YMCA of Lethbridge is actively building healthy communities – Join us in creating a better Lethbridge!

YMCA of Lethbridge opened its doors in 1910, since then we have evolved into a vibrant charitable organization where of thousands children, youth and adults access our programs and facilities.

We are much more than a gym, pool, and recreational facility – we strive to adapt to community needs, and ensure that our programs and facilities can be accessed by all who need them. YMCA of Lethbridge staff firmly believe that they are creating a positive impact in the community through their work at the Y. In our work, we deliver health and wellness programs, Aquatic and Fitness Leadership programs, community outreach, Preschool and Youth Day Camps, leadership development, childcare, and much more.

We serve diverse community needs through the YMCA and we are only just getting started. In partnership with the City of Lethbridge, we will expand our impact operating a new facility, The Cor Van Raay YMCA in 2019.  This amazing new space will help us reach more people through our passionate volunteers, members, and staff.

How will you make an impact? Who will you become at the YMCA?

A career built on great values








See our current postings below

Aquatic Coordinator


Date: May 1, 2018

Position:Aquatic Coordinator

Location: YMCA of Lethbridge

Start Date:June 25, 2018                                                                                Salary: $16.00/hr- 30 hours per week


Nature and Scope

Join us in Building a Healthier Community!

The YMCA of Lethbridge opened its doors in 1910 and has since evolved into a vibrant charitable organization where thousands of children, youth and adults access our programs and facilities as a regular part of their efforts to become healthier and connected to family and community.  The YMCA of Lethbridge currently provides services in health, fitness, aquatics, youth and preschool, and leadership development.

Currently, the YMCA of Lethbridge serves approximately 3000 annual members in our branch on Stafford Drive South. In 2019, we will be expanding our services to the Cor Van Raay YMCA on the west side of Lethbridge, and as a result are expanding our staffing compliment to include.

Reporting to the Manager of Aquatics, the AquaticCoordinator provides quality service, support and positive experiences for all members and users. The Aquatic Coordinator oversees and monitors aquatic programs and services, as ‘on deck’ leader in aquatics, by providing on-deck support to employees and volunteers working in the department.

This is a summer student position funded by Canada Summer Jobs. 

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:


  • Provides immediate solutions/feedback for employees and volunteering during their ‘on-deck’ rotations, as well as immediate scheduling concerns, when the manager of aquatics is not available.
  • Addresses multiple priorities and flexible to changing focus or direction while working to support member experiences.
  • Deals with sensitive member experiences and situations, as well as difficult individuals and/or special considerations and tries to resolve conflicts before referring them to the manager of aquatics.
  • Ensures all children and youth users are abiding by the YMCA Core Values and general facility expectations.
  • Delivers exceptional aquatics swim lessons, programs, and courses to members as per YMCA Canada Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Society standards and best practices.
  • Develops swim lesson plans for various programs, policies, and administers progressive evaluations for participants, ensuring program design, lay-out, and offerings meet the needs of all participants at various levels.
  • Monitors the safety and maintenance of the pool deck, change rooms, and associated areas, and directly addresses the concerns, and reports concerns to the manager of aquatics.
  • Organizes and ensures the pool is set up for schedules activities and members’ and the public’s needs are sufficiently met.
  • Administers first aid in a positive and professional manner in accordance with strategies and targets.
  • Ensures the safety of all members, participants, staff, and property by following YMCA standards/policies/procedures and ensuring they are maintained amongst all members and staff.
  • Perform basic safety checklists.
  • Actively participates and promotes philanthropy through YMCA Association initiatives, including the Strong Kids Campaign.

Communication (Interpersonal skills & contact with customers/public):

  • Interacts directly with YMCA members, visitors, and colleagues to promote the aquatics programs being offered at the YMCA of Lethbridge and ensuring excellent member and public experience.
  • Establishes and maintains positive daily communication and interaction with members in group settings and one-on-one basis, providing quality aquatics services and building meaningful relationships.
  • Responds to inquiries in a clear, informed manner. Explores member needs with probing questions to ensure that patrons understand and engage in the broad range of YMCA programs and services.


