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Title: Program Coordinator, Newcomer Women’s Entrepreneur Program

Department: Community Programs

Reports to: Manager of Community Programs

Classification: Regular, Term: Non Management, Hourly; 25 weeks

Salary: $25/hour, and parking included 

Hours: 37.5 hours a week

Start Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Deadline: Friday, December 6, 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.

Newcomer Women’s Entrepreneur Program
YWCA Halifax’s Newcomer Women’s Entrepreneur Program (NWE Program) will provide newcomer women who are seeking to start their own business with training, mentorship and opportunity to develop their business ideas and make them a reality. The program will consist of an 8-week in-class training for 10 newcomer women to learn the foundational skills involved with starting a new business. Then, participants will be matched with a mentor who can help them refine their business ideas over the next 8 weeks. In the final week of the project, participants present their plan to a panel of judges who will provide feedback. The program culminates at a final event, where judges will announce the first, second and third place winners who will be awarded with seed funding.

Role of the Newcomer Women’s Entrepreneur Program Coordinator
The NWE Program Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination and administration of YWCA Halifax’s Newcomer Women Entrepreneur Program including recruitment and intake of program participants, development of curriculum for group-based entrepreneur training, facilitation of training workshops, providing support and guidance to participants throughout each phase of the program, building relationships with community partners, including potential mentors and guest speakers, managing program budget and completing program reports, and risk management of program activities.

Qualifications and Requirements
We are looking for someone with a background in business administration, marketing, entrepreneurship, small-scale enterprise or equivalent. You are someone with understanding of program coordination, planning and evaluation in an outcome-based framework. You have experience with curriculum development and facilitating group-based programming. You have good knowledge of concepts involved in starting a new business, such as communication, branding, financial management, community connections, networking, relationship building, business plan writing, business models, launch and scaling, human resources, labour laws, etc. and you are widely connected to businesses/professionals in HRM. You have experience working within newcomer populations. You are someone who can be self-directed and work independently, but also able to be part of a team. And you are organized with administrative and financial management skills, and have a good level of computer literacy. You are able to communicate effectively, both orally and written, and have experience in report writing.

A current First Aid and CPR certificate and clear Child Abuse Records, Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Checks. Driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume, together in one document, to jobs@ywcahalifax.com, with the subject line “NWE Program Coordinator application” 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 suitable candidates are found. No phone calls please.

 

Title: Live-in Residence Coordinator

Department: Housing Programs

Reports to: Manager of Housing

Start Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019

YWCA Halifax is seeking an experienced Live-in Residence Coordinator to join our dynamic and creative housing team.

About Us
The Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) program supports 9 young women and their children who are in need of safe housing and support with parenting and life skills.

Reporting to the Housing Manager, the Live-in Residence Coordinator is part of a team that believes that women have a right to quality, affordable housing and the supports they need to be successful in life.

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including woman-identified trans and queer folks.

Qualifications and Experience
• Must be able to assess risk and respond accordingly to ensure the safety of all residents.
• Must be able to work as part of a team and communicate effectively.
• Must have First Aid/CPR and Non Violent Crisis Intervention training.
• Subject to Criminal Records check with Vulnerable Sector search and a Child Abuse Registry search.
• Must have experience working within confidentiality guidelines and maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times.
• Must be able to set and maintain professional boundaries.
• Must be comfortable working in a women- and children-only building and from a women-centered perspective.


Essential Duties of Position
• Must be available on site for after-hours emergency and on call duties at least 2 weeks out of each month to ensure families are supported and safe.
• Works in the SHYM office 1 weekend each month supporting the families and fulfilling all operating duties during that time frame.
• Attends quarterly staff meetings with all SHYM staff and with all YWCA staff.
• Conduct routine (monthly), non-licensed inspections of facilities as directed by the Facilities and Housing Managers.
• Cleans, performs minor paint jobs and repairs to vacant units for new tenants as necessary.
• Reports all concerns, questions, safety issues, and deficiencies in building.
• Advance the mission and vision of the YWCA Halifax.
• Serve on JOHSC for YWCA Halifax

Compensation: This position offers an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment including heat, hot water, electricity, wifi and free parking.

Please forward resume and cover letter as soon as possible to:
Krista Dunn – Housing Manager k.dunn@ywcahalifax.com. No phone calls, please. 

 

 

 

Title: GuySpace Facilitator

Term: October 2019 – June 2020

Wage: $15/hour

GuySpace is a cyberviolence prevention program for boys and gender non-conforming youth aged 11-16. This youth-led program and its discussion topics are adaptive, and will depend on the interests and learning styles of participants. GuySpace intends to provide a safe space to facilitate these discussions while helping participants build skills, increase awareness, foster resilience, and encourage collaboration.

