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YMCA of Greater Toronto
in Toronto
invites applications for the position of
Health and Fitness Health Educator - Aquatics

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Job Description






JOB ID: 1423

PAY: $35,100/YEAR




Why Work for the YMCA?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values — kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and optimism — the YMCA provides thousands of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities.


The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. The Steve & Sally Stavro Family YMCA Centre is one of eleven full service health and fitness centres in the Greater Toronto Area that provides a variety of health, fitness, recreation and community programs.  This incredible new 60,000 square foot YMCA located in the East End of Toronto will provide a wide range of services and programs to support the physical, social, and mental health of people living and working in this community.

Reporting to the Supervisor (Aquatics), the Health Educator provides open access recreational opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. The Health Educator will strive for inclusiveness through integrated programming in a variety of settings of the Toronto Central Grosvenor St. Centre including but not limited to leadership to programs and services that include Aquafit, Family and Adult programming.  The Health Educator requires providing assistance to the Supervisor in overseeing the Aquatic lifeguards / instructors, up to and including providing support in conducting new staff orientations and trainings, and will work directly with preschoolers, children and youth with a variety of abilities on a 1-1 basis striving for complete integration into the scheduled program. The Health Educator will work closely with the program staff to ensure opportunities for participation and integration.


  • Provides direct program delivery in a variety of children’s programs, including providing instruction, leadership and lifeguarding, managing class lists, waiting lists. Monitors the safety of all activities and programs throughout the duty period and responds immediately to rectify any safety concerns. Provides direct delivery of instructional programs, recreational programs, preschool gym, youth leadership, programs and volunteer development. Continuously builds relationships with all of the staff and volunteers that are on shift during the duty period.  Assists in coaching and developing on an ongoing basis; ensuring skills are enhanced and weaknesses diminished.
  • Acts as the Designated Operator of the Aquatic Department as outlined in the Ontario Health Regulations 565 during the duty period.  In this capacity, deals effectively and professionally with YMCA members’ concerns, program coverage gaps that may arise and any other challenges during the duty period that must be brought to a resolution. Acts as a liaison to the Duty Officer with respect to any program inquiries; acts as Duty Officer when necessary.
  • Responsible for “setting the tone” of the duty period by “touching base” with all staff/volunteer relating to the focus items e.g. values, relationship building, announcements, etc. that have been decided upon by the Membership Programs Department Team.
  • Present during the entire duty period and circulates through all program areas in rotation to ensure the above stated objectives are being met; must be visible and approachable while on duty and maintain a strong presence to staff / volunteers and the YMCA members.
  • Participates and demonstrates leadership in all mandatory trainings and participation and delivery of all other mandatory trainings to staff group upon request. Self-manages professional development and ensures timely renewal of certifications as required.
  • Builds positive relationships with parents, children and volunteers; provides support as a member of the program team in addressing any issues or concerns, problem solving, etc. and refers to supervisor where appropriate.
  • Work as part of a collaborative team, to ensure consistent program delivery in a dynamic environment; identifies any shortage in shift coverage and works with colleagues to ensure any programs or appointments are covered.
  • Provides support to supervisor in training all staff and volunteers in operating and emergency policies and procedures. Encourages emergency readiness amongst staff and volunteers; provides support to supervisor in maintaining accurate records of part time staff qualifications with regards to Standard First Aid, CPR “C”, Healthy Child Development, AED Responder, and other qualifications that may apply.
  • Actively participates in scheduled programs, meetings and special events; delivers trainings to staff upon request.
  • 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 the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications


  • Post-secondary education in Physical Education, Recreation Leadership, ECE diploma or related field preferred
  • Minimum 6 months experience working with children
  • Completed and current specialized Certifications include:
    • National Lifeguard
    • Standard First Aid & CPR “C”
    • YMCA and/or Red Cross / Lifesaving Instructor certification preferred
    • YMCA Aquatic Fitness Certification or equivalent preferred
    • Current WHMIS certification preferred
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • 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
  • Flexibility regarding assigned hours of work including days, evenings and weekends
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; being Member Focused; fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity & Social Inclusion

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.

If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of your employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.

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.





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