Job Posting: Employment Support Worker

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

Choices for Youth Inc. (CFY) is a professional service, youth-focused, non-profit, charitable organization that creates spaces and conversations and operates programs and social enterprises to help vulnerable youth secure stable housing, employment, and education while improving health and family stability. With a focus on prevention, intervention, and support, we help youth and young families break cycles of poverty and homelessness and transition to healthy, stable, and independent lives.

Reporting to the Employment and Support Coordinator, the Employment Support Worker (ESW) – Training and Pre Employment Competitive Employment will work directly with all training programs to support Trainees in navigating barriers to maintaining a position within the social enterprise or pre-employment training programs and achieving their goals of entering competitive employment or post-secondary education. The ESW Training and Competitive Employment will also assist any youth that has entered competitive employment to provide the supports required to maintain successful employment.

The ESW-Training and Competitive Employment will be fully participatory in the training programs being delivered through the department, working directly alongside the Training and Employment Lead as well as any training facilitators.


· Work collaboratively with the Training and Employment Lead to fully incorporate support methods into the workflow youth.

· Conduct monthly goal setting with each youth to reflect their desired learning path and provide the necessary supports and assistance to achieve the desired outcomes.

· Work is hands-on with youth in their pre-employment programs.

· Communicate the desired learning paths with the Training and Employment Lead and work collaboratively with the Training and Employment Lead in creating supportive training plans.

· Work with youth who are employed in competitive job environments to set goals related to training, education, and career options.

· Assist youth participants with systems navigation with the support of the Support Lead.

· Participate in youth interviews with the Training and Employment Lead to assist in assessing whether a youth is ready for participation in any of the pre-employment programs.

· Advocate on behalf of the youth participants to community employers, services, and programs that will move them closer to their employment goals.

· Represent CFY and any pre-employment training programs at recruitment fairs and community events.

· Complete case note documentation and handle confidential data in accordance with CFY and funder’s standards.

· Participate in relevant safety training.

· Role-modeling on-site safety.

· Maintaining youth-based outcome measurements.

· Operate from a strengths-based approach.

· Maintain a positive, solutions-focused attitude.

· Represent CFY and any pre-employment training programs in a positive and respectful manner.

· Connect and collaborate with other ESW for recruitment, problem-solving, and sharing best practices.

· With the support of the Supports Lead, assist youth in securing and maintaining competitive employment or a position in post-secondary education.

· Jointly with the Training and Education Lead, broker relationships with local supportive employers.

· All other duties as assigned by the Employment & Supports Coordinator.


· Undergraduate degree in Career Development, Human Resources, Education, Child Youth Support Worker, or Social Sciences, or college equivalent.

· Advanced computer skills

· Strong facilitation skills

· Strong communication and interpersonal skills

· Be genuinely passionate about youth

· Understanding and experience working with vulnerable populations

· Versed in Career Assessment and Exploration

· Familiar with ARMS and PRIME data systems


· Access to a vehicle is required


The position will be 35 hours (37.5) per week from Monday to Friday. Some flexibility in work hours will be required, with evenings and weekend work required at times.


The salary for this position is $45,669.00 – 50,368.50 annually. Choices for Youth offers a competitive compensation package, including a health and dental program, employer-matched RRSP, and four weeks’ vacation to qualifying employees.

Reference ID: ESW-1121

Deadline to Apply: November 23, 2021


Please submit your cover letter and resume explaining how you meet the criteria and using the reference ID in the subject line.


Recruitment Lead

Audrey Wade, Employment Support Coordinator

Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about Choices for Youth, please visit

Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.