GuySpace Facilitators will be responsible for moderating youth-led discussions by providing a safe non-judgmental space and providing support where necessary.

 

Duties will include:

  • using an open-minded approach to working with youth;
  • planning and delivering programs at junior high schools;
  • supporting youth to take leadership roles within their programs;
  • assisting with Youth Advisory Council events including peer leadership training and other community projects;
  • ongoing documentation and reporting; and
  • assisting with other tasks pertinent to the YWCA youth programs as required.

The Facilitator contributes to the advancement and achievement of the YWCA mission, vision, values and guiding principles.

 

Qualifications and Experience

You have experience working with youth programming and a knowledge of and interest in youth engagement and community development strategies from an equitable and anti-oppressive perspective. You also have experience working with diverse youth in a facilitator capacity. You have strong organizational skills, are reliable and dependable and are comfortable in a leadership role. If you are pursuing further education in Social Work, Education, Child and Youth Studies, Health Promotion, Gender Studies, International Development Studies or a similar field, this position might be a great fit for you. Access to a reliable vehicle is required. First aid certification and willingness to provide a current Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry checks are required.

This is a part-time, contract position (without benefits)

Part-Time ($15/hour). Each session would equal 3 hours of work and would take place during the lunch hour at a variety of schools so availability between 12pm and 1pm are a necessity. Facilitators would be able to work 3-15 hours/week depending on how many schools they are willing to commit to. Duration -October, 2019 – mid-June, 2020 – depending on school calendar. Facilitators report to YWCA Halifax’s Open New Tab Team Lead.

Please apply by sending a Cover Letter and Resume to Marcus Baksh, Open New Tab Team Lead, at m.baksh@ywcahalifax.com.

 

Title: Program Support Staff

Compensation: $13.80/hour with opportunities for professional development

Hours: Casual shifts during evenings, weekends and holidays with limited weekday shifts

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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

SHYM is a program of the YWCA Halifax which provides safe, affordable housing and support for single, young mothers (ages 16 to 24) and their children. SHYM also provides programming that helps young moms and their children develop the skills they need to build strong families in a safe, encouraging environment. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide child minding for the infants and young children at SHYM
  • Provide support to young Moms and their children
  • Assist with programming  including meal preparation
  • Log writing and other administrative duties
  • Attend quarterly staff meetings
  • Basic maintenance and cleaning duties
  • Other duties as directed by the SHYM housing team

Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a supportive role
  • Experience caring for infants and young children
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds
  • Good communication skills: able to negotiate and enforce policies, provide support and encouragement and accurately maintain written logs
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention, First Aid and CPR, ASIST or willingness to obtain these at the start of employment
  • Enthusiasm and affinity for work with young children and their young adult mothers
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in an environment that is not always predictable
  • Must be able to provide a current Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record check with a Vulnerable Sector check upon hiring

Assets:

  • ECE, Child and Youth, or Social Services degree/diploma from a recognized educational institute or equivalent 
  • Training and experience in conflict resolution
  • Knowledge of infant and child development and parenting skills
  • Experience with program delivery
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license. 

Please forward your cover letter and resume in one document to: Krista Dunn – Housing Manager at k.dunn@ywcahalifax.com. YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. No phone calls please.

 

Title:  Before and After School Program Lead

Reports to:  Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care 

Job Classification: Part-time / Regular 24 hours per week

Salary:  Based on NS ECE classification level

Benefits: Comprehensive benefit package

Location: Rockingstone Heights School, Halifax, NS 

Deadline:  Monday December 2, 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.  

 

Position Summary

The Program Lead is expected to work within established guidelines of the YWCA and within the policy, procedures and regulations to deliver the planned quality before and after school program.  The Program Lead is responsible for the coordination, management and delivery of the program through the creation and implementation of the daily program and menu (snack) planning. The Program Lead ensures the program is operating according to all required and mandatory YWCA & BAP standards.  The Program Lead will work in collaboration with the Program Assistant by providing him/her daily instruction, guidance and support in regards to the implementation of the overall program. The Program Lead develops plans and leads students in a variety of settings and delivers a variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities.

 

General Competencies 

Must be a team player with skills in supervision and caring for children/students in a large group setting.  Must have a professional attitude, positive leadership and effective communications skills. Must have common sense, culture awareness, sound judgment and decision-making skills. Must be reliable, flexible and dependable.  Work can be demanding both physically and mentally. Must have proficient verbal/written communication skills.

