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Director, Program Research and Development, YMCA of Greater Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 20, 2012

Regular Full Time
Grade: 17
Effective: April 1, 2012
Reports to: Vice President, Program Research and Development
Location: Yonge Street YMCA, 300 - 2200 Yonge St., Toronto

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 plan 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.

Annually we connect with more than 542,000 people at 385 locations. Serving the population of the GTA, Durham, Peel, York, Halton Regions and Dufferin County, the YMCA works to build strong kids, families and communities. 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.  

At the YMCA we believe every child has the right to go to camp. Every child has the right to learn to swim, play basketball, or try karate. Every teen and young adult has the right to graduate high school and learn the skills to get a job. Through the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, donors help ensure no child is left out and every family who needs financial assistance has access to YMCA facilities and programs. 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.

Nature & Scope:

The Director provides leadership to program initiatives that monitor the health of the GTA and measure and improve the impact of the Associations’ programs and services on the health of members and their communities. In addition, the Director plays a key role in knowledge management and ensuring that knowledge is mobilized across the association to improve the impact of its work. As a member of the Program’s management team, the Director creates and manages project work plans and budgets and supports the development of departmental plans, budgets and performance reports. The Director also serves as a key resource providing coaching and support for Program staff with respect to research and evaluation activities.


Monitoring, evaluating and improving the impact of the Association’s programs and services; design and implement performance measurement and evaluation systems; analyze data and develop impact reports; facilitate, support, and promote the development of programs that are evidence-based, targeted to appropriate life stage goals, and focused on improving the health of participants; provide coaching and support to staff on evaluation and impact measurement methods and strategies.

Monitoring the health of GTA residents, assessing the Association’s health impacts and identifying community health issues; design and implement health surveillance strategies, evaluate the impact of Centres of Community and the Association on community health; establish and maintain linkages with key public health agencies, government departments and academic researchers; analyze primary and secondary data sets and prepare reports and publications; manage relationships and contracts with third party providers of research and analytic tools.

Prepare and support the production of funding proposals, research reports and presentations; identify opportunities for collaboration and funding.

Support association research; monitor processes to ensure integrity of key statistics/data used by the Association; respond to requests for research support from within the Association and provide coaching and support to the research team.

Support development and implementation of knowledge mobilization strategies; prepare and/or support systematic evidence reviews as required to support program design.

Provides leadership to the department as a member of the program management team; develops and manages project plans and budgets; supports departmental planning and budget processes; supports the VP Program Development and Research. RECTORt. YMCA, 2200 Yonge St., Torontonents, etc. go over the compensation plans, talk about benefits statements, pension plans

Models appropriate behaviours to staff in line with our Mission, Vision and Values; Establishes rapport and maintains effective relationship-building behaviours with staff and members. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner in internal and external forums.

Understands and integrates the values of philanthropy and volunteerism with staff, volunteers and members.

Other duties as assigned.


  • A PhD in the social or health sciences with experience in an applied social or health sciences setting or a Master’s degree in the social or health sciences and 5 years experience in an applied social or health sciences setting
  • Graduate level training and expertise in program evaluation and performance measurement
  • Training in epidemiological and community health research and familiarity with health surveillance and health indicators preferred
  • Advanced quantitative research skills and experience in survey design; qualitative research skills an asset
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and in plain language
  • Demonstrated analytical and report creation skills including the ability to write documents such as research and grant proposals, program plans and case studies
  • Superior presentation and facilitation skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work well in collaborative cross-functional project teams
  • Knowledge of complexities involved in managing relationships with third party contractors
  • Understanding of approaches and systems for managing research knowledge and mobilizing or transferring knowledge across the association.
  • Skilled in the use of statistical software such as SPSS or SAS along with MS Office including Excel
  • Proven team management and development skills
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the non-profit or charitable sector preferred; knowledge of YMCA organization an asset
  • Understanding of child and youth development an asset
  • Well developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members including participants, families, youth, children, staff and volunteers
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: superior competence in:   Effective Interpersonal Communications, Being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; Being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Leadership; Planning and Initiative; Strategic Orientation and Change Management advanced competence in: Ethics and Self Management; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion Association Management and Stewardship; Building Community Relationships and Resources; Cross Functional Integration; People Management

Please send cover letter and résumé stating salary expectations and quoting job posting # 487 by Friday, April 20, 2012 to:

Human Resources Department
Fax: 647-439-1689

Current YMCA of Greater Toronto Staff:  Please speak to your supervisor prior to applying.

All applicants please be advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a police records check.

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