Vocational Counsellor Job at Open Door Group – Richmond, BC

Vocational Counsellor

Salary: * $31.99 per hour (Grid 8)
Hours of Work: 37.5 per week
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7.5 hours per day
Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Internal Posting Location: https://opendoorgroup.bamboohr.com/jobs/
Commencement Date: ASAP
Status: Permanent, Full-Time
Work Area: Richmond, BC

About Open Door Group: *

Open Door Group is a non-profit organization that has been serving communities across British Columbia since 1976. Today, we continue to provide tailored employment services to individuals and businesses to build strong workforce ecosystems and thriving communities.

Certified as a Great Place to Work™, and ranked as one of the Top 50 Employers in BC in 2020, we pride ourselves on modelling a culture of authenticity and transparency. Our core values are based on the genuine belief that all individuals have the ability to succeed and are the drivers of their own success, and we aim to support lifelong learning and career success for the people we serve, as well as our employees.

As a Certified Living Wage Employer, Open Door Group strives to offer competitive wages and benefits for our staff. All permanent staff at Open Door Group receive a comprehensive, 100% employer paid benefits package, a municipal pension plan, and supplemental benefits including earned days off and ongoing professional development. Open Door Group also offers an Employee and Family Assistance program to support the well-being of each of our staff.

Job Summary: *

Under the general supervision of the Vocational Counsellor Supervisor, and indirectly to the Associate Program Director, the Vocational Counsellor–Disabilities & Addictions (VC) is responsible for supporting people with disabilities and/or addictions to choose, get. keep volunteer, education, or employment placements in a mainstream community setting.

The VC provides general employment services, along with specialized disability vocational services (coordinates specialized assessments and acquisition of assistive technology; completes “Discoveries” and facilitates customized employment placements; disability/addiction skill development, along with drafting a disability/addiction management plan); provides workplace assessment and recommendations for modifications/accommodations to support client/candidate achieve their employment goals.

Duties: *

  • Engages in employment goal setting, case management, and ongoing support activities by providing general, traditional career decision making (informal needs assessment, values/interests/aptitude testing, and labour market review) processes or specialized career decision making processes for people with disabilities (“Discovery”, establishing vocational themes, and drafting an employment profile).
  • Organizes the procurement of specialized assessments, debriefs with assessors, reviews findings with client/candidate, and incorporates findings into goal setting process.
  • Organizes the procurement of assistive technology to support clients/candidates to fully participate in programs and services.
  • Observes clients, identifies, and assesses potential emergency situations, and develops short-term strategies to deal with such situations.
  • Provides counselling and behavioral management techniques to assist clients/candidates in establishing strategies to seek, obtain, and maintain employment.
  • Teaches client/candidate and provide coaching using a variety of instructional methodologies to enable the development of disability management, employment readiness, and employment skills. Drafts and reviews with each client/candidate a disability management plan.
  • Assist clients to become ready for further education and/or self-employment. Assist in researching and applying for funding to support in the payment of education and/or self-employment.
  • Ensure clients/candidates have access to the necessary skills and resources to engage in a employment search process.
  • Facilitates the placement of clients/candidates by performing duties such as directly approaching education institutions and/or employers to identify and secure opportunities, explain wage subsidy information and placement terms to clients and community agencies/employers.
  • Negotiates with employers customized employment placements.
  • Provides workplace assessments to determine full-scope of duties and specialized requirements, develops strategies with employers and/or candidates to support successful employment retention. Coordinates job coaching where required.
  • Makes recommendations for workplace modifications/accommodations; identify funding sources to support the implementation of workplace recommendations/accommodations.
  • Follow up with employers and education providers to ensure education, work experience, employment placements and agreements are established and maintained, and to monitor the quality of placements.
  • Ensure Open Door Group participants and colleagues receive written assessments, progress reports and evaluations as required by program standards.
  • Responsible for ensuring that relevant statistical, program and student/participant reports are processed accurately, reflect professional quality and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Participate in annual review and development of goals and objectives for Open Door Group training programs.
  • Participate in the review and development of systems to ensure quality services are provided to Open Door Group participants, employers, and other customers.
  • Achieve monthly and annual goals and objectives and maintain acceptable standards of service quality.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences or a relevant allied health discipline.
  • Two years experience including vocational counselling for people with people with disabilities.
  • Valid B.C. driver’s license and use of personal vehicle during working hours.
  • Must be able to travel throughout the province.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Addiction counselling experience is considered an asset.
  • As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Open Door Group must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current career counselling approaches.
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies.
  • Knowledge of disability and addiction issues and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a person centered, strength-based approach to service delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to demonstrate creative methods in discovering unique contributions of the person served and how that information could be translated into a customized employment setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the demands of a varied and large client load.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct and to analyze and resolve problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately maintain client files and ability to proficiently use Microsoft Office programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to a diverse range of people.

How to Apply:

Please click the “Apply for this Job” button on this page, and follow the steps to enter your personal information and submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for the role. Please do not submit your application by emailing us.

Open Door Group values diversity and is committed to providing an inclusive work environment. We are looking for qualified individuals who represent, at all job levels, the diversity of the people we serve and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, individuals of all genders and sexual orientation, origin and ethnic affiliations, disability, age, and religion._

We strive to ensure an accessible experience for candidates. If you require an alternative method to submit your application, please email us at [email protected] or contact us toll-free at 1 866 377 3670 and ask to speak with an HR representative.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Open Door Group team!

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $31.99 per hour

About the Company

Company: Open Door Group –

Company Location:  Richmond, BC

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