Job Posting 74847

Manager, Y Mind National
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Work From Home, Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard Street, Vancouver)
closing today (Sun, 26 Sep)
full time  •  Under review, includes benefits


Date Posted:                       

August 27, 2021


Position Title:                      

Manager, Y Mind National


Term, Full-Time (1 year term)



YGV Mental Wellness Team is currently working a hybrid of remote virtual and in office.
Travel and In-Person work/meetings at Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard Street, Vancouver) and Royal YMCA (620 Royal Avenue, New Westminster)



35 hours per week


Required to work flexible hours as per operational needs


Start Date:                           

November 2021

End Date:                             

November 2022



Under review, includes benefits                                      

Reports To:                          

Manager, Mental Wellness 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.


YMCA Mental Wellness Programs are an expanding and exciting area of work within the Mental Wellness department. The YMCA Y Mind Programs support teens 13-18 years of age and 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. It is a 7-week program based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness, facilitated by two mental health professionals.


Y Mind Youth and Y Mind Teen have successfully expanded across British Columbia using a train the facilitator model. With supports provided from the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Mental Wellness team along the way for further adaptation, marketing, recruitment, delivery, and evaluation of the program. This model builds capacity in communities by training local facilitators who have a background in mental wellness, and is in line with the strengths-based approach of Y Mind.


Through these programs, the YMCA has already supported youth and teens in 44 communities to overcome barriers to accessing timely and appropriate support by providing access to services at no cost to youth, many of whom are low income and cannot afford to pay, providing a social support network for isolated youth experiencing mental health problems and teaching coping skills to cope with anxiety.


YGV Mental Wellness Department now has the opportunity to expand Y Mind programs nationally, to YMCAs outside of British Columbia. We are seeking a Y Mind Manager to support the expansion outside of British Columbia through training partnerships in the Y Mind curriculum and providing implementation and delivery support.


Nature and Scope:

Reporting to Manager, Mental Wellness Programs the Manager, Y Mind National will seek opportunities for national expansion of Y Mind in YMCAs across Canada. The Manager Y Mind National will oversee and deliver all Y Mind curriculum training for national partnerships. They will offer support to the partnership managers and facilitators including marketing, recruitment, delivery, and evaluation of the program. The Manager Y Mind National will be responsible for meeting funder deliverables involved in the expansion, including number of participants reached. The Manager Y Mind National will use feedback gained through partner reports and post program meetings to continuously improve the program, training and partnership model. They will track implementation and to ensure fidelity to the model, while also providing enough flexibility in delivery to meet the different needs and contexts of communities.


Major Responsibilities:       

  • Overseeing and delivering all Y Mind curriculum training (Y Mind Teen and Y Mind Youth) for national YMCA’s and communities outside of British Columbia
  • Supporting the partnership model for Y Mind national expansion to communities outside of British Columbia
  • Provides guidance and leadership to YMCA’s outside of BC to support the national expansion of the Y Mind programs, including fidelity to Y Mind programs, marketing, recruitment, delivery, and evaluation of the program.
  • Relationship development with YMCA leadership and non-YMCA stakeholders in order to facilitate the growth and reach of Y Mind programming outside of BC (some travel may be required, although much of the training/relationship building will happen virtually
  • Identifies new partnership opportunities for delivering Y Mind programs nationally
  • Provide technical skills and support to YGV mental wellness programs operations
  • Contributes to program planning and assisting with the development and implementation of program plans and materials, ensuring compliance with association/legislative requirements
  • Support with preparation of mental wellness budgets and ensures program is delivered within budget



  • Master’s degree in a mental health related field
  • Two years-experience management experience
  • Two years-experience working with teens and young adults experiencing mild-moderate anxiety and depression
  • Program implementation and development experience
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining community partnerships and relationships
  • Experience developing and facilitating psychoeducational workshops
  • Excellent understanding of both Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and mindfulness
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills
  • High degree of independence and initiative within a team environment
  • Administrative experience including proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Budget management experience an asset
  • 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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