Rookie League, Camp Director

Date: Apr 23, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON, CA, M5V 1J1

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Rookie League, Camp Director

Jays Care Foundation | Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

Rookie League Camp Directors will be responsible for planning and leading camp programming for up to 50 children and youth living in Toronto Community Housing throughout the summer. Given the COVID-19 related restrictions currently in place in Ontario, this role will either be responsible for leading:

  • a VIRTUAL camp (if restrictions remain in place); or
  • an IN-PERSON camp (if restrictions are lifted).

 

Candidates should have extensive experience running recreational programs for children and youth, as well as experience training and coaching youth staff. The role begins in June with extensive training and planning time, followed by 7 weeks of daily programming.

 

All interested candidates are to select their preferred Rookie League age group they would be most interested in supervising as a Camp Director. Please note your selection on your cover letter. Age Group options are:

  1. Youth aged 6 – 12 years old
  2. Youth aged 13 – 15 years old (our Leaders in Training (LIT) program)

 

REPORTS TO: Rookie League Coordinators

TERM: June 7 – August 20, 2021

COMPENSATION: ($18/hour – 35 hours per week)

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

PROGRAM PLANNING

  • Design a 7-week camp schedule (either for in-person camp or for virtual camp using Zoom as the camp software) ensuring that each week has a strong theme and that special programming days are organized well in advance
  • 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 camp 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 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

  • Participate in virtual and in-person training to best prepare for the role
  • Model best-practices with campers, families and fellow staff to help them envision what success looks like
  • Facilitate daily debriefs with partner staff to identify big successes and areas for growth and development in programming

 

DAY-TO-DAY PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

  • Create a warm, safe, fun and welcoming environment for staff and campers each day
  • Ensure that each day of camp offers the highest quality of programming to all campers (including a clear schedule, a variety of well-planned activities such as team builders and nightly challenges, 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)
  • Facilitate activities in ways that inspire campers to engage, laugh and connect with each other
  • Manage and troubleshoot any issues that arise that limit campers’ abilities to participate fully in programming
  • Ensure that effective safety protocols are in place, including physical, emotional, and online safety measures
  • Ensure that campers understand behaviour expectations and that staff are creating programming that promotes positive behaviours

 

MANAGE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS

  • Create and implement behaviour management strategies that promote positive behaviours at camp
  • Address any behaviour concerns immediately using Rookie League 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 campers
  • Provide one-on-one attention to campers who require additional behavioural support  
  • Offer supportive and constructive feedback to help staff build on existing practices

 

ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS

  • Ensure that all aspects of camp are designed to support an emotionally and physically safe online experience for all campers and staff
  • Make all decisions using a risk management lens
  • Ensure that all safety concerns that arise at camp 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)

 

ADMINISTRATION

  • Ensure all administrative duties are effectively completed (i.e. participant information is up to date and safely stored, including: camper attendance, staff time sheets, incident/accident reports, weekly challenges, etc.)
  • Ensure that the weekly camp calendar is 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

 

EXPERIENCE

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

 

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 work through a virtual setting

 

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
  • Proficient in using video and online program platforms

 

COMPETENCIES / PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

  • 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
  • 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.

 

Schedule: Full time
Shift: Day
Length of Contract: 4 Months
Work Location: 1 Blue Jays Way (210), Toronto, ON 
Travel Requirements: None
Posting Category/Function: Project Management & Coordination
Requisition ID: 215305
 
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