Careers


Senior Director of Programs

As Senior Director of Programs, you will provide leadership to seven program managers spread over multiple locations in HRM. Through your team, you will oversee the YWCA’s programs which focus on four critical areas: promoting the health, wellness, and leadership of diverse women and girls and gender diverse people; advancing women’s economic and housing security; delivering quality, accessible, early learning, and childcare; and ending violence against women and girls.

Title: Senior Director of Programs

Department: Programs

Reports to: Executive Director

Job Classification: Full Time, Permanent, Regular, Management, Salaried, Non- Exempt

1. Supervision and Direction:

Employee performs duties within established policy guidelines, goals and objectives, and has primary responsibilities for management of an area of work. Only the results of work accomplished are typically reviewed – except during the development stages of new programs or approaches. The employee establishes operational procedures, as needed within their area of responsibility by recommending new operational procedures as needed for approval by Executive Director. Alternatively, the employee will work collaboratively with the Executive Director to establish needed operational procedures.

2. General Summary & Competencies:

The Senior Director of Programs is responsible for the development, planning, implementation, management, supervision, and evaluation of the YWCA’s continuum of services including housing, early learning, employability, life skills, newcomers, sexual exploitation, and community development. The Director is responsible for securing funding, ensuring compliance with all funding agreements, legislation and regulations, and managing risk. As a senior member of the senior management team, the Director participates in strategic planning, budgeting, and problem solving. The Director must possess sharp analytical and superior decision making skills. The Director is a solution focused and collaborative leader who builds cohesion, ensures compliance with the YWCA policies and procedures, and is passionate about the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

3. Qualifications and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in related field and five years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in a senior management position.
  • Demonstrated understanding of program management and evaluation in an outcomes based framework.
  • Effective supervisory and interpersonal skills and strong administrative skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, advocacy skills, and an ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • High level of computer literacy and demonstrates financial skills in managing program budgets.
  • Knowledge and interest in community development strategies from an intersectional feminist theoretical perspective.
  • Deep and demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and the implementation of these core organizational principles.
  • Ability to train, supervise and motivate program leaders.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience related to working in a non-profit organization.
  • Ability to maintain collaborative partnerships both internal and external to the organization.

4. Essential Duties of Position:

Staff Supervision

  • Recruit staff: Including development of job ads, posting ads and developing job descriptions.
  • Review applications, interview candidates, contact references, negotiate and make the offer.
  • Ensures all staff members within department understand and are in compliance with organizational procedures and policies.
  • Ensures all staff members receive orientation and training in accordance with organizational standards.
  • Provide staff with opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Providing ongoing regular support and supervision including risk management.
  • Support staff in transitioning out or to another position in the organization.
  • Ensure all Managers are meeting deadlines and providing proper support to their staff.
  • Supervise staff by providing direction, input and feedback.
  • Assist Managers with HR concerns as they arise.
  • Ensure Managers are following all regulations and guidelines as set out by governing bodies for their particular area of work.
  • Complete annual performance evaluations with all Managers and ensure they are providing same opportunity for their staff
  • Support YWCA Human Resources system as it relates to payroll and benefits administration

Program Planning:

  • Ensures the planning, implementation, and evaluation of YWCA Halifax’s continuum of services and programs in accordance with the mission, goals, strategic direction, and guiding principles of the YWCA.
  • Develops new initiatives, programs, and services to support the strategic directions of the YWCA.
  • Develops and implements long-term plans, goals, annual budgets and operating plans to support programs and projects.
  • Ensures high quality of programs: implements a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify and assess areas for improvement.
  • Ensures integration of programs and services within the program department and throughout the YWCA service continuum.

Leadership:

  • Serve as a member of the YWCA Halifax Senior Management Team.
  • Provide coverage for Executive Director when she is not available.
  • Regularly lead staff meetings.
  • Serve on community / sector task forces and committees as a YWCA representative.
  • Support partnerships and extension work within the YWCA movement.
  • Participate in YWCA and community based advocacy activities that are consistent with the YWCA policies and mission.
  • Support fund development activities as needed.
  • Co-lead government relations to provide information and support partnership building.
  • Lead and support the engagement of community members in supporting outcome of YWCA’s programs.
  • Awareness of and responds to risks, including those related to Human Resource management, participant outcomes, financial, and protection of the organization’s integrity.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Lead the identification, development, and submission of funding proposals, working closely with the Executive Director and other key staff.
  • Other duties as delegated by the Executive Director.

