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Employment Coach

The Mustard Seed



Job Description:

The Mustard Seed is a Christian humanitarian organization whose vision is to build community, grow hope and support change. Intentionally following Jesus Christ and partnering with the community, The Mustard Seed combats the root causes of poverty in Alberta and British Columbia and works to create positive, lasting change in the lives of those we serve. The Mustard Seed provides basic services - food, clothing and housing, and support services – education and employment, to those living in poverty within Alberta and British Columbia.


The Employment Coach is a city-wide leader in supporting individuals who experience barriers to employment in Edmonton to find and maintain sustainable employment. This role involves helping community participants to set and follow through on their employment goals. Through The Mustard Seed social enterprises, the Employment Coach will also provide on-the-job training and support to help program participants develop skills, gain confidence, and acquire experience. The Employment Coach is also effective in uncovering employment opportunities and building partnerships with employers.


  • Effectively and competently use the Supported Employment model to move community participants towards The Mustard Seed’s employment initiatives
  • Explore career paths with participants, create quality resumes and cover letters, assist participants with job searching, and prepare them for interviews
  • Set and review personal, financial, and employment goals with Community Participants 
  • Weekly visits to The Mustard Seed’s drop-ins for client interaction and appointment set-up
  • Seek new business and community partners willing to employ our participants
  • Connect regularly with existing employers to advocate for clients and foster relationships
  • Alongside the Employment Manager, explore and pursue new opportunities and contracts for social enterprises
  • Manage and support program participants employed through The Mustard Seed social enterprises
  • Assist in the creation, facilitation, and recruitment of participants for an employment workshop
  • Participate in all staff training (e.g. First Aid, SafeTALK, NVCI) and attend monthly general meetings and support meetings with manager
  • Other duties as required


  • You must be team-oriented and eager to foster collaboration and synergy with other team members and external contacts
  • You must enjoy helping people overcome challenges while maintaining a hope-filled attitude
  • You must be willing to advocate for the marginalized and to challenge common perceptions of poverty and/or homelessness in order to foster change
  • You must be a self-starter and thrive in a highly mobile environment
  • You must thrive within a results‐driven, progressive not‐for‐profit organization


  • Diploma/degree in Business or Human Services or 1 year of related work experience preferred
  • Experience with recruitment procedures and best practices is an asset
  • Experience with facilitating workshops to various age and learning levels and diverse audiences is an asset
  • Valid Driver’s License (Class 5)
  • Reliable vehicle required (parking provided, mileage reimbursement) and $2 million liability insurance
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, customer service, and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong working knowledge in Microsoft Office Programs
  • Knowledge of FOIP and ability to observe confidentiality standards


  • Combination of community hubs, classroom, and office setting with approximately 20% of time spent in the field – using your own vehicle
  • Occasional evening or weekend work may be required
  • Working in and amongst a diverse group of individuals
  • Fast paced and demanding work environment
  • Vulnerable Sector Check and Employment Security Check is required
  • As The Mustard Seed is a Christian ministry, we require our employees to be in agreement and to sign our statement of faith
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer

The Mustard Seed offers a competitive compensation package including 100% employer paid extended health and dental benefits for staff and dependents, matching RRSP after one year of service, and flex days. The Mustard Seed embraces the concept of employment equity, which includes fair representation, anti-discrimination and reasonable accommodation.

Privacy Policy: The Mustard Seed follows the principles of privacy therefore the privacy policy will be adhered to. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Mustard Seed reserves the right to amend job advertisements. No phone calls please.

To Apply:

Apply By Date: 14/02/2020


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