Director, Child Care (Avalon Y)

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Position: Director, Child Care (Avalon Y)
Location: 2080 Portobello Boulevard
Type: Full-time, preferred start date July 4th, 2023
Preferred start date: Monday, Jul 24, 2023
Closing date: Friday, Jul 14, 2023


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free YMCA gym membership;
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care, and camps);
  • Access to our YMCA Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) including free, immediate, confidential assistance and counselling for you and your family members for mental and physical health, and financial advice, among other 12 suites of services;
  • Health and Dental Insurance;
  • Long-term Disability and Life Insurance;
  • Access to our Canadian YMCA Retirement Fund pension plan;
  • Up to 25 vacation days per year including two float days, and one birthday vacation;
  • Maternity leave benefits for up to 18 months.

*Some benefits may vary based on employment terms

What do you offer?

The Child Care Director is responsible for assisting the Vice President of Child Care with the overall operations of the YMCA child care centre, providing quality experiences for children that focus on the Y’s core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. The Director gives leadership and supervision to YMCA staff and volunteers and is accountable for the overall operation of the Child Care Centre, ensuring adherence to the mission, vision and values of the Y, ensuring adherence to curriculum standards and legislative requirements, and preparing and monitoring budgets.

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Working with, leading, and evaluating staff and volunteers.
  • Orienting, training, mentoring, and supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Maintaining active and effective communication and information networks within the centre.
  • Ensuring program plans and centre environments address each child’s identified needs, stage of development, and interests.
  • Maintaining all administrative and financial systems of the centre, ensuring required reports are accurate and complete to deadlines as established.
  • Maintaining children’s records and staff personnel files.
  • Ensuring that parent/teacher interviews are conducted as needed.
  • Ensuring the regular implementation of program quality evaluation tools.
  • Ensuring that payroll, vacation, and illness reports are submitted in accordance to the required timeline.

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At the YMCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • ECE diploma or CECE recognized equivalency
  • Member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario


  • Fluent in English
  • Bilingualism an asset

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children
  • Previous experience with diverse populations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Child Care Early Years Act (CCEYA)
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting programs an asset
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to move around frequently, including bending, reaching, and lifting up to 50lbs

Additional Requirements:

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’ with AED Certifications
  • Letter of good health from physician prior to beginning position
  • Immunizations and Tuberculosis test prior to beginning position
  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required. 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

Core Competencies:

  • Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner, and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the organization.
  • Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behavior at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
  • Teamwork: Participates actively in a team for organizational effectiveness.
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction
  • Creativity and Innovation: Plans and implements quality programming in a developmentally appropriate environment.

About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve and as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, the YMCA will endeavour to provide accommodation to people with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please email upon scheduling your interview.

How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA of the National Capital Region. Please send applications to

Thank you for your interest in joining the YMCA of the National Capital Region. We appreciate all applications. Due to the volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those selected for further consideration in the hiring process.

The YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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