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Equine Career Specialist – Contract

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  • Salary: $45000

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VPI Working Solutions Inc. embraces and encourages inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

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About Us:

Founded in 1988, VPI has provided working solutions to individuals and organizations for 30 years. We are based in Mississauga and have 17 branch locations across Southern Ontario.

We provide employment programs, assessments and supportive vocational services that help residents of Ontario improve job readiness, explore training and get back to work.

We facilitate several Employment Ontario programs to help job seekers find work and training opportunities. We also work directly with employers who are looking to hire. These free programs and services are provided at no cost to job seekers or employers

What We Are Looking For:

Equine Career Specialist for a contract role.

The Equine Career Specialist is responsible for providing full-cycle and in-depth employment counseling for an individual and/or group basis while consistently meeting SkillsAdvance Ontario – Ontario Equine Education and Employment Program (OEEEP) targets. The role is primarily accountable for clients and case management using the internal CRM system. In addition, the Equine Career Specialist provides information and direction on tools and resources available to each client to ensure the level of support offered is commensurate with the level of each client’s need and which can assist clients in conducting a job search specifically within the Equine industry. This role is also responsible for the expenditure of participant and employer financial supports, as per the budget for the fiscal year.  

Key Job Functions:

Client and Case Management:

Conducts outreach, prescreens clients, and based on suitability factors conducts intake and needs assessment for clients accessing assisted services
Assess eligibility and motivation of clients towards exploring a career within the Equine Industry
Assists clients in obtaining meaningful employment through individual or group employment counselling including resume critique, mock interviews, and referrals to pre-employment services
Creates and monitors service plans and maintains real time case management.
Monitors clients progress and provides ongoing support through to successful completion of the program, including managing attendance and participation in skills training, addressing issues as required
Critiques clients’ self-marketing tools (e.g., resume and interview skills) and refers them to appropriate resources in accordance with their specific requirements
Provides instruction, soft skills training and technical support to clients regarding available resources, such as business directories, resume writing tools, relevant labor market information, and online training platforms
Promotes the ERC and VPI Learning Centre (eLearning) as well as other online resources
Facilitates employment workshops, job fairs, employer sessions and other events to prepare clients to obtain as well as maintain employment within the equine industry
Refers clients to Job Matching Placement with Incentives (JMPI) component upon successful completion of skills training
Works alongside fellow program staff to support clients into placement and employment, including job matching, employer outreach, developing training and onboarding plans with employer and client, and monitoring the effectiveness of job placements
Refers clients out to other community services to support client needs
Keeps current with prevailing labor market conditions as well as new developments within local and regional labor markets to support service coordination and job development equine industry.
Provides retention and advancement support and services to client’s post-program for a period of up to 12 months, including but not limited to career development support and rapid response services

Achieving Targets:

Tracks, monitors and achieves individual and branch targets pertaining to number of assisted participants, closures, percentage of participant suitability, percentage of service coordination as well as personal supports expenditure
Maintains and shares information on available community services, including all services available through MLTSD, government ministries and agencies

Administrative and Other Tasks:

Completes administrative portion of intake within internal CRM, Smart Simple, as well as the service plans within the allocated time
Maintains real-time, accurate case notes in Smart Simple according to internal policies and guidelines as well as funder criteria
Responds to client enquiries and provides assistance in a timely manner, as required
Other duties pertaining to the position, as required
Consistently support the achievement of all branch targets

To be successful in the role you will have:

·         A post secondary degree or diploma in Employment Counseling, Human Resources or another related discipline is an asset

·         Keen interest in the Equine industry with a passion for animals

·         Comfort inputting information directly into the database during client interactions

·         Comfort with automation, changing processes and making them more efficient

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Excellent interpersonal and networking skills

·         Strong organizational and time management skills

·         Strong critical thinking and problem-solving ability

·         The ability to direct, guide and motivate others

·         Experience in employment counseling or related field will be considered an asset

·         Knowledge of vocational evaluation, career exploration and case management is an asset

·         A vehicle, valid driver’s license and insurance

Please note VPI reserves the right to modify duties and responsibilities in order to reflect VPI’s business needs and or the needs of the funder.

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