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Program Development Specialist – Office to Advance Women Apprentices NL
Contractual to March 31, 2023 (with possibility of extension)

Job Description

Where you’ll work: The Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) is committed to supporting and advancing women in the skilled trades. OAWA provides ongoing support to tradeswomen seeking work or already employed in the skilled trades. This includes providing career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen. OAWA has partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions to assist in accomplishing these goals. Since its inception in 2009, OAWA has played an integral role in advocating for equity and inclusion in the workplace in various construction, manufacturing and industrial settings for women across Newfoundland and Labrador.

How you’ll make a difference: The Program Development Specialist will support clients in their career progression through their apprenticeable trades programs. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Development Specialist will serve as the first point of contact and link between clients, employers, partners and stakeholders of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices. A sophisticated level of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion is crucial.

Responsibilities & Duties:
● Perform Career Counseling activities such as mock interviews; job search assistance; resume development; employer outreach; and employment maintenance supports.
● Complete initial client intakes and assessments.
● Support clients to identify and overcome barriers to employment and life success
● Make appropriate client referrals to various community agencies/resources where appropriate.
● Provide support to clients who need assistance navigating through their apprenticeship by means
of advocacy and referrals.
● Complete outreach to trades colleges across the province to create awareness of the services offered by the organization.
● Maintain up-to-date knowledge of labour market information as it pertains to the trades.
● Build and sustain relationships with current, new, and potential collaborating organizations and
clients through meetings, networking opportunities, communications and events.
● Educate employers, students, agencies, members of the public, and not-for-profits about OAWA’s mission and service through meetings and presentations as appropriate.
● Track client information and maintain client database.
● Provide ongoing support and monitor client progress
● Provide clear and concise information to clients ensuring they understand their rights, responsibilities, and limits to confidentiality.
● Keep active connections with employment agencies, community supports and local employers.
● Build and maintain relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
● Assist in the planning, coordination and delivery of special events.
● Liaise and develop relationships with unions, community partners and industry partners.
● Complete monthly and quarterly reporting as required by the organization and funding bodies.
● Track client progression through apprenticeship.
● Provide guidance and information on apprenticeship grants and loans.

What you’ll bring:
● Completion of a related post-secondary program OR equivalent in education and related work experience required.
● Knowledge and practical experience with ARMS.
● Knowledge of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) principles and trends
● Knowledge of the provincial apprenticeship training and certification requirements.
● Demonstrated experience in the following areas: career development, employment assistance services, employment counseling/coaching, case management, intake/needs assessment, job/work development, and program coordination/management.
● Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities/projects and producing results within deadline.
● Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining links to business, industry, government, educational institutions, associations, and community services.
● High degree of computer literacy and advanced working knowledge of computer programs, including G Suite applications.
● Exceptional organizational skills, communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work with minimal supervision.
● High regard for confidentiality, quality, accuracy, and attention to detail.
● Related experience in the not-for-profit sector and demonstrated working knowledge of
community-based programs, program development, coordination, and delivery is considered an asset.
● Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check is required upon employment.

Important to know: Don’t meet every single requirement? If you’re excited about this role but your past work and lived experience doesn’t tick all the boxes for every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and
respects all individuals and in which personnel processes are merit-based and applied without
discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected

If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require this job advertisement in an
alternative format, please contact Lori at or (709) 757-5430.

Deadline: May 26, 2023 @ 5:00 pm.

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