Youth Employment Specialist

Full Time
Posted 6 months ago

Youth Employment Specialist for the Youth Employment and Skills Strategies (YESS) Program 

CCSYR: At CCSYR, we reach out to support, counsel and guide individuals and families from diverse cultural groups. We recognize the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of faith, background or ethnicity and provide a variety of programs and services that enable all citizens, newcomers, and refugees to participate fully in the social, economic, political, and cultural life within their communities.

Our team is passionate to make a meaningful impact through helping those who are in need and are truly valued for who they are and what they contribute.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide youth with comprehensive employment support including needs assessment and preparing service plans.
  • Deliver one-on-one and group mentorship and coaching to youth to increase work related knowledge and skills that lead to gainful employment and job retention.
  • Deliver training focusing on job search and job retention skills training and assistance (Resume writing, interview techniques, pre-employment/career planning workshops).
  • Organize support/self help groups to address mental health, self esteem, and other emotional issues.
  • Work with Community Navigators and the school boards in promoting YESS program in high schools through group orientation sessions.
  • Outreach to businesses and organizations to create opportunities for youth, including paid work experience.
  • Outreach and collaborate with community partners for work-integrated learning opportunities, including co-operative education placements, internships, and apprenticeships.
  • Establish and monitor work experience sites that support youth goals and career interests.
  • Create and distribute marketing materials to recruit employers and youth participants.
  • Keep detailed records to document clients and services in OCMS.
  • Assist YESS Program Coordinator in assessing the effectiveness of the training component, as well as satisfaction of the participants and employers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Community Engagement Manager/YESS Coordinator.

What you need to succeed:


  • A Bachelor’s/master’s degree OR a diploma in Social Work, Settlement counseling or a related discipline OR a combination of post secondary education and career development practitioner/career counselling related experience.


  • A minimum of 1 year’s work experience in a social service setting, settlement and/or community work sectors and/or experience as a Career Development Practitioner and/or experience as Career Counsellor.
  • Fresh graduates with the required educational credentials are also encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing training and professional development opportunities to passionate and dedicated individuals.


  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Understanding of Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Frameworks is considered an Asset.
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills and aptitude for working effectively and sensitively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Comfort with technology and communication platforms.
  • Understanding and strict adherence to Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
  • Fluency in a second language is considered an asset.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong, ongoing partnerships within communities.
  • Ability to work well individually and collaboratively as part of teams.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to multitask and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Comfort with facilitation, giving presentations and excellent public speaking skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of community services, immigration, settlement sector and the public education system is considered an Asset.

Other Requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and relevant insurance is considered an asset.
  • Successful candidates will be asked to provide a successful Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records check.

Job Location:  Various locations throughout York Region.

Accessibility, Accommodation and EEO statement: CCSYR is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members, candidates and clients feel like they belong. We seek applicants with a wide range of abilities and thrive to provide an accessible candidate experience. If you need accommodation, please let us know.

CCSYR is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a diverse and welcoming workplace for all employees. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that individuals from all backgrounds bring to our organization, and we recognize that diversity in our workforce is essential for our continued success and are committed to ensuring that every employee feels respected, supported, and valued.

We welcome applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender assignment, gender identity or gender expression (including non-binary), sexual orientations, ages, religions, disabilities, and any other basis protected by all applicable laws.

To apply:  Please send your resume and an optional cover letter to with ‘Your name – Youth Employment Specialist’ as the subject line.  

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