Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Employment Specialist

Employment Specialist (Full-time) 

The Organization 

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is an expert in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) community services. Founded in 1945, SCI Ontario’s mission is to “deliver and champion excellence in service, support, and advocacy for people with spinal cord injuries”. Our Vision: People with spinal cord injuries living the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario. 

Job Summary 

Reporting to the Manager of Employment Services; The Employment Specialist provides comprehensive service to our partnering employers to understand and fulfill their hiring needs, as well as to clients with disabilities to facilitate meaningful paid employment and community participation. The includes the active job development of paid employment opportunities.
The ideal candidate will possess a passion for assisting our talented job seekers with disabilities to find suitable employment opportunities; matched with skills required to attract and meet the needs of our partnering employers. This includes recruitment, account management and sales techniques.
This position is based out of our provincial office; however, this position allows the flexibility to shift to remote work.

Reporting to the Manager, Employment Services you will: 

  • Actively conduct marketing and outreach activities with new employers to establish partnerships to develop competitive employment opportunities for our clients. Develop and maintain long term recruitment relationships with employers by understanding their corporate culture, recruitment needs, and provision of excellent customer service. 
  • Provide customized support for clients in the job development phase by, customizing resumes, identifying and targeting employers, supporting self-directed job search skills, and providing motivational support during the job search phase. 
  • Match suitable clients with employment opportunities and facilitate the interviewing and hiring process with employers. 
  • Provide follow up support, job coaching and/or job maintenance to clients and employers to sustain a job placement. 
  • Provide training to employers and community agencies in the areas of disability awareness, AODA Standards, and best practices in hiring and retaining employees with disabilities. 
  • Coordinate supports as required to address job accommodation and disability related issues.  
  • Meet monthly statistical/reporting requirements and maintain client and employer data bases.  
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Employment Services team to ensure the varying and comprehensive needs of our clients and employers are met.  


  • A minimum of two years experience job development, employer outreach, employment counseling and/or recruitment. Post-secondary diploma in sales & marketing, business, disability studies, social services, or related discipline, undergraduate degree an asset.
  • Sound ability to apply marketing and negotiation techniques (i.e. cold calling, needs analysis,). Possess a holistic knowledge of, or passion to learn about, physical disabilities and their functional implications. Knowledge of disability issues, labour market trends and job accommodations. 
  • Effective interpersonal skills, with strong listening, collaboration and negotiation skills. 
  • Proven planning/organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and apply a team approach to achieving successful placement outcomes. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to facilitate oral presentations to employers and other community partners. 
  • Strong self-management skills to work effectively with clients, employers, co-workers, and outside agencies.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency working in an MS Office environment, familiarity with databases. 
  • Experience with social media (i.e. Linkedin, twitter) to connect with potential employers.  
  • Ability to travel and access to a reliable vehicle, an asset.

Given the essence of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, lived spinal cord injury experience will always be considered an important criterion among the criteria that are part of any given search. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving  accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities while ensuring inclusive, barrier free selection processes and work environments.  

Reasonable and appropriate accommodation will be provided during the recruitment process upon request and addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Upon request, this position will require a Police  Record Check and credentials verification. 

Your positive relationship-building skills, coupled with a solid record of dependability,  commitment and passion to make a difference make you the ideal candidate for this position.  If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to your community, please forward your  resume and cover letter outlining your professional competencies as related to the job  posting, as well as salary expectations in confidence by August 13, 2021, to: Human Resources , SCI Ontario, 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9, Fax: 416-645-3265, Email:

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