Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) seeks a qualified person for the

position of Team Leader: Employment & Life-Skills Counsellor for our

upcoming program: The Youth Animation Project.


Team Leader: Employment & Life-Skills Counsellor



About the Project:


The Youth Animation Project is a program for community action through

animation involving 12 youth participants between the ages of 15 and 30.


Youth work as a team to create animations on issues related to Youth and the Environment, and receive training in life- and employability-skills.


QAS' 2006 program welcomes all youth, including immigrant youth,

Aboriginal youth, street-involved youth and others who face barriers to



About the Position:


This position is responsible for the delivery of employment preparation

to youth in the program:


     To provide intake, assessment, case management, group and

      individual employment counselling, information and referral and

      other related services.

     To build relationships and develop employment opportunities with

      employers to ensure participants employment goals are met.


Management, Assessment & Development


     To manage and lead a team of three in the development of a

      successful life skills/employability program, centred around


     To case-manage 12 youth facing barriers to employment

     To counsel youth in relation to life-skills and life issues

     To assess participant skills and abilities, employment interest

      and barriers to successful employment to determine employment

      needs and develop a plan of action to successfully address those


     To clarify employment, training or career goals by exploring the

      local labour market, education and training

      opportunities/resources, including apprenticeship opportunities

     To provide information on the local labour market, careers and

occupations (including self-employment) and employment preparation techniques

     To assist participants in obtaining the skills necessary to be

      successful in their self-directed job search

     To build beneficial relationships with community partners to

      ensure intake and referrals targets are met

     To follow-up with clients, community partners, referring agencies

      and employers

     To conduct regular group workshops in all areas of job search

      including, but not limited to labour market information, resumes,

      cover letters, job search techniques, interview techniques, etc.

     To adhere to and maintain outcomes target as set by QAS and

      Service Canada

     To ensure a high quality of customer service


Job Development


     To develop employment opportunities and make direct placements

      with employers

     To market hard-to-serve participants to employers in an area to

commensurate with the participants' skills, interests and abilities

     To conduct follow up (employment, return to school, further

      training), and ensure positive outcomes

     To assist in the maintenance of a job order bank, keeping orders


     To assist in the production of reports on the profile of clients

      placed, number of jobs developed, status of placements, etc.

     To achieve required service outcomes in employment, education and


     To conduct evaluations with employers and participants with a view

      to improving customer service




     University Degree (preferably in Social Work or related field) and

      experience in counselling, job development and group facilitation

Experience in using assessment tools to assess clients is essential

     Proven track record in meeting targets

     Familiarity with the Calgary business sector

     Knowledge and understanding of the target group, labour market

      information and resources in Calgary for youth job seekers

     Excellent written and verbal communication skills

     Group leadership/curriculum/program development skills

     Ability to relate to socially and economically disadvantaged youth

     Interest/experience in visual or media art is an asset




Employment Details


The position of Team Leader: Employment & Life Skills Counsellor pays

$25.00hour, working 37.5 hours per week, and runs from August 21 to

December 22, 2006. The position may be renewed for a second term.


About QAS


Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) is an artist-run centre focusing on

the production, education and appreciation of independent animation. We

offer film and digital production facilities, a library, courses,

workshops, a newsletter and GIRAF: an annual festival of experimental

animation. See www.awn.com/qas for further details.




To Apply:       


Drop off Resume by _August 16th to:

Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS)

#201 351-11^th Ave SW

Calgary, AB

T2R 0C7

Tel: (403) 261-5767

Fax: (403) 261-5644


Or email to:


[email protected]


QAS is celebrating 22 years as a non-profit society dedicated to the art of independent animation.


Quickdraw Animation Society

#201, 351- 11 Avenue S.W.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2R 0C7

(403) 261 5767  Phone

(403) 261 5644  Fax

[email protected]



QAS gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Canada Council for the Arts,

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts,

The Calgary Region Arts Foundation,

The National Film Board of Canada,

and the volunteer efforts of our most excellent Members.




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