Culture: Kootenay Employment Services (KES) has strong values that we strive to action in our everyday work including: wellness, DEI, integrity, having fun, personal and professional growth, innovation, and delivering exceptional service to our communities.
Opportunity: We hire the best and brightest individuals, and we are pretty darn proud of the KES family. Opportunity abounds at KES with an internal practice of promoting from within as often as possible.
Meaningful work: We are driven by our desire to help. Supporting our clients, local employers, and communities is at the heart of what we do.
What does Kootenay Employment Services do?
With offices in Creston, Cranbrook, Fernie and Invermere, we administer employment contracts, including the WorkBC program, which is a provincially funded program assisting local community members to find meaningful and sustainable employment.
Due to an internal move, we re currently seeking a new permanent staff member to join us in Invermere on a full-time (flexible with hybrid possibility) basis as a Employment Counsellor (EC) on the WorkBC program. This role works directly with clients, may facilitate workshops and most importantly deals with all the administrative work behind client assistance (There is A LOT!).
Fully employer paid health, dental and vision
Co-Contribution Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan
An incredible EAP which provides counselling, financial and legal advice, family support and more
Your birthday off every year!
Walking Wednesday – a paid break to get out into the sunshine (or rain if you prefer!)
Higher vacation rates after first year, with ongoing increases up to 12%
An amazing staff engagement crew keeping the fun and food in our offices!
What skills and experience do you need?
You will absolutely have to have incredible administration, typing and tech skills – there is a pretty significant amount of documentation and computer work in this role. You will also need to be fastidiously organized, and have meticulous attention to detail – if you alphabetize your pantry, workshop, craft supplies or fridge – you will love this!
You will be able to prioritize, multitask, problem solve and juggle multiple balls at once. This position needs someone who can jump into work without needing all the details, has extremely strong flexibility and can operate with little direction.
We are looking for team players with a positive and happy disposition, who can provide serious and empathetic understanding with the social and emotional intelligence to utilize both appropriately. You will be someone with incredible resilience and fortitude, often times our team members are the rocks our clients lean on in their times of need.
So what would I be doing?
Our Floating Regional Employment Case Manager provides individualized services to clients who are requiring coverage due to absenteeism, leave and attrition. You would be working on and developing an action plan collaboratively with each client and support them in their implementation of it. This could be providing coaching in employment related areas such as: work skills, job search skills, resume preparation, interview skills, and life skills.
Employment counsellors do a lot of administration, policy interpretation, listening, and collaboration – all with the intent of helping their clients along the path to their employment goal.
As the float EC, you would be expected to work with clients from all four of our offices, which means much of your work will be done virtually. You may also need to liaise with colleagues in each office to assist with in person requirements.
How is remuneration decided?
Kootenay Employment Services offers opportunities for staff in this department to increase their wages with a competency-based model. Most staff starting this role do not have previous experience in the WorkBC program and there is extensive training required to become proficient in the role. As you gain skills and experience in this position you can see clearly in the model your level of pay, as your competencies rise, so too can your wage. Most staff commence on $26.60 per hour, with benefits starting after 3 months, and after 1 year vacation entitlement starts to increase. If however you have experience in WorkBC, ICM or Employment Counselling, we may consider commencing you at a higher wage, and this will be determined using the competency model. This year the Employment Counsellor range is starting at $26.60 per hour and our top level of pay is $31.00 per hour.
How do I apply??
KES is an equal opportunity employer looking for people with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities and contribute to our ongoing excellence.
We especially encourage applications from members of the Indigenous community, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities or mental health diversity, and persons of various sexual orientations and gender identities.
We provide accommodations where necessary, both during the application process and for our team members. Please advise us of any accommodation(s) that you may require, information will be addressed confidentially.
Applicants are asked to supply a resume and cover letter outlining why you are interested in this position and how you would make a positive addition to the team. If you are looking to relocate.
We look forward to your application!
Don’t forget to check out our website www.kes.bc.ca