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Job Posting: Labour Market Facilitator – Ready, Willing and Able

callieThe PEI Association for Community Living (PEI ACL) is seeking a Labour Market Facilitator for its Ready, Willing and Able project.

Full time contractual position until January, 2018 with a possibility of extension.

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) are very proud to be partners in the delivery of the Ready Willing and Able (RWA) initiative. RWA project funded by the Government of Canada, is designed to increase the workforce participation of people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

RWA will accomplish this by reaching out to, and engaging, employers and increasing their understanding of the value and economic benefits to hiring people with intellectual disabilities and ASD. RWA will help employers realize that these working aged adults represent a significantly untapped labour source that could very much assist in addressing their staffing needs. RWA will connect these employers who are ready, willing and able to hire to local employment agencies who are supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and ASD who are equally ‘ready willing and able’ to work.

The Labour Market Facilitator position will work to promote social change and increase the employment level of people with developmental disabilities. This position will develop relationships with and collaborate with employers, community employment agencies, autism organizations, local ACLs, government and community agencies to create meaningful and equal opportunity for employment for people with developmental disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Executive Director of the PEI ACL, and serves as a member of the Senior Staff Team within the Association
  • Develop labour market bridging strategies needed to expand recruitment and hiring of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Support outreach and partnership development with and between employers and agencies at the provincial and community levels.
  • Conduct outreach and follow up to employers and employer organizations at the provincial and community levels, via the organization and delivery of Employer Awareness Forums and/or other employer engagement and information strategies.
  • Develop and/or expand partnerships with community agencies for delivery of employment supports to meet employer demand; and facilitate employment placements to meet employer demand, as required.
  • Develop relationships with key community stakeholders and implement strategies for activation of key elements of the employment strategy such as transitional planning, employer confidence and capacity, employer-to-employer networks, entrepreneurship, and inclusive post-secondary education.
  • Ensure adequate and ongoing information dissemination, development of required tools and resources; and development and delivery of public awareness efforts.
  • Engage in the needed policy and partnership development with relevant government departments and policy makers.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with employers, agencies and various community partners to further enhance and develop the RWA initiative.
  • Provide project management, administration, budget and expenditure monitoring as related to project implementation.
  • Represent the Association at tables where employers, stakeholders and others meet to lead innovative approaches to how people with developmental disabilities can access employment.
  • Collect and document stories of successful employment outcomes as related to RWA project.
  • Meet all reporting requirements of the national RWA program
  • Liaise with the National Project team, and attend national meetings as required.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to full inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, including the right to employment and economic participation in the community.
  • Experience at senior levels building relationships with diverse groups and interests.
  • Project development, management and evaluation experience.
  • Strong outreach, organizational, communication and team work skills.
  • Knowledge of social media applications and some related experience with education and awareness campaigns.
  • Demonstrated success and experience working in a community development framework.
  • At least 3 year’s experience at a senior level in facilitation of employment outcomes, or experience in a related field. Knowledge of issues and barriers faced by people with developmental disabilities in accessing jobs in the community a must.
  • Strong knowledge of local labour market issues and trends.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, excellent time management skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications; and/or MAC computers.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Willing to travel out of province as early as June 2016.
  • Post-secondary education in a related field or equivalent experience.

Applications due on or before May 3, 2016 at 4pm

Email your resume and references to executivedirector@peiacl.org attention Bridget Cairns.