Vice President, Atlantic YMCA Regional Development Centre

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth This is a remote role $80000.00 to $100000.00 per year

Title: Vice President, Atlantic YMCA Regional Development Centre

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic YMCA Regional Development Centre and YMCA Greater Halifax/Dartmouth

Position Status: Full Time, Salaried

Location: Within Atlantic Canada, ability to travel to Halifax frequently

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Start Date:  July 5, 2021


The YMCA Experience

The YMCA has been a part of life in communities in Atlantic Canada for more than 165 years with the purpose of building healthy communities through the power of belonging.  The YMCA helps people belong through core program models and innovative community programming. All YMCAs are Not for Profit Charities that rely on a partnership between staff, volunteers, and donors to fulfill its vision of creating healthy and well communities.

The Opportunity

As part of the YMCA Canada Federation Development Network, the RDC supports 11 Atlantic Canadian YMCA Member Associations in Nova Scotia (5), New Brunswick (3), and Newfoundland and Labrador (3).  The RDC VP works collaboratively with the other YMCA RDC’s, YMCA Canada and National YMCA bodies to resource initiatives, service requests and outlined duties and responsibilities.

Reporting to the CEO, the VP will work closely with the Atlantic Associations and the Ontario YMCA Regional Development Centre in these areas of work:

  • Strategic alignment to YMCA Canada’s Bridging Strategy that includes Pandemic Response, Reset, Reimagining, and the Next Normal.
  • Association support and development including, but not limited to, CEO selection, Crisis Identification and support, Association Reviews, Strategic Planning, and Governance support.
  • Act as project manager in a newly adapted Federation Association Review process for at-risk Associations requiring targeted support.
  • Intentional coordination of networks and work groups to support YMCA collaboration and joint Provincial or Atlantic Canadian initiatives.
  • Support Associations in planning for long-term sustainability through improved financial reporting, operational and capital planning/modeling, and risk management.
  • Brokering of shared services, regional delivery models and YMCA amalgamations to support sustainable program delivery for more people in Atlantic Canada.
  • Strengthen collaboration of Associations that builds capacity to strengthen YMCA performance and sustainability.
  • Provincial external relations, public policy, advocacy; in alignment with the National YMCA work.
  • Championing YMCA program quality standards.
  • Development, alignment, and implementation of the Atlantic YMCA RDC work plan focused on association recovery, renewal and sustainability, YMCA Collaboration and furthering the collective purpose.
  • Facilitation of information sharing, staff and volunteer training and development.


We Offer

At the YMCA we know that our ability to partner with others in our community is through the passion and dedication of our employees and volunteers. In joining the YMCA you will become part of a dedicated network of individuals with great passion for providing a holistic support to the communities in which we serve. We also offer:

  • Participation in Comprehensive Group Benefits and Pension Program
  • Access to Strong Work Life Balance Programs (i.e. Paid Personal, Sick and Vacation Days)
  • Access to YMCA Membership and discounted program rates


Experience & Qualifications

  • University degree in a related field required, combined with some postgraduate or executive development educational pursuits.
  • Knowledge of the YMCA, its mission and impact; YMCA experience as a key staff or volunteer leader preferred.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills, uses time and available resources to maximum effect.
  • A track record of comfort and efficacy in the Board room and knowledge of governance best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation and collaborative leadership that brings people together to achieve a common purpose and goal achievement.
  • Experience in dealing with external relations and public policy.
  • A resource mobilizer who seeks to harness human talent and financial resources to achieve goals.
  • Always respectful, can communicate honestly with clarity and openness even when information being communicated is difficult and the audience may not initially be receptive.
  • Accelerates change, questions and is willing to disrupt the status quo to strengthen the YMCA.
  • Understands communities, issues, and populations in Atlantic Canada.
  • 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.
  • Note: Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, and proof of valid First Aid and CPR training.  Employees will be required to attend YMCA Child Protection Training.



  • Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Planning and Initiative
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Relationship Building and Partnering
  • Results Focused
  • Resource Mobilizer
  • Integrity
  • Analytic Problem Solver


Connects to YMCA Values

You demonstrate the core YMCA values of honesty, caring, inclusiveness, respect, and responsibility every day through your actions and leadership behaviours.


In addition to YMCA core values these RDC values will be central to this specific role:

Collaborative - we recognize our interdependence and commit to collaborating both within the YMCA Federation and with external partners to support our common purpose at home and abroad.

Accountable - we are mutually accountable for our actions; our processes and are open and transparent.

Inclusive - we value and reflect the pluralism of Canadian society. We will engage and consult with those affected by our actions.

Sustainable - we have a responsibility to be good stewards of resources for the long term.


Working Conditions

  • Ability to work some evenings/weekends, travel extensively in Atlantic Canada
  • Laptop, cell phone, and corporate credit card provided.
  • Combination of home office, remote work, and office space at the YMCA corporate office.


Apply Today

Applications will be accepted on or before June 21, 2021. We look forward to hearing your story.


The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify.


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