Community Living Hamilton (CLH) is a busy and vibrant organization that supports 1,600 adults and children with diverse abilities thrive in the community. We have an opening for the role of a Regular, Full-Time Job Developer in our Employment Access/Community Participation Portfolio within our agency.
ORGANIZATION PROFILE – CLH is the region’s largest service provider for individuals with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Autism. We are dedicated to helping them achieve their full potential, be included in our community and, ultimately, build great lives.
This is an exciting time to join Community Living Hamilton. We have redefined our Mission, Vision and new Values and are in the process of establishing a new strategic plan for the next three to five years. As an accredited organization, we offer widely recognized expertise and serve more than 1,600 people with special needs every year – from children to aging seniors. We offer community participation programs, residential services, respite services, employment supports and services designed for children.
The Job Developer role is responsible for building relationships with employers and community partners to create a pipeline of appropriate job placement and volunteer opportunities for our clients. Job Developers act as the link between employers and the Employment Supports Coaches working together to achieve outcomes. Job developers participate in business development and outreach activities, acting as the primary ambassador of Employment Access in the employer community. She/he will:
- Develop and maintain a network of community employers to meet established targets
- Work with the business community to build partnerships and secure employment sites for clients consistent with their identified needs and goals
- Develop appropriate placement plans and maintains progress reports
- Provide training and workshops to help clients achieve personal goals, develop job retention skills, and increase self-motivation and confidence
- Provide on-going follow-up with clients who have secured jobs and volunteer opportunities
- Maintain network of support service providers, to assist clients with appropriate additional training and access to competitive employment
- Provide advocacy and promote adjustment in the work environment by assuring that a client’s work-related needs are met and that his/her rights and dignity are safe-guarded
- Participate in case reviews, staff meetings and goal planning for each client as needed
- Negotiate and coordinate work assessments and on-the-job training opportunities with employers
- Stay current on employment trends and articulate those trends to the Manager/Senior Manager
- Apply a “person centered” approach by assisting participants in applying for employment related to client’s personal interests, skills and ability
- Meet with the employer prior to and during employment to identify expectations and specific supports needed for success at the work site. Ie. Sensitivity training, adaptive equipment, orientation, etc.
We’re looking for an enthusiastic and engaging team player with the following:
- Post-secondary education in Business, Human Resources or equivalent required. Additional formal education in job development and pre-employment skills development is strongly preferred.
- 2+ years experience working in job development, with experience supporting clients with disabilities.
- Proven experience achieving targets in an outcomes based funded program.
- Knowledge of the Employment Standards Act, Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program, FedCap and related government employment support and disability support programs.
- Thorough knowledge of administrative software programs, including MS Excel, Word, and Outlook.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Effective customer service/client service skills, with an emphasis on active listening, effective communication, and tact.
- Knowledge of, and commitment to, the philosophy of inclusion.
- Excellent observation skills and written and verbal communication skills.
- Proven ability to demonstrate cultural competency with the ability to address service needs in a diverse client group.
- Fluency in a language other than English preferred.
- Experience with diverse client groups preferred (age, culture, program type, etc.).
- Additional formal training in additional topics relevant to the position strongly preferred.
- Valid Driver’s license and access to vehicle. Automobile insurance in good standing
If this describes you and you are interested, please submit your expression of interest,
including a covering letter and résumé to:
Human Resources Department
Community Living Hamilton
Posting closes March 1, 2021 at midnight, or when the position is filled.
Community Living Hamilton welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.