Job Posting 75448

Manager, Employment Program - YCafe Training
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Tong Louie YMCA (14988 57 Ave Surrey, BC)
closes in 4 days (Mon, 27 Sep)
full time - term / contract  •  Under review, includes benefits


Position Title:                      

Manager, Employment Program – YCafe Training


Term, Full-Time



Tong Louie YMCA (14988 57 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 7S6)
Some travel required to other program sites in the Lower Mainland



35 hours per week


Required to work flexible hours as per operational needs



Under review, includes benefits

Funding for this position is provided by government contracts


Start Date:                           

As soon as possible

End Date:                             

March 29, 2024


Reports To:                          

Director, Employment & Immigrant Services



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 of Greater Vancouver has delivered employment programs for over 35 years. Over this period, the organization has become one of the leading service providers in the provision of youth-oriented employment services and other underrepresented groups in the labour force. These programs are designed to support a wide range of job seekers, from youth with multiple barriers to employment attempting to land their first ever job, to newcomers to Canada looking to land their first job in their new home. The YMCA of Greater Vancouver has assisted thousands of job seekers in developing vital skills, acquiring vocational certification, building confidence and securing sustainable employment.


This position has the primary responsibility for managing the YCafe Training program. The YMCA Cafe program will equip program participants from underrepresented groups in the labour force for jobs in the food services sector through classroom-based learning and on-the job training in our YMCA training cafe. The manager will oversee the budgets and operations of the program and cafe, a staff team of 3 Employment Coaches, 1 Administrative Assistant, and 12 program participants during their YCafe work experience.


Major Responsibilities:       

  • Managing day-to-day operations of a small cafe, including food safety, inventory, scheduling and marketing
  • Ensures that the YCafe work experience delivers a high quality employment training program and services that meet Provincial, Federal and YMCA requirements and standards.
  • Maintains standards to evaluating the delivery of program/functional area and ensures ongoing tracking and monitoring to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Responsible for program budgets and government reports, as well as tracking and monitoring expenditures to ensure programs operate within budget.
  • Direct supervision of program team comprising of front line and administrative staff
  • Provides ongoing management of employee and volunteer performance.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders to meet program area requirements.
  • Communicates with stakeholders and addresses issues and concerns as required.
  • Supports contract acquisition through involvement in proposals for funding requests
  • Plans, participates in and supports Association-wide initiatives and fundraising events.



  • Post-Secondary Degree or Certificate in a related discipline, or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the food service sector, preferably in a leadership position
  • Minimum of 3 years direct service experience in career development, learning environments and working with people who faced barriers in achieving and maintaining employment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs, staff, and processes to ensure organization operations run smoothly
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of staff and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BC labour market
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and multi-task in high demand environment
  • Advanced MS Office skills
  • High degree of independence and initiative within a team environment
  • CDP certificate is an asset
  • Food Safe Certificate required
  • Current Emergency First Aid/CPR-C Certificate required
  • Proven responsibility to coordinate tasks and work as part of a team
  • 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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