Position: Step Ahead Program Coordinator

Department:     Community Programs

Reports to:         Community Programs Manager

Classification: Regular, Full-time Term; Non-Management; Salary; until end of November 2020

Salary:                  $42 000 – $46 000/yr pro-rated, and parking included.

Hours:                  37.5 hours a week

Start Date:         Beginning of July – exact date to be determined

Deadline:            Friday, June 12th, 2020; 5 pm.


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. 


Step Ahead provides an opportunity for participants to gain skills and knowledge through pre-employment workshops concentrated on career exploration, employment skills development, and personal management skills, such as critical thinking, contingency planning, reliability, etc. Participants will achieve economic independence through individualized support, career and personal development, volunteer and work experience, and mentorship. This program involves a group-based employment skills development component and a paid work placement to support participants’ in reaching career goals.


YWCA Halifax’s Step Ahead Program is an employment program providing women of, 19 or older, an opportunity to achieve the skills and experience necessary to successfully re-enter the workforce, reach their employment goals, and achieve financial stability. 


The Step Ahead Program Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination and administration of YWCA Halifax’s Step Ahead  Program including recruitment and intake of program participants, planning curriculum for classroom programs and facilitating modules, building connections with community partners, coordinating work placements, managing program budgets and completing reports, and risk management of program activities.


Qualifications and Requirements

We are looking for individuals with a background in social work, education, case management, life skills training, employment programs, or equivalent. You are someone with an understanding of program coordination, planning and evaluation in an outcome-based framework, as well as an understanding of the trauma-informed practice. 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. Experience in group facilitation and conflict resolution are essential, as well as knowledge of labour market trends, job development techniques, and employment support strategies. It is essential that the successful candidate be comfortable delivering programming virtually. 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 (as one document) to, Attn: Lindsey MacIsaac with the subject line which includes the title of the position you are applying for by Friday, June 12th, 2020. Please indicate salary expectations in your cover letter.

 If you are also applying for Launch Atlantic Program Coordinator and/or Launch Atlantic Work Transition Coordinator, you need only send one cover letter and resume, just indicate in the email which position(s) you would like to be considered for.

 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.


Job Posting: Casual Housing Support Staff                             

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Hours: Casual shifts during weekdays, evenings, weekends and holidays 

Wage: $15.00/hour with opportunities for professional development


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 (Supportive Housing for Young Mothers) 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. 


Safe Spaces is an emergency crisis housing project for victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Engaging with the NSTAY (Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth) program, this project will provide youth in crisis with a safe space to stay so they can stabilize and take the first steps to regain control over their lives. Often times, for this clientele, the shelter system and the domestic violence system can feel unsafe and/or unwelcome.


The YWCA Halifax is seeking casual housing support staff to be available for on-call shifts at both the Safe Spaces and SHYM housing locations in Dartmouth, NS.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide childminding for the infants and young children at SHYM
  • Provide support to young moms and their children at SHYM
  • Provide support to NSTAY participants at Safe Spaces
  • 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 and Safe Spaces housing team


  • 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


  • ECE, Child and Youth, or Social Services degree/diploma from a recognized educational institute or equivalent 
  • Knowledge of sexual exploitation and/or experience working with victims/survivors of sexual exploitation will be considered an asset.
  • 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. 

If interested, please forward your cover letter and resume, in one document, with the position title in the subject line, to: Danielle Hodges – NSTAY Manager at

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.



Position Title:                      Housing Intake Coordinator

Reports to:                           Housing Manager

Classification:                      Full time: typically, (37.5 hrs/week), Schedule will include some evenings and weekends.             

Closing Date:                       This position will be open until it is filled


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. Our housing programs support women and children in independent housing who are exiting shelters, streets, and corrections and who face multiple barriers. 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 Intake 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.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in Social Work or a related field such as sociology, psychology, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a community based setting supporting marginalized people.
  • 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.
  • Flexible and adaptable to client schedules and diverse work environments.
  • Experience in intake, assessments, case management and delivery of direct support services required.
  • Strong advocacy skills and the ability to work collaboratively with community partners.
  • Excellent administrative, computer, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional communication (both written and oral) skills.
  • Experience with grant and report writing.
  • Financial Management considered an asset.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Familiar with HIFIS (Homeless Individuals and Families Information Systems, a national database that tracks statistics related to homelessness) and SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assessment Tool) considered an asset.
  • Must have First Aid/CPR, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training or a willingness to obtain these upon being hired.
  • 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: intake, case management, move-ins and move-outs, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Assist the Housing Manager with administrative aspects of the housing team operations such as financial coordination, grant writing and reporting, etc.
  • Collaborate and build relationships with external program partners including the Department of Community Services, Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia, landlords, other housing and services providers, etc.
  • 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.
  • The position will include regular travel within the HRM.


  • The salary is to be negotiated 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 the first year with regular increases

While we are looking for a unique knowledge and skill set, we also recognize the value of lived experience and diverse professional history.  Use your cover letter to tell us why you would be the perfect fit for this position, even if you do not have everything on this list of qualifications and experience.

This position will be housed in Dartmouth at the YWCA Housing office located in our Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) building.  YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including African Nova Scotian and Indigenous, woman-identified, trans and queer folks.

Please forward resume and cover letter to Attn: Krista Dunn – Housing Manager


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 communication 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, supervisors, 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