Career Opportunities At YWCA Cambridge

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Careers

Are you interested in joining an organization that works to provide programming and services that respond to the needs of women, girls and gender diverse individuals while also working to advance gender equity for all? Consider working at with YWCA Cambridge!

Who We Are
YWCA Cambridge, a trusted community leader, gives a voice to the needs of cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two-spirit individuals through innovative and responsive programs, services and advocacy.
Through leadership, advocacy and program and service delivery, YWCA Cambridge will influence communities to ensure all cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two-spirit individuals are respected, valued and equal.

As a feminist organization, we have a tradition of advocacy stretching across our more than 70-year history. We believe that women, girls and gender diverse individuals deserve to feel safe and belonging wherever they live and that they must have the resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and communities. YWCA Cambridge is part of a global movement for gender justice, connecting over 25 million women in 125 countries. Founded in 1955, YWCA Cambridge has come to be known as a leader in the Cambridge and North Dumfries community, one that works from an intersectional feminist, anti-oppression framework.

Our Values
Women’s leadership
Accessibility
Accountability
Self-Determination
Community Mindedness
Inclusion
Equity

Work Perks
• Inclusive, diverse, employee-focused environment
• Remote-work/hybrid-work schedule currently available for some administrative roles
• Paid on-the-job training
• Opportunities for professional development and growth
• Staff discounts for child care and summer camp
• Opportunities to get involved in our community

We know our work transforms lives. Join our team and find an enriching career full of purpose and opportunity, alongside a team of like-minded people whose every day is about gender equity and exceptional program delivery.

Current Opportunities

We are always looking for professional and inspired people

POSITION: Supply Staff Educator

Hourly Wage: $18-$20/hour
Status: Supply Staff
Hours: Vary depending on needs of YWCA Cambridge’s five child care centres. The more open availability a candidate has, the more shifts they will receive. Calls for coverage can come between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Shifts vary from 0 to 7.5 hours.
Locations:

  • YWCA- Blue Heron Child Care (Preston Cambridge)
  • YWCA- St. Margaret Child Care (Galt/Hespeler Cambridge)
  • YWCA- St. Elizabeth Child Care (Hespeler Cambridge)
  • YWCA-Woodland Park Child Care (Hespeler Cambridge)
  • YWCA LINC Preschool Program (Galt, Cambridge)

JOB SUMMARY:

Are you looking for an open hours position?

Are you hoping to get more experience working with children?

Do you have a passion for working with children ages 1 to 12 years?

This would be a position for you! The supply staff is responsible for assisting the child care staff in the implementation of the high quality child care program that meets the needs of each child as an individual. The supply staff is on call to work on an occasional basis as needed.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • One year of experience working with children in a child care centre;
  • If a RECE, a member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators;
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Infant and Child CPR;
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (within the past 6 months); and
  • Education related to the education field. If you have no experience in the child care field you will be required to complete one week of in person voluntary job shadowing in our child care centres.

DETAILS OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  1. Using the Reggio Emilia Philosophy in combination with the YWCA Program Statement and Implementation Policies, help to develop and implement a high quality program in which the children are valued as capable and competent.

Duties:

  • Follow the staff’s direction regarding the program web which outlines the current interests of the children and includes a full range of curriculum areas.
  • Participate in program planning when the regular staff person’s absence extends beyond the period for which planning is in place.
  • Provide spontaneous activities for the children as needed.
  • Help to provide provocations for the children in order to observe where their interests lie.
  • Listen to the children’s interactions to determine their interests and the equipment they might require. Discuss these observations with the staff member in the room.
  • Scaffold on existing learning.
  • Help staff to complete documentation for the children to revisit and to form the basis of discussions with parent/guardians.
  1. Responsibility: Health and safety of all children in the program.

Duties:

  • Maintain the ordered arrangement, appearance and décor of the learning environment.
  • Ensure that equipment and furnishings are kept in good repair and in sufficient quantity
  • Help to maintain a safe, healthy environment for adults and children.
  • Administer first aid when required.
  1. Responsibility: Maintain positive and supportive communications with children, parents and centre staff.

Duties:

  • Contribute to maintaining an environment in which everyone has a sense of belonging.
  • Contribute to the daily journal including communication with the centre staff.
  • Communicate with parents at the beginning and end of the child’s day.
  • Document suspected child abuse and report to the Supervisor, understanding personal liability for reporting procedures.
  1. Responsibility: Perform administrative duties.

Duties:

  • Participate in an orientation session to Policies and Procedures.
  • Follow YWCA Personnel Policies and Procedures and YWCA Child Care Policies and Procedures as they apply to the supply staff position.
  • Comply with all municipal, regional and provincial requirements related to operating a licensed child care program in Ontario.
  • Assume an equal share of the staff housekeeping responsibilities.
  • May be required to undertake other related duties as requested by members of the child care team.
  1. Accountability: Accountable to the supervisor of the program, or in their absence the designated assistant.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Gill Scott at g.scott@ywcacambridge.ca

POSITION: Summer Camp Lifeguard/Counsellor, Summer 2024
Hourly Wage: $18.50 per hour
Status: Contract from June 25 to August 23, 2024. 35 hours per week (24 hours for first week of training)
Camp Hours: Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (your shift hours may vary)
Location: YWCA Cambridge Shade’s Mills Summer Camp (Outdoor camp)

JOB SUMMARY: The day camp Lifeguard/counsellor works in partnership with the Day Camp Director and all other camp staff and volunteers to develop, implement and maintain a high quality day camp program that meets the needs of individual children, small groups and the camp as a whole.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of 2 years working with children – camp experience is an asset
  • Current National Lifeguard Society (NLS) lifeguard certificate is required
  • Must be 16 years of Age (Applicants who are 15 and have their birthday within the first two weeks of July will be considered)
  • Valid Standard First Aid and CPR level C or HCP certificate with Infant/Child CPR
  • Clear, current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
  • HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development
  • Availability to attend a mandatory orientation in June before the start of the contract (4 days, 24 hours total, paid)
  • Experience with programming for children an asset

IDEAL SKILLS AND INTERESTS:

  • Behaviour management, teamwork and collaboration
  • Interests in areas such as sports, art, music, drama and the environment

EDUCATION:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma an asset

DETAILS OF RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. Responsible for a high quality day camp program for individuals and groups.

