Home Run Scholars, Program Director

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Home Run Scholars, Program Director

Jays Care Foundation | Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

Home Run Scholars Program Directors are responsible for planning and leading after-school programming for up to 160 children, aged 6-12, living in Toronto Community Housing throughout the school year. This role will be responsible for leading IN-PERSON recreation programming, supervised under the guidance of current COVID-19 restrictions in place in Ontario.


The ideal candidate will have extensive experience running recreational programs for children, as well as experience training and coaching youth staff. The role begins in January 2022 with extensive training and planning time, followed by two cycles of 8-week daily programming.


REPORTS TO: Jays Care Program Specialist

TERM: January 10th – May 11th, 2022

COMPENSATION: ($18/hour – 11.25 hours per week)

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: 3PM to 6:45PM, Mon, Tues, and Wed




  • Design 8-week afterschool in-person recreation programming for groups of 10 to 20 children aged 6 to 12. Programming incorporates speciality club topics (such as but not limited to: Art, Stem, Multimedia, World Explorers, Fun and Fitness, and Detective Club)
  • Implement programming that introduces new themes and topics to participants to enhance learnings and achieve program goals
  • Prepare tools and resources 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 program culture, activities that will bring each weekly theme to life, organizational tools that will help your team plan and implement great programs each day, etc.)
  • Connect with all registered families on an ongoing basis to develop rapport, address any issues, and adjust programming to best suit participant ages/needs/interests
  • Develop clear plans for effectively training staff and campers in all required safety procedures



  • Participate in training to best prepare for the role
  • Maintain high level of professionalism and organization as point of contact and lead for site
  • Work collaboratively with other onsite program staff to lead, support and coach to ensure all team members are prepared and successful in their roles
  • Model best-practices with campers, families, and fellow staff to help them envision what success looks like
  • Facilitate daily debriefs with staff to identify successes and areas for growth and development in programming



  • Create a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for staff and youth participants each day
  • Ensure that each day follows program schedule and offers the highest quality of recreation activities to all campers (including a clear schedule, a variety of well-planned activities, a chance for participants to develop skills and self-confidence, and a chance for them to build meaningful and positive connections with peers and staff)
  • Facilitate activities in ways that inspire participants to engage, identify personal strengths, connect with each other, and have fun
  • Manage and troubleshoot any issues that arise that limit participants’ abilities to participate fully in programming
  • Ensure that effective safety protocols are in place and being followed
  • Ensure that campers understand behaviour expectations and that staff are creating programming that promotes positive behaviours



  • Create and implement behaviour management strategies that promote positive behaviours at the program
  • Address any behaviour concerns immediately using Home Run Scholars behaviour management protocols (i.e. creating behavioural contracts, communicating with parents, creating and implementing behavioural management tools, etc.) 
  • Resolve and create action plans for internal conflicts among staff, parents, community organizations, and/or participants
  • Provide one-on-one attention to campers who require additional behavioural support  
  • Offer supportive and constructive feedback to help staff build on existing practices



  • Ensure that all aspects of the program are designed to support an emotionally and physically safe experience for campers and staff
  • Make all decisions using a risk management lens
  • Ensure that all safety concerns that arise at the program are properly managed in a timely fashion (i.e. responded to effectively, communicated to parents, reported to supervisors and external professionals using appropriate reporting procedures)



  • Ensure all administrative duties are effectively completed (i.e. participant information is up to date and safely stored, including: participant attendance, staff time sheets, incident/accident reports, etc.)
  • Ensure that the weekly programming plans are completed and sent to your supervisor, as well as participants/parents in advance with any required materials or pre-work activities
  • Inform parents of important dates and document all essential communication regarding parental and/or camper concerns




  • 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, Physical Education


REQUIRED (must have):

  • Extensive experience facilitating recreational programming and workshops for children
  • Experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation of outcome-based programs
  • Strong communication abilities, including writing and speaking English
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task, a strong attention to detail
  • Able to navigate internet and email use
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Team player


DESIRED (asset):

  • Experience working with children living at or below the poverty line
  • Working knowledge of current issues, challenges, and opportunities in Toronto Community Housing
  • Experience managing, mentoring, and coaching adults
  • Experience planning and facilitating speciality club programming
  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs
  • Professional experience in the public and/or the not-for-profit sector



  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Strong planning and coordination skills
  • Strong attention to detail when planning
  • Highly organized
  • Highly motivated and committed to program success
  • Team player with the ability to work independently
  • Accurate and timely reporting
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Interested in being part of community development
  • Strong desire for youth education and teaching
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as external partners and prospective partners


About Jays Care Foundation:

As the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care uses baseball to teach life skills and create lasting social change for children and youth in marginalized communities across Canada. We proudly work in all ten provinces and two territories running programs to level the playing field for Canadian kids facing some of the most pronounced opportunity gaps, including: kids living in inner cities; kids living in First Nation and northern communities; kids living with physical and/or cognitive disabilities; and girls without access to sport. To learn more, visit jayscare.com.


Jays Care is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.


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Schedule: Part time

Shift: Evening

Length of Contract: 6 Months

Work Location: 1 Blue Jays Way (210), Toronto, ON

Travel Requirements: None

Posting Category/Function: Project Management & Coordination

Requisition ID: 241949


Posting Notes:  Student and New Grad





Toronto, ON, CA

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· Health & well-being benefits
· Donation matching
· Paid time off for volunteering
· Wealth Accumulation including: Pension plan & Employee stock options
· Generous employee discounts
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