 

Qualifications

  • Degree or diploma in Early Childhood Education/ Child and Youth Studies, Community Recreation and /or extensive related experience in a child care or recreation setting 
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with children
  • Supervisory/Leadership training or experience
  • Food Handling/Safety Certificate – willing to obtain
  • Standard First Aid and CPR 
  • Child Abuse Record Check, Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Implementation

  • Work in collaboration with monitoring and evaluation partners to complete self-assessments, program validation, and assurance of program standards.
  • Oversee the implementation of the daily program.
  • Provide and plan for active physical play both indoor and outdoor.  
  • Create a warm, pleasant and inviting atmosphere.
  • Devote the whole of working time, attention and energies to the care of the students.
  • Communicate with students with respect and at their own individual and developmental level and set realistic behavior expectations following the YWCA Halifax NS-BAP Early Learning Behavior Guidance Policy.  
  • Support students in developing problem- and conflict-solving abilities.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure that students are supervised at all times and in accordance with YWCA policies and procedures in conjunction with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Community Culture and Heritage standards and guidelines.
  • Follow established procedures for hand washing, and safe and healthy food handling. 
  • Ensure that students with allergies and other special conditions are documented and communicated to program staff to ensure students 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 students.
  • Follow protocols regarding communications with parents, ensuring confidentiality and professionalism.  Release students only to authorized people.

Communication /Professionalism:

  • Respect the confidentiality of all information related to the students and their families.
  • Maintain a courteous and professional relationship with YWCA centre director, HRCE PP supervisor, co-workers, other employees, and families of the students.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with parents – greet parents and students warmly at drop off, and pick up times.

Working Conditions

  • Caring for students can be physically and mentally demanding.
  • Work may require heavy physical effort for lifting, bending, stooping, carrying and reaching overhead
  • Work may require sustained 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 – Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care by email: k.johnson@ywcahalifax.com, or by mail to YWCA Halifax, 358 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax NS B3R 1V8.   YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. No phone calls, please. 

 

Title:  Before and After School Program Assistant

Reports to:  Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care 

Job Classification: Part-time / Regular 24 hours per week

Salary:  Based on Qualifications and Experience

Benefits: Comprehensive benefit package

Location: Rockingstone Heights School, Halifax, NS 

Deadline:  Monday December 2, 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.  

 

Position Summary

The Program Assistant is expected to work within established guidelines of the YWCA and within the policy, procedures and regulations to deliver the planned quality before and after school program.  The Program Assistant receives daily instruction from the Program Lead in the implementation of program plans, menu plans and delivery. The Program Assistant works in collaboration with the Program Lead to assist in the creation of daily programming plans and/or activities. The Program Assistant leads students in a variety of settings and assists in delivering a variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities.

 

General Competencies 

Must be a team player with skills in caring for children/students in a large group setting.  Must have a professional attitude and effective communications skills. Must have common sense, sound judgment and decision-making skills.  Must be reliable, flexible and dependable. Work can be demanding both physically and mentally. Must be confident in their verbal/written communication skills.

 

Qualifications

  • Education in Early Childhood Education/ Child and Youth Studies, Community recreation and /or related experience in a child care or recreation setting 
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with children
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Food Handling/Safety Certificate would be an asset
  • Standard First Aid and CPR 
  • Child Abuse Record Check
  • Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Implementation

  • Work in a team setting respecting established routines for the students.
  • Provide for active physical play both indoor and outdoor.  
  • Create a warm, pleasant and inviting atmosphere.
  • Devote the whole of working time, attention and energies to the care of the students.
  • Communicate with children with respect and at their own individual and developmental level and set realistic behavior expectations following the YWCA Halifax NS-BAP Early Learning Behavior Guidance Policy.  
  • Support children in developing problem- and conflict-solving abilities.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure that students are supervised at all times and in accordance with YWCA policies and procedures in conjunction with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Community Culture and Heritage standards and guidelines.
  • Follow established procedures for hand washing, and safe and healthy food handling.
  •  Ensure that students with allergies and other special conditions are documented and communicated to program staff to ensure students 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 students.
  • Follow protocols regarding communications with parents, ensuring confidentiality and professionalism.  Release students only to authorized people.

Communication /Professionalism:

  • Respect the confidentiality of all information related to the students and their families.
  • Maintain a courteous and professional relationship with co-workers, supervisor, other employees, and families of the students.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with parents, greet parents and students warmly at drop off, and pick up times.

Working Conditions

  • Caring for students can be physically and mentally demanding.
  • Work may require heavy physical effort for lifting, bending, stooping, carrying and reaching overhead.
  • Work may require sustained 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 – Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care by email: k.johnson@ywcahalifax.com, or by mail to YWCA Halifax, 358 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax NS B3R 1V8.   YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 k.johnson@ywcahalifax.ca.