The Corporation of the City of Markham Recreation Camp Inclusion Director Internship in Markham, ON

The Corporation of the City of Markham

Branch Markham ON CA

Recreation Camp Inclusion Director
Markham, ON

Knowledge of crafts, sports, music and/or games. Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Inclusion Camp Director position in the Recreation Services…

Job Description

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Inclusion Camp Director position in the Recreation Services Department, Community and Fire Services Commission. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume at www.markham.ca by November 17, 2017.

Contract period: February-May will be occasional part time hours and May 28 -September will be full time hours.

Job Summary

Manages all program planning, program delivery and administration for the special needs services within the City of Markham’s Summer Day Camps

Oversees approximately 60-100 campers with special needs ranging primarily from 4 to 16 years of age, while supervising and coaching 15-20 staff including inclusion supervisors and inclusion counselors. Also provides support to staff in day camps via Integration services.

Responsible for coordinating, implementing and supervising Camp Integration services initiatives

Where appropriate, ensures accessible recreation and leisure opportunities as well as integrated services for all ages and abilities in accordance with departmental policies and procedures

Through effective leadership and adaptive programming, enables campers with special needs to participate in camp activities so they can develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem

Provides leadership, supervision, guidance and resources to inclusion and camp staff

Accountable for day-to-day operations under the guidance of the Recreation Coordinator, Programs and Outreach, ensuring camp activities are safe, inclusive and high quality

Job Tasks

Provides daily direction and support to inclusion and camp staff as required, planning and scheduling resources, routines, schedules and procedures to ensure successful implementation
Oversees daily activities across camps including the before and after care program, ensuring programming is effective and adapted to individual camper needs
Prioritizes child well-being, safety and protection throughout the camp. Evaluates situations for potential risks to the safety, protection and well-being of campers and staff, proactively taking mitigating actions to address such risks.
Demonstrates sensitivity to and appreciation of special needs and diversity generally.
Assesses potential campers with special needs and arranges appropriate placements. May conduct intake meetings with families as required to better understand the individual’s unique case and support needs. Prepares and circulates pre-camp intake reports for staff.
Acts as a leader role model, fostering a positive learning environment where people feel included as members of a team and are motivated to work towards common goals
Liaises with camp supervisors and staff to resolve any issues with the support of the Community Program Supervisor and/or Community Recreation Coordinator
Serves as an ambassador for the Corporation of the City of Markham, liaising frequently with parents of campers including e-mail to communicate camp information, provide contact information, resolve issues or address concerns with the support of the Community Program Supervisor and/or Community Program Coordinator. Displays a heightened sense of customer service.
Provides regular updates and feedback to the Camp Directors and Recreation Coordinator, Programs and Outreach
Plans and implements camp staff training. Plays a leadership role in camp preparations as well as regular meetings.
Ensures adherence of policies and procedures working closely with other directors to ensure consistency under the guidance of the Recreation Coordinator, Programs and Outreach
Provides on-going training, coaching and recognition to staff and volunteers. Provides regular feedback and completes formal performance assessments for all direct reports. May assist with recruitment and screening of camp staff.
Serves as the main point of contact for City-wide crisis management for campers with special needs, conducting evaluations of the services and providing options to parents
Researches information regarding various special needs to ensure successful integration and accommodation
Oversees adaptive supplies and equipment inventory for sessions, ensuring that all necessary supplies and equipment are ordered and received in accordance with City policies
Oversees bussing arrangements, reporting any issues to the Recreation Coordinator, Programs and Outreach
Demonstrates the confidence and ability to make decisions independently of peers and in the best interests of the campers. Resolves problems and conflicts effectively as they arise.
Reports all incidents promptly and thoroughly to the City using incident/accident report forms and processes. Maintains camp documentation, including registration information, attendance records, permission and waiver forms and timesheets.
Completes a full report on the camp session including feedback and recommendations to the Recreation Coordinator, Programs and Outreach at the conclusion of the summer
May assist campers with toileting, feeding and changing of children with exceptionalities always in the attendance of another staff member. (There must be a minimum of two staff taking a child to the washroom or assisting with changing.)
Responsible for effective and efficient communication to all stakeholders including parents, campers and staff
Oversees inclusion camp purchases in accordance with City policies and budget
Other duties as required

Leadership: the ability to influence and motivate others while maintaining an overall commitment to excellence
Safety & Risk Management: the mindset of actively anticipating and mitigating all aspects of risk
Teambuilding: the ability to foster a strong team environment within the camp
Judgment: the capacity to assess situations, draw appropriate conclusions and make sound decisions
Customer Service: the ability to focus individual and group efforts toward identifying and meeting community needs
Organization: the capability to plan and implement complex programs
Problem Solving: the ability to effectively manage and resolve day-to-day issues as they arise

Job Requirements

Must have completed a minimum of 2 years post-secondary education, in the field of Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation; other fields will be considered as relevant, i.e. Education

Minimum of two years/summers of camp experience in a senior supervisory capacity managing staff and/or volunteers

Extensive knowledge of special needs programming and child development stages

Demonstrated experience developing, organizing and carrying out both regular daily and special programs

Knowledge of crafts, sports, music and/or games

Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required

Driver’s license is required

HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required

HIGH FIVE Quest is an asset

Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)/ Safe Management is an asset

Computer skills (Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Acrobat); CLASS applications are an asset

Must be able to work in a variety of work environments i.e. indoors (with or without air conditioning) and outdoors

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation, please contact the HR Department with your requirements.

We thank all applicants who have applied, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All offers of employment for this position will be conditional on satisfactory reference checks and vulnerable sector screening checks as required for the City of Markham.

Please respect our scent free area by not wearing scented products when visiting the office.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Internship
Location: Markham, ON, CA
Posted on: 2017-10-30
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