Based in Little Burgundy and serving participants across Greater Montreal, DESTA is a community organization that supports Black youth aged 18 to 35 in reaching their educational, employability, and entrepreneurial goals through a holistic and individualized approach.
DESTA is expanding its employability programs to meet the needs of its growing participant base and is looking for the right individual to join our team. DESTA employs a trauma-informed approach and harm reduction philosophies, and we are currently seeking an Employability Coordinator who has a compassionate understanding of the challenges our participants face.
Reporting directly to the Programs Director and working in collaboration with the DESTA team, some of the Employability Coordinator’s responsibilities are to:
-Coordinate workforce development programming
-Facilitate employability workshops
-Assist external workshop facilitators
-Assist participants with creating resumes and cover letters
-Provide successful job interview preparation and presentation skills training
-Help prepare formerly incarcerated participants for the workforce
-Liaise with employers and partner organizations
-Advocate and mediate on behalf of participants when necessary
-Work closely with the Support Services team and Programs Director to manage a caseload of participants with diverse needs and employment backgrounds
-Track participant attendance
-Maintain accurate and timely participant records and documentation using CRM
-Work in close cooperation with external agencies (CSC, CLSC, etc.) involved with participants to ensure the quality and timeliness of support provided
-Participate in professional development trainings and workshops
-Represent DESTA at community events and outreach initiatives when needed
-Be up-to-date on DESTA’s mission, vision, and values
-Dynamic workshop facilitation skills
-Management and coaching experience
-Bilingualism (English and French)
-Strong writing skills in both languages
-Knowledge of and sensitivity towards issues concerning diverse ethno-cultural and marginalized communities, and the Black community in particular
-Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team
-Adaptable, resourceful, attention to detail
-Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask and manage time effectively
-Computer skills (MS Office, data entry)
-Knowledge of Little Burgundy and the Southwest (Sud-Ouest)
-Related lived experience
-Familiarity with judicial and correctional system, and issues faced by individuals currently and previously incarcerated
-Experience working in not-for-profit sector
-Experience working in HR, placement agency, or another employability context
-DEC or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
How to apply:
Please forward your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant lived and work experience, as well as your personal and professional values. Please send applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org before February 15, 2019.
Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
If you wish to be considered for employment equity:
Desta values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, Indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQIA+, women, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants, and people from working class backgrounds to apply. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization that reflects the community we serve.
If you wish to be considered for employment equity, please include the following sentence on a separate page to your cover letter and CV: “I would like to be considered for employment equity.” Please note that we do not require applicants to specify the basis on which they are applying for employment equity; you do not need to disclose your reasons.