supported persons in accordance to Ontario Regulation 299/10 Quality Assurance Measures, the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, and the Provincial and Municipal regulations and by-laws.
  • Support the Management team to ensure professional and thorough records are maintained and up to date for all persons being served.
  • Ensure accurate collection of data relating to the project and individual outcomes is recorded, analyzed and reported within the framework and timelines of the initiative.
  • Meet all reporting and documentation requirements of the national RWA program, including but not limited to completion of quarterly reporting and maintenance of job seeker management data base.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

 Education

  • University degree or college diploma.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Three years of experience in human services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues and barriers faced by persons with ASD in accessing the labour market.
  • Strong knowledge of local labour market issues and trends.
  • Strong knowledge of the various local community based employment organizations and/or programs.
  • Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and evidence-based treatment models and approaches.
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation and public speaking skills.
  • Competency and effective use of Microsoft Office Applications and job seeker relationship management software.
  • Working knowledge of related legislation and regulations such as: Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, etc.
  • French language is an asset.

Competencies

  • Works to build team commitment and spirit, through:
    • Advocating for others.
    • Collaberation
    • Creative problem solving and decision making.
    • Fostering independence in others.
    • Initiative
    • Interpersonal Relations and Respect.
    • Resilience
    • Flexibility

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Must have the ability to complete the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) certification, First Aid/CPR as well as perform the required physical techniques. Training will be provided.
  • Position requires flexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Provide on-call coverage (which may include evenings, weekends and holidays).
  • As a condition of employment, all employees must have and provide proof of full Covid-19 Immunization. Where a person is unable to vaccinate for human rights protected reasons, an accommodation may be provided.

Kerry’s Place is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. Kerry’s Place is also committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

To apply:

  • Internal applicants – Please apply through ADP. Log in and go to Myself > Talent > Career Centre

This position is open to Internal and External applicants. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We thank all applicants for your interest in Kerry’s Place Autism Services.

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