YMCA of Greater Toronto Employment Programs Manager Contract in Toronto, ON

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Branch Toronto ON CA

Employment Programs Manager
Toronto, ON

Strong understanding and knowledge of the skilled trades in Ontario and the construction industry, and current and projected labour-market trends in Ontario….

(Full-Time Salaried Contract)

Effective: Immediately – April, 2018

Starting Salary: $53,526 – $66,907

Reports To: General Manager, Employment

Location: Yonge and Eglinton

Why work for our 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 & Scope:
YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment and counselling programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The members we serve are unemployed youth and adults, youth in transition from school to work, often having multiple barriers to employment.

The Employment Programs Manager provides leadership to a government-funded pilot program within the YMCA of Greater Toronto Employment Services. The Manager oversees program start-up, establishes key stakeholder and funder partnerships, and chairs advisory committees with stakeholders. The Manager guides, supports and leads staff that are responsible for delivering government employment programs and maintains relationships with government representatives in order to comply with contribution agreements/contracts.

The program will assist youth with multiple barriers to employment in finding and maintaining meaningful employment focused in the Construction Trade Industry. This project will combine all the strengths of a pre-employment preparation approach with Essential Skills and hard skills training and a work experience. The YMCA of Greater Toronto will assist youth from communities in the Toronto Area, including priority neighbourhoods, who are out of school and unemployed with overcoming barriers to employment and developing their skills and knowledge in order to prepare them for participation in the current and future labour market. Barriers may include, but are not limited to the following factors: lack of education (less than Gr. 12) and life skills, lack of social supports and/or role models, low socio-economic situation, recent immigration or resettlement, disability, early parenthood, Aboriginal communities, and visible minorities.


Ensures compliance with all terms of government contribution agreements/contracts including the achievement of all fiscal, participant and quality targets as established by the Association and in contribution agreements/contracts.

Manages the program site facilities where government programs operate, including all assets.

Facilitates strategic planning sessions for staff and adjust plan according if off target.

Develops and maintains external relationships with stakeholders to ensure successful completion of program targets by chairing, attending and/or representing the YMCA at community partner meetings.

Monitors budget for government programs to ensure accuracy in spending and prepares reports required by Association and funder.

Meets with funder to review program results of contribution agreements at specified times, e.g.; six months; contract completion, to review financial results.

Assists in preparation of funding proposals and business plans. Prepare statistical and financial reports e.g. monthly and quarterly.

Hires, supervises and evaluates staff to ensure contract and philanthropic (financial and volunteer) targets are met, including coaching and development of staff. Facilitates staff meetings to ensure targets, objectives and goals are being met on a regular basis.

Assists senior staff with planning and coordination of program delivery within Employment and Community Service, including coordination with staff of other employment programs.

Works in collaboration with other Employment & Community Services managers to assist in achieving the Association’s strategic plan and to achieve targets.

Assists GM with moving the Association Strategic Plan ahead; working collaboratively with other YMCA programs and services in Region.

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 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.


  • University degree and/or community college diploma in related area of study, e.g. Social Services; Counselling etc.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills developed through 3 to 5 years progressively responsible experience in a supervisory role preferably in the charitable sector; ability to encourage, motivate staff and volunteers, acknowledge and appreciate contributions;
  • Strong knowledge of Employment Ontario Employment Services an asset
  • Knowledge of Employment & Community Services and related legislation
  • Prior experience with start-up programs an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to manage various aspects and scope of a project
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the skilled trades in Ontario and the construction industry, and current and projected labour-market trends in Ontario
  • Career testing and/or assessment qualifications an asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Ability to develop relationships with funder representatives, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Self-sufficient and takes initiative
  • Ability to work independently and within a senior leadership team
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and databases e.g. CaMS
  • The position requires the following Association and Leadership Competencies: superior competence in: Relationship Building and Partnering; People Management; Teamwork and Collaboration advanced competence in: Ethics and Self Management; being Member Focused; Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion; Association Management and Stewardship; Building Community Relationships and Resources; Leadership; Planning and Initiative; Effective Interpersonal Communications; Strategic Orientation and Change Management fundamental competence in: Cross Functional Integration

Please send cover letter and résumé quoting
job posting #1048 by Wednesday, December 14, 2016 to:

Darlene Holowachuk
Senior Vice President, Operations – Employment and Community
Email: [email protected]

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 the 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 plans 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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Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2016-12-05
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