  • Responsible for “on-deck” lifeguarding of members and the public as they are in the water; ensuring optimal positioning and rotation.
  • Provide immediate support and/or facilitate swim classes in the absence of an instructor.
  • Teach courses and provide support at aquatics in-service training.
  • Responsible for performing water rescues and being the first responder to all emergency situations within the health, fitness, and aquatic centre, making a judgement call on each situation as it arises.
  • Conducts routine inspections of the facility’s public areas and equipment to ensure customer safety.
  • General administrative duties and record keeping responsibilities, such as swim lessons.
  • Provides a caring, fun and safe environment for members.
  • Ensures specific needs of members and the department are met.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information related to the YMCA, including members, employees, and the community.
  • Maintains a strong working knowledge of all YMCA programs and services.


  • Candidate must meet requirements for grant funding: under the age of 30 and returning/enrolled in Post-Secondary education
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C with AED
  • National Lifeguard- pool option
  • National Lifeguard- waterpark an asset
  • Instructor certification (at least one of WSI, LSI, or YSI)
  • Pool Audit Inspector an asset
  • Leadership awards an asset (such as instructor or trainer awards)


  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers.
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of staff, volunteers and members: including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity.
  • Candidate must present with a flexible work schedule which include some hours on mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Intervention Check
  • 3 professional reference checks


  • Relevant required training costs paid
  • YMCA membership
  • Reduced cost for YMCA Day Camps, facility rentals and other approved programs


To apply, send cover letter, resume with 3 professional (work related) references to:

Kirsten Cole, Manager of Aquatics


Child Care Director





YMCA of Lethbridge

Job Title: Child Care Director
Department: Child Care
Reports to: CEO
Date position posted: May 2, 2018
Ideal start date: June 13, 2018


*Position will remain open until suitable candidate is found


Hours of Work: Full-time, permanent, flexible schedule (Monday through Friday)




The YMCA of Lethbridge is developing a new childcare centre in downtown Lethbridge for 82 children ages 19 months to 6 years and is currently seeking a motivated and experienced Childcare Centre Director with certification Child Development Supervisor to be a part of our growing team.


This is a new childcare centre, developed with the funding support of the Province of Alberta’s Early Learning and Child Care Program. The director will be culpable for aspects of supply and furniture procurement and set up, initial licensing and accreditation and meeting the objectives as outlined in the application to become a pilot centre will be licensed for 82 children aged 19 months – 6 years.


The Director is responsible for leading all center staff, including an assistant director and early childhood educators in all daily duties as outlined in the key responsibilities.


This position requires a person who can work with a high degree of independence.



We are looking for a director with:


• Certification as a Child Development Supervisor (level 3) in the Province of Alberta
• Demonstrated child care center management and supervisory experience
• 5+ years of experience in a play based early childhood education setting, 3+ years of experience as a Director of a licensed child care program
• Experience with developing and managing budgets
• Thorough understanding of child care licensing regulations, accreditation standards and pedagogical learning
• Superior interpersonal, leadership, role modelling, organizational and communication
• Commitment to providing high quality programming for children and a supportive work environment for staff members
• A high degree of initiative and dedication
• Intermediate computer skills, including Microsoft Office, or willingness to learn
• Ability to multi task and problem solve while maintaining a positive attitude
• Ability to work flexible hours as determine by centre need
• Have own vehicle and current driver’s license
• Current Childcare First Aid certificate with CPR
• Clear Criminal Record Check (within 3 months) with vulnerable sector check as well as a Child Intervention Check.
• 3 professional references


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, and are not limited to:


• All aspects of high quality and effective day to day operations
• Ensuring all Provincial Licensing Regulations are met and maintained
• Ensuring all Accreditation standards are met and maintained, timelines met
• Ensuring all YMCA Association and Childcare Centre Policies and procedures are established, updated, communicated and adhered to, included those related to Child Protection and Health and Safety of children and staff. Train the staff in implementing the health and safety policies & ensure policies and procedures are consistently implemented. Oversee security and emergency response – implement security measures, prepare for emergency situations
• Develop forms to record health & safety procedures (i.e. room cleaning checklists, toy cleaning checklists, indoor & outdoor safety inspections, etc.)
Date: May 2, 2019
• Implementation of activities funded under the Early Learning and childcare Grant funding related to:
– Inclusion practices: working collaboratively with Getting ready for Inclusion Today to develop program goals and achieve outcomes related to inclusion of children with diverse needs
– Curriculum activities: implementation and on site evaluation of the Play, Participation and Possibilities Curriculum Framework, supporting staff in planning and evaluating child centred inclusive learning environments both indoors and outdoors, committing to participation in learning communities, collaborating with local organizations in the delivery of programming
– Parent engagement: engaging parents in quality assurance processes, establishing and leading a Stakeholder Advisory Committee
• Relationship building within and outside of the YMCA community, including external agencies
• All aspects of Human Resources management within the centre including recruitment, training, mentoring, coaching, performance management and appraisal, scheduling based on centre need and dismissal as required in accordance with YMCA policies
• All aspects of enrollment of children, orientation to families and upkeep of children’s records
• Work in ratio when required; complete all tasks as related to an Educator
• Participating in and facilitating Professional Development opportunities for self and staff in the centre
• Ensuring all required materials, supplies and equipment are on site and available to staff and children, including overseeing the nutrition program and menu planning – purchasing, receiving and food storage
• Timely and accurate completion of administrative tasks like attendance records, subsidy reporting, accreditation paperwork, financial reports and annual budgets, expense claim forms, payroll (supported by YMCA administrative staff)
• Addressing concerns, complaints and issues in an effective and timely manner
• Be in ratio with the children when required to help with ratios and to model for the staff
• Assist families with subsidy applications when required
• Support families in locating and accessing any resources to support as required
• Encourage parent participation in the program

