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Support Coordinator (Youth Exchange Project)

YMCA - Halifax
Overview
Salary $16.67 per hour
Posting Date July 14, 2020
Closing Date July 26, 2020


Description
SUPPORT COORDINATOR (YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM)
(Seasonal employment: Part Time from October - June, Full Time from June - August)
Effective Date: October 3, 2020
LOCATION: Various Positions across Canada
2-3 Positions available in Atlantic Canada:
???? 1 position in St. John????s, NL
???? 1-2 positions available in Halifax/Dartmouth, NS; Fredericton, Saint John or
Moncton, NB; or Charlottetown, PEI
YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program
Why work for our Y?
YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces
diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The
YMCA provides more than 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a
difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build
healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the
contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.


Responsibilities
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program coordinated by the YMCA
and funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. For six weeks over the summer, the exchange
takes 16- and 17-year-old youth (from Canada) to another province where they stay with a local host,
hold a paid job, and practice their second official language. The youth also participate in weekly program
activities organized by the Local Coordinator in their new community.
Support Coordinators provide leadership and support to a team of Local Coordinators. First, they will
assist the Regional Coordinator with hiring the Local Coordinators, while also widely promoting the
program to youth and community organizations (October-March). Then they will support Local
Coordinators with the recruitment, selection, and pre-departure preparation of the outbound youth
participants, while also securing host and job placements locally (March-June).

Support Coordinators must be full-time post-secondary students. Successful candidates will have had
previous experience working with youth and/or experiential education programs, possess strong
communication and organizational skills, and be highly reliable individuals.


Responsibilities:
Assists the Regional Coordinator with the hiring process for Local Coordinators and regional training
sessions; provides ongoing leadership, often remotely, to a small team of Local Coordinators.
Promotes the program in communities, and supports the selection of youth participant and host
families, recruitment of employment partners, planning and delivery of program activities, budgeting of
funds, and management of conflicts.
Maintains regular communication with and acts as a bridge between the Regional Coordinator and the
Local Coordinators on their team; monitors compliance with regional/national program directives.
Builds positive relationships with youth exchange participants, host families, employers, and other local
community partners; visits program sites and various stakeholders during the exchange.
Responds to emergencies as they arise. As such, must be accessible to the Regional Coordinator and to
the Local Coordinators at all times during the exchange, except for designated days off.
Writes a comprehensive report at the end of the summer summer.

Fulfills administrative duties (e.g. documentation, expense claims) in a timely and efficient manner.
May be required to assume the role of Local Coordinator in situations that warrant it, as assessed by the
Regional Coordinator.
Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our
YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs
offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child
Protection Services.
Understands the importance of the volunteer-staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy
and volunteerism in dealings with staff, volunteers and members.
Other duties as assigned.

Skills
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program coordinated by the YMCA
and funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. For six weeks over the summer, the exchange
takes 16- and 17-year-old youth (from Canada) to another province where they stay with a local host,
hold a paid job, and practice their second official language. The youth also participate in weekly program
activities organized by the Local Coordinator in their new community.
Support Coordinators provide leadership and support to a team of Local Coordinators. First, they will
assist the Regional Coordinator with hiring the Local Coordinators, while also widely promoting the
program to youth and community organizations (October-March). Then they will support Local
Coordinators with the recruitment, selection, and pre-departure preparation of the outbound youth
participants, while also securing host and job placements locally (March-June).
Support Coordinators must be full-time post-secondary students. Successful candidates will have had
previous experience working with youth and/or experiential education programs, possess strong
communication and organizational skills, and be highly reliable individuals.

Location, Period of Employment, and Salary:
Positions are available throughout Canada. Support Coordinators must live within their assigned region.
Support Coordinators will work 15 hours/week from October 3 to April 23, increasing to 26 hours/week
from April to June (dates to be confirmed), and then 37.5 hours/week (full-time) from mid-June to mid-
August. (dates to be confirmed). The starting salary is $16.67 per hour.
Eligibility:
???? Currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program
???? Available days, evenings, and weekends ???? must be willing to make the Support Coordinator position
your primary professional commitment during the period of full-time employment
???? Have internet access for the duration of employment
???? Have valid Emergency First Aid/CPR certification before the start of the exchange
???? Able to attend and support 3 mandatory paid trainings in October, February and April/May
Qualifications:
???? One year of experience with the program as a Local Coordinator, or other relevant experience such
as working with youth, doing community engagement, leading experiential learning programs, etc.
???? Strong leadership and ability to motivate/organize a team
???? Well-developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills
???? Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
???? Excellent written and oral communication skills
???? Ability to work independently, outside of an office setting, and without immediate supervision
???? Ability to manage a budget and perform administrative tasks
???? Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal
awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
???? The position requires the following Core Association Competencies. Advanced competence in:
Effective Interpersonal Communications; Ethics and Self-management; Being Member Focused;
Being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion.
Fundamental competence in: Relationship Building and Partnering.
Assets:
???? Preference will be given to candidates able to communicate in French and English
???? Prior participation in, or experience with, an exchange program
???? Prior training in mental health support and suicide intervention (e.g. MHFA, ASIST, etc.)
???? Facilitation skills related to leading experiential education activities
???? Knowledge and ability to integrate anti-racist, anti-oppressive, 2SLGBTQ-positive, critical disability,
harm reduction, and strengths-based principles into practice

Other Information
For more information and to apply,
please visit http://summer-work.com/
Applications deadline: July 26, 2020
Job posting # 0031
Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first
four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required



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