Youth Employment Navigator, YMCA Leadership and Employment Program (LEAP)


Position Status: Full Time, Salaried Contract

Dept: 5804

Salary:    Starting Salary: $40,000 Annually plus Comprehensive Benefits Package

Location: Halifax Nova Scotia and Surrounding Areas (home office: 2269 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS)

Start Date: October 8, 2020


Are you a driven advocate for Mentorship and development of youth in the local community?  Are you committed to helping young people obtain and secure employment?  Do you thrive on helping others reach their full potential?  If so, we’d love to hear from you!


The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is looking for a dynamic person to support local youth in the region as a Youth Employment Navigator, YMCA Leadership and Employment Program (LEAP).


The YMCA Experience 

Since 1853 the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth has been connecting Nova Scotians to build healthy communities. As a non-profit charity we provide vital services, including Health, Employment, Childcare/Camps, Immigrant Services, and Youth Development. The YMCA works to build healthy communities.  This is achieved through a shared culture and values. 


The Opportunity

The YMCA Leadership and Employment Program is an innovative program that will work with youth towards their employment goal.  The youth will participate in four weeks of pre-employment training, followed by a six month paid employment placement.   

 Reporting to the supervising Director, as Youth Employment Navigator, you will be front and center in ensuring the success of this important area of work.   Specifically you will:

  • Recruit interested youth through networking, attracting a diverse participant pool with a special focus on youth who are traditionally under represented, in particular, youth who identify as African Nova Scotian, Aboriginal, Newcomers, youth with disabilities, youth at risk, as well as youth living below the low-income cut-off and/or are not employed or in educational training.
  • Assist participants in Halifax and the rural Halifax areas to secure and maintain employment.
  • Maintain an atmosphere of achievement that inspires others to succeed at the highest levels.
  • Facilitate employment and life skills workshops to the participants.
  • Work with employers to match youth to various employment opportunities.
  • Ensure the development of a network of community contacts and stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of the project, increase opportunities for youth development and mentorship and ensure there is value to the local community. 


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. In addition, you will receive:

  • Comprehensive Group Benefits and Pension Program
  • Strong Work Life Balance Programs (i.e. Paid Personal and Vacation Days)
  • Discounted Childcare and Camp Rates

What you Bring:

As a driven advocate for youth development you bring:

  • A combination of relevant education or experience in employment  
  • Experience working with community partners in a development role 
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of positive youth development 
  • Proven track record of commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment and responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity 
  • Demonstrated appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA 
  • Strong planning, organizational, leadership, and communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a larger team 
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours as required
  • Access to reliable transportation to support travel within the region
  • Ability to plan, promote, develop and implement youth job placements in the  community
  • Talent to recruit, train and support youth in workshop settings (in-person and remotely) 
  • Ability to maintain budget for program area 
  • Ability to complete monthly reports and program evaluations

Note: Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date 


How to Apply

Please apply with your résumé and cover letter by noon on September 30, 2020.  

 No phone calls please.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


The YMCA of Greater Halifax / Dartmouth 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. We encourage all applicants to self-identify.  Preference will be given to members from designated groups.

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