Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning

Director, Healthy Child Development

Facility: YMCA of Greater Vancouver
City: Vancouver
Type of Child Care Other

Date Posted:                        November 25, 2019


Position Title:                       Director, Healthy Child Development

Location:                               Vancouver, BC

Terms:                                   Full Time

Placement:                           January 2020


Compensation:                    Under review

Reports To:                           Vice President, Children and Youth Services                                 


About Us:

The YMCA cares about the same things you do: raising healthy and resilient children, ensuring youth feel confident and supported, and helping people feel healthy and connected to others in the community. As the Lower Mainland's largest operational charity, we are 4,000 staff and volunteers providing vital community services that are having a positive impact on some of the community's most pressing social issues. Central to our success are:


  • The people who unite behind our mission to help people reach their potential
  • The safe and welcoming places we provide—from health and fitness facilities to childcare centres to camps—that foster a sense of community
  • The comprehensive community programs that provide the skills, opportunities and confidence people need to achieve their potential


These people, places, and programs come together to create a sense of belonging and a supportive network that have proven time and again to help people achieve their personal goals. For some the impact can be truly transformational and can have an enormous ripple effect on those around them.


About You:

  • Do the right thing - You are caring, respectful, honest and responsible in all you do
  • Put people first -You believe in the strengths, perspectives and passion of people
  • Keep our promises -You do what you say you will do
  • Lead by example -You are courageous, speak with conviction, listen attentively and collaborate


About the position:

Reporting to the Vice President, Children and Youth Services, the Director of Healthy Child Development is responsible for the implementation and ongoing operation of Healthy Child Development programs and other initiatives designed to positively impact the health and well-being of children during their middle years.  As identified in the Association’s Strategic Plan, key priorities for this position will be to support the growth of licensed before and after school care.

Qualifications Other

Additional Qualifications:

Post-secondary degree or equivalent University Degree in related Business Administration or combination of relevant education and experience

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 5 - 7 years multidiscipline management experience
  • Well versed in child development and child care programming and leadership.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to establish rapport with our diverse families, staff, volunteers, community stakeholders and partners, as well as demonstrated experience and sensitivity in dealing with people of different backgrounds and minority communities
  • Excellent written communication and public speaking skills
  • Good judgement and sound decision making in resolving complex issues
  • Proven leadership of dedicated, high-performance teams

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the ongoing operation of existing and new community programs. Existing programs include Licensed Before and After School Care, Day Camps, and Recreation based programs
  • Ensures the delivery of high quality programs and services that meet Provincial, Federal and YMCA requirements and standards.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility by planning and administering the department's annual operating budget of approximately $ 7 million. This includes assessing variances, forecasting and making recommendations to address current and future expenditures.
  • Direct supervision of Management Team, including providing ongoing management of employee, completing annual reviews within required process timeframes.
  • Ensure that all branch policies, procedures, practices, processes, and systems comply with applicable legislation and licensing requirements.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders to meet program area requirements, including addressing issues and concerns as required.
  • Plans, participates in and supports Association-wide initiatives and fundraising events.

Additional Notes:


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

Diversity:  Appreciates that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring a richness to the YMCA

Philanthropy:  Demonstrates a personal responsibility for the YMCA as a charity

Leadership:  Guides, motivates and inspires self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes

Outcome Thinking:  Visualizes, understands and articulates YMCA outcomes and formulates strategies, plans and actions for achievement

Quality Focus:  Ensures YMCA programs and services are superior

Teamwork:  Actively builds teams and encourages open relationships for maximum organizational effectiveness

Basic Details

Position Start Date:
January 6th, 2020
Employment Type:
Full Time
Employment Term:

Application Information

Application Closing Date:
December 6th, 2019
Application Instructions:
Email Application
Other Application Instructions:

Application Process:

To apply: Please apply using the link below:


Internal Applicants: Login in to your Employee ADP account and apply through the Career Center

Application Deadline: December 6, 2019 6:00PM PST

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