Peer Outreach Worker

Locations: Cape Breton Region (1) and Western/Valley Region (1), Nova Scotia

Hours: Full-time: typically (37.5); however, this position will require afterhours on-call time

Closing Date: Open until filled

Other: Must have a valid driver’s license, 2M liability insurance and consistent access to a reliable vehicle. This position with have 2 weeks of initial training in HRM, where appropriate accommodations will be made.

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.


The YWCA Halifax is seeking a peer support worker who has previously been involved with the sex trade to join our dynamic team and be a crucial component of the Nova Scotia Transition and Advocacy for Youth (NSTAY) 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. It is a non-judgemental program and incorporates promising practices from across Canada and is informed by those with experience of exploitation within the sex trade.


Roles and Responsibilities Include:

· Providing one-on-one client support to youth 13+:

a. Meeting accompaniment

b. Court support

c. Systems Navigation

d. Crisis Management

e. Community, Leisure and Social activity planning

f. Collaborative case management

· Completing and maintaining appropriate administrative logs, including participant contact forms and case notes

· Engage in community outreach with partners and service providers across Nova Scotia, this may require provincial travel

· Engagement in the Trafficking and Exploitation Service Systems (TESS) partnerships

· In consultation with the Department of Community Services, the Peer Outreach workers will engage in community outreach /programming with residential facilities across the province of Nova Scotia.

· Must be available for emergency and on-call duties


· The Peer Outreach Worker will previously have been involved in the sex trade and have successfully exited for at least 3 years- we recognize the diverse range of experiences in this area and are looking for self-identification of involvement in the sex trade in the variety of ways it exists.

· Experience working in a peer support role

· Experience working with people from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds

· Good communication skills: provide support and encouragement and accurately maintain written logs

· Experience working with youth

· Knowledge of community-based, trauma-informed, and harm reduction practices are an asset

· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

· 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

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

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply, including but not limited to, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous peoples, woman identified Trans and queer folks. No phone calls, please.

Please note, the peer outreach worker position in Cape Breton is designated for Indigenous peoples from the community and who speak Míkmawísimk


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.