Early Childhood Educator (Avalon Y) - PT Contract

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Position: Early Childhood Educator (Avalon Y) - PT Contract
Location: 2080 Portobello Boulevard
Type: Part-time contract from October 9th, 2023 to June 30th, 2024, Monday to Friday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM, $19.62 - $20.62/hour ($19.62/hour for non-RECEs, $20.62/hour for RECEs)
Preferred start date: Monday, Oct 09, 2023
Closing date: Wednesday, Sep 20, 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 educator is accountable to the Director, Child Care for the implementation of the program for a specific age group using program policies and philosophy.  The program should meet the needs of the individual child with concerns for his or her interests, special needs, talents, and individual style for and pace of learning. The educator must be courteous and professional in dealing with parents, all members, and the general public. The educator is a role model to staff, children, and customers, and must exemplify YMCA values, and maintain a high standard of work ethic.

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Creating an educational, safe, clean and enjoyable environment for children by planning and implementing age-appropriate programs to meet children’s social, emotional, physical, educational and individual needs under the Y Playing to Learn curriculum.
  • Fostering self-esteem, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills in children.
  • Developing and maintaining constructive and open communication with staff.
  • Understanding and following through on all YMCA policies, procedures and guidelines, as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual and Parent Handbook.
  • Participating in a team-teaching approach in the supervision of the children and the development of the program
  • Preparing snacks and completing housekeeping duties for the child care programs on a rotational basis with other educators.

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


  • Fluent in English, oral and written

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, as required
  • Minimum two years of experience working with children
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’ Certifications
  • High level of interpersonal and written skills

Additional Requirements:

  • 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:

  • Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behavior at all times and maintains high ethical standard.
  • Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear, and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others on risk and harm reduction.
  • Teamwork: Participates in an effective organizational team, which acknowledges and values team members’ skills, experience, cultural background, knowledge, creativity, and contributions.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Plants and implements quality programming in a developmentally appropriate environment.

About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

This position is open to all persons.

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 peopleandculture@ymcaottawa.ca 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 recruitment@ymcaottawa.ca.

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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