Company Name:
The Alex
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
Sandy Radjo

Employment Specialist

Employment Specialist – Ref. No. 17028

 Temporary Position – 13 Months

HomeBase – Housing First Employment Initiative Project

The Alex: Changing Health. Changing Lives. 

The Alex Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization that is changing how we look at health care in Calgary. Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.

Since 1973, our cost-effective programs have provided preventative care in a welcoming, easy to access environment, moving people from poverty to stability and from crisis to wellness.  Using a multidisciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of healthcare that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to its two Health Centers, we run a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Community Dental Bus, three Housing Programs, a Breast Feeding Clinic, a Community Food Centre and a Bottles4Health Program. 

We are currently seeking an Employment Specialist for our Housing First Employment Initiative Project. The pilot project is funded through Employment and Social Development, Canada’s Innovative Solutions to Homelessness, and is intended to explore means to support high acuity formerly homeless individuals to return to the workforce through targeted programming and individualized supports. This pilot project ends December 31, 2018. 

The Employment specialist will report to the Project Lead, and will be responsible for coordinating and executing vocational programs for individuals participating in the program. 

The scope of work and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate and conduct vocational programming
  • Work one on one with participants to help create individual employment plans
  • Conduct baseline assessment of participant needs and adjust programming accordingly
  • Responsible for providing a range of services to participants to support their return to employment
  • Utilize the principles of evidence-based Supported Employment practices to assist participants in overcoming barriers to return to competitive employment
  • Support the participants in finding, maintaining and furthering their employment/educational opportunities
  • Collect data on performance indicators for the project
  • General administration including: maintenance of participant files, data entry, preparation of materials 

Desired qualifications include:

  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and at least two years related vocational experience
  • Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to persons who have been chronically  homeless and are struggling with multiple barriers
  • Strong group facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Previous experience working within a training program focused on workplace reattachment
  • Previous experience facilitating groups which target participant’s emotional readiness to work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience connecting participants with employers for various employment experiences and job placements
  • Previous experience working with people with mental health issues, substance abuse and trauma
  • Experience with job development, job coaching, supported employment, and vocational counseling
  • Knowledge of vocational services and resources available in Calgary
  • Excellent abilities to work effectively in a team environment
  • Able to effectively multi-task and possess strong time management skills
  • Ability to collect and manage statistical information related to vocational activity
  • Proven abilities in supporting participants in finding employment, volunteer and educational opportunities
  • Class 5 driver’s license, First Aid & CPR
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing and Cultural Competency training is an asset 

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

Please submit your resume to:  [email protected] and include the job title and reference number in the subject line.

Deadline to apply: November 28, 2017 

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For further information about The Alex and its programs, we encourage you to visit our website at