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


Position:         Program Support

Department:  Housing, YWCA Halifax

Rate of Pay:  $17.00/hr. for 22.5 hr./wk.

Term to March 29 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.

Program Support Person:  Supports the administration of the WISH (Women in Supportive Housing) and SHYM (Supportive Housing for Young Mothers) programs of the YWCA Halifax.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Post-Secondary education in Social Services, Social Work, Office Administration or related field.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a residential setting preferred.

Key duties will include:

  • Check voice mails daily, answer phone, take messages and direct calls
  • Greet visitors and direct them to appropriate individuals
  • Support the intake process for Women in Supportive Housing
  • Support financial processes
  • Support filing and administrative systems, including data input using the HIFIS system
  • Organize and clean office space and individual units, as needed
  • Assist with securing and sorting in-kind donations, as needed
  • Assist with child care as needed
  • Attend designated internal meetings as needed
  • Organize and/or attend special events
  • Other duties as delegated by the Housing Manager and housing team

Other helpful skills and experience include:

  • Commitment to anti-racism and combating other forms of discrimination
  • Understanding of anti-oppressive and trauma informed practice
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge and awareness of community resources
  • Access to a reliable, insured vehicle is an asset.

Special Conditions of Employment

Must have completed Police Security Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Abuse Registry. First Aid with CPR required.

Apply for this position: Send cover letter and resume to: Krista Dunn, Housing Manager at:  asap

We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



 Title: Communications Coordinator

Full Time, Non-management/Exempt/Hourly

Salary: $14.00/hr Approximately 30 hours/week

**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), be eligible under “premium paid eligibility”. This is non-negotiable. Please contact Nova Scotia Works to inquire about your eligibility status if you are unsure.

 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 Communications Coordinator to join our team. Reporting to the Directory of Philanthropy and Communications, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the YWCA communications plan. They understand social media as a marketing and branding tool and can create digital strategies involving different platforms effectively. The Communications Coordinator is a creative and skilled writer and editor with a proven ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

You will collaborate with the team to:

  • Advance the vision and mission of the YWCA Halifax
  • Develop, implement and evaluate communication and strategy for several awareness and fundraising campaigns
  • Provide critical support to Director of Philanthropy and Communications for writing, editing and project management
  • Managing online presence: Includes website and delivery and management social media strategy and content
  • Additional project support may include maintaining donor reports and member newsletters
  • Support media outreach activities: media releases, invitations to media and opportunities to advance goals

Skills and experience you have:

  • Degree or diploma in public relations or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strategic communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of writing for all applications
  • Understanding the design process
  • Excellent time management abilities, detail orientated
  • Understanding software and best practices for variety of applications
  • The ability to work on multiple projects
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong editing and proofing skills

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to, Attn: Brighid Langill. 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. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until suitable candidates are found. No phone calls please.