Duties:

  • Lifeguard/Counsellors work together as a Day Camp team to develop goals for the summer;
  • Develops, documents and implements a program of activities that is developmentally appropriate, stimulating, creative and fun for the children and meets the Day Camp goals;
  • Maintains an orderly arrangement and appearance of the nature centre and park, ensuring the nature centre is cleaned each evening;
  • Ensures all campers are included in all activities and are enjoying a meaningful experience;
  • Maintains a safe, healthy environment for adults and children; 
  • Administers first aid when required;
  • Daily duties include going over the safety rules with the counsellors and campers before water activities such as boating and swimming to ensure a safe environment; and
  • Daily equipment maintenance is required before swimming and boating activities.
  1. Responsible for continuous supervision of all campers in assigned group.

Duties:

  • Takes responsibility for the supervision of campers including when moving from one activity/area to another and at the waterfront and the playground area;
  • Is aware of the number and names of children in their care at all times during the day;
  • Completes attendance forms each day at the beginning of the day, mid day and at any other times deemed necessary. Children are to be marked off on the attendance form at the time they are picked up; 
  • Completes an Incident Report in the event of a serious occurrence, and
  • Takes responsibility for the supervision of the swimming and boating activities to ensure that safety guidelines, procedures and policies are followed.
  1. Develops positive and supportive communications and relationships with the children, parents, camp staff and volunteers, Shade’s Mills staff and the community.

Duties:

  • Provides input to the Camp Director for the mid-summer and end of summer report;
  • Keeps parents informed and up to date about their camper’s program;
  • Works with the Behaviour and Inclusion Supervisor to provide any necessary support for children’s special needs;
  • Establishes and maintains a respectful relationship with each camper and their parents/guardians;
  • Fosters a commitment to the Day Camp team and promotes the YWCA Cambridge Camp program in the community; 
  • Documents and reports any suspected child abuse; and
  • Follows appropriate behaviour management strategies to ensure the most positive camp experience possible for all.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
Accountable to the Day Camp Director and the Director of Child Care Services.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit cover letter and resume to camp@ywcacambridge.ca

Volunteer Member, Board of Directors

YWCA Cambridge is an association by, for and about women, girls, and gender diverse individuals. As a member agency of YWCA Canada, we are part of a national movement that is the country’s largest and oldest women’s multi-service organization. We believe in and support the growth and development of healthy communities.

We are currently recruiting for up to 4 passionate, action and impact-oriented individuals to join our Volunteer Board of Directors.

About the Role

As a member of our Board of Directors you will be responsible for the following:

  • Advocate for the advancement of the work we do and the communities we support
  • Helping advance the YWCA’s Global mission through your own networks
  • Attend and actively participate in all Board of Directors meetings and other YWCA Cambridge committees
  • Provide guidance, feedback, and support to the incredibly talented staff
  • Drive impact across the organization and community by rolling up your sleeves and helping anywhere needed
  • Ensure all activities are conducted in the best interest of the organization, and never individual interests
  • Adhere to bylaws as outlined in the YWCA Cambridge’s governance documents

About You

You are someone who:

  • Is deeply passionate and committed to ensuring equity and inclusion for cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two-spirit individuals
  • Is dedicated to community advancement and support
  • Has a demonstrated history of advocacy and relationship building
  • Isn’t afraid of hard work or tough conversations
  • Can offer a new perspective crafted through a variety of experiences
  • You bring a helpful set of skills to the Board of Directors

Experience

The YWCA is looking for and individuals with a diverse mix of perspectives, skills, and experiences to help guide our vision forward. We value all perspectives and lived experiences and are deeply committed to mentoring those who may be starting to build their board of director level experience. This year, we are particularly eager to welcome candidates 30 years old or younger and from diverse equity-seeking groups.

Additionally, we are currently seeking those individuals with experiences in any of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Community relations
  • Social justice advocacy
  • Fundraising and donor relations

Time Commitment

Our non-executive Board of Directors members commit an average of 4-6 hour per month to the YWCA of Cambridge.

Regular Board of Director terms are 4-5 years. All members must be able to offer a minimum 2-year commitment.

Closing Date

These BOD opportunities will close as of April 2, 2024. We invite all interested candidates to join us for a virtual general information session via Zoom, on March 27, 2024, at 7:00 p.m., to learn more about these exciting opportunities. All interested candidates are asked to pre-register using this Google form.

Expressing Interest

If you would like to express your interest in becoming a the YWCA Cambridge Board of Directors, please complete Google form and someone will be in touch within 3 business days.

Commitment to a Barrier-Free Application and Selection Process
YWCA Cambridge is committed to providing a barrier-free application and selection process for all candidates. Should you require accommodations due to a disability or medical condition at any point throughout the application and selection process, please contact Christine Vigna at christinejenkyn@gmail.com.

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