Director – Constructing the Future

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Position: Director – Constructing the Future
Location: Various Y Location in Ottawa
Type: Full time, Permanent
Preferred start date: Monday, Apr 19, 2021
Closing date: Sunday, Apr 18, 2021


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide solutions. Serving more than 90,000 people across our region annually, we are committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth, and adults, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility within the community. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.


Nature and Scope

As a part of the Strategic Service Unit of Housing, Employment & Newcomer Services at the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, the Director of Constructing the Future oversees two streams of service within one program, supporting unemployed or underemployed individuals wishing to pursue employment in skilled trades and construction occupations in Canada. The programs offer pre-employment skill training, technical skills training in Carpentry, job placement services, and offer financial supports to participants. The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal commitment to and understanding of the Y’s mission, vision, values, and participant outcomes.


Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Create and maintain an external Advisory Committee and official partnerships with external partners.
  • Responsible for the overall management, leadership, and on-site operations of the program
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operational activities of the program and direct supervision of staff on the program.
  • Ensure excellent customer service is in place
  • Responsible for acquiring the achievement of all strategic outcomes 


Core Competencies

  • Organizational Awareness and Understanding: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the vision, mission, and values of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region.
  • Planning and Organization: Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long-term work goals.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to identify and issue, gather and process relevant information, determine possible solutions, select appropriate responses and implement and evaluate them.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings.  Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results.  Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • TEAMWORK: Participates actively in a team for program quality and effectiveness.



  • Fluent in English, oral, and written is essential; other languages considered an asset.
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field.
  • Demonstrated 2-4 years program management experience.
  • Knowledge of the skilled trades and construction regulations and relevant stakeholders
  • Expertise in a related area (employment services and trades and/or construction sectors).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, decision-making, and networking skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience with budget and financials.
  • Excellent organizational and time management capabilities.
  • Excellent consultation and business analytical skills
  • Extensive contacts in the community within the construction, Green building, and skilled trades sectors
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and various virtual meeting/learning platforms
  • diverse needs, backgrounds, and skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.



  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong leadership, decision-making, and networking skills.
  • Excellent adaptability and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work with clients and staff with diverse needs, backgrounds and skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and work with a variety of stakeholders to create and lead Advisory Committee
  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Must provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Check/Criminal Reference Check whichever required by the department
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted no later than the closing date to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, Attn: Melanie Vaughan, hiring manager:


Please use the position title as the subject line in your application e-mail.

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


The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during the application or selection process.  We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.  Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to providing a safe environment for children.  Candidates will be thoroughly screened using background checks and a review process.

Thank you for your interest.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



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