YWCA Early Childhood Educator


Title:  Early Childhood Educator

Reports to:  Early Learning Centre Manager

Job Classification: Full-time

Full Time/Regular: 42.5 hours per week.

Salary:  Based on Classification Level

Benefits: (Full) – Pension, Medical/Dental, monthly buss pass, generous vacation, sick / health and wellness days.

In addition to above, all YWCA employees receive a “Y” day (additional paid day off.)

Location:  Halifax NS

Deadline for resume submissions:  August 10, 2018


Position Summary

The Early Childhood Educator is expected to work 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.



  • Must hold a valid ECE Classification Level 1, 2 or 3
  • 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 in a team setting 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.
  • The practice of child and educator self-reflection is key to our quality program

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.


Women In Supportive Housing: Housing Support Worker


Position Title:                    WISH Housing Support Worker

Department:                       Housing

Reports to:                           Housing Manager

Classification:                     Full time: typically (37.5 hrs/week), permanent

Remuneration:                   $36,000 – $38,000 annually; comprehensive benefits package, and pension after 1 year

Closing Date:                       Friday July 27, 2018

Other:                                       Must have a valid driver’s license and consistent access to a reliable vehicle.


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 issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness. The WISH program supports 34 women in independent housing who are exiting shelters, streets, and corrections and who face multiple barriers to living independently.  Our Housing First approach has been recognized nationally and our participant-centred program has proven successful in the more than ten years it has been operating.

We are seeking an experienced front line worker to join our dynamic and creative housing team.  Reporting to the Housing Manager, the Housing Support Worker 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.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in Social Work or related field such as, sociology, psychology, or equivalent.
  • Two years’ experience working with individuals who have multiple barriers, women who are homeless or at risk, women living in poverty and/or those who face mental health and addiction concerns.
  • Experience in case management and delivery of direct support services required.
  • Strong advocacy skills and the ability to work collaboratively with community partners.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Exceptional communication (both written and oral) skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, computer literacy. Familiar with HIFIS (Homeless Individuals and Families Information Systems, a national database that tracks statistics related to homelessness) and SPDAT considered an asset.
  • 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.

 Essential Duties of Position

  • Advance the mission and vision of the YWCA Halifax.
  • Responsible for direct service delivery to participants in a housing setting: case management, home visits, advocacy.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with external program partners including Department of Community Services, health care professionals, etc.
  • Responsible for achieving goals/objectives/outcomes, and reporting on results in relation to work plans.
  • Ensures that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the YWCA Halifax.
  • Ensure that participant information files are properly maintained and kept confidential.
  • Train and supervise students and volunteers
  • Must be available for emergency and On Call duties.

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

Please forward resume and cover letter by 9am on Friday July 27, 2018 to Attn: Krista Dunn – Housing Manager


Power Lines – Program Manager

Title:                     Program Manager, Power Lines

Reports to:         Director of Programs

Classification:  Full time Term with benefits

Salary:                 Commensurate with experience and education.

Hours:                  37.5 hours a week

Term:                    July 2018 – March 31, 2021

Deadline:            Friday July 27, 2018 – 12 noon

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.

Power Lines

YWCA Halifax understands that women in Nova Scotia are deeply under- represented in trades and utilities, which offer high degrees of economic security. Power Lines, will work to address one of the proven barriers to workforce development for women in this field: the workplace. In addition, Power Lines will expand the impact and influence of the project by building private sector partnerships that extend beyond its main partner, and build a broader movement of women’s inclusion and economic security.

YWCA Halifax’s Power Lines is a 3-year project designed to work to overcome the institutional and social barriers within the utilities and trade sectors for women by working with private sector partners.  Working to overcome women’s economic insecurity by increasing women’s participation rates in the utilities and trades. While addressing hiring practices and policies, employee benefits, perceptions of women in “blue-collar culture”, and the under representation of women in recruitment strategies and communications materials.

Role of the Power Lines Manager

The Power Lines Manager is responsible for the overall project.  The Manager will work closely with the Advisory Council to conduct research and a GB Needs Assessment of HR practices with private sector partners.  Voices of women in the trades and utilities will be at the centre of the consultations. The Project Manager will then have a responsibility to implement key findings of GB Needs Assessment. Upon completion, the Project Manager along with other stakeholders will develop a comprehensive multi- media communications strategy.

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years of progressively senior Human Resources and research experience. Experience in a wide variety of HR disciplines would be considered an asset. Demonstrated ability to establish strong and effective partnerships with senior leaders and credible relationships with all levels of staff. Solid leadership, facilitation and overall relationship management skills are required. You are resourceful, decisive and accommodating. You are someone who can be self-directed and work independently, but also able to be part of a team.  You are organized with your administrative and management skills, and have a good level of computer literacy.  You are able to communicate effectively, both orally and written, and have experience in research and report writing. Comprehensive knowledge of human resources policies and practices as well as labour market trends considered favourable.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to, Attn: Donna Snair as soon as possible. YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.


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.