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Why Work for SWSE

As a Local or Support Coordinator, you are an integral part of the SWSE program. You act as the primary contact point person for youth participants. You develop and run activities, liaise with community partners, and are ambassador for the program in regions across the country.

When you work with SWSE you have the opportunity to develop a variety of job skills such as conflict resolution, administration and team work. You also gain an awareness of the local community where you are working. 

As a SWSE Coordinator you are part of a national network of post-secondary students. You will also have the opportunity to shape the experience and lives of a group of 16– and 17-year-olds

If this sounds like you, apply!

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Local Coordinator

Seasonal employment: Part-time March to June, Full time June to August
Location: across Canada
Summer Work Student Exchange Program, 1800-365 Bloor Street E, Toronto
Closing date: February 9, 2024
For French go here.

Description
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program coordinated by the YMCA and funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. For six weeks over the summer, 16- and 17-year-old Canadian youth travel to another province where they stay with a local host, hold a paid job, practice their second official language and participate in weekly program activities.
Local Coordinators (LCs) act as the primary connection between youth and community members and the SWSE program. This includes the pre-program period where Local Coordinators promote the program to youth and community groups, conduct the interview and selection process for participants and prepare youth and families for the program.
Once the exchange starts, Local Coordinators act as adult mentors, delivering a full program of activities and support youth in navigating their new environments.
Local Coordinators must be full-time post-secondary students. Successful candidates will have had previous experience working with youth and/or experiential education programs, possess strong communication, customer service and organizational skills, and be highly reliable individuals. They will have insight into Canada’s diversity and value an active approach to social inclusion.

In this role you will

  • Promote the program in communities and support the selection of youth participants, host families and employment partners.
  • Interview and select youth participants and families/hosts and, with support, conduct a pre-departure information session.
  • Plan local activities aligned with program objectives and manage an activity budget.
  • Build positive relationships with youth exchange participants, host families, employers, and other local partners; visit program sites and respond to conflict and emergencies as they arise.
  • Support participant travel between provinces, including travelling with participants to their host community or providing logistical support at departure points.
  • Write a comprehensive report at the end of the summer summarizing the program’s results.
  • Fulfill administrative duties in a timely manner including promotional tracking, case noting, incident reporting, expense claim tracking, file documentation and more.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Mandatory Training
Two mandatory training sessions will take place. The first will take place over a weekend in early March and the second in late April/early May. Exact dates will be confirmed at the time of hiring.
Trainings are held in-person and may require travel within Canada for two to four days, all costs related to travel and training are paid for by the YMCA
All Local Coordinators are also required to work full-time during business hours the first week of June, and are required to be available on June 29 and August 10 during travel days.

Location, Period of Employment, and Salary
Positions are available throughout Canada. Local Coordinators must live within the community to which they are assigned. Local Coordinators will work 15 hours/week from early March to April 22, increasing to 24 hours/week from April 22 to June 1, and then 37.5 hours/week (full-time) from June 2 to August 18. The starting salary is $18.65 per hour.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program
  • Available days, evenings, and weekends – must be willing to make the Local Coordinator position your primary professional commitment from June 1st to August 17th.
  • Have internet access for the duration of employment
  • Have valid driver’s licence and access to an insured vehicle; willing to provide a driver’s abstract
  • Have valid Emergency First Aid/CPR certification before the start of the exchange
  • Able to attend the 2 mandatory paid trainings in March and April/May
  • Be available to work full-time the first week of June and on travel days
  • Willingness to travel within Canada.

What you need to succeed

  • Experience working with children or youth in a community setting
  • Experience in a leadership role, either professionally or in student leadership.
  • Experience working in a role requiring interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Experience in problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Strong administrative skills including budget management, reporting and tracking using spreadsheets.
  • Ability to work independently in a remote setting

Assets

  • Preference will be given to candidates able to communicate in both French and English
  • Prior participation in the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program
  • Prior training in mental health support and suicide intervention (e.g. MHFA, ASIST, etc.)
  • Experience in training and facilitation
  • Knowledge and ability to integrate anti-racist, anti-oppressive, 2SLGBTQ-positive, critical disability, harm reduction, and strengths-based principles into practice

