The Corporation of the City of Markham Summer Camp Counsellor – Varley Art Gallery Internship in Markham, ON

The Corporation of the City of Markham

Branch Markham ON CA

Summer Camp Counsellor – Varley Art Gallery
Markham, ON

Studies in visual arts, education, arts administration, early childhood education or art history an asset….

Applications are now being accepted for the Camp Counsellor – Varley Art Gallery position in the Culture Department, Community and Fire Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line before March 4, 2017.

Supervises a group of campers at the City of Markham’s Varley Art Gallery’s Summer & Holiday Day Camps with responsibilities including facilitating lessons, program delivery and administration. Supervises a group of 8-10 campers (children or youth) in addition to volunteers.
Through effective leadership and programming, enables children and youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem. Accountable for the well-being of a group of campers under the guidance of the Camp Supervisor, ensuring camp activities are safe, educational, inclusive, high quality and meet the Varley Art Gallery’s overall goals.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES : Facilitates daily camp activities such as games, art activities and special events, educational museum themed activities. Helps to ensure programming is adapted to camper needs with regards to quality, safety, hygiene, weather, breaks etc. Promptly reports absences to the Camp Supervisor, maintains ratios and completes headcounts according to the City Camp policies and procedures. Delivers activity plans as written and approved by the