Prince George, BC
21 hours/ week (typically during business hours, some flexibility required)
What you will gain
$25.00/ hr.; 4 weeks of annual vacation; YMCA membership; discount on child care (excluding infant and toddler)
Who we are
Rooted in Northern BC for over 50 years, the YMCA of Northern BC is a charity of over 400 staff and volunteers working together to strengthen the foundations of our community through promoting healthy living, fostering belonging, inclusion, and connection, and helping children, families, and seniors thrive. We offer opportunities for personal growth and create social change through child care services, camp programs, community health services, employment services, recreation, and health and fitness services.
What you will do
At the YMCA people are our greatest asset and we are proud to be an employer of choice. Working at the YMCA means you are part of a fun, positive team in an environment of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and inclusivity. The YMCA is committed to providing our community the support it needs to thrive through employment, youth services, and programming for families and seniors. We believe a vibrant, healthy community is one in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and connection.
What you will bring
Our caring community health providers are passionate about helping children, youth, families, and seniors live well. They believe in guiding each individual through a holistic approach to health that embodies all aspects of physical, mental, and social well-being to support people to live healthier, happier lives.
Responsibilities and abilities
The youth programs coordinator will directly supervise the Alternative Suspension program and provide additional support as required to related programs within the Community Health department.
YMCA Alternative Suspension is a recognized school perseverance program that offers support to high school students who, for various reasons, have been suspended from school. The program is delivered within a larger context of programs for young people, including Foundry Prince George, Youth Around Prince (YAP), youth employment and education, youth service, and youth mental wellness programs.
- Managing, supervising, and evaluating alternative suspension in Prince George (one full-time primary youth worker, 1 part-time worker, and casual staff as indicated)
- Promote alternative suspension and other youth programs, including outreach and delivery of presentations
- Maintaining a wide range of partnerships (i.e.: local schools)
- May support or deliver group workshops on social or behavioural issues (e.g. anger management, responsibility, bullying, etc.)
- Implements strong “youth work” approach informed by program and participants’ objectives
- Support the primary youth worker with communication with participant’s parents/ caregivers and school district staff
- Keep accurate records and conduct data entry into the program’s database
- Completes general administrative tasks
- Adheres to the YMCA Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies and Procedures and YMCA Code of Conduct and ensures occupational health and safety standards are met
- Work closely with other YMCA of Northern BC youth programs, including Foundry Prince George and Youth Around Prince (YAP) to ensure quality programs and plan for/ mitigate gaps to services
- Post-secondary education in youth work, social work or other related fields
- 2 years of related work experience working with youth, vulnerable populations, or other relevant population
- 1 year of experience coordinating and developing community initiatives or similar youth programs
- Strong communication skills, both spoken and written
- Competency with Microsoft office suite and ability to learn/use different databases such as Quickbase, MOIS
- Strong understanding of issues impacting youth and healthy youth development
- Ability to work individually and in groups with diverse youth and their families, including youth with challenging behaviours
- Ability to engage and motivate
- Commitment to social inclusion and able to respond sensitively and with personal awareness to the diverse needs of participants
- Understanding of the impact of colonization and residential schools on Indigenous people
In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, and an orientation to service, the candidate should possess the following competencies:
1. Leadership/ Coaching – Ability to direct and develop performance of self and others to achieve desired results.
- Negotiation/ Communication/Interpersonal Skills - Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings. Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results. Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
- Problem Solving – Ability to identify an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, determine possible solutions, selects appropriate responses and implements and evaluates them.
- Service Strategy – Ability to identify the needs and wants of members/participants as a priority and respond in an effective and timely manner to enhance every person’s YMCA experience.
- Initiative/Enthusiasm/Innovation – Ability to manage and lead in order to achieve and exceed identified goals.
- Teamwork/ Cooperation – ability to work cooperatively and productively with others within and across organizational units to achieve common goals; demonstrate respect, cooperation, collaboration, and consensus-building.