• Contract
  • Part Time
  • Dartmouth
  • $ 17 Per Hour CAD / Year

Website YWCA Halifax

Title:                  Casual SHYM Housing Support Staff
Department:   Housing
Hours:                Casual shifts during evenings, weekends and holidays with limited       weekday shifts
Deadline:          March 12, 2024
Location:           Dartmouth

YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls, two-spirited and gender diverse people and their families at critical turning points in their lives. We work to transform lives by providing a continuum of services and programs that drive lasting positive change. We strive to change the underlying issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness. Our four program focus areas include: promoting the health, wellness, and leadership of women and girls; advancing women’s economic and housing security; delivering quality, accessible, early learning, and childcare; and working to end violence against women, girls and gender diverse individuals.

Why work for the YWCA

Staff at YWCA Halifax enjoy a supportive and dynamic team environment, a commitment to staff growth, a connection to the national and international YWCA movements, learning from colleagues in a multiservice agency, and a strong shared vision.

Why YOU should apply

Even if you don’t have all the requirements listed in this position, you may be the right candidate. If you are a natural leader with a strong attention to detail and a passion for social justice and gender equity, we want to hear from you.  Take a chance and apply.  Tell us how you can make a difference through your YWCA.

Program Overview

SHYM (Supportive Housing for Young Mothers) is a program of the YWCA Halifax which provides safe, affordable housing and support for single, young mothers (ages 16 to 24) and their children. SHYM also provides programming that helps young moms and their children develop the skills they need to build strong families in a safe, encouraging environment.

The YWCA Halifax is seeking casual program support staff to be available for casual shifts at the SHYM program location in Dartmouth, NS.

·        Provide child minding for the infants and young children

·        Provide support, including, but not limited to advocacy, emotional support, crisis interventions, connecting to resources, assisting with parenting and daily living activities to young Moms and their children

·        Monitoring the safety of the building

·        Assist with programming, including meal preparation

·        Data entry and other administrative duties

·        Attend quarterly staff meetings

·        Cleaning and basic household maintenance duties

·        Other duties as directed by the SHYM housing team

·        Advance the mission and vision of the YWCA Halifax


  • Experience working in a supportive role
  • Experience caring for infants and young children
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem solving skills
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds.
  • Good communication skills: able to negotiate and enforce policies, provide support and encouragement and accurately maintain written logs
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention, First Aid and CPR, ASIST or willingness to obtain these at the start of employment
  • Enthusiasm and affinity for work with young children and their young adult mothers
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work in an environment that is not always predictable
  • Must be able to work from a person centered, trauma informed approach
  • Must be able to provide a current Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record check with a Vulnerable Sector check upon hiring.


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Sociology, Family Studies, Social Work or a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth, Social Services from a recognized educational institute or equivalent
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and parenting skills
  • Knowledge of sexual exploitation and/or experience working with victims/survivors of sexual exploitation
  • Training and experience in conflict resolution
  • Experience with program delivery
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity, and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. YWCA Halifax is governed by, employs, and serves diverse individuals and community members. Self-identification by applicants does not guarantee an interview but we want you to know that we understand that lived experience of racialization, Indigeneity, (dis)Ability, and gender diversity are their own knowledge and expertise. We value this expertise and consider it as we discern who to interview.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume in one document to humanresources@ywcahalifax.com

Subject Line: Casual SHYM Housing Support Staff

To apply for this job email your details to humanresources@ywcahalifax.com.