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Volunteer and Employment Advisor

Homes First

This is a Part-time position in Toronto, ON posted November 5, 2017.

Volunteer and Employment Advisor

Part Time Contract Position – One Year, 23 hours per week (flexible days)  (Bargaining Unit Position)

Mission Statement: Homes First Society develops and provides affordable, stable housing and support services to break the cycle of homelessness for people with the fewest housing options.


We are looking for a part-time Volunteer and Employment Advisor to conduct hands-on workshops on “becoming employment ready” and provide weekly one-on-one sessions to clients to assist them in finding and applying for volunteer and employment opportunities in the community. The expectation is to mentor our clients in finding meaningful daily activity, help guide them throughout any application phases and interview processes, and then provide follow-up support to help them maintain positions.

Job Description:

  • Hold in-depth employment workshops once a week for clients in coordination with program partner
  • Provide strategies, techniques, and practical tips to assist clients to prepare for the work/volunteer opportunities
  • Hold bi-weekly information sessions on the program to increase client engagement
  • Encourage clients to get involved and volunteer in their community
  • Research and establish partnerships with agencies and non-profits offering volunteer and employment opportunities
  • Research educational opportunities for clients
  • Regularly network to create community partnerships
  • Meet with clients, to determine their goals and interests and assist them with research for volunteer/employment opportunities
  • Guide clients through the application and interview process
  • Provide follow-up support to clients who engage in positions and award honorariums
  • Track participant attendance and outcomes
  • Meet regularly with Program Supervisor and provide weekly reports on the program and on the progress of clients
  • Provide encouragement and support to clients who are facing issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, abuse, social isolation and more
  • Help write final report
  • Meet with clients individually and in groups throughout Homes First’s properties (transportation support provided).


  • Thorough knowledge of computer software including; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to assist with resume building and online employment searches Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of substance abuse, mental health, and recovery issues
  • Commitment to strength based and participant focused approach
  • Employment and volunteering coordination experience
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Highly developed group facilitation skills
  • Highly developed understanding of and ability to communicate appropriate professional boundaries
  • Highly developed ability to prioritize work through short and long term goals and remain flexible
  • Strong interest in working with people from various cultural and income backgrounds in need of support
  • Able to trouble-shoot and resolve issues as they arise
  • Certificate in First Aid, CPR an asset
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends 

Working in an environment where there may be smoke is required.

The successful applicant must provide a criminal record check that is satisfactory to Homes First Society

Homes First Society is an equal opportunity employer


Skills Required

  • Education level: College
  • Work experience (years): 3-5 years


Salary: 21.44$ per hour

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