Careers


Position: Housing Support Staff                          

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Hours: Casual shifts mostly evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays

Wage: $15.00/hour with opportunities for professional development

Start date: November 2021.  

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 the root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness.

Safer Space is a transitional housing project for victims and survivors (ages 18 – 29) of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  Engaging with the NSTAY (Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth) program, this project provides youth in crisis with a safe space to stay so they can stabilize and take the first steps to regain control over their lives.  The program also provides participants with wraparound support and connects them with the services they need. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to NSTAY participants at the Safer Space
  • Assist with programming, including meal preparation, recreational activities
  • Log writing and other administrative duties
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Basic maintenance and cleaning duties
  • Other duties as directed by the Management or the Safer Spaces coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a supportive role
  • 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 youth and young adults
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in an environment that is not always predictable
  • Must be able to provide a Criminal Record check with a Vulnerable Sector check upon hiring

Assets:

  • 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 trauma- informed practice
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in an environment that is not predictable
  • Must be able to provide a current Criminal Record check with a Vulnerable Sector check upon hiring

Please forward your cover letter and resume, in one document, with the position title in the subject line by Friday, Oct 15, 2021, to Temitope Abiagom – NSTAY Manager at t.abiagom@ywcahalifax.com

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


Position: Live-in Support Staff – Safer Spaces Housing

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Start date: Nov 2021. Some training for the position will commence prior to the move-in date

Compensation:  Includes free rent and utilities (basement apartment with a separate entrance), monthly stipend and opportunities for training and professional development and two weekends off per month. Basic furniture is provided.  

The Live-in support staff can have a second place of work or be attending school.

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 the root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness.

Safer Space is a transitional housing project for victims and survivors (ages 18 – 29) of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  Engaging with the NSTAY (Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth) program, this project provides youth in crisis with a safe space to stay so they can stabilize and take the first steps to regain control over their lives.  The program also provides participants with wraparound support and connects them with the services they need.

As on-call support for two youth in a three-bedroom house, the Live-in staff is available for crisis/ emergency situations and facilitates the household and home maintenance. Live-in support staff are able to take up casual shifts at the house in addition to their Live- in responsibilities.  

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have current First Aid/CPR, ASIST, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training or willing to obtain these at the start of employment
  • Experience working in a supportive role
  • Must be able to set and maintain professional boundaries.
  • Must be comfortable working from trauma-informed and harm- reduction approaches
  • Must be able to assess risk and respond accordingly to ensure the safety of all residents
  • Good communication skills: able to negotiate and enforce policies, provide support and encouragement and accurately maintain written logs
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in an environment that is not always predictable
  • Knowledge of sexual exploitation and/or experience working with victims/survivors of sexual exploitation will be considered an asset.
  • Must be able to provide a Criminal Record check with a Vulnerable Sector check upon hiring

Essential duties of the position

  • Work closely with the Housing Coordinator and Peer Outreach Workers to provide support to participants
  • Must be available for emergency and on call duties between 10: 30pm – 8am
  • Maintains written and verbal communication regarding emergency incidents or situations with participants.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Cleans and maintains common areas as needed.
  • General maintenance of the house, including yard work

Please forward your cover letter and resume, in one document, with the position title in the subject line to Temitope Abiagom – NSTAY Manager at t.abiagom@ywcahalifax.com by Friday, October 15, 2021.

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.


We are looking for passionate and ambitious facilitators interested in running programming for youth this school year!

Title: YSpace Facilitator (2 positions available)

Job Classification: Part-time, Term ($16.50/hour, 12-15 hours/week, October 2021 – May 2022)

Reports to: YWCA Halifax’s Open New Tab YSpace Coordinator

Summary of position: YSpace is an innovative youth support program for boys and gender non-conforming youth aged 12-15 that takes place in schools during lunch hour. The program aims to provide a safe space for discussions on relevant inter-and intra-personal issues that youth face (e.g. cyberviolence, racism, gender role conflict, etc.) while helping participants build life skills, increase awareness, and build meaningful community. This youth-led program and its discussion topics are adaptive and will depend on the interests and learning styles of participants. This year, YSpace may be delivered virtually, in person, or a combination of the two. As such, applicants will need reliable access to a computer and a stable internet connection.

