Manager, Inclusive Programming in Child Care

Full Time Salaried Contract

Posted date: September 15, 2016

Position vacancy Closing date: October 13, 2016
Employment TypeFull Time
Job ID806
PayAnnual Salary: $53,526
EffectiveOctober 2016 - September 2018
Reports toGeneral Manager, Child and Family Development
Location / RegionMarkham Centurian 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

Our History:

For over 40 years, YMCA Child & Family Development has provided quality child care in the GTA and is the largest not-for-profit provider of Licensed Child Care in Canada. With more than 290 locations in child care centres, we offer a variety of programs:  before and after school, nursery, full day early learning kindergarten extended day, school age, and family resource for children aged 0-12 years of age.

The contribution of our staff in the delivery of child-centered programs is at the core of our success as a leader in early childhood education. We are committed to providing staff with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills that will assist them in enhancing the experience of children and families, through our YMCA Playing to Learn and YMCA A Place to Connect curriculums.

The YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum for 0-6 year olds, endorsed by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, helps children develop and grow by using play as a way to learn. This method gives our early childhood educators insight into how kids learn and we use that insight to build a dynamic in-class environment to meet the specific needs of the child and ensure the child’s interests help shape their learning experience.

The YMCA a Place to Connect curriculum for 6-12 year olds in YMCA Before and After School programs provides staff with the knowledge and skills to act as a mentor towards the children and helps them develop life skills. This curriculum also helps shape YMCA Day Camps, Summer Club and Residential Camps.

Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities: 
 
Primary Activities:

  • Conducts an analysis of the current inclusion service model, identifying internal strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats.
  • Makes recommendations to Senior Vice President Child and Family Development on options and strategies to improve strengthen the current inclusion programming model for child care.
  • Tests and evaluates the design and operating effectiveness of the inclusive programming model.  Identifies deficiencies and weaknesses and implements remediation or improvements.
  • Designs standard templates to document observations, teaching strategies, and individual child and family support plans.
  • Designs and distributes a tool kit of resources on topics relevant to the inclusion of children and families.
  • Consults with Training Managers to design a series of inclusion trainings to build the knowledge and skills of YMCA Child Care supervisors and educators.
  • Engages parents, child care educators, school professionals, and community inclusion resource providers in facilitating the inclusion of children with exceptionalities including full consultation in the development of an individual child and family support plan.
  • Is sensitive to the diversity of families and their understanding and acceptance of their child’s exceptionalities and supports building empathy and a positive relationship between child care educators and parents.
  • Conducts developmental and functional assessments of children and programs when required and makes recommendations to regional General Manager/District Manager on level of supports required.
  • Works with parents and child care educators to promote early identification and referral where required.
  • Based on observations of individual children and programs, recommends teaching strategies, program and environment adaptations and modifications, and coaches educators in implementation.
  • Coaches child care educators in implementation of recommended teaching strategies through demonstration and modelling in the classroom, and leading in-service training at staff meetings.
  • Coordinates resource services and case conferences, including setting the agenda and recording minutes with a focus on promoting consistent strategies in the home, child care centre, and school.
  • Interprets and includes recommendations from clinical and resource service reports in teaching strategy plans and child and family individual support plans.
  • Establishes a program of role relevant developmental opportunities and resources.  Evaluates the development needs of the Child and Family Development management structure and identifies the starting point for all learners on a continuum of training.
  • Organizes and manages the delivery of management development programs; directs the communications to prospective attendees; monitors the completion of pre-work and prerequisites; delivers components of training programs, as appropriate.
  • Seeks out, participates in and provides opportunities for other YMCA child care professionals to participate in relevant internal training, conferences and community tables on serving children with exceptionalities to build capacity.
  • Maintains accurate, comprehensive documents and develops communication schedule for reporting to  management.

Secondary Activities:

  • Understands and complies with provincial and YMCA Child and Family Procedures.
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of child development.
  • Demonstrates a positive working relationship with co-workers and community partners. 
  • Attends required curriculum training and all other relevant professional development opportunities necessary for the position. Maintains professional qualifications and certifications as required by the YMCA and provincial standards.
  • 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
  • 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.

Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • Early Childhood Education, Child and/or Family Studies, Youth Care, or equivalent diploma or degree required
  • Resource Teacher/Consultant, Early Interventionist, Behavioural Science (i.e. ABA, IBI), Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention certification or equivalent preferred
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in a licensed child care setting required in a supervisory role
  • Skills required include knowledge of behaviour management theory, strategies, and techniques
  • Excellent analytical and internal audit skills
  • Exceptional  organization and documentation skills
  • Experience designing and writing policies and procedures
  • Agreeable to participating in a series of psychological and aptitude assessments to evaluate suitability for a management position
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR (Level C) certification
  • Current immunization record
  • Flexibility regarding assigned working hours, ability to work split shifts, early morning and late afternoons
  • Ability to use frequent light to medium physical effort; lifting up to 20 kg (44 lb), bending and stooping.
  • Must be able to work outdoors for at least 2 hours daily year-round; may be exposed to heat, humidity or cold
  • Must hold a valid drivers’ license and have a vehicle
  • 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
  • The position requires  the following Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; Ethics and Self-Management; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion; Building Community Relationships and Resources; Leadership; Planning and Initiative; Strategic Orientation and Change Management  fundamental competence in: being Results Focused; Association Management and Stewardship; Cross Functional Integration; People Management

How to apply

Please send cover letter and résumé quoting
job posting #806 by Thursday, October 13, 2016 to:

ATTENTION: CFD Talent Acquisition
Email: childcarejobs@ymcagta.org
Fax: 905-943-7612

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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