General Maintenance, Facilities (Taggart Family Y Location)

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Position: General Maintenance, Facilities (Taggart Family Y Location)
Location: Taggart Family Y, 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa
Type: Full-time permanent, preferred start date October 1st, 2021
Preferred start date: Friday, Oct 01, 2021
Closing date: Friday, Oct 22, 2021


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.


Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA-YWCA provides hundreds 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. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:


What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care, and camps)
  • Health and dental insurance for full-time, permanent employees
  • Development courses at no cost in several areas
  • 100% coverage for renewal of professional designations
  • Up to 27 vacation days per year, including two float days and one birthday vacation for full-time, permanent staff
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Long-term disability and life insurance for full-time, permanent employees.
  • Workplace pension plan available for full-time, permanent employees
  • Extended Maternity leave benefits to all our staff up to 6 more months after the year of leave


What you offer?

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Operation of the heating and cooling system, including monitoring of gauges and control systems, troubleshooting, minor repairs, and preventative maintenance of equipment
  • Operation and maintenance of pool systems, and chemical tests (Pool operators’ certificate would be an asset)
  • Advise management of the area in need of long term and or immediate attention
  • To be proactive in undertaking maintenance tasks or in identifying tasks that are needed to operate the facility in a safe manner
  • General repairs to walls including patching, sanding & painting
  • Change lights & ballasts and clean lenses, as needed 
  • Room checkouts and changeovers in Housing 
  • Make tile repairs to ceramic, vinyl composite on floors and walls 
  • Key cutting and lock changes 
  • General maintenance duties in the back of house areas such as a workshop, pipe chases, and mechanical rooms Facility grounds maintenance including lawn cutting, snow removal, etc. 
    • (Winter months may require an early start for snow removal) 
  • Conduct preventative maintenance tasks on facility equipment outlined by the Facilities Director  
  • Basic plumbing repairs including soldering, unplugging sinks & toilets, tap, cartridge & valve repairs 
  • Basic electrical repairs including repairs to receptacles, light switches, and ballasts  
  • Operates hand tools such as saws, drills, etc.  
  • Follows safe work practices and wears appropriate personal protective equipment
    • (fall assist would be an asset)  
  • Completes work orders as assigned


What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field


  • Ability to work in English, some French would be an asset

Experience, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of basic facility maintenance functions such as painting, plumbing, electrical and general repairs
  • Experience in all facets of Building Operations including, HVAC, Controls, Electrical, and possess a strong mechanical aptitude
  • Must possess good communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively, professionally, and diplomatically with staff, vendors, and customers
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment
  • Ability to be on call every 4th week

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Prior to the start date, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.


Core Competencies:

  • COMMITMENT TO Y VISION AND VALUES: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of an appreciation for the mission, vision, values, and strategic outcomes of the YMCA-YWCA.
  • CONCERN FOR HEALTH & SAFETY: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others on risk and harm reduction.
  •  QUALITY FOCUS: Ensures that success criteria for self are set, reviewed, and surpassed regularly to provide excellent service delivery.
  • CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION: Develops new ways or adapts existing ideas to help us achieve desired results. Challenge the status quo to discover more effective ways of performing.
  • TEAMWORK: The ability to work effectively with others to achieve optimal collective results.
  • LEADERSHIP: Motivates and inspires others to take action and achieve desired outcomes.


About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve and as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.


How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Chris Keeley. Please send applications to Senior Director, Facilities, Chris Keeley (

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.




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