Program Management:

  • Ensures that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the YWCA, and ensures the development and implementation of appropriate operation procedures
  • Ensures that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and insurance coverage.
  • Develops and implements appropriate systems to ensure monitoring of program activities and compliance with funding agreement budgets, work schedules and outcomes.
  • Maintains appropriate program record-keeping in accordance with YWCA policies and procedures, and confidentiality/privacy policies.
  • Provides regular program reports as requested by Executive Director.
  • Identify and evaluate the risks associated with the program activities and take appropriate action to control risk.

Financial Management:

  • Provide input and assist with preparation of YWCA Halifax annual budget.
  • Monitor and support preparation of all program budgets for funders and the finance department and ensure they are prepared, managed and remitted according to signed agreements.
  • Monitor and approve all budgeted program expenditures in accordance with financial policies.
  • Ensure all financial documents are prepared correctly and submitted to finance department according to set timelines.
  • Review for accuracy and co-sign all agency cheques.
  • Ensure program activities operate within the approved budget.
  • Monitor program budgets for slippage and overspending and provide support to staff for course correction.
  • Ensure all financial reports are accurate and submitted in accordance with deadlines.
  • Ensures the program operates within the approved YWCA’s financial policies and procedures, including purchase order and billing procedures.
  • Provides regular financial reports as required by Executive Director, which may include variance reporting, cash flow projections, income statement review, and updating budget projections.
  • Ensures effective management of all financial and billing records.

5. Special conditions of employment:

  • Must have completed Red Cross First Aid and CPR training, and a Police Security Check and Child Abuse Registry.

YWCA Halifax is governed by, employs, and serves diverse women and community members.

Self-identification by applicants does not guarantee an interview, but we want you to know we understand that lived experience of racialization, Indigeneity, disability, and gender diversity are their own knowledge and expertise. We value this expertise and consider it as we discern who to interview.


Part-Time Financial Controller

Title: Financial Controller

Department: Operations

Reports to: Director of Operations, YWCA Halifax

Classification: Part-Time (3 days/week)

Location: Halifax, NS – Spryfield or work remotely

Deadline: Open Until Filled

YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls, two-spirited and gender diverse people 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 operates in more than 40 locations across HRM with a total annual budget of approximately $4.8M and capital assets approximately $6M. The organization has 60 full-time and 30 part-time employees.

The Finance Team consists of the Director of Operations responsible for preparing and managing the organization’s financial operations and two experienced Finance Coordinators who handle payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and other day-to-day bookkeeping requirements. The Finance Team is also supported by the Senior Management Team as well as the Board Finance Committee and Treasurer.

Role of the Controller:

  • Annual budgets, forecast, and cash flow analysis.
  • Month end financial reports for Board Finance Committee
  • Period end financial reporting and working paper preparation for funders and board of directors, as assigned.
  • Financial management.
  • Maintain integrity of the accounting system and inputs.
  • Understand, implement, and monitor an adequate control environment.
  • Funder financial relations and financial project management.
  • Meet with management to review budgets as required.
  • Oversight of amortization, interest, and capital asset accounting.
  • Lead CRA charity return with auditors.
  • Oversight of all legislated remittances.
  • Audit preparation support.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Strong familiarity with large non-profits, including government granting, fundraising, multiple income sources, project-based accounting structures, and CRA regulations governing charities.
  • Accounting designation, CPA.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and comfort asking questions.
  • Ability to work in a team and demonstrate leadership in financial accountability.

Assets:

  • Previous audit experience.
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks Online.
  • Commitment to the work of the YWCA.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to humanresources@ywcahalifax.com Attn: Nicole Yeadon, Human Resources Assistant. 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 a suitable candidate is found.


Early Childhood Educator – Full Time

Title:                     Early Childhood Educator

Department:      Early Learning and Child Care

Reports to:         Director YWCA Early Learning and Child Care

Classification:    Full-Time, Regular, Hourly – 42.5 hours per week.

Remuneration:  Based on Nova Scotia ECE classification and experience.

Start Date: January 1, 2022.   Deadline:  Posted Until Filled    Location: Halifax, NS

YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls, two-spirited and gender diverse people 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 demonstrate sound judgment, decision-making skills, and excellent communication skills. Work can be demanding both physically and mentally.

Role of the Early Childhood Educator

  • Work in a team setting respecting established routines for the children.
  • Provide 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 developmental level and set realistic behavior expectations.
  • Support children in developing problem and conflict-solving skills.
  • The practice of child and educator self-reflection is key to our quality program
  • Adhere to Covid-19 health and safety protocols

Qualifications and Requirements

  • 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).

