Job Posting - Youth Quest Employment Specialist | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
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Youth Quest Employment Specialist
Barrie, ON
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

SALARY: $18.52 – $19.50 Band 4

TERM POSITION: November – May

DEPARTMENT: Youth Services

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka can trace back its roots more than 100 years. Currently, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka serves over 60,000 people in Simcoe County and District of Muskoka and Parry Sound in Central Ontario.

With a staff complement in excess of 800 full and part-time people, combined with more than 3,000 volunteers and donors, and an operating budget of $24 million, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka serves over 19,000 annual members and participants through its seven centres in Barrie, Collingwood, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia, Parry Sound and Wasaga Beach.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has 56 licensed YMCA Child Care Centres providing services to greater than 3,000 families, making it the largest Child Care provider in the region. Over 45,000 day campers and 800 residence campers register in our summer programs. More than 15,000 people are served through leadership development, outdoor education and family programs at YMCA Geneva Park, and staff counsels over 20,000 people in several employment centres and programs across our region, including Huntsville and Parry Sound. Newcomers to our area receive guidance in settling into their new life in Canada, through our YMCA Newcomer Services program.

Our YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka works hard to ensure children and families have the tools, the knowledge and the services to remain healthy and safe. The YMCA promotes positive health messages and opportunities for children and their families to live healthy and active lifestyles.

As our Mission Statement affirms, “The YMCA is a charity that excels in strengthening our communities by providing opportunities for all to grow in Spirit, Mind and Body.” Our Vision is to be recognized as the community leader in lifelong health and personal growth.

To assist and support the Lead Facilitator in the delivery of the Youth Quest Program.

This position is comprised of various duties related to the successful delivery of Youth Quest.

• Assist in the recruitment and selection of candidates for YQ including interview and intake of applicants, assessing program suitability.
• Take a lead in the facilitation and delivery of Group Based Employability Workshops and assist in the delivery of mentor training.
• Support participants through all phases of the program maximizing their potential for success.
• Complete all required file documentation in an accurate and timely manner.
• Provide on-going support to the Program Supervisor

• Post Secondary Education in Social Services or combination of education and work experience
• Group Facilitation experience
• Experience working with youth facing barriers
• Life Skills Coaching certificate an asset
• Healthy Adolescent Development training an asset
• Must have a valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle


Relationship Building and Collaboration
Builds positive interactions both internally and externally to achieve work related goals.

Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.

Self Management and Initiative
Works independently within prescribed parameters, can discern the relevance of issues and communicate them effectively to their supervisor.

Commitment to Organization Vision and Values
Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA.

Sense of Community
Demonstrates an awareness and understanding of communities and responds to their needs.

Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.

If you are interested in this position please send a letter of application and resume by October 15th, 2011 to:

Sarah Stea
Team Leader, Youth Services
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
49 High St., Suite 101B
Barrie, ON L4N 5J4
Fax: 705-726-5058