RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Workshop Facilitator, Sydney – YMCA of Cape Breton

  • Location: Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: August 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm

Giving Youth the EDGE on Employment


Title:                                   Workshop Facilitator

Reports to:                        Program Director – EDGE Cape Breton

Position Status:               Full time (Designated – African Nova Scotian)

Wage:                                 $22.00 per hour, 37.5 hours per week

Location:                            Sydney – YMCA of Cape Breton


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as African Nova Scotian. You must self-identify during the application process.  African Nova Scotian – is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


The EDGE – Cape Breton

The EDGE program is looking for a dynamic self-starter to join our team as a Workshop Facilitator, supporting our innovative youth employment program.


The YMCA Experience

The YMCA of Cape Breton is a charitable organization dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsibility to themselves, each other and the global community. In joining the YMCA you will become part of a dedicated team of individuals with great passion for supporting each other and the communities in which we serve. You commit to embracing and promoting the YMCA culture of philanthropy, inclusion and allyship, both in and outside of the workplace.


Position Summary

EDGE – Cape Breton offers programming to youth aged 18-26 who face multiple barriers to obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment in our community. A Workshop Facilitator enables group learning sessions designed to lead to enhanced employment related knowledge and skill acquisition. They use Adult Learning Principles to tailor group activities towards meeting career-life planning needs for diverse client groups. It is paramount that the Workshop Facilitator demonstrate cultural humility and embrace inclusive practices, creating a safe and welcoming space for everyone. The Workshop Facilitator will:

  • Educate and develop participant skills by facilitating workshops on a range of topics including effective job search strategies, resume and cover letter preparation, networking, life skills, employability skills, etc.;
  • Implement instruction techniques that are suitable for a variety of learning styles while maintaining sensitivity to the diverse needs and abilities of participants;
  • Learn and apply new technology to better support the learner and maximize reach and access;
  • Evaluate results and outcomes;
  • Maintain client files in web-based application while complying with privacy protocols;
  • Actively participate in mandatory team meetings, and
  • Participate in program and service development that is responsive to the evolving needs of clients – ensuring maximum effectiveness and efficiency.


Skills and Competencies


  • Good knowledge of community organizations and referral agencies
  • Ability to access and effectively use information and communications technology; conduct research
  • Working knowledge of career development theory and applications – considered an asset
  • Adherence to inclusionary practice, ethical decision making, respect for diversity, confidentiality
  • Working knowledge of employment/career related services, programs and interventions


  • Ability to design, organize and implement group sessions with diverse client groups
  • Good understanding of Adult Learning Principles
  • Understanding of program evaluation concepts



  • Degree or post-secondary education in Adult Education or related field of study or a combination of education and work related experience;
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills – experience working with cloud computing and collaborative tools (e.g. Teams), considered an asset;
  • Experience with audio and video conferencing tools (e.g. Zoom) and course authoring software, considered an asset;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple, competing deadlines and tasks;
  • Demonstrated discretion and sound judgment in the handling of confidential information;
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail in the resolution of issues, process improvement and evaluation;
  • High level of initiative is needed to work independently and respond to unanticipated items;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, and;
  • Schedule flexibility to accommodate variations outside of regular business hours, as needed.


We Offer

  • Participation in Comprehensive Group Benefits and Pension Program
  • Individual & Family YMCA Membership
  • Strong Work Life Balance Programs (i.e. Paid Personal and Vacation Days, Flex Work Policy)
  • Discounted Childcare and Camp Rates


Note: Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. Employees will be required to attend YMCA Child Protection Training. Travel may be required.


Please email your cover letter and resume in one document to Valerie Dolhanty at  by 4:30 pm on Friday August 4, 2023, referencing YMCA-EDGE- WSF-2023. Please note only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



The YMCA of Cape Breton is an equal opportunity employer.