Employment Programs Director

Full time Salaried Contract

Posted date: November 25, 2016

Position vacancy Closing date: December 09, 2016
Employment TypeFull Time
Job ID1044
Reports toSenior General Manager, Employment
Location / RegionScarborough Finch Avenue YMCA Centre

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

Scarborough Finch Avenue YMCA Centre is a part of Employment and Community Programs which provide a variety of supports and services to youth and adults throughout the GTA ranging from employment supports to services for newcomers to Canada.  Employment Programs Director directly and actively oversees operations of multiple employment programs including: Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer, Youth Job Link, YLD and other federally funded programs.

The Director assists in development of program direction and develops and maintains key relationships with provincial and municipal funders that provide support to employment initiatives.  The Director promotes YMCA services to the community, employers, business groups, and other individuals and organizations in order to market the services and programs to those in positions to assist the Association in achieving our strategic outcomes.


  • Provides guidance and leadership to staff and daily operations of employment programs including Employment Service, Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer, Youth Job Link, YLD and other Federally funded programs.
  • Possesses a thorough understanding of the community and participant needs and service gaps as they relate to employment services and aligns program activities accordingly
  • Supports and provides feedback to the General Manager in developing and implementing strategic initiatives to achieve program outcomes
  • Monitors program targets and achievements on a weekly basis; develops and monitors annual budget distribution for stipends and administers the approved fiscal, program count and volunteer budget and service plan.
  • Capitalizes on gap areas that match Association Strategic Outcomes by pursuing and submitting appropriate proposals for service expansion with external funding mechanisms.
  • Write and develop proposals for various employment programs 
  • Develops and maintains key strategic alliances with similar community delivery service agencies in order to further the Association’s Strategic Outcomes.
  • Plays a key role as a member of the senior management team of North York Dufferin Street YMCA Centre and the YMCA’s Employment & Community Services. In so doing, the Director ensures employment programs achieve goals and contribute to the overall outcomes and success of the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
  • Ensures marketing, promotions and outreach initiatives occur to achieve centre and regional targets and are within Association standards.
  • Recruits, supervises and develops effective staff teams that will develop relationships and leads a staff team to deliver quality programs to members.
  • Recommends coaching opportunities to General Manager and works with the General Manager to ensure successful outcomes for team members.
  • Models 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.
  • Ensures the health, safety and well-being of all children, youth and vulnerable people in YMCA programs. Commits to the professional responsibility of maintaining knowledge of legislation, policies and procedures, child and youth development and best practices to best serve and protect children, youth, and vulnerable people.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Children's Aid Society.
  • 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.


  • University Degree preferred or completion of Community College Diploma in Business, Career Planning, Human Resources Management, Social Services, Sales and Marketing and/or related fields
  • Minimum of three years related experience in program development and staff management, preferably within employment-related settings
  • Access to a motor vehicle as travel within the city is required
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills
  • Ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with participants, 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 with working hours which include some weekends and evenings
  • The position requires the following Association and Leadership Competencies: superior competence in: relationship building & partnering;  advanced competence in: effective interpersonal communication; ethics & self-management; being results focused; being member focused; teamwork & collaboration; valuing diversity & social inclusion; people management; leadership; fundamental competence in: association management & stewardship; building community relationships and resources; cross functional integration; planning & initiative; strategic orientation & change management.

How to apply

Please send cover letter and résumé in one file
quoting job posting #1044 by Friday, December 9, 2016 to:

Garth Neilson
Senior General Manager, Employment
Email: Garth.Neilson@ymcagta.org


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.

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. www.ymcagta.org

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