Title: Child Minder

Department: Community Programs

Reports to: Newcomers Connect Program Coordinator

Job Classification: Regular, Full Time, Term, Non-management/Exempt/Hourly

Salary: $15/hr Approximately 30 hours/week; contract ending August 31st, 2019

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. 

YWCA Halifax is seeking a Child Minder to join our 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 women.

We are looking for someone who is positive, nurturing, and well-organized, with experience working with young children. You will collaborate with the team to create a warm, inviting and pleasant atmosphere for families, and 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, vulnerable sector, 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 should have an interest in advancing your knowledge through education, workshops and professional development, and a commitment to advancing the mission of YWCA Halifax and YWCA Canada.

You would mainly work in a community-based environment (Killam Properties) and will usually work a standard work week with hours (usually Monday-Thursday; 8:45am-4:45pm), but may be required on occasion to work some evenings and weekends to meet program milestones, deadlines, or deliver programs/services.  May be required to lift program supplies on occasion of up to ten pounds, as well as babies or small children. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are assets.

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 selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications are due by 12:00pm Friday, March 15th, 2019. No phone calls please.




Title:  Family and Community Outreach Worker, Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth (NSTAY) Team

Term: Permanent, Number of hours is negotiable based on candidate

Wage: To Be Negotiated; based on qualifications and experience

Start Date: April 1, 2019
Deadline: Position will remain posted until suitable candidate is hired; please don’t delay in applying

Other: Three years experience in trauma counselling required. Access to a reliable vehicle and ability to transport participants.

 YWCA Halifax is seeking an experienced therapeutic outreach worker to join our dynamic Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth (NSTAY) team and to lead an exciting new initiative to support families and communities affected by the sexual exploitation of youth. The successful candidate will work with parents, guardians and community supporters of sexually exploited/trafficked youth as well as those at high risk of exploitation.  The Family and Community Outreach Worker will offer counselling, provide families with resources, and help them access services in the community as needed. 

YWCA Halifax is Nova Scotia’s largest, multi-service organization for, by, and about women and girls. We transform lives by providing a continuum of critical services and programs that build capacity for lasting positive change. We strive to change the underlying causes and issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Family and Community Outreach Worker’s role will include providing trauma counselling and case management services to families and other community supporters including non-offending parents and grand-parents, foster parents, siblings and extended family members of sexually exploited/trafficked youth.  The work will be supported by YWCA’s existing NSTAY team which includes two Peer Support Workers and the Program Coordinator.  This position will require after-hours availability.


  • Manage and facilitate one-on-one, family and group counselling sessions
  • Provide one-on-one counselling to clients of YWCA Halifax’s Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM)

Case Management

  • Work with and support non-offending family members and foster families who are providing primary care for youth who are/have been sexually exploited/trafficked
  • Develop and implement family safety plans
  • Coordinate legal support and material resource needs

Community Outreach

  • Respond to emails and calls from the public inquiring about NSTAY
  • Facilitate and deliver community training
  • Inform public policy and media strategies
  • Work with the NSTAY, YWCA, and Housing teams to inform the development of a safe housing pilot and support the housing launch as needed

 Qualifications and Experience

When asked, many YWCA staff said they didn’t believe they were qualified when applying for the positions they currently hold and in which they’ve subsequently had success.  While we are looking for a unique knowledge and skill set, we also recognize the value of lived experience and a diverse professional history.  Use your cover letter to tell us why you would be the perfect fit for the position, even if you do not have everything on this list of qualifications and experience.      

 Education & Knowledge

  • Master’s degree in social work or clinical psychology.
  • Understanding of feminist theoretical perspectives and intersectionality. Also of issues such as racism/colonialism, violence against women, sexualized human trafficking, sexual health, and poverty.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with community-based, trauma-informed, harm reduction practices as well as a strong commitment to ongoing learning and development in these areas.


  • Must have a minimum of three years direct clinical trauma counselling experience.
  • Experience working with diverse families and young people, including those engaged in the care system, an asset.
  • Program administration and development.
  • Working in a collaborative environment on complex issues involving multiple, and diverse stakeholders including peer outreach workers and people with lived expertise.


  • Flexible and adaptable to client schedules, and diverse work environments.
  • Outstanding communication and organization skills and high levels of computer literacy.
  • Be highly responsive and available for on-call work.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Good sense of humour and ability to laugh at themselves.
  • Have an existing self-care strategy and regimen.
  • Fierce advocacy skills.


  • Salary is to be negotiated depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits package after 3 months of employment.
  • Pension option after 1 year of employment.
  • Two weeks paid vacation in first year with regular increases.
  • Dedicated work cell phone and laptop.

This position will be housed in Dartmouth at the YWCA Research and Advocacy Office and work out of Supportive Housing for Young Mothers. YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including woman-identified, trans and queer folks.

If interested, please send your cover letter, resume and three references from former or current supervisors to as soon as possible. No phone calls, please.




Position:  Substitute Early Childhood Educator

Reports to:  Early Learning Centre Director

Job Classification: Casual, Hourly

Hours: Varies

Salary:  $11.40 per hour (untrained) – Or if trained – $15/$17/$19/per hour (depending on classification level)

Location:  Halifax NS

Deadline for resume submissions: Open until filled

 Position Summary

The Early Childhood Educator substitute is expected to work with regular full-time 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 a quality childcare program.

General Competencies

Must be a team player with proven 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. Must be able to implement appropriate programs according to policies and practices.  Work can be demanding both physically and mentally.  Must be a good communicator.


  • Preferred – Level 1, 2, or 3 ECE Qualified as recognized by the province of Nova Scotia
  • Food Handling/Safety Certificate would be an asset
  • First Aid with Infant CPR
  • 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 and repair.
  • 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 Guidance 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 the attention of: Kerri Johnson, Director, YWCA Early Learning and Childcare by email