Job Posting 67542

Group Facilitator, Y Mind Youth
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Robert Lee YMCA - Remote
closed 14 days ago (Thu, 14 Jan)
part time - term / contract  •  $30.00 per hour


Date Posted:        January 5, 2021


Position Title:       Group Facilitator, Y Mind Youth

Location:               Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard St.)
                               Travel to Surrey as per program needs

Program is currently set to be delivered virtually and the Mental Wellness branch is currently working remotely


Terms:                   Term, Part-Time

Hours:                    14 – 16 hours per week (including 2 evenings per week during program delivery)

Schedule:              2 evenings per week, specific days to be determined based on program (3.5 hours each)

                                Approximately 7 - 9 hours of admin (flexible, but generally includes Tuesday)


Start Date:            As soon as possible

End Date:              June 30, 2022 (with possibility of extension based on funding)


Rate:                      $30.00 per hour

Reports To:           Supervisor, Y Mind Teen & Youth



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.


YMCA Mental Wellness Programs are a new and exciting area of work within the Mental Wellness department. The YMCA Y Mind Youth Group supports young adults 18-30 years of age who experience symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety to learn healthy coping strategies and connect with like-minded youth in a safe and encouraging group environment.  


The Y Mind Youth Program meets for 2.5 hours weekly for 7 weeks in a safe and welcoming environment. Two Y Mind Youth Facilitators are responsible for the intake and assessment of 12 group participants, co-facilitation of the program, and delivery of the program. The Y Mind Youth Group Facilitator will co-lead this psychoeducation and support group to help participants learn about their anxiety and discover helpful coping tools through creative activities and discussions grounded in mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The Y Mind Youth Group Facilitator will also be responsible for program administration including marketing and recruitment, program communication, program organization and preparation.


Nature and Scope:

Reporting to the Y Mind Teen & Youth Supervisor, the Y Mind Youth Group Facilitator will work collaboratively with other staff and participants. The facilitator is responsible for screening new participants at information sessions and for delivering program sessions online and then at the Robert Lee YMCA in Vancouver and at Surrey Central Library when in person delivery resumes. If program participants require additional support, the Y Mind Youth Group Facilitator, in collaboration with other staff members, would provide appropriate community referrals. There are five program cycles in the year delivering in Fall, Winter and Spring. There are no programs running in the summer. During the summer and periods between program deliveries the Y Mind Youth Group Facilitator’s role will focus on program administration rather program delivery. 


Major Responsibilities:

  • Program administration including marketing and recruitment, program communication, program organization & preparation
  • Intake and assessment of program applicants in information sessions
  • Co-facilitate group sessions (7 sessions per intake) and create a warm, welcoming, and safe group environment
  • Maintain a strengths-based approach that inspires participants to engage in self-development & change
  • Support applicants and participants to contact appropriate referrals to community agencies when necessary
  • Conduct individual follow up meetings with participants to review pre- and post-assessments and discuss learning from program as well as next steps
  • Ensure the safety of all members, participants, staff, and property by following YMCA standards/ policies/ procedures
  • Work collaboratively with community partners to build up program referrals
  • Deliver mental wellness and mindfulness workshops as needed to internal YMCA staff and external community partners
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Master’s degree in mental health related field (e.g. Counselling, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, etc.)
  • Experience leading group psychoeducation and support group sessions
  • Experience facilitating coping skills workshops
  • Experience working with youth (18-30 years of age) with mild to moderate anxiety and mood problems
  • Experience conducting intakes and assessments
  • Ability to recognize mental health signs and symptoms beyond the mild to moderate spectrum and provide referrals to appropriate medical and community agencies.
  • Understanding of mindfulness and knowledge of mindfulness practices
  • Experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) preferred
  • Strong administrative skills including proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • 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 and provide 3 professional references.



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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