Social Worker - YMCA of Greater Toronto

Nov 27, 2020
Etobicoke, Ontario


Social Worker

(Salaried Full Time Contract)

Grade: 13 

Effective Date: Immediately

Please submit salary expectations in cover letter

Reports to: General Manager, Employment Programs

Location:  YMCA Employment Centres

Why work for our Y?       

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides almost 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities. 

Nature & Scope:               

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment and counselling programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The members we serve are unemployed youth, youth in transition from school to work, youth having multiple barriers to employment. 

The Social Worker (Employment Based Program) will be responsible for providing single session therapy, counselling and facilitating groups to enhance the social development and emotion growth of youth and their support networks.  You will have strong clinical skills in assessment and treatment, and a commitment to member centered service utilizing a strength-based approach. Experience in mental health, good understanding or familiarity with substance use, transitional housing, LGBTQ2 issues and delivery of clinical evidence-based practices, i.e.: Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Brief Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, are definite assets.  These interventions are designed to improve development, functioning and resiliency in employment, home and the community.    

Working in an integrated service delivery system, you will demonstrate competencies required to provide service in multiple programs across the agency. 


  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and establish strong working relationship with all levels of staff in the Employment and Community unit
  • Provide skilled assessment and treatment services to youth
  • Develop, implement and evaluate treatment plans according to individual member needs
  • Have the capacity for self-reflection and an ability to engage in ongoing assessment of strategies and their effectiveness
  • Collaborate with other professionals and community resources to ensure effective service delivery on behalf of each member
  • Provide case management services
  • Provide group services as required
  • Ensure the availability of required information for all member by maintain comprehensive case record and data in a timely manner
  • Ability to develop and maintain highly effective working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders and a strong understanding of role boundaries
  • Support anti-oppressive and anti-racism principles in work with members
  • A working knowledge or understanding of the current Child and Youth Family Services Act (CYFSA) – would be beneficial
  • Capability to participate in quality improvement and program evaluation 
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. 
  • Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner. Understands and supports YMCA philanthropic commitments, connects with families and offers opportunities to give, either financially or their personal time, including participation in special events within the centre and the community.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection.
  • 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.


  • University in Social Work or Psychology with a minimum of 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Membership in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Worker and Social Service Workers or the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Good understanding of trauma based counselling and human trafficking/sexual exploitation issue
  • Working knowledge of harm reduction philosophies
  • An ability to manage a flexible work schedule, including evenings as required.
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s License with access to a reliable vehicle, travelling between sites
  • 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
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion; fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; Teamwork and Collaboration; being Results Focused

Please send résumé and cover letter quoting job posting #0108, by Friday, November 27, 2020, to

Erica Taylor

General Manager, Employment Programs

Email: Erica.Taylor@YMCAGTA.ORG 

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required. 

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. 

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. 

About the YMCA of Greater Toronto:

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plans Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.  

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.   

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

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