YMCA of the Okanagan
  • 22-May-2020 to 2020-06-04 (PST)
  • Kelowna, BC, CAN
  • $ 21.69-22.42/hr based on experience
  • Hourly
  • Contract

Extended medical and dental benefits, Fitness Membership

The YMCA of Okanagan provides services to help those under 30 overcome barriers to employment, by helping them develop a broad range of skills and knowledge to participate successfully in the current and future labour market. YMCA Jumpstart is a 6-week group-based employability skills program. YMCA Jumpstart is designed for young adults experiencing multiple barriers to employment.

We are seeking an Employment Facilitator for our YMCA Jumpstart program. The candidate is energetic, personable, resourceful, well-organized, with superior interpersonal skills, and excels in a fast-paced, challenging work environment. If that sounds like you, then this is your ideal job! Reporting directly to the General Manager, Community Programs, the Employment Facilitator will support young adults to find and maintain employment through positive daily interactions with youth, colleagues, community partners, and employers.      

Major Responsibilities and Abilities:

  • Help young adults who have barriers to seeking and maintaining employment, find work or return to work by providing employment counselling, assessments, group-based workshops, and developing community connections with employers and service providers.
  • Ongoing marketing and promotion, recruitment and selection of participants, and preparation of materials and facilities for each stream of service described above.
  • Provide 3-weeks of skills enhancement activities to participant groups, including presentations on effective communication, critical thinking, interview and resume skills, financial management, and workplace safety.
  • Dedicate time and resources to participants in the areas of basic needs attainment, career exploration, work search, and job maintenance.
  • Develop action plans with realistic, achievable, goals and outcomes which will lead to participant's successful entry to the labour market.
  • Monitor participant progress and conduct follow-ups during workshops and work experience, and report on participant successes and outcomes.

Employment offer conditional on successful contract signing.


  • Post-secondary degree in a related, professional field, such as Counseling, Psychology, and/or Social Sciences, and 2 years of experience working with individuals with diverse abilities and backgrounds
  • Job Development experience considered an asset
  • Group facilitation experience considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently, make decisions, and execute work with minimal support, in an environment with many urgent and competing priorities
  • Models sensitivity to the diverse needs of participants, such as literacy, emotional, social, behavioural, and cultural differences and ensure participant information is kept confidential
  • Upon request provide 3 professional references (eg. Employer, Supervisor or Colleague)
  • A satisfactory Criminal Record Check. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than 6 months preceding your start date. The YMCA will provide applicable instructions and paperwork


Commitment to Mission, Vision and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision and values of YMCA of Okanagan.

Service Attitude: Identifies needs and wants of members/participants as priority and responds in an effective and timely manner to enhance every person's Y experience.

Relationship Building: Proactively builds and maintains ethical relationships and networks of contacts to further the mission and vision of the YMCA.


Full Time 37.5hrs/week

Application Proces

Please apply by email, with cover letter and resume, to:

Cassandra Thomas, General Manager, Community Programs Division

E-mail: cassandra.thomas@ymcaokanagan.ca

 Application Deadline: June 5, 2020

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