Program Assistant (Summer position)

Housing, YWCA Halifax

Position:         Program Assistant

Department:  Housing, YWCA Halifax

Rate of Pay:  $11.00/hr for 32hr/wk for 8 weeks

** To be eligible for this position, you must be a full-time student, between the ages of 15 and 30, returning to school as a full time student in fall 2018 at a post- secondary education institution. **

Program Assistant supports the administrative and programming needs of  the YWCA Halifax’s WISH (Women in Supportive Housing) and SHYM (Supportive Housing for Young Mothers) programs

Qualifications and Experience: Administrative and child care experience

Key duties will include:

  • Check voice mails daily, answer phone, take messages and direct calls
  • Child minding
  • Supporting families and managing spaces
  • Greet visitors and direct them to appropriate individuals
  • Support the intake processes
  • Support filing and administrative systems, including data input using the HIFIS system
  • Organize and clean office space and individual units
  • Lawn care
  • Assist with securing and sorting in-kind donations
  • Prepare meals for weekly programs and assist with child care
  • Attend designated internal meetings
  • Organize and/or attend special events
  • Other duties as delegated by the Housing Manager and housing team

Special Conditions of Employment

Must have completed Police Security Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Abuse Registry.

Apply for this position: Send cover letter and resume to: Krista Dunn, Housing Manager at : by May 25, 2018

We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Summer Student Positions now available in Childcare (2 positions available)

Early Childhood Educator

Title:  Summer Student – Early Childhood Educator

Reports to:  Early Learning Centre Manager

Job Classification: Summer Student, Term – (2 positions available)

Term: 9 weeks/ 35 hours per week.

Salary:  Minimum Wage

Location:  Halifax NS

Deadline for resume submissions:  June 1, 2018

 Position Summary

The Early Childhood Educator student is expected to work with regular ECE staff within established guidelines of the YWCA and within the policy, procedures and regulations of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Food Safety Guidelines to deliver the planned quality childcare program.

General Competencies

Must be a team player with skills in caring for children in a group setting.  Must have a professional attitude and effective communications skills.  Must have common sense, sound judgment and decision-making skills.  Work can be demanding both physically and mentally.  Must be a good communicator.


  • Applicants studying Early Childhood Education or Similar at a University or College Level with plans of returning to study in Fall
  • Food Handling/Safety Certificate would be an asset
  • First Aid with Infant CPR ( Level C)
  • Child Abuse Record Check
  • Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector)

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 Program Implementation

  • Work with full time staff respecting established routines for the children.
  • Provide for active physical play both indoor and outdoor.  Maintain playground by ensuring that fire escape routes are kept clear of toys, and debris.
  • Create a warm, pleasant and inviting atmosphere and ensure that all areas in and out of the classroom are kept tidy, clean, and in good order.
  • Devote the whole of working time, attention and energies to the care of the children.
  • Communicate with children with respect and at their own individual and developmental level and set realistic behavior expectations following the YWCA Behavior Management Policy.  Support children in developing problem- and conflict-solving abilities.

Health and Safety

  • Maintain personal hygiene.
  • Ensure that children are supervised at all times and in accordance with Department of Education and Early Childhood Development regulations, ratios,  and YWCA policies and procedures
  • Follow established procedures for diapering, toilet training, hand washing, and safe and healthy food handling. Ensure that children with allergies and other special conditions receive the appropriate food and other accommodations.  Follow procedures for the administration of medication.
  • Understand and follow strategies for the prevention of communicable diseases.
  • Ensure all dangerous product and equipment is kept out of the reach of children.
  • Follow protocols regarding communications with parents, ensuring confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Release children only to authorized people.
  • Remain calm during drills and emergency evacuations.

Communication /Professionalism:

  • Respect the confidentiality of all information related to the children and their families as well as any non-published information pertaining to all YWCA programs and operations.
  • Maintain a courteous and professional relationship with co-workers, supervisor, other employees, and families of the children.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with parents and greet parents and children warmly at drop off and pick up times.

