Under the direction of the G.R.O.W. Executive Director the G.R.O.W. Vocational Facilitator, must act in accordance with G.R.O.W.’s policies and procedures. The G.R.O.W. Vocational facilitator must demonstrate strong leadership skills, a positive attitude, inclusive language, and sensitivity to the needs of diverse participants. Knowledge of the labor market, the ability to engage employers across a variety of sectors and an understanding of barriers to employment faced by young adults with Special Needs is an asset.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
In conjunction with the G.R.O.W. Program, the vocational facilitator will provide participants with a positive and educational experience. They will support and provide guidance to participants in their vocational goals, including job exploration, job preparation, on the job training, and on-going monitoring of progress, as well as developing and maintaining positive relationships with employers and volunteer organizations.
- Identify work co-op, volunteer or educational opportunities that fulfill participants’ vocational goals.
- Provide day to day supervision and supports as required.
- Maintain accurate documentation and record keeping of the participants.
- Identify skills and supports required for job success.
- Maintain the participants’ dignity and confidence in dealing with situations as they arise.
- Respect and protect the confidentiality of participants.
- Provide observational and hands on learning opportunities.
- Provide continuous feedback and positive reinforcement.
- Ensure the general welfare, safety, health and well-being for all participants.
- Advocate for the participants and inclusion in the workplace. Promote physical and social integration by encouraging participation.
- Approach employers to identify vocational opportunities; initiate and maintain positive relationships.
- Develop strategies for natural supports in the workplace based on identified risks. Communicate identified risks to employers and program.
- Work with employers to build in systems for ongoing support as needed.
- Implement Gaining Resources Opportunities &Understanding for Participants (G.R.O.U.P.) model developed by G.R.O.W.
- In consultation with the G.R.O.W. Team develop a vocational/ volunteer plan with the goal of optimal independence.
- Act in accordance with G.R.O.W.’s policies and procedures.
- Liaison with the G.R.O.W. Team and report on employment progress.
- Complete all assigned tasks/duties.
- Actively promote and market the G.R.O.W. Programs.
- Participate in program evaluation.
- Attend all staff meetings.
- Maintain confidentially.
- Follow the G.R.O.W. Emergency Procedures as required.
- Complete incident/accident reports and notify the G.R.O.W. Program Director.
Education & Training
- Completion of undergraduate degree.
- Completion of the Emergency First Aid with Basic Rescuer CPR Level C.
- Minimum 2 years’ experience in a similar capacity working with the special needs population in vocational settings.
Skills and Attributes
- Strong customer service orientation.
- Strong communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
- Able to instruct participants at work placement sites.
- Able to provide the necessary education and supports to the employers/volunteer organizations.
- Able and willing to participate and contribute in a team based work environment.
- Able to independently manage time and workflow.
- Ability to effectively promote and market the G.R.O.W. Programs.
- Successful completion of a child abuse registry and criminal record check for vulnerable persons.
- The successful candidate will require proof of vaccination in order to access worksites