Application deadline: February 9, 2024

Apply

Why work for the YMCA?
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. We are committed to helping our employees reach their full potential and are recognized as a great place to work. We offer meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.
Joining the Y means contributing to over 165 years of providing opportunities for people to shine through programs and services like health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. Learn more in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, which outlines how we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We strive to remove barriers to employment and recognize that diverse staff who reflect the communities we work in enrich the experiences of our participants and our team. As an equal opportunity employer, we invite applications from all qualified candidates including racialized people/people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, disabled people/people with disabilities and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
If we can make the recruitment process more accessible for you, please let us know when we reach out about a job opportunity so we can work with you to accommodate your needs.
In keeping with our commitment to safety and child protection, job offers are contingent on 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. Learn more about these checks here. (French: ici)
The YMCA only considers applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

Bilingual Administrative Coordinator - National

Seasonal employment: Part-time January to April, Full time from May to August
Location: Greater Toronto Area
Summer Work Student Exchange Program, 1800-365 Bloor Street E, Toronto
Closing date: January 22
For French go here.

Description
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program coordinated by the YMCA and funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. For six weeks over the summer, 16- and 17-year-old Canadian youth travel to another province where they stay with a local host, hold a paid job, practice their second official language and participate in weekly program activities.
The Administrative Coordinator - National must be a post-secondary student. They will support the National Coordinator in the administrative processes of the program. Responsibilities including, but are not limited to: creating and maintaining files; following up on outstanding documentation from participants, staff and employers, supporting staff training; supporting program promotion; reviewing expense claims; tracking supplies and inventory; mailing and distributing program materials; assisting in organizing travel; and other projects as they arise.

In this role you will

  • Provide administrative support to the National Coordinator
  • Communicate with Staff and Employers, regarding outstanding forms and expense claims.
  • Assist the National Coordinator with staff training (logistics and some training sessions) and program promotion.
  • Assist the National Coordinator with travel organization
  • Collaborate with other Administrative Coordinators across the country
  • Once or twice per summer, conducts program-monitoring visits
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Mandatory Training 

Two mandatory training sessions will take place.  The first will take place over a weekend in early March and the second in early May.  Exact dates will be confirmed at the time of hiring.

Trainings are held in-person and may require travel for two to four days, all costs related to travel and training are paid for by the YMCA

Location, Period of Employment, and Salary

The National Administrative Coordinator must be located in the Greater Toronto Area.  The administrative Coordinator will work 15 - 25 hours/week until April 30, increasing to 37.5 hours/week until August 31st. 

The starting salary is $19.00 per hour.   

You bring:

  • Experience with administration
  • Experience with event coordination or travel coordination or would be an asset
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport with members, staff and volunteers
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and building a sense of belonging

Eligibility

  • Bilingualism in English and French
  • Currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program
  • Available days, evenings, and weekends – must be willing to make the Administrative Coordinator position your primary professional commitment from May 1st to August 31st.
  • Have internet access for the duration of employment
  • Able to attend the 2 mandatory paid trainings in March and May
  • Be available to work on travel days
  • Be available to work in-person 2 days / week in the Toronto office.
  • Willingness to travel within Canada

What you need to succeed

  • Commitment to the YMCA’s Mission, Vision and Values
  • Focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of all children, youth, and vulnerable people in YMCA programs including understanding legal and moral obligations related to reporting suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services
  • YMCA Competencies: Accountable, Relationship-Builder, Improvement-Orientated, Team Player & Leader, Equity and Wellbeing Promoter  

Assets

  • Prior participation in the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program
  • Prior training in mental health support and suicide intervention (e.g. MHFA, ASIST, etc.)
  • Experience in training and facilitation
  • Knowledge and ability to integrate anti-racist, anti-oppressive, 2SLGBTQ-positive, critical disability, harm reduction, and strengths-based principles into practice

Application deadline: January 22, 2024

Application Process: 

1) Click on "Apply Today"

2) Click on Coordinators and complete the application 

Apply Today

Why work for the YMCA?
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. We are committed to helping our employees reach their full potential and are recognized as a great place to work. We offer meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.
Joining the Y means contributing to over 165 years of providing opportunities for people to shine through programs and services like health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. Learn more in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, which outlines how we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We strive to remove barriers to employment and recognize that diverse staff who reflect the communities we work in enrich the experiences of our participants and our team. As an equal opportunity employer, we invite applications from all qualified candidates including racialized people/people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, disabled people/people with disabilities and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
If we can make the recruitment process more accessible for you, please let us know when we reach out about a job opportunity so we can work with you to accommodate your needs.
In keeping with our commitment to safety and child protection, job offers are contingent on 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. Learn more about these checks here. (French: ici)
The YMCA only considers applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

Check out the next steps in our recruitment process and see what others are saying about working at the YMCA.

