Employment Specialist – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society – Surrey, BC

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DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society Surrey, BC

Do you have experience working in areas such as job coaching, career connecting, or recruitment? Do you enjoy meeting, and working with people from different cultural backgrounds and providing employment support? We may have just a job for you!

We are recruiting for an Employment Specialist to join our team in Surrey, BC. Working within the Employment programs department, you will be responsible for facilitating employability skills to immigrant men who are on a path of recovery from substance abuse. To ensure the successful employment of our clients, the Employment Specialist will be working alongside our Counsellors. Using your networking skills, you will connect with employers to assist in identifying their recruitment and training incentives to encourage the hiring of clients.

For more information about program: SAHARA Program for Men

Key Responsibilities:

Your main focus is to develop and maintain individual action plans to meet the employment, social and educational needs of our clients. Your role will require you to support client employability by reviewing their qualifications and focusing on strengths and training. The duties of this role include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducts Multi-Dimensional Needs Assessments (MDNA) and refers to multi-barrier clients to community resources;
  • Maintains confidentiality and composure in high-stress situations using de-escalation techniques;
  • Develops collaborative relationships with clients using a client-centered and learning-outcomes focused approach;
  • Works with clients to assess qualifications and match them with ideal job vacancies;
  • Provides pre-employment and employment support to assist with the integration of clients into the workplace;
  • Provides support related to training, wage subsidy, paid work experience, disability-related costs for assistive devices and workplace modifications;
  • Collaborates with third parties and updates Ministry of Social Development (MSD) as needed;
  • Utilizes the ministry database to capture client data, maintain and close client files, and to measure qualitative and quantitative outcomes;
  • Collaborate with employers to negotiate employment terms, address any issues with placements and follow up regularly on their level of satisfaction.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Degree or Diploma in Social Work, Employment or related field;
  • Two years’ experience working with persons facing multiple barriers to employment, placement and/or facilitation, career development or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience;
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in Punjabi;
  • Experience working with individuals coping with addictions and substance abuse;
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating, job search workshops, program workshops, developing schedules, coordinating guest speakers from the financial and business sectors;
  • Training or certificate in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention or de-escalation an asset;
  • Career Development Practitioner Certificate (CDP) an asset;
  • Experience with trauma-informed practice, mental health or substance abuse is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the needs and issues of new immigrants in Canada; relevant community resources, programs, and services;
  • Knowledge of Employment Program Modules, career decision making processes, and assessments of pre-employment barriers including English as a second language;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships across all levels including the ability to present information to multi-cultural groups and employers and one on one career coaching to individuals;
  • Verbal and written fluency at a professional level in English.
  • Access to a vehicle and valid BC class 5 Driver’s License an asset.

This position requires union membership. A Criminal Record Check is a requirement of employment.


To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter as separate attachments. Please note that only Word or PDF formats can be accepted. As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a short questionnaire. Please ensure all questions are answered.

If you any questions or would like to learn more about the position before applying, please email [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Additional Information:

DIVERSEcity is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact our HR department at [email protected]. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

About DIVERSEcity

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a registered charity devoted to helping newcomers. For 40 years we have focused on providing specialized services newcomers to find employment, learn English, find housing, deal with family challenges, work through mental health issues and access medical care. DIVERSEcity is a client-centred organization committed to quality and accountability. We value growth, respect, integrity and compassion. To learn more about DIVERSEcity visit us at https://www.dcrs.ca/.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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