Careers

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 September 9, 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

 

 

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 September 9, 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 programing 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

 

 

Title: Program Coordinator – Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM)
Classification: Permanent, Full Time Position
Compensation: Salary $37,000 – $39,000/yr, health & dental, pension after first year, and parking 

Hours: Typically 37.5 hours/week
Deadline: Will be posted until the position is filled with start date as soon as possible
Must have access to a reliable vehicle and valid Nova Scotia driver’s license

 

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. Staff at YWCA Halifax enjoy a supportive and dynamic team environment, a commitment to staff growth, a connection to the national and international YWCA movements, learning from colleagues in a multiservice agency, and a strong-shared vision.

 

Job Description: The SHYM Program Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, evaluation and implementation of programs, including meal coordination for young mothers and their children. Current program areas include child development, nutrition, breastfeeding, parenting, life skills, community resources, and recreation.

Qualifications and Requirements

    • Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Undergraduate degree in Social Work, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child in Youth Studies, Health Promotion, or equivalent education in addition to 2 years of experience in program coordination. 
    • Strong leadership and mentoring skills.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a high level of computer literacy and administrative skills. 
    • Must have a demonstrated knowledge and familiarity of the program areas listed in the job description above.
    • Knowledge of infant and child development and parenting
    • Able to negotiate and enforce policies, provide support and encouragement 
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • Enthusiasm, experience 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
    • Certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention, CPR and First Aid, ASIST or willingness to obtain these at the start of employment
  • Must be able to provide a Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record check with a Vulnerable Population check upon hiring

How to Apply:

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

 

Open New Tab Youth Program

Open New Tab Youth Program (ONT) is focused on addressing the issue of cyber violence through youth-led and-centered programming. ONT incorporates several of YWCA Halifax’s key youth programs and projects, including GirlSpace, GuySpace, a youth peer mentoring program and youth advisory committees. This project involves a comprehensive evaluation of processes and outcome.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved from the initial stages of program development through to the evaluation demonstrating the impact this program has on the lives of youth in our community!

 

Title: GirlSpace Coordinator/GuySpace Coordinator
Department: Community Programs
Classification: Full Time, Regular, Non-Management; Non-Exempt, until March 31st, 2024
Salary: $40,500/yr plus 2 weeks of vacation, health & dental, pension, and parking. To be negotiated based on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Typically 30-37.5 hours/week (extended hours as required). Salary pro-rated.
Start Date: July 2019
Deadline: May / June  2019
Other: Must have access to a reliable vehicle. Travel required.

GirlSpace is a responsive, participant-led, leadership-focused program for girls and trans-identifying youth that creates a safe space to explore issues connected to cyberviolence through art, theatre, and games. Youth in our programs learn to speak in front of a group of supportive peers, build self-esteem and confidence, increase their self-sufficiency and well-being, as well as gain valuable leadership skills. GirlSpace has been delivered in junior high schools in HRM, but the Open New Tab program will allow for GirlSpace to be enhanced with a focus on cyberviolence, as well as offered at an increased number of schools, and introducing and adapting the program to community organizations.

New to YWCA Halifax is GuySpace, which will be rooted in the same principles and follow similar approaches as GirlSpace, but the structure of the GuySpace program may differ to meet the unique needs of young men and male-identifying youth.
GirlSpace/GuySpace Coordinators will work within schools and community locations to deliver the programs; co-develop and co-deliver peer mentor programs in junior highs and community locations; develop and deliver training to other youth-serving organizations; facilitate and deliver summer PowerCamp and develop a regional network of programs.

Duties will include:

  • using a holistic model based on principles of social justice;
  • engaging with selected schools and communities to strengthen the resilience of youth who might be considered ‘at risk’ given the environmental challenges they face;
  • 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 and mentor training and other community projects;
  • ongoing documentation and reporting; and
  • assisting with other tasks pertinent to the YWCA youth programs as required
  • training and supervising additional GS and PowerCamp youth facilitators

The role of the GuySpace Coordinator will also involve reviewing best practices of other similar programs, outreach to communities and community organizations, and applying these learnings to the development of the GuySpace program.

GirlSpace and GuySpace Coordinators report to YWCA Halifax’s Youth Programs Lead.

Qualifications and Experience: You have experience working with youth programming and a knowledge of and interest in youth engagement and community development strategies from a feminist 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 Gender Studies, Social Work, Education, Child and Youth Studies, Health Promotion, Social Work, International Development Studies or a similar field, this position might be a great fit for you.

A current First Aid and CPR certificate and clear Child Abuse Records, Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Checks, a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are all necessary.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@ywcahalifax.com, 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. No phone calls, please. Please note: these positions and start dates are contingent upon funding agreement confirmations.

 

 

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.