Salary: $52,000.00 to $56,000.00/year depending on qualifications and experience


Also available is the pre accreditation funding wage top up of $4.42 for eligible hours as determined by the Alberta Child care Accreditation Funding Program.


The YMCA will be compensating all new eligible childcare employees the pay difference between pre accreditation and post accreditation funding for eligible duties until the centre meets all accreditation standards, estimated time to be 12 months. The total hourly pay top up pay for eligible hours is $6.62/hour.


The Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program also provides a Staff Attraction and Incentive Allowance of up to $5000 over 2 years for eligible workers entering the child care field or returning to the field of childcare.


YMCA of Lethbridge also offers multiple other perks and benefits:

• Complimentary YMCA of Lethbridge membership including a linked membership for a partner and dependent children
• Comprehensive health and dental benefits. Premiums paid 50% by the Association
• Pension plan with 5% matching contribution by the Association, eligibility after 2 years
• Program discounts
• Ongoing leadership development and opportunities
• Paid recertification and training
• Opportunities for advancement and career growth within the association



• Developing Self and Others: Developing people with a view toward present and future capacity
• Building Purposeful Relationships: Relating to people authentically with their best in mind
• Creating a Culture of Community: Gathering people to purpose and vision
• Making Intentional Impact: Intending to make a difference every day
• Thinking and Acting Strategically: Applying thoughts, words, and actions in service to the vision
• Applying Business Acumen: Demonstrating excellence in technical skills and stewarding the YMCA Business Model
• Innovating: Ability to know your environment, initiate and respond effectively to changing conditions

More about the YMCA of Lethbridge:


The YMCA of Lethbridge opened its doors in 1905 and since then we have evolved into a vibrant charitable organization where thousands of children, youth and adults access our programs and facilities as a regular part of their efforts to become healthier and connected to family and community.


We pride ourselves on being much more than a local recreation facility – we are part of a national federation of Canadian YMCA’s that ensures that our programs and facilities can be accessed by all who need them. We strive daily to build a healthier community for people at all ages and stages of life.


At our facility on Stafford Drive, the YMCA of Lethbridge currently provides services in health, fitness & aquatics, day camping, leadership development and opportunities to give, and will be expanding its scope to increase programs to include licensed childcare and community programs when it begins operations in partnership with the City of Lethbridge at the Cor Van Raay YMCA in ATB Centre in early 2019.


This new facility will include:
• 50,000 ft2 aquatics centre with numerous amenities geared to all ages (waterslides, lap pool, surf river, hot tub, disturbed water pool)
• Fieldhouse with a total of 6 full sized gymnasiums
• 30,000 ft2 fitness centre with 3 studio spaces
• 4 lane running track
• 8 multipurpose/meeting rooms
• Licensed childcare centre
• Indoor play area, childminding and youth rooms
• Leased café space, wellness clinic and retail space


YMCA of Lethbridge is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in Canada by way of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or a valid Canadian work permit. YMCA of Lethbridge is currently not engaged in international recruitment efforts as we are required to demonstrate that we have exhausted all means of recruitment both locally and nationally.


Potential candidates will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

To apply for this position, send resume and 3 professional references with cover letter to:

Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, CEO

YMCA of Lethbridge

515 Stafford Drive S

or email to:


Please direct all questions to Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, CEO at






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