Coordinator, YMCA Community Action Network

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Community Outreach
  • Program / Project Evaluation & Development
Contract - Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Coquitlam
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-10-102019-10-20

Date Posted:                        October 10, 2019

Position Title:                       Coordinator, YMCA Community Action Network

Location:                               1130C Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC

Salary:                                    Under review, plus benefits

Terms:                                   Full-time, Temporary (35 hours per week)

Start Date:                            As soon as possible

End Date:                              October 2020 (maternity leave replacement)

Reports To:                           Manager, Global Initiatives and Youth Engagement



The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour- we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.

For over 130 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. One of the Lower Mainland’s leading charities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health, fitness & aquatics, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 120,000 participants annually.

The YMCA Community Action Network is an innovative national program that engages local youth to address a community need through service projects. Youth from the community are recruited, trained and mentored to assist them in being successful to evaluate, select, lead and deliver service initiatives in their own communities. With guidance and support from YMCA staff, projects are developed by participants that are important and meaningful to both the local community and local youth. Each project will develop a network of community contacts and stakeholders in order to increase the effectiveness of the project, increase opportunities for youth development, and ensure there is value to the local community.  The YMCA operates this initiative with different cohorts, starting with a cohort in the fall /winter/spring seasons and a more intensive summer program at each location.


Nature and Scope:

The Coordinator is responsible for the local delivery of this initiative in the Greater Vancouver area.  They recruit interested youth in Greater Vancouver to participate in the program and support the program following a curriculum. In particular, the Program Coordinator networks to attract a diversity of participation with a special priority for youth who are traditionally underrepresented, in particular, those who identify as Indigenous, newcomers, youth with disabilities, youth at risk, in particular those who are not employed or in educational training (NEET), LGBTQ+ youth, and those living below the low income cut-off. Through the initiative, they assist participants in developing a service project that is meaningful to both themselves and the local community, helping to develop a culture of service in both participants and involved community stakeholders and promote active civic engagement and global citizenship. The Program Coordinator leads the program using an experiential learning model so that participants will come to better understand and be able to clearly articulate the skills and competencies that they possess and have developed through the project, helping them to be more successful in future work and life directions. They will mentor and support participants with the aim that Youth become seen as important community assets and agents of change helping to dispel negative stereotypes.


Major Responsibilities:        

  • Interact face-to-face with youth participants in a positive and professional manner
  • Work with participant and community members to assist both in collaborating for mutual benefit to realize and develop a community service initiative
  • Build trusting relationships with local partners through positive, consistent communication, ensuring successful attendance and outcomes for all participants
  • Demonstrate excellent administrative skills, ensuring all training, files, participant paperwork and program forms are completed in a timely manner and consistently kept up to date
  • Oversee the planning and development of the program in accordance with YMCA standards, YMCA Child Protection policies, and YMCA Healthy Adolescent Development principles
  • Train participants and volunteers in all procedures and practices
  • Ensure consistent and clear communication with YMCA colleagues locally and nationally to build upon program quality, growth and impact
  • Maintain an atmosphere of achievement that inspires self and others to succeed at the highest levels
  • Engage new participants through the building of strong networks locally; initiating and attending meetings, planning sessions, training and events
  • 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.



  • Post-Secondary Degree in related field
  • Minimum three years of relevant education or experience in a lead role
  • Experience working with community partners in a development role
  • Understanding and knowledge of positive youth development
  • Available to work full-time hours and travel when required
  • Experience working with youth in a recreational setting
  • 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
  • Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA
  • Strong planning, organizational, leadership, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a larger team
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date



In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, the candidate should possess the following competencies:

Leading Self

  • Evolve in Professional Capability – Commit to being better
  • Achieve Excellence and Authenticity – Show up with the best version of you

Leading Others

  • Develop the Potential in Others – Help people grow and lead
  • Create a Culture of Connection – Build bridges between people and partners

Leading Mission

  • Think and Act Strategically – Make good decisions and act on them
  • Make an Intentional Impact – Advance the strength and cause of the Y


Application Process:

Please apply using the link below:

Application Deadline: 6:00pm on October 20, 2019


Thank you for your interest and application.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.