Full-Time Salaried Contract

Posted date: February 12, 2018

Position vacancy Closing date: February 26, 2018
Employment TypeFull Time
Job ID950
HoursFlexibility regarding assigned working hours
Reports toManager, Youth Outreach and Intervention
Location / RegionToronto Vanauley Street YMCA Centre
Job Code6594
Application DeadlineFebruary 26, 2018

Why Work for the 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 5,000 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.

Nature and scope

Vanauley Street YMCA House and Drop-in Program provides 24-hour emergency shelter and residential and drop-in services to young people ages 16 to 24. The Vanauley Street YMCA programs are a trans positive space, gender is self-identified. All sexual orientations and gender diversity are welcome and celebrated through support services at the emergency shelter. All staff contributes meaningfully to ensuring positive outcomes for participants.  The Vanauley St. YMCA programs employ resiliency, recovery, harm reduction, trauma-informed, and other strengths-based frameworks within our service delivery. Our aim is to create authentic cultural food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch. Our kitchen philosophy ensures that we will accomplish this in a socially and fiscally responsible manner for the wellbeing of our clients, the community, and the environment.


Prepares and cooks complete meals, which includes: cleaning, peeling, mincing, chopping, mixing, portioning, measuring ingredients, packaging and labeling etc.

Responsible for menu planning, ordering and maintaining food and kitchen supplies

Responsible for providing food which is attractive, balanced and has appropriate portion sizes based from the Canadian Food Guide, and Shelter Standards

Responsible for food substitutions for participants with dietary restrictions and cultural needs as needed

Ensures awareness of participant’s food allergies and restrictions and provision of substitute food

Responsible for keeping the kitchen clean and in good order based on a set cleaning schedule. Has the ability to maintain a sterile/clean environment and have knowledge on cleaning and the disinfection of appliances and dishes. Can follow the established maintenance schedule, meeting the guidelines of the Public Health Department, maintains a safe environment for food and equipment

Refills, cleans and stocks regularly used items such as plates, cup, bowls, utensils as needed

Performs tasks independently and serves at appropriate meal times.

Attends staff and team meetings, committee meetings and in-service training as required

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 members, volunteers, donors and staff.

Other duties as assigned


  • Secondary School Education

  • Completion of a recognized food handlers certificate and a minimum of 2 years of experience in a food  service operation in a large institutional setting

  • General knowledge of proper and hygienic protocols for food preparation, storage and disposal;

  • Knowledge of Toronto Shelter Standards as it relates to food services delivery

  • Experience working with at-risk youth

  • Overall understanding of the following frameworks: harm reduction, resiliency and recovery as an approach   to mental health support 

  • Capacity to work within a team and be part of a large multi-service, not for profit Association

  • Able to participate actively in a team for organizational effectiveness

  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills

  •  Ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers

  • Excellent written communication skills

  • 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

  • Flexibility regarding assigned working hours

  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies:  Advanced competence in: Effective interpersonal communications; being member focused; relationship building and partnering;  Fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; diversity and social inclusion

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.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto 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 at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

Apply for this job

Provide us with information in the form below

All fields are required unless marked optional.

Are you currently employed by the YMCA?

Are you currently a volunteer with the YMCA?

How did you first find out about this employment opportunity?

Attach Resume
MS Word or PDF only (up to 2MB)

Attach Cover Letter
MS Word or PDF only (up to 2MB)

* Please click on the Submit application button only once you have reviewed all your information and are ready to proceed with application submission. It is advised not to click on the back or refresh buttons on your browser while submission is in process. Doing so may interrupt the process and result in your application not being submitted.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

Greater Toronto's Top 2016 Employers
2015 Canada's Best Diversity Employers
2015 Canada's Greenest Employers
Canada's Top Employers for Young People 2016