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Position Title: Safe Spaces Live-in Residence Coordinator

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Reports to: NSTAY Manager

Hours: 9:00pm-9:00am

Start date: April 2020

Posting closing date: Until job is filled

 

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.

 

The YWCA Halifax is seeking a Live-in Residence Coordinator to join our innovative, client centered team of individuals who work together to create safe spaces for youth experiencing sexual exploitation. The successful candidate will be the first to occupy this space as we build upon best housing practices from across the country. 

 

About Us

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 regaining control over their lives. Often times, for this clientele, the shelter system and domestic violence system can feel unsafe and/or unwelcome.

 

Reporting to the NSTAY Manager and working in collaboration with the Safe Spaces Housing Coordinator, the Live-in Residence Coordinator is part of a team that believes in a dedicated agency to safely house young women and girls. This space will also provide necessary social and material support and resources.

 

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including but not limited to, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous peoples, 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, communicate effectively, and maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times
  • Experience and commitment to working within confidentiality guidelines
  • Subject to Criminal Records check with Vulnerable Sector search and a Child Abuse Registry search
  • Knowledge of sexual exploitation and/or experience working with victims/survivors of sexual exploitation will be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a shelter environment will be considered an asset.

Essential duties of position

  • Case management
  • Follow safety protocols
  • Support clients with access to resources
  • Light cleaning duties and yard work
  • Be available, by phone, for any overnight emergencies
  • Work in close liaison with the Housing Coordinator and Peer Outreach Workers to provide wrap around services to clients
  • Attend professional development trainings, as needed

Compensation and incentives: This position offers a furnished bedroom with a separate bathroom. The following utilities are included: heat, hot water, electricity, Wi-Fi, along with parking. There will also be a weekly/monthly stipend for food. Additionally, this position is suitable for students seeking an experiential learning opportunity. There will be professional development opportunities at no cost to the successful candidate. 

 

 

Please forward resume and cover letter, in one document to:

Jade Brooks, Safe Spaces Housing Coordinator

j.brooks@ywcahalifax.com

 

 

Title: Live-in Residence Coordinator 

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

 

Supportive Housing for Young Mothers Program

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.

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, 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 every 4 weeks 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 Operations 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.

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

 

Title: Program Support Staff

Compensation: Position offers hourly rate with opportunities for professional development. Applicants are asked to state their salary expectations on your application.

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 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.