Job Posting 65565

Supervisor Western Canada, Summer Work Student Exchange
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed 4 days ago (Sun, 25 Oct)
full time  •  Under review, includes benefits


Date Posted:        October 15, 2020


Position Title:       Supervisor Western Canada, Summer Work Student Exchange


Location:               To Be Determined

                               Tong Louie YMCA (Surrey), Robert Lee YMCA (Vancouver), or elsewhere within Lower Mainland

                               Some travel required as per program and operational needs

                               This position is currently working remotely until further notice


Terms:                    Permanent, Full-Time

Hours:                    35 hours per week


Start Date:             As soon as possible


Salary:                   Under Review, includes benefits

Reports To:           Manager, Youth Programs



The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.


For over 130 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. One of the Lower Mainland’s leading charities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health & fitness, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 120,000 participants annually.


Nature and Scope:

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program offering opportunities for youth to improve their second official language skills (English/French) while gaining important employment experience. Participants, 16 and 17 years of age, travel to another community within Canada – where the other official language predominates – for 6 weeks during the summer. Youth are provided with a homestay and paid employment to deepen the cultural exchange through immersion. They participate in weekly program activities organized by the Local Coordinator in their new community.

The Supervisor Western Canada will be an important member of the national team delivering this program by ensuring regional participant targets through the development of an effective outreach plan. Each year, the Supervisor will hire, orient, train and supervise Local Coordinators that will directly support exchange participants in their host communities, and Support Coordinators who will act as team leads. Through the Local Coordinators, the Supervisor will ensure that youth are also provided with an appropriate summer work placement.


The Supervisor Western Canada is responsible to manage and maintain third party relationships with local employers and local support organizations. The Supervisor promotes YMCA programs to the community, employers, and other individuals and organizations to assist the YMCA in achieving program and strategic outcomes.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Promotion and outreach - Develop and implement a regional promotion and communication plan to achieve provincial youth recruitment targets representative of the demographics of Canada.
  • Staffing - Hire, orient, train, support and supervise an effective staff team of Local Coordinators who will directly support participants in their host communities, and Support Coordinators who will act as team leads.
  • Program delivery - Provide service to participants, hosts/families, employers and the general public in both official languages. Effectively problem-solve issues resolve conflicts as they arise, and keep the Manager informed.
  • Financial management - Follow financial systems and maintain financial reports in line with YMCA policies and procedures. Ensure timely and accurate submission of invoices, expense forms and statistics to both the local and national offices.
  • Ensure compliance with all terms of the government contribution agreement and contracts including provincial targets, regional expenditure of funds, and financial and statistical reporting.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; take a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represent the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understand the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrate the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with staff, volunteers and members.
  • Other duties as assigned in support of successful SWSE program.



  • Three years of experience in program delivery and team leadership/staff management; specific experience with youth programs and/or exchange programs is an asset
  • Diploma or University degree in Youth Work, Education, Social Work or Services, Community Development, or related fields
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and communication with staff, program participants, families, volunteers, community members, and employers
  • Fluent oral and excellent written communication skills in English, French an asset
  • Excellent human resources management skills (such as hiring, performance support, etc.)
  • Knowledge and ability to integrate anti-racism, anti-oppression, critical disability, LGBTQ2S-positive, trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strengths-based principles into practice
  • 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
  • Experience working with budgets is an asset
  • Knowledge and experience with facilitation, training, and/or experiential learning is an asset
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and cloud-based technology
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel for up to one week at a time, several times a year
  • Valid Standard First Aid and CPR-C/AED (may be completed within the first 30 days of employment)
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date



In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, the candidate should possess the following competencies:

Leading Self

  • Evolve in Professional Capability – Commit to being better
  • Achieve Excellence and Authenticity – Show up with the best version of you

Leading Others

  • Develop the Potential in Others – Help people grow and lead
  • Create a Culture of Connection – Build bridges between people and partners

Leading Mission

  • Think and Act Strategically – Make good decisions and act on them
  • Make an Intentional Impact – Advance the strength and cause of the Y




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