Working Conditions

  • Caring for children is physically and mentally demanding.
  • Work requires heavy lifting, bending, stooping, carrying, and reaching overhead.
  • Work may require long periods of standing or walking.
  • Work may require dealing effectively and calmly with emotional situations.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to k.johnson@ywcahalifax.com Attn: Kerri Johnson – Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care. 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 a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.


Early Childhood Educator – Substitute

Title:                     Substitute Early Childhood Educator

Department:      Early Learning and Child Care

Reports to:         Director YWCA Early Learning and Child Care

Classification:    Casual, Hourly

Remuneration:  $12.55 per hour (untrained/min-wage) – Or if trained – $15/$17/$19/per hour

                              (Depending on Classification Level)

Start Date: January 1, 2022.   Deadline: Posted Until Filled   Location: Halifax, NS

YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls, two-spirited and gender diverse people 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 Substitute Early Childhood Educator 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 skills in caring for children in a group setting. Must have a professional attitude and effective communications skills. Must demonstrate sound judgment, decision-making skills, and excellent communication skills. Work can be demanding both physically and mentally.

Role of the Early Childhood Educator

  • Work in a team setting respecting established routines for the children.
  • Provide 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 developmental level and set realistic behavior expectations.
  • Support children in developing problem and conflict-solving skills.
  • The practice of child and educator self-reflection is key to our quality program
  • Adhere to Covid-19 health and safety protocols

Qualifications and Requirements

  • 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).

Working Conditions

  • Caring for children is physically and mentally demanding.
  • Work requires heavy lifting, bending, stooping, carrying, and reaching overhead.
  • Work may require long periods of standing or walking.
  • Work may require dealing effectively and calmly with emotional situations.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to k.johnson@ywcahalifax.com Attn: Kerri Johnson – Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care. 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 a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.


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

Title: YSpace Facilitator

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

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

Summary of position: “YSpace is an innovative youth support program youth ages 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 Facilitator 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 s.albert@YWCAHalifax.com by 4:00 pm on November 19th 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, please apply ASAP.


Title: Youth Program Coordinator (GuySpace)

Department: Community Programs

Classification: Full Time, Regular, Non-Management; Non-Exempt, until March 31st, 2024

Hours: 37.5 hours/week (extended hours as required). Salary pro-rated.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Application Deadline: Until position is filled

Other: Must have access to a reliable vehicle. Travel required.

The Open New Tab program is a multifaceted youth programming initiative that aims to address issues related to cyberviolence in the lives of youth living in the HRM. The GuySpace program is a responsive, participant-led, leadership-focused program for male-identifying or trans and nonbinary youth that creates a safe space to explore issues connected to cyberviolence through games, discussion, and collaborative exploration. Youth in our programs learn to speak in front of a group of supportive peers, build self-esteem and confidence, increase their self-sufficiency and well-being, as well as gain valuable leadership skills. GuySpace is delivered in junior high schools around the HRM and works in conjunction with the YWCA’s long standing GirlSpace program.

The GuySpace Coordinator will work alongside the GirlSpace coordinator within schools and community locations to deliver the programs; co-develop and co-deliver the peer mentorship programs; develop and deliver training to other youth-serving organizations; facilitate and deliver summer PowerCamp and develop a regional network of programs.

Duties will include:

  • Overall coordination and administration of GuySpace program, using a holistic model based on principles of social justice;
  • Ongoing professional connections with local junior high schools and community locations that host youth programming;
  • Supervision of GuySpace program facilitators including support, training, and coaching;
  • Ongoing documentation and reporting of programs and activities;
  • Planning and implementation of yearly summer camp and March break camps in line with in-school programming;
  • Support and participation with the Open New Tab youth mentorship program and youth advisory council;
  • Collaboration with the GirlSpace Coordinator and Team Lead in Open New Tab projects, planning, administration and evaluation.

GuySpace Coordinator reports to YWCA Halifax’s Youth Programs Lead.

Qualifications and Experience

You have experience working with youth programming and a knowledge of and interest in youth engagement and community development strategies from a feminist and anti-oppressive perspective. You also have experience working with diverse youth in a facilitator capacity. You have

strong organizational and administrative 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, Social Work, International Development Studies or a similar field, this position might be a great fit for you.

A current First Aid and CPR certificate and clear Child Abuse Records, Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Checks, a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are all necessary.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@ywcahalifax.com, Attn: Marcus Baksh.

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 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.