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Company Name: 
Leads Employment Services
Job Title: 
1 FT London, 1 PT Straford, 1 PT Ownen Sound
Job type: 
Human Resources
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Leads Employment Services, always on the cutting edge and innovative in serving our communities, is currently seeking dynamic, energetic and creative people to join our London, Stratford and Owen Sound teams. Since 1986, Leads has been providing specialized employment and skill development services for people with disabilities and / or barriers.  If you are energetic, creative and enjoy working with people, come join the growing the Leads’ Team.


Job Description


Employment Specialists and Support Workers report to the Manager-Employment and Skill Development Services. There is currently one full time position (35 hours per week) in the London office, one half time position (17.5 hours per week) in the Stratford office and one half time (17.5 hours per week) in the Owen Sound Office.


The Employment Specialist and Support Worker assists individuals with disabilities in developing and enhancing skills to seek & retain employment; assessing labour market; connecting with employers to promote employment opportunities; building a trusting relationship with employers and advocates; building partnership with the community; providing support on and or off job site to improve job retention; support employers in providing accommodations or client’s work related issues; documentation.


Core Competencies

  • Customer Focus                              
  • Communication               
  • Energy and Stress                           
  • Team Work        
  • Quality Orientation                        
  • Time Management        
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking             
  • Decision Making and Judgment
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Result Focus                                      
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Ethics and Integrity        
  • Mediating and Negotiating
  • Providing Consultation
  • Leadership
  • Coaching and Mentoring             
  • Enforcing Laws, Rules and Regulations
  • Mathematical Reasoning             

Job Duties

  • Provide leadership, professional resource and support to Leads’ clients.
  • Labour Market research.
  • Work to find employment and employment related community connections.
  • Ensure the Manager is kept up to date with essential matters weekly.
  • Research and develop new initiatives, based the individual Employment Action Plan and current initiatives.
  • Establish priorities for action, especially when resources are insufficient to meet the service objectives.
  • Monitor community needs and trends so that these may be reflected in Leads’ programs and services.
  • Develop partnerships with others in the community and provide community education through formal and informal presentations.
  • Maintain relationships and attend committee meetings with others in the community, including customers and social service colleagues.
  • Work with concern for the health, safety and well being of others.
  • Develop own professional growth and development within the priorities and limitations of Leads.
  • Positively promote and maintain the vision, mission and policies of Leads and the people it supports.
  • Maintain confidentiality of Leads’ affairs and customer and staff records pursuant to Leads’ policy.
  • Take all reasonable care to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
  • Knowledgeable concerning any actual or potential danger to health and safety in the workplace and community.
  • Participate in all mandatory training.
  • Take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of others.
  • Complete incident reports and report accidents and/or injuries within stipulated time frames.
  • Undertake special projects as assigned.


  • An undergraduate degree, graduate degree or equivalent Community College diploma in Business/Social Servicers /Human Services/Education or  relevant field of study.
  • A minimum three years’ experience in a related experience in in Business/Social Servicers /Human Services/Education or relevant sector.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility to work hours to accommodate client’s needs.
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team approach as well as independently.
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.
  • Computer literacy, including effective working skills in MS Word, Excel and e-mail required.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive.
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts.
  • Strong morals and ethics, along with a commitment to privacy.
  • Must be able to be depended upon to plan and organize work effectively and ensure its completion.
  • Must have reliable transportation to provide services in the home office city and surrounding county locations


Working Conditions

  • Interact with individuals, family members, staff, visitors and government agencies.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Overtime as required.
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, lifting and supporting clients.
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening Criminal Check.



 Leads offers competitive salary packages, an incredible work environment, and career advancement opportunities.   Wage ranges from $17.00 to $22.00 per hour depending on experience.


Qualified applicants should send cover letter and resume to:  stating “Employment Specialist and the specific city name”( London, Stratford or Owen Sound) in the subject line.


Leads welcomes interest from all diversity groups.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest.

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