Jays Care Camp Director - Toronto Blue Jays

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Jays Care Camp Director (30 positions)

NATURE & SCOPE

Jays Care Foundation is looking for 30 energetic, passionate, and experienced camp and recreation program leaders to take on a significant leadership role at one of Jays Care?s summer Rookie League day camps. Rookie League is a 7-week summer day camp that Jays Care Foundation and Toronto Community Housing jointly lead. The camp includes baseball as well as a wide variety of sport, team-building, arts-based and recreational activities. Rookie League?s goal is to provide a safe, meaningful camp experience for children aged 6 to 12 living in Toronto Community Housing that is wildly fun and effective at enhancing important life-skills. Each Jays Care Camp Director is tasked with overseeing the safety, quality, creativity, programming and camp culture of a Rookie League site. They work in partnership with staff from Toronto Community Housing to directly train, coach, mentor, support and guide 3-4 staff (called Senior and Junior Program Leaders) to ensure the highest quality programming for 30-50 campers. The #1 goal of each Jays Care Camp Director is to ensure that you are supporting and running the most safe, effective, positive and outcome-based day camp program possible.

Candidates should have extensive experience running recreational programs for children and youth, as well as experience training and coaching youth staff. The job begins in June with extensive training and planning time, followed by an opportunity to facilitate training for staff from your site. Throughout July and August, the job involves working from 8:30am to 4:30pm at your Rookie League site leading dynamic programming, managing field trips, addressing behaviours, introducing weekly camp themes and supporting and celebrating staff and campers. The job may require additional evening hours of work as assigned. Rookie League is hosted in 30 Toronto Community Housing buildings across the GTA. We are seeking one Jays Care Camp Director per site.

REPORTS TO:

Rookie League Coordinators

TERM

June 3rd to August 30th, 2019

Locations

30 different sites across the GTA (East, Central, West)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

PROGRAM PLANNING

- Design 7 week camp schedule ensuring that each week has a strong theme and all field trips are organized in advance

- Prepare activities to help you get to know your staff and your campers well from the first day together

- Prepare tools to set your site up for success (i.e. pro-active tools for preventing challenging behaviours and celebrating camper successes, tactics for developing a positive camp culture, decorations and activities that will bring each weekly theme to life, organizational tools that will help your team plan and implement great programs each day, etc.)

- Develop relationships with building staff in order to ensure that camp will run smoothly

- Connect with all registered families to develop rapport and adjust camp programming to best suit camper ages/needs/interests

- Develop clear plans for effectively training staff and campers in all required safety procedures

STAFF TRAINING, DEVELOPMENT, COACHING AND TEAM-BUILDING

- Plan dynamic and effective training to help excite and engage staff in preparing for a successful summer

- Ensure that staff from your team have completed all required training and are clear on their roles and responsibilities

- Model best-practices with campers, families and fellow staff to help them envision what success looks like

- Facilitate daily debriefs with staff to identify big successes and areas for growth and development

- Plan and implement a series of team-building activities and practices that help your team feel connected, supported and set up for success

DAY-TO-DAY PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

- Create a warm, safe, fun and welcoming environment for staff, campers and parents each day

- Ensure that each day of camp offers the highest quality of programming to all campers (including a clear and posted schedule, a variety of well-planned and dynamic outdoor and indoor activities, a chance for campers to develop skills and self-confidence, and a chance for them to build meaningful and positive connections with peers and staff)

- Ensure that effective safety protocols and in place

- Ensure that campers understand the behavior norms/standards and that staff are creating programming that promotes positive behaviours

- Lead a variety of activities modeling the best practices of facilitation

- Support and coach staff to lead exceptional activities

MANAGE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS

- Address any behavior concerns immediately using the Rookie League behavior management protocols (i.e. creating behavioral contracts, communicating with parents, creating behavioral management tools, etc) 

- Resolve internal conflicts among staff, parents, community organizations and/or campers

- Provide one-on-one attention to campers who require additional behavioural support

- Offer supportive and constructive feedback to help staff build off existing practices

ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS

- Ensure that all aspects of camp are designed to support an emotionally and physically safe experience for all campers and staff

- Make all decisions using a risk management lens

- Ensure that all safety concerns that arise at camp are adequately managed in a timely fashion (i.e. responded to effectively, communicated to parents, reported to using appropriate reporting procedures)

SITE MAINTENANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

- Ensure all administrative duties are effectively completed (i.e. registration binder is up to date and safely stored, camper attendance, staff time sheets, incident/accident reports, food order forms, weekly challenges, site maintenance forms, etc.)

- Ensure that the weekly camp calendar is completed out and displayed for participants and parents to see

- Ensure camp program materials, art and craft supplies, etc. are adequately stocked and cared for throughout the summer

- Inform parents of important dates/events and document all essential communication regarding parental or camper concerns

PROGRAM QUALITY ASSESSMENT

- Use a variety of Jays Care daily, weekly and seasonal assessment tools to ensure that campers, parents and staff can provide feedback to help strengthen the quality of the program each week and each season

- Share insights and suggestions to help Jays Care improve the quality of the program through a series of debriefs and meetings

EDUCATION/TRAINING/CERTIFICATION:

  • Completion or progress towards a University Degree and/or College Diploma in disciplines surrounding Children and Youth, Recreation, Social Work, Sport and/or Community Programming, Community Development, Teaching

EXPERIENCE

Required (must have):

  • Extensive experience facilitating recreational programming for children
  • Experience facilitating workshops for youth and adults
  • Experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based programs
  • Working knowledge of current issues, challenges and opportunities in Toronto Community Housing
  • Professional experience in the public and/or the not-for profit sector
  • Excellent communication abilities. Strong writing skills, excellent command of the English language
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task, a strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Team Player. Ability to see the big picture goals of the organization and contribute on day-to-day tasks
  • Willingness to work long hours and outside of regular 9-5 schedule
  • Willingness to travel for approximately 2 months

Desired (asset):

· Experience working with children living at or below the poverty line

· Experience managing, mentoring and coaching adults

· Experience coaching baseball

IT KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIRED:

Required (must have):

· Knowledge of Microsoft programs.

· Able to navigate internet and email use

COMPETENCIES / PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

· Superior written and oral communication skills

· Strong planning and coordination skills.

· Strong attention to details when planning

· Highly organized

· Highly motivated and committed to program success

· Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently

· Accurate and timely reporting

· Decision making skills

· Able to work under pressure

· Interested in being part of community development.

· Excellent interpersonal skills

· Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as external partners and prospective partners

Schedule: Full time Shift: Day Length of Contract: 3 Months Work Location: 1 Blue Jays Way (210), Toronto, ON Travel Requirements: Up to 10% Posting Category/Function: Project Management & Coordination Requisition ID: 132596 Together, we'll make more possible, and these six shared values guide and define our work:
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