Employment Counsellor

PREP Community Programs | http://www.prepsociety.org
Powell River, BC | Full Time


PREP Community Programs is seeking an experienced Employment Counsellor. This is a permanent position.


  • Hours: 32 hours/week
  • Shifts: Monday to Thursday, including rotating Wednesday evenings
  • Hourly Wage: Dependent on experience
  • Work Site: WorkBC Centre Powell River
  • Reports to: Client Services Coordinator
  • Start Date: ASAP


The Employment Counsellor is a member of the WorkBC Centre Counselling Team, and part of the larger WorkBC Centre Team. The Employment Counsellor is responsible for providing comprehensive employment counselling services to Centre clients related to job search, career planning, skills enhancement and job sustainment, within Centre guidelines and WorkBC Employment Services policy.


PREP Community Programs serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.


Client Assessment

  • Complete client intake, assessments, and service-needs determination
  • Register and/or refer clients for further service, according to established criteria

Employment Counselling

  • Develop respectful, collaborative relationships with clients
  • Utilize supportive employment-counselling techniques to a variety of client groups while following the agency’s code of ethics
  • Facilitate client goal setting and action planning in the areas of job search, career planning, job sustainment, and skills training
  • Identify a client’s barriers to employment and understand the job-loss cycle

Client Progress Documentation

  • Monitor and record client activity, according to funding contract requirements
  • Maintain accurate and timely client records in the Integrated Case Management (ICM) System and appointment calendar, and implement quality-assurance procedures
  • Complete job sustainment verification with clients, as required

Workshop Referral and Delivery

  • Deliver employment-related information to clients; such as: job search techniques, labour market information; resume and cover-letter development, and interview preparation; in one-on-one or group format
  • Participate in planning, updating, and evaluating content and effectiveness of workshops and information sessions
  • Make appropriate referrals to workshops and other services
  • Consult with group workshop facilitator regarding individual client needs, as appropriate


  • Share, report, update co-workers on activities impacting the project and/or client services
  • Maintain ongoing links with support agencies, funding bodies, and resource services, within the community and further afield, as needed
  • Maintain strict confidentiality related to clients, colleagues, and agency


  • Administer financial supports according to WorkBC policy and Centre procedures
  • Work flexible days and shifts, as required
  • Perform other related duties, as required


  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, government services and community services
  • Adhere to principles of lifelong learning, and participate in professional development to stay current on employment-related knowledge and best practices


Education and Training

  • Completion of post-secondary education in a relevant field (e.g., career development, social work, counselling, coaching, human services), or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • CCDP designation an asset


  • Minimum 2 years of demonstrated experience in: completing and interpreting client needs assessments; providing individual coaching/counselling; delivering individual and/or group life skills
  • Preference in employment counselling within the WorkBC program

Skills and Abilities

  • Well-developed documentation skills and attention to detail
  • Effective interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Effective time-management and organizational systems
  • Competent use of Word and scheduling software
  • Ability to work with computerized client records; experience with ICM a strong asset
  • Ability to research and connect with local employers and local labour market
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to contribute effectively to the team


  • The incumbent must have access to a reliable mode of transportation to use for off-site job duties
  • A satisfactory criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector check, is mandatory at time of job offer

For information about relocating and living in the Powell River region, visit https://www.powellriver.info/

Questions? Contact Brodie D’Angio at brodie@careerlinkbc.com

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://prepsociety.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=3

Closing Date: May 1, 2019