Local Coordinators are critical to the success of the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program. They facilitate the best possible experience for the group of young participants under their care.

Coordinators are responsible for promoting the program to youth and hosts out in the community. Once applications start to roll in, they begin the selection process by visiting candidates and their parents/guardians in their home. Assisted by supervisors, Coordinators need to check a list of criteria before making their recommendation.

Once homestays and participants are determined, coordinators identify appropriate work placements for the youth. While we have a wide network of employment partners, we rely on the Local Coordinator to liaise between the participant and the employer.

Local Coordinators also accompany and support youth during their travel to their exchange community and back home afterwards.

Through the duration of the exchange, the Coordinator periodically visits hosts and employers. This helps them to address any potential concerns in a timely manner. Coordinators also play a lead role in preparing a schedule of activities for and with the youth participants.

The Local Coordinator is essential in helping youth navigate through the complexities of their new interpersonal relationships and ensuring that all aspects of the program are operating in a safe and respectful manner.

Would you like to serve as an SWSE coordinator?

Local coordinators are our valued field staff without whom this program would not exist! A key qualification for the role of Local Coordinator is that they must be post-secondary students. And while we train our coordinators for their role, we do expect candidates to possess some, if not all, of the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience with and appreciation for working with youth
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, outside of an office setting, and without immediate supervision
  • Ability to manage a budget and perform administrative tasks
  • Value diversity and social inclusion
  • Have internet access for the duration of employment
  • Have valid driver’s licence and access to an insured vehicle (some exceptions for large urban centres)
  • Have valid First Aid/CPR certification before the start date of the exchange
  • Share core YMCA values

If you are currently enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies and this job sounds like an exciting challenge for you, then APPLY NOW!

Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a police records check.

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