Seasonal Overnight Assistant Director (Camp Otonabee)

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Position: Seasonal Overnight Assistant Director (Camp Otonabee)
Location: 1620 Sixth Line Rd RR #1, Dunrobin, ON
Type: Casual, part-time contract, preferred start date May 1, 2023. Half-day rate of $75.00 and full-day rate of $150.00.
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 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.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program

What do you offer?

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region’s Bonnenfant YMCA-YWCA Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre is a year-round Outdoor Education and Summer Camp facility that serves more than 10,000 participants each year. The BYOC provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to engage in outdoor activities, enjoy the natural environment, build self-confidence, and establish lasting friendships. The BYOC is focused on providing exceptional leadership training and outdoor education and adventure experiences that will promote healthy lifestyles and encourage positive relationships with the natural world.

The Overnight Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and Camping is responsible for assisting with the overall portfolio of the camping branch, including supporting the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Centre and Camp Otonabee.

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Assist in the coordination of camp logistics
  • Coaching, motivating, and mentoring the seasonal camp team
  • Frequent collaboration during planning sessions and implementing change throughout the department
  • Responsible for making independent decisions that reflect the practices and policies of the YMCA-YWCA regarding managing the safety of all campers and staff
  • Must use sound judgment in dealing with sensitive, confidential matters that apply to employees and participants.
  • Assist with incorporating the principles of YMCA Healthy Child Development into all programming

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At the 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:


  • Undergraduate degree in business/recreation/human kinetics/social services would be an asset
  • Bachelor of Education would be an asset
  • A Degree that demonstrates high-level communication skills


  • Fluent in English, oral and written
  • Bilingualism an asset

Experience, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrate diplomacy when managing staff
  • Strong and effective listening skills
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Effective presentation skills for staff training sessions, and parent information nights, among others
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of related experience; working in an outdoor education and camping environment is an asset
  • 2 years of supervisory experience showing a progressive understanding of the YMCA-YWCA and the ability to establish and manage strong relationships with staff and participants.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification
  • Sound knowledge of child development
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds including visible and invisible dimensions of diversity
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to manage difficult situations or phone calls, provide counselling to team or peers
  • Ability to provide advice to others on how to solve a problem
  • Certification(s) in challenge course Facilitation, National Lifeguard Service, Wilderness First Aid, Paddle Canada, and membership in related associations will all be considered assets

Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Flexible to work days, evenings, and weekends
  • 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.

Core Competencies:

  • Effective Interactive Communication: the ability to transmit and receive information clearly and communicate effectively with others by considering their points of view to respond appropriately. Communicates in a thorough, clear, and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association. Communication will consistently occur within and outside the organization.
  • Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains the highest 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 among all team members.  
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Demonstrating high concern for the health and safety of all team members, giving extra attention to Y’s guidelines on workplace safety. Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others about risk and harm reduction.
  • 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+.

YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, the YMCA will endeavor to provide accommodation to people with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please email upon scheduling your interview.

How to apply?


All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Marisa Yeomans. Please send applications to Program Supervisor, Marisa Yeomans (

Thank you for your interest in joining the YMCA of the National Capital Region. We appreciate all applications. Due to the volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those selected for further consideration in the hiring process.

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

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