JOB: YPP Parents’ Animator

Job TitleYPP Parents’ Animator 
Type of Position25 hours/ week 
Hourly Salary$22.00/hour
BenefitsVacation and health days as per our Labour & Compensation policy


Head & Hands envisions a society where all youth are participants and are inspired by the endless possibilities available to them. Our mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well-being. Our approach is preventative, non-judgmental, and holistic with a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. We facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large.

About the Young Parents’ Program

The Young Parents’ Program (YPP) is a program for young parents and their children. Its purpose is to help break isolation, offer support and respite, and build a sense of community while helping parents gain new skills through workshops and activities. We cook, eat, and clean together. We learn and share concrete skills to enhance parenting, we offer workshops that range from sex-ed to photography and simply take time off to relax. Beyond the programming, the YPP is an access point, a meeting place, and a safe space for our community’s young families. YPP helps empower parents to be happier and healthier human beings and thus happier and healthier parents. For more information check out our website!

About the position

25 hours per week working on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and occasionally on a weekend or evening for a special event or fundraiser. The YPP Parents’ Animator & Program Coordinator will be responsible for the parent / group aspect of the program, planning the monthly calendars and activities, special activities and outings, be present during program and offer individual support to parents as required.

Requirements & Assets


  • Bilingual French & English
  • A commitment to harm reduction and anti-oppression
  • Excellent time management skills, personal organization, and attention to detail
  • Program coordination experience
  • Great facilitation skills
  • Experience with group animation
  • Strong communication skills
  • Active listening skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Experience working in a collaborative team setting


  • Experience in working with parents, families and/ or youth especially empowerment based work with marginalized families
  • Connections to or background with NDG and is communities
  • Experience in front line work
  • Experience working in or volunteering for a community organization and/or non profit
  • Experience / knowledge of the Youth Protection system 
  • Be a parent
  • Crisis intervention skills and / or conflict de-escalation skills

Application Process

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter to and including “Attn: YPP Parents’ Animator Hiring Committee” in the subject line. Applications can also be submitted by email or in person at 3465 Benny ave. Guidelines for preparing your CV and cover letter are available on our website, no incomplete applications will be accepted.

As an organization that works to facilitate social change and the empowerment of diverse communities of youth, Head & Hands recognizes that experiencing marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives.

 We recognize that these skills are often undervalued and unacknowledged in professional settings, despite being highly transferable to the work we do. If you have questions about representing non-traditional skills and experience within your application, please get in touch for support in framing what you have to offer in a way that’s identifiable within the Qualifications and Assets described above. 

People of color, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited and queer people, trans people, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in your cover letter. We are committed to creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

Applications are due at 5 pm on September 15, 2022.  All candidates will be sent a confirmation that their application was received, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further. We are aiming to hold interviews for this position during the week of September 18th.