Essential Skills Coach
Douglas College
New Westminster, BC, CA
11h ago

Work Arrangements

The home base for this location is the Douglas College Coquitlam campus, however, there is a requirement to work at various locations within the Lower Mainland as assigned.

Reliable transportation is required as is a commitment to being able to travel within the Lower Mainland.

What Douglas Offers

DO what you love. Be good at it. That’s how Douglas College defines a great career. It’s a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms.

It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC’s Top Employers. We love what we do. And we’re looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada’s best colleges even better.

The Role

The Essential Skills Coach will work closely with an internal team in the Training Group to assist and provide essential skills support through small group facilitation or one to one coaching.

The goal of the work is to assist unemployed individuals develop foundation skills needed in the workplace.


  • Invigilate and interpret essential skills assessments (500 point IALS scale) in relation to learners occupational goals;
  • Complete written assessment report with recommendations.

  • Support individual learners to achieve skill gain;
  • Meet with clients to conduct informal assessment and develop customized individual learning plans;
  • Assign self-directed learning modules and monitor progress;
  • Provide coaching to achieve desired learning to a range of clients including those with multiple barriers;
  • Conduct formative and summative assessment and adjust individual learning plans when needed;
  • Assist individuals to develop realistic continuous learning plan to follow upon conclusion of services.

  • Provide instruction and activities to increase skills where there are common needs;
  • Evaluate learners at regular intervals and provide feedback;
  • Encourage peer mentorship and learning in small group sessions;
  • Provide Essential Skills coaching and mentoring to trainers, educators and practitioners to assist with integration of Essential Skills into programming to include : ES assessments;
  • ES portfolio development; Test-taker debriefing sessions; Delivery of Essential Skills tools.


  • that scaffolds learning, applying essential skills methodology to build essential skills;
  • that integrates authentic workplace materials relative to the learners goal;
  • to create self-directed learning modules;
  • that provides instruction for small groups.

  • Assist with marketing and delivery of presentations to referral agencies.

  • Maintain participant progress records adhering to privacy requirements;
  • Maintain organized electronic file system of curriculum with instruction guides;
  • Assist with the development of Essential Skills programming and services through participation in strategic planning, concept development, proposal writing and planning new projects;
  • Participate in team meetings;
  • Complete reports and paperwork as required;
  • Contribute to ISO 9001 : 2015 Quality Management System.
  • Miscellaneous duties as required.

    To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Education) or equivalent experience;
  • Experience in employment programs or CCDP certificate an asset;
  • Familiarity with Essential & Employability Skills resources and tools an asset;
  • Experience with group facilitation and individual coaching;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel;
  • A vehicle and valid B.C. Driver’s license;
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal records check. A criminal record will not automatically result in your application for employment being denied.

  • provide career counseling to clients and develop and amend materials to meet unique client needs;
  • work with groups of multi-barriered clients;
  • develop innovative curriculum applying adult learning principals;
  • complete and maintain confidential client files on daily, weekly and monthly basis;
  • communicate effectively and work with all stakeholders as required, including Work BC, referring agents and client-serving agencies, the general public and colleagues;
  • use interpersonal skills to problem solve and deal with difficult situations;
  • create and maintain a professional workplace environment for learners;
  • demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in day-to-day tasks;
  • work independently and require little supervision.
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