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Safer Spaces Coordinator

Location:         Dartmouth, NS; Work from home is not applicable for this job

Hours:             Full-time: typically, 37.5; this position will require after-hours on-call time.  Fixed-term contract to March 31, 2023 – renewable dependent on funding confirmation

Closing Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021- 4:00 pm

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 causes and issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness. 

YWCA Halifax is seeking an experienced program coordinator to lead the administration and development of the Safer Spaces Housing Program specifically designed for victims of human trafficking and youth sexual exploitation.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth (NSTAY) team, as well as community partners and the broader YWCA management team to implement a transitional housing program for youth who are exiting the sex trade.  In addition, the program coordinator will work with YWCA’s existing housing programs and other community housing providers to support the safety needs of housing participants who are victims and survivors of exploitation and trafficking.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Safer Spaces Coordinator’s main role will be to operationalize the existing safe house through the support of residents and housing support for NSTAY participants. As well as engaging in research on best practices in working with trafficked/exploited youth; developing and implementing a Safe Housing model and framework for the Nova Scotia context; facilitating partnerships with national and local agencies offering second stage housing programs to provide a continuum of care for victims of trafficking/exploitation.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Program Development and Coordination
  2. Develop and administer the program budget
  3. Review existing safe housing programs and practices from across Canada
  4. Conduct housing prioritization assessments
  5. Identify location(s) for housing program sustainability
  6. Develop and keep updated a Safe Spaces Housing Program Handbook
  • Housing Operations and Coordination
  • Develop and manage relationships with landlords
  • Lead housing operations and facilities support
  • Implement technological security systems
  • Work with Housing Teams across the province to coordinate housing for clients.
  • Staff Supervision
  • Hiring of part-time housing staff
  • Supervision and scheduling of casual housing support staff
  • Partnership Facilitation
  • Identify second stage and recovery-based housing placements across Nova Scotia and Canada
  • Develop partnerships with existing housing providers to offer a variety of housing choices for clients
  • When applicable within role, work closely with Child Protection and Placement workers to support youth in-care
  • When applicable within role, work closely with law enforcement and victim services to support youth pursuing charges against their perpetrators

Qualifications and Experience

The Safer Spaces program coordinator will be responsible for front-line housing support, administrative task and program development. The ideal candidate must have a specific skill set in problem solving and perceptibility, along with the following qualifications and experience.

Education & Knowledge

  • Degree in social work or related field such as, international development studies, sociology, child and youth studies, education, health promotion, or equivalent
  • Understanding of feminist theoretical perspectives and intersectionality.  Also, of issues such as racism/colonialism, violence against women, sexualized human trafficking, sexual health, and poverty.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with community-based, trauma-informed, harm reduction practices as well as a strong commitment to ongoing learning and development in these areas.

Experience

  • A minimum of three years’ experience in program development, administration and housing support
  • Experience conducting best practice research and implementing research findings and recommendations
  • Experience working in Violence Against Women shelters at an administrative level an asset
  • Working in a collaborative environment on complex issues involving multiple and diverse stakeholders including people with lived expertise, landlords, child welfare and law enforcement

Characteristics

  • Flexible and adaptable to client schedules and diverse work environments.
  • Outstanding communication and organization skills and high levels of computer literacy.
  • Be highly responsive and available for on-call work.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Good sense of humour and ability to laugh at themselves.
  • Have an existing self-care strategy and regimen.
  • Fierce advocacy skills.

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including African Nova Scotian and Indigenous, woman-identified, trans and queer folks.

To apply:  please e-mail your resume and cover letter merged into one document to Temitope Abiagom t.abiagom@ywcahalifax.com  stating the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Trafficking & Exploitation Services System (TESS) Program Coordinator

Classification: Full Time, Non-Management; Contract ending April 2024

Salary:             $42,000-$44,000 annually

Hours:             Typically 37.5 hours/week (extended hours as required)

Start Date:      August 2021

Deadline:        July 22, 2021

Other:             Minimum 3-5 years of experience. Must have access to a reliable vehicle.

YWCA Halifax is seeking a strong, leader to join our dynamic and creative team. Candidates will have the capacity and experience to lead and coordinate a province-wide, multi-sectoral partnership initiative on the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Human Trafficking in Nova Scotia.

General Summary

The coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the Trafficking and Exploitation Services System (TESS), a provincial, multi-sectoral partnership aiming to prevent, intervene, and create a system of response to deal with the issue of the sexual exploitation of youth. The coordinator will work collaboratively with government, community organizations, and first responders to deliver on the outcomes of the project which include:

  • Raising awareness of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in NS
  • Training development and facilitation
  • Community mobilization in rural NS
  • Convening and facilitation of partnership meetings
  • Administration of TESS social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Communications to TESS partners, funders, and public

Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in related field such as sociology, business administration, adult education, health promotion, social work or equivalent
  • Direct experience leading collaborative projects on complex issues involving multiple stakeholders
  • Outstanding communication and organization skills
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Solid understanding of issues such as violence against women, trafficking, cyberviolence, sexual health, poverty, discrimination, gender and physical activity, media influences etc., and how they impact girls and young women both locally and globally
  • Understanding of program management and evaluation in an outcomes based framework
  • Strong supervisory, administration and financial management skills
  • Strong organizational development and advocacy skills
  • Ability to maintain collaborative partnerships internal and external to the organization
  • Current First Aid/CPR training and WHMIS
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Checks
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle necessary

YWCA Halifax is governed by, employs, and serves diverse women and community members.  Self-identification by applicants does not guarantee employment but we want you to know that we understand that lived experiences 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.

If interested please send cover letter and resume to Charlene Gagnon c.gagnon@ywcahalifax.com with TESS Coordinator Application in the email subject by July 22, 2021.