YSpace Facilitators will be responsible for guiding youth-led discussions while providing a safe non-judgmental space and providing support where necessary. Duties will include:

  • using an open-minded approach to working with youth;
  • planning and delivering programs at junior high schools during lunch hour (approximately 4x per week);
  • ongoing professional development as required
  • supporting youth to take leadership roles within their programs;
  • participation in the Youth Advisory Council, helping to inform the youth programming of the YWCA and partaking in local community and advocacy projects;
  • ongoing documentation and reporting; and
  • assisting with other tasks pertinent to the YWCA youth programs as required.

The Facilitator contributes to the advancement and achievement of the YWCA mission, vision, values and guiding principles.

Qualifications and Experience: You have experience working with diverse youth programming and a knowledge of and interest in youth engagement and community development strategies from an equitable and anti-oppressive perspective. 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, International Development Studies or a similar field, this position could be a great fit for you. Willingness to provide current Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry checks is required.

The YWCA strives to have a staff team that is reflective of the communities we serve. If you are a member of any marginalized or oppressed group, we encourage you to apply and self-identify in your cover letter.

If you’re interested in the position but don’t meet all of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply and explain in your cover letter how your lived experience would be beneficial in this role.

Please apply by sending a Cover Letter and Resume to Joseph Dorrington, YSpace Coordinator, at j.dorrington@ywcahalifax.com by 4:00 pm on Oct 1st, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, apply ASAP


Title:                        Finance & Payroll Coordinator

Classification:         Permanent 1.0 FTE Position

Compensation:       Salary to be negotiated based on experience and qualifications. Health & dental, pension and parking included.

Hours:                     Regular business hours, typically 37.5 hours/week

Deadline:                 Position will remain posted until filled

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

YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of diverse 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 the root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness.  Our four program focus areas include: promoting the health, wellness, and leadership of women and girls; advancing women’s economic and housing security; delivering quality, accessible, early learning and childcare; and working to end violence against women and girls.

Job Description: The Finance & Payroll Coordinator, reporting to the Director of Operations, is responsible for the verification, administration and processing of all payroll and benefits, accounts payable, cheque and electronic payments, processing of monthly automatic withdrawals, reconciliations and other accounting duties as required.  The Finance & Payroll Coordinator also maintains the HR employee database as well as tracking and analytics.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Post-secondary education in accounting at the college or university level.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a related role.
  • Previous payroll experience and/or certification.
  • Strong attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a high level of computer literacy and administrative skills.
  • Working knowledge of Excel and accounting software required.
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with non-profits considered an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Quickbooks Online and/or Payworks would be considered an asset.

Why work for the YWCA

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.

Why YOU should apply

Even if you don’t have all of the requirements listed in this position, you may be the right candidate.  If you have experience in finance and coordinating projects, with strong attention to detail and a passion for numbers and accuracy, we want to hear from you.  Take a chance and apply.  Tell us how you can make a difference through your YWCA.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter with salary expectations and resume to humanresources@ywcahalifax.com  – Attention: Shannon Steele, Director of Operations. No phone calls, please.


Title:                   HR and Administration Assistant
Classification:                Permanent, 1.0 FTE -Position
Compensation:    To be negotiated based on experience

Hours:                Approx. 37.5 hours/week
Deadline:           Position will remain posted until filled

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. Our four program focus areas include: promoting the health, wellness, and leadership of women and girls; advancing women’s economic and housing security; delivering quality, accessible, early learning, and childcare; and working to end violence against women and girls.

Job Description: The HR & Admin Assistant, reporting to the Director of Operations, is responsible for human resources related administrative duties including maintaining an HR database, assisting in the development of job descriptions, creating job postings, screening resumes, doing reference checks, onboarding new employees, maintaining and updating HR documents and other HR-related tasks. The HR & Admin Assistant is also responsible for general office administration duties such as purchasing office supplies, filing, general office systems management and providing administrative support to the Executive Director and other directors and managers as required. The HR & Admin Assistant will also assist Fund Development with events and donor recognition.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Post-secondary education in Human Resource Management and/or administration at the college level or equivalent experience in a related role. Strong attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an elevated level of computer literacy and administrative skills. Strong working knowledge of Office 365 and accounting software preferred. Working knowledge and familiarity with non-profits would be considered an asset. Working knowledge of Payworks would be considered an asset.

Why work for the YWCA

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.

Why YOU should apply

Even if you do not have all the requirements listed in this position, you may be the right candidate. If you have finance experience with strong attention to detail and a passion for numbers and accuracy, we want to hear from you. Take a chance and apply. Tell us how you can make a difference.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to humanresources@ywcahalifax.com  – Attention: Shannon Steele, Director of Operations. No phone calls, please. YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.