Camp Assistant Coordinator, Camping and Outdoor Education (Neighbourhood Day Camps)
Location: Various Locations (Ottawa West, Ottawa East)
Type: Casual, part-time contract, hourly rate of $17.07
Preferred start date: Monday, May 01, 2023
Closing date: Friday, Jun 23, 2023
As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA 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 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 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.
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.
- Access to an Employee Assistance Program
What you offer?
Reporting to the Neighbourhood Day Camp Coordinator, the NDC Summer Assistant Coordinator supervises and implements the delivery of quality recreational programs, services, and experiences to children and youth aged 4 to 16 enrolled in Neighbourhood Day Camp programs. The NDC Assistant Coordinator supervises counsellors and program staff and provides them with tools to create a meaningful camp experience for all participants as they engage in summer camp activities, discover nature and enjoy the natural environment, build self-confidence and establish lasting friendships.
The Assistant Coordinator is responsible for supporting the training of staff and providing them with tools to be successful in their role.
This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.
There will be 2 Assistant Coordinators, 1 in the West end of Ottawa and 1 in the East end of Ottawa. Overseeing sites in;
- Ottawa- Centre
Some of the tasks of this position include:
- Give first priority to the camper’s needs
- Provide high-quality facilitation of all program areas at Camp Otonabee
- Assist in the creation, development, and maintenance of programs at Camp Otonabee
- Supervise Section Heads, Program Staff or Camp Counsellors
- Support in the training of staff
- Provide customer service to all of our parents and campers
- Perform some housekeeping responsibilities – sanitation of equipment, program areas, etc.
- Assist in set up and take down of equipment
- Report Directly to the Camping Coordinator
What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?
At YMCA 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:
- Ability to work in English
- Bilingualism an asset
Experience, Skills, and Abilities
- National Lifeguard Certification, Bronze Cross, Paddle Canada, or other relevant certifications are strongly considered assets for this position
- CUI Level 1 or Level 2 or previous high ropes experience/hours is considered an asset
- Current Standard First Aid & CPR “C” certification
- Well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution skills and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with children, members, staff, and volunteers
- Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
- Experience in day or residential camps in positions with progressive leadership and responsibility
- Sound knowledge of child development
- Minimum of 18 years old
- A minimum of 4 years' experience working in and around camping and outdoor education and a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience in and around camping and outdoor education
- 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
- Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons and submit the certificate of completion.
- Working with children requires creative problem-solving when behavioural, group dynamics, or safety will be impacted. Assistance may be required from the supervisor. Staff is expected to follow current behavioural and child protection policies.
- Communication: The ability to transmit and receive information clearly and communicate effectively to others by considering their points of view in order to respond appropriately. It includes using tact and diplomacy in all communications as well as the ability to convey ideas and information, both orally and in writing, in a way that brings understanding to the target audience.
- Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
- Teamwork and collaboration: The ability to collaborate effectively with others, to be part of a team, and to promote quality work through effective contribution to others’ efforts. Create an atmosphere of trust amongst all team members.
- Concern for Health and Safety: Demonstrates high concern for the health and safety of all team members, giving extra attention to Y’s guidelines on workplace safety.
- Service Orientation: Focusing one’s efforts on discovering and meeting the client’s needs. It implies a desire to help or serve others, to meet their needs.
- Risk Management: Ability to apply knowledge and skills to identify potential risks in advance, analyze them and take precautionary steps to reduce/curb the risk.
- Relationship Building: The ability to build and/or maintain reciprocal and friendly relationships with networks of people who may be able to partner or assist in moving an agenda forward or furthering the organization’s goals.
- Quality Focus: Taking pride in ensuring that tasks are completed with a focus on accuracy and quality by monitoring and checking work or information, insisting on clarity of roles and functions, planning, etc.
- Leadership: Taking a role as leader of a team or other group. It implies a desire to lead others using soft power and interpersonal skills.
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 as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, and 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 of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Sara Pinsky. Please send applications to the Camping and Outdoor Education General Manager, Sara Pinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The YMCA 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.