Bilingual Administrative Coordinator – Atlantic-Quebec

Be the Spark! Join our passionate team and help us to achieve great things in our community!

Description:

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program coordinated by the YMCA and funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. For six weeks over the summer, 16- and 17-year-old Canadian youth travel to another province where they stay with a local host, hold a paid job, practice their second official language and participate in weekly program activities.

The Administrative Coordinator – Atlantic-Quebec must be a post-secondary student. They will support the Regional Coordinator in the administrative processes of the program. Responsibilities including, but are not limited to: creating and maintaining files; following up on outstanding documentation from participants, staff and employers, supporting staff training; supporting program promotion; reviewing expense claims; tracking supplies and inventory; mailing and distributing program materials; assisting in organizing travel; and other projects as they arise.

In this role you will:

  • Provide administrative support to the Regional Coordinator
  • Communicate with Staff and Employers, regarding outstanding forms and expense claims.
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator with staff training (logistics and some training sessions) and program promotion.
  • Collaborate with other Administrative Coordinators across the country.
  • Once or twice per summer, conducts program-monitoring visits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Mandatory Training:

Two mandatory training sessions will take place. The first will take place over a weekend in early March and the second in early May. Exact dates will be confirmed at the time of hiring.

Trainings are held in-person and may require travel for two to four days, all costs related to travel and training are paid for by the YMCA

Location, Period of Employment, and Salary:

The Administrative Coordinator for Atlantic-Quebec must be located in Eastern Quebec or Atlantic Canada. The administrative Coordinator will work 15 - 25 hours/week until April 30, increasing to 37.5 hours/week until August 31st. The starting salary is $19.00 per hour.

Eligibility:

  • Bilingualism in English and French
  • Currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program
  • Available days, evenings, and weekends – must be willing to make the Administrative Coordinator position your primary professional commitment from May 1st to August 31st.
  • Have internet access for the duration of employment
  • Able to attend the 2 mandatory paid trainings in March and May
  • Be available to work on travel days
  • Willingness to travel within Canada

What you need to succeed:

  • Experience with administration
  • Experience with event coordination or travel coordination or would be an asset
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport with members, staff and volunteers
  • 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

Assets :

  • Prior participation in the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program
  • Prior training in mental health support and suicide intervention (e.g. MHFA, ASIST, etc.)
  • Experience in training and facilitation
  • Knowledge and ability to integrate anti-racist, anti-oppressive, 2SLGBTQ-positive, critical disability, harm reduction, and strengths-based principles into practice

Application deadline: January 22, 2024

Application Process: 

1) Click on "Apply Today"

2) Click on Coordinators and complete the application 

Apply Today

Why work for the YMCA?
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. We are committed to helping our employees reach their full potential and are recognized as a great place to work. We offer meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.
Joining the Y means contributing to over 165 years of providing opportunities for people to shine through programs and services like health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. Learn more in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, which outlines how we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We strive to remove barriers to employment and recognize that diverse staff who reflect the communities we work in enrich the experiences of our participants and our team. As an equal opportunity employer, we invite applications from all qualified candidates including racialized people/people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, disabled people/people with disabilities and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
If we can make the recruitment process more accessible for you, please let us know when we reach out about a job opportunity so we can work with you to accommodate your needs.
In keeping with our commitment to safety and child protection, job offers are contingent on 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. Learn more about these checks here. (French: ici)
The YMCA only considers applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

Check out the next steps in our recruitment process and see what others are saying about working at the YMCA.

"Knowing how SWSE could change entire families’ lives, I decided to apply as a local coordinator. Three years later, I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding job I have ever had. I met some of my closest friends through SWSE and I feel like this program and the people I met through it shaped who I am today. I learned to be more confident in myself, to take chances, and most importantly, to be open to new experiences and challenges."