Employer Liaison, Pre-Apprenticeship (various locations)

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Position: Employer Liaison, Pre-Apprenticeship (various locations)
Location: Taggart Family Y, 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa and various locations
Type: Full-Time Contract, preferred start date October 11th, 2021
Preferred start date: Monday, Oct 11, 2021
Closing date: Monday, Oct 04, 2021


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.


Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA-YWCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:


What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults and families. Our competitive wage and benefit package includes:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care and camps)
  • Development courses at no cost in several areas
  • 100% coverage for renewal of professional designations
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Extended Maternity leave to all our staff up to 6 more months after the year of leave.


What you offer?

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Intake, assessment, development of activities, and case management with clients seeking employment in the skilled trades
  • Marketing employment services and programs to clients and employers, developing employer contacts, providing current labour market info, client support, and assisting in curriculum adjustment and facilitation
  • Facilitate information sessions and promote the program within the community
  • Lead in the recruitment and screening cycle of eligible clients
  • Research specific trades and industries to ease the transition for clients into their field or related fields
  • Providing employment consultation to clients and maintaining and developing career action plans
  • Assisting client with job search and making direct contact with potential employers
  • Arranging and monitoring co-op work placements for clients in collaboration with the school board and Employment Ontario partners
  • Arranging guest speakers and site visits for participants
  • Ensure effective, efficient use of resources and provide statistical data
  • Ensure quality of the Y experience for program participants
  • Prepare all statistical and required reports and appropriate file documentation
  • Implement procedures for the operation of programs within the guidelines and contractual obligations
  • Working the late shift at the Y Resource Center from 11 am to 7 pm when needed


What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-Secondary degree or diploma in a related educational field


  • Fluent in English, oral and written

Experience, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in job development/marketing, employment counselling
  • Access to a vehicle: local travel required
  • Marketing and human resources experience
  • Knowledge of the Skilled Trades in Ontario
  • Strong leadership skills to facilitate program operations
  • Ability to work with employers and build and maintain relationships
  • Experience with diverse individuals and employers in an employment context
  • High level of interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Superior problem solving, research, and creative skills
  • Ability to work with clients with diverse backgrounds and skill levels


Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Prior to the start date, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.



  • ORGANIZATIONAL AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the vision, mission, and values of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region.
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long-term work goals.
  • PROBLEM-SOLVING: Ability to identify an issue, gather and process relevant information, determine possible solutions, select appropriate responses and implement and evaluate them.
  • COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings.  Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results.  Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • TEAMWORK:  Participates actively in a team for program quality and effectiveness.


About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve and as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

 How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Daniela Renderos. Please send applications to Director, Pre-Apprenticeship, Daniela Renderos (Daniela.Renderos@ymcaywca.ca)

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.



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