 Working Conditions

  • Caring for children is physically and mentally demanding.
  • Work requires heavy physical effort for lifting, bending, stooping, carrying and reaching overhead
  • Work may require long periods of standing or walking
  • Work may require dealing effectively and calmly with emotionally volatile situations

How to Apply

Please submit resume with cover letter to Kerri Johnson YWCA Early Learning Centres Manager, by email:, or by mail or in person to YWCA Halifax, 358 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax NS B3R 1V8.  Please state the title of the job for which you are applying.


Family Home Day Care (FHDC) Assistant Consultant

Title:                     FHDC Assistant Consultant, FHDC Program

Department:     Family Home Day Care (FHDC)

Reports to:         Family Home Day Care Manager

Classification: Permanent, Part time, Non-Management, Hourly

Remuneration: $17/hr plus 2 weeks’ vacation prorated in first year, parking and mileage expenses reimbursed

Hours:                  22.5 hours per week

Start Date:         ASAP                                                Deadline:                  Position will remain posted until filled.

Location:             1600 Sunnyside Place, Bedford, NS


YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and their families at critical turning points in their lives. We work to transform lives by providing a continuum of services and programs that drive lasting positive change.  We strive to change the underlying issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness.


Family Home Day Care Program

YWCA Halifax’s Family Home Day Care Program is the largest in Nova Scotia, serving over 30 Family Home Day Care Providers for Children.  Our mission is to help provide safe and quality childcare for children from infancy to school age in a private home setting at no cost to the provider. As well, as increase the quality and flexibility of early learning and care options available to families.  YWCA Halifax works with providers to create an appropriate early learning curriculum that is child-centered, play based, and reflects the cultural diversity of children. We match families to providers that prefer home daycare and provide resources to care providers.  We strive for excellence in all that we do.



Role of the FHDC Assistant Consultant

  • Coordinate and maintain the YWCA Halifax’s FHDC resource centre
  • Catalogue and maintain inventory of resource materials
  • Provide exceptional administrative program support including record keeping, filing, reporting, completing billing, travel and expense claims
  • Identify and organize professional development training opportunities for Care Providers
  • Create and monitor record keeping systems for care providers and agency


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE), minimum Level 2 (NSDEECD)
  • Minimum 2 years experience in administration in the ECE field
  • A current First Aid and CPR certificate – Level C
  • Clear Child Abuse Records, Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills with strong computer literacy
  • Exemplary time management skills



  • Knowledge and familiarity of the Family Home Daycare sector
  • Knowledge of the Nova Scotia Daycare Act and Regulations
  • Experience working with children and families


If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to  Attn: Tishe Petite, as soon as possible. YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.



Child Minder – Newcomers Connect Program
We’re hiring a Child Minder!

**To be eligible for this position, you MUST be *unemployed and be on a current Employment Insurance claim,* or have established a claim within the last 5 years (including maternity or parental benefits).

YWCA Halifax is seeking Child Minders to join our growing Community Programs team. Reporting to the Program Coordinator of Newcomers Connect, the child minding staff will be responsible for providing fun, educational, and safe programming for young children while their primary caregivers attend YWCA Halifax’s Newcomers Connect program for Newcomer and Refugee Women.

We are looking for someone who is:
– positive, nurturing, well-organized and reliable
– with experience working with young children
– will collaborate with the team to create a warm, inviting and pleasant atmosphere for families
– will act as a resource for parents, while keeping them informed of their child’s experiences through daily contact.

You must have First Aid with Infant CPR Level-C and clear criminal record and child abuse registry checks. If you have Early Childhood Education and/or second-language proficiency they would be considered assets, but not requirements.

You would mainly work in a community-based environment (Killam Properties) and will usually work a standard work week with hours, but may be required to work some evenings and weekends to meet program milestones, deadlines, or deliver programs/services.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to, Attn: Lindsey MacIsaac as soon as possible.

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those eligible under the Job Creation Partnership guidelines (as stated above), and selected for an interview, will be contacted. No phone calls please.