• Full Time
  • Halifax

Website PhoenixHfx Phoenix Youth Programs




Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s eleven locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth aged 11-24 and their families. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. To learn more about Phoenix, visit our website: www.phoenixyouth.ca

A staff group that represents the diversity of the people and communities we serve is of the utmost importance. Phoenix is committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth that have traditionally impacted members from the following groups, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous People, and Other Racially Visible Persons, Members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community, and Persons with Disabilities. If you are a member of one of these equity-seeking groups, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter or your resume. We would also appreciate if you would share your pronouns in your cover letter or your resume.

Job Summary: The Learning and Engagement Specialist works as a member of the PLEC team to design and facilitate workshops focused on life skills and employability skills for youth. The Learning and Engagement Specialist works collaboratively across the organization to communicate and create awareness with other Phoenix programs about PLEC services to further engage youth and support their education and employment goals. The Learning and Engagement Specialist designs, delivers, and maintains workshop learning content and curricula to be responsive to youth employment training needs.

Compensation: $45,000 – $47,000 annual salary, comprehensive group medical insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks annually of vacation, (pro-rated for the term), generous sick leave, a generous paid holiday schedule, in-house trainings, and professional development opportunities.

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with some flexibility and occasional evening work.

Location: PLEC- 6169 Quinpool Rd., Halifax

Reports to: Manager, Phoenix Learning and Employment Centre (PLEC).

Screening Requirements: Due to the sensitive nature of our work with youth, this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education.


  • Ensure the program delivery is congruent with Phoenix’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Work in accordance with Phoenix’s policies, procedures, and framework of practice.
  • Design, and facilitate employability & life skills workshops for youth who have a variety of learning and employment needs.
  • Foster a culture of learning with youth through innovative communication, supportive outreach, community building, and youth engagement and feedback.
  • Identify and recruit youth in the community to create workplace readiness training opportunities with youth, and matching youth with employer practitioners.
  • Assist youth with career exploration, job search activities and resume preparation, either one on one or in a small group setting.
  • Assist youth with creating professional social media presence. (i.e., LinkedIn).
  • Assist with education systems navigation.
  • Provide outreach support through tours, community activities and advocacy.
  • Assist PLEC programs through various communication methods such as promotional materials, presentations, and social media.
  • Provide additional support as required to the PLEC team and youth in support of employment/academic goals.
  • Work collaboratively with other Phoenix programs to offer effective youth-centered life skill and employability programming.
  • Maintain records, statistics and progress reports as required.
  • Use Phoenix database and LaMPSS.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as identified by the PLEC Manager.


  • Solid understanding of youth development and youth employment needs.
  • Ability to design, deliver and facilitate employment & life skills workshops using principles of adult education and experiential learning.
  • Ability to engage and work effectively with youth to deliver workshops that address life & employability skills.
  • Knowledge of employment & labour market needs, and trends is an asset.
  • Knowledge of community resources, training opportunities and employment programs are required.
  • Ability to foster and steward positive relationships internally and with community partners including potential employers.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment effectively.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, Microsoft Office Suite, use of the Internet & social media.
  • Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a social justice perspective) is an asset.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and qualify for use of the Phoenix vehicle; use of a personal vehicle would be considered an asset.
  • Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.


  • Bachelor of Social Work or Education or other equivalent, with a minimum of one year of direct service delivery experience with youth/young adults.
  • Experience supporting young people in their career development and job search goals to make positive transitions into the workforce.
  • Experience developing and facilitating employment workshops using an adult education model & experiential learning.
  • Community outreach and/or community engagement experience is an asset.
  • Registration or candidacy for registration, certification, or membership of a related professional body, (if applicable).
  • Experience working for a non-profit organization is an asset.

As Phoenix continues to provide in-person programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an obligation to maintain a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, student placements, and the youth, families, and community members we work with. Phoenix firmly believes a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our youth, families, and communities protected from COVID-19 and the developing, fast-moving variants. Please be aware that Phoenix Youth Programs requires all employees, volunteers and student placements working at any of our Phoenix locations to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, (subject to specific exemptions regarding health or human rights issues).

TO APPLY:  * Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period.

Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by 11:59pm (ADT) Sunday, September 18th, 2022, to:

careers@phoenixyouth.ca with the subject line “Learning & Engagement Specialist”.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@phoenixyouth.ca.