Employment and Community Relations Coordinator

YMCA of Greater Toronto | http://www.ymcagta.org/
Toronto, ON | Full Time, Seasonal / Contract


Nature & Scope:

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment and counselling programs to youth and adults throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The members we serve are unemployed youth and adults, youth in transition from school to work, often having multiple barriers to employment.

The program will assist youth with multiple barriers to employment in finding and maintaining meaningful employment focused in the Construction Trade Industry. This project will combine all the strengths of a pre-employment preparation approach with Essential Skills and hard skills training and a work experience. The YMCA of Greater Toronto will assist youth from communities in the Toronto Area, including priority neighbourhoods, who are out of school and unemployed with overcoming barriers to employment and developing their skills and knowledge in order to prepare them for participation in the current and future labour market. Barriers may include, but are not limited to the following factors: lack of education (less than Gr. 12) and life skills, lack of social supports and/or role models, low socio-economic situation, recent immigration or resettlement, disability, early parenthood, Aboriginal communities, and visible minorities.

The Employment and Community Relations Coordinator assumes responsibility for outreach and partnership-building initiatives of the program with the aim to identify and bridge employment needs and gaps specific to the construction trade industry.


  • Establishes and maintains key partnerships with employers and other stakeholders.
  • Organizes, initiates, and facilitates ongoing meetings, calls and focus groups with employers and community stakeholders to obtain feedback on employment needs and gaps.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates an outreach and partnership development plan in collaboration with program manager.
  • Conducts outreach visits, attends events, meetings, panels, conferences, and represents the program.
  • Continuously seeks out partnership-building opportunities in line with program goals.
  • Works closely with and provides direct support to program manager to achieve program targets.
  • Prepares and analyses progress reports for program manager, general manager and funders related to the partnership-building activities undertaken and outcomes achieved.
  • Remains alert to employment and labour market trends and reports these to the program manager.
  • Provides advice to program manager on potential areas of collaboration and partnership.
  • Consults with employers to find and develop employment opportunities, placements, and/or other training for participants.
  • Works in collaboration with program manager and other team members and actively participates in regular team meetings to review progress.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Ensures the health, safety and well-being of all children, youth and vulnerable people in YMCA programs. Commits to the professional responsibility of maintaining knowledge of legislation, policies and procedures, child and youth development and best practices to best serve and protect children, youth, and vulnerable people.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • University degree and/or community college diploma in related area of study such as business, employment or career counselling
  • 2 – 3 years’ relevant experience (demonstrated experience in outreach initiatives, relationship building is an asset)
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the skilled trades in Ontario and the construction industry, and current and projected labour-market trends in Ontario
  • Knowledge of community resources as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities
  • Understanding of Employment Ontario Employment Services an asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • 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
  • Excellent research, planning and organizational skills
  • Self-sufficient and takes initiative
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Proficiency in personal computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel
  • Flexibility regarding assigned working hours including evenings and weekends
  • The position requires the following Association and Leadership Competencies:
    advanced competence in: Relationship Building and Partnering; People Management; Teamwork and Collaboration; Ethics and Self-Management; being Member Focused; Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion; Association Management and Stewardship; Building Community Relationships and Resources; Leadership; Planning and Initiative; Effective Interpersonal Communications; Strategic Orientation and Change Management
    fundamental competence in: Cross Functional Integration

Effective: Immediately – April, 2018
Annual Starting Salary: $42,346
Reports To: Employment Programs Manager
Location: Yonge and Eglinton

Why work for our Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and résumé quoting job posting #1172 by Monday, January 30, 2017 to:

Human Resources Department
Email: workforymca@ymcagta.org

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.