Position: NSTAY Manager

Department:      Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth (NSTAY)

Reports to:         Director of Programs

Classification:    Regular, Full time; Management, Salary

Salary:                 To be negotiated, based on experience and education

Hours:                  Full-time: typically, 37.5 hrs/wk; however, this position will require after hours on-call

Deadline:            Until suitable candidate is found

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

The YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multiservice, 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 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 Manager to lead our dynamic team, responsible for the Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth (NSTAY) program; Safer Spaces (safe house) and The December 6th (micro loan program).

NSTAY is a program which provides exploited/trafficked youth with wraparound support and connects them with the services they need.  NSTAY has been developed with a trauma-informed lens and takes a harm-reduction approach.  

Safer Spaces is a program which provides short term safe housing for those who have been sexually exploited. 

The December 6th program provides micro loans to women identified people who are fleeing intimate partner violence.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in social work.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience managing a team.
  • Outstanding leadership and demonstrated effectiveness in communication.
  • High level of organization and financial skills.  Note, this position will be primarily responsible for multiple grants and working with funders.
  • Strong supervisory skills, high level of computer literacy and advocacy skills.
  • Experience working with government departments and community agencies.
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of community-based, trauma-informed, and harm reduction practices are essential.
  • Understanding of program management and evaluation in an outcomes-based framework.
  • Must be available for emergency and on-call duties.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in an environment that is not always predictable is a must.
  • Must be able to provide current Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record checks with a Vulnerable Sector check upon hiring.

If interested, please forward your cover letter and resume, in one document, with the position title in the subject line, to: Donna Snair at

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity; we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.  This role is designated for candidates that identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, or other racially visible groups. As a member of one of these under-represented groups, we invite you to self-identify on your cover letter or resume.

No phone calls, please.

Position: Early Childhood Educator

Reports to: Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care

Job Classification: Full Time – 42.5 hours per week

Salary: Based on Classification Level

Benefits: Pension, Medical/Dental, monthly bus pass, generous vacation, sick / health & wellness days.

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

Location: Halifax, NS

Deadline: Open 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.

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 or working towards

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 Guidance 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

**All Employees must adhere to and follow YWCA COVID-19 Early Learning Centre Operational Plan, rules, regulations and guidelines.

· 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, 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 – Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care by email:, or by mail to YWCA Halifax, 358 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax NS B3R 1V8.