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Grant Writer
                          

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Hours: term / contract basis

YWCA Halifax is currently seeking a Grant Writer on a term/ contract basis to assist us in achieving our financial goals. The Grant Writer plays a critical role in overseeing and facilitating significant grant funding for the organization. This role will report to the Director of Philanthropy and is responsible for identifying, managing and securing grants for YWCA Halifax. This position will work closely with various departments to identify grant opportunities, oversee timelines and requirements, manage internal and external relationships and submit and secure funding. The successful candidate is organized, independent, adaptable, and uses excellent oral and written communication skills to ensure grant applications are coordinated effectively, deadlines are met, and new grants are secured. In addition, they are seeking new grant opportunities. For this role, demonstrated experience and a strong understanding of grant and/or proposal writing principles is required.

Essential Duties of the Position

  1. Research private and corporate foundation grants available for which YWCA is eligible
  2. Develop a comprehensive list with application deadlines and details
  3. Prepare relevant “boilerplate” content that can be used
  4. Submit grant applications on behalf of YWCA Halifax
  5. Collect feedback on any refused applications for further improvements

Qualifications and Skills

  1. Exceptional written communicator; absolutely above par and nothing less
  2. Highly organized and attention to detail
  3. A sense of professional pride
  4. Equally committed to the YWCA’s reputation as they are their own
  5. Ability to produce compelling and visually interesting applications as needed
  6. A strong understanding of social justice in action an asset

If interested, please forward your cover letter and resume, in one document, with the position title in the subject line, to Brighid Langill, Director of Philanthropy at b.langill@ywcahalifax.com.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The YWCA Halifax is seeking casual housing support staff to be available for on-call shifts at the Safe House in Dartmouth, N.S.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • 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 Management or the Safe 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 d.hodges@ywcahalifax.com.

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.

 

Housing Support Worker

Reports to: Housing Manager

Classification: Full time – Permanent: typically (37.5 hrs/week), 

Remuneration: To be determined based on experience and education

Closing Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020

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

 

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 who face multiple barriers to safe, affordable housing. 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 Support Worker 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 related fields such as sociology, psychology, or equivalent.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with individuals who have multiple barriers, women who are homeless or at risk, women living in poverty and/or those who face mental health and addiction concerns. 
  • Experience in case management and delivery of direct support services required.   
  • Strong advocacy skills and the ability to work collaboratively with community partners.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Exceptional communication (both written and oral) skills.  
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, computer literacy. Familiar with HIFIS (Homeless Individuals and Families Information Systems, a national database that tracks statistics related to homelessness) and SPDAT considered an asset.  
  • Must have First Aid/CPR, ASIST 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: case management, home visits, advocacy.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with external program partners including the Department of Community Services, health care professionals, etc.
  • Responsible for achieving goals/objectives/outcomes, and reporting on results in relation to work plans. 
  • 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.

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. 

 

Please forward resume and cover letter as one document, by midnight on Sunday, August 16th to jobs@ywcahalifax.com Attn: Krista Dunn – Housing Manager 

 

        

Substitute Early Childhood Educator

Reports to:  Director, YWCA Early Learning and childcare

Job Classification: Casual, Hourly

Hours: Varies

Salary:  $12.55 per hour (untrained/min-wage) – 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.

 

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 playgrounds 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 behaviour expectations following the YWCA Behavior Guidance Policy.  Support children in developing problem- and conflict-solving abilities.

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 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

 

 

Early Childhood Educator

Reports to:  Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care

Job Classification: Term (possibility of full-time) September to January (4 months) – 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:  August 21, 2020

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 communication skills.  Must have common sense, sound judgment and decision-making skills.  Work can be demanding both physically and mentally.  Must be a good communicator.

Qualifications

  • Must hold a valid ECE Classification Level 1, 2 or 3
  • 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 playgrounds 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 behaviour 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: k.johnson@ywcahalifax.com, or by mail to YWCA Halifax, 358 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax NS B3R 1V8.   


Before and After School Program Assistant

Reports to:  Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care 

Job Classification: Part-time / Regular 25 hours per week

Salary:  Based on Qualifications and Experience

Benefits: Comprehensive benefit package

Location: Rockingstone Heights School, Halifax, NS 

Deadline:  August 21, 2020

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 communication 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 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 behaviour expectations following the YWCA Halifax NS-BAP Early Learning Behavior Guidance Policy.  
  • Support children in developing problem- and conflict-solving abilities.

Health and Safety

**All Employees must adhere to and follow all COVID-19 rules, regulations and guidelines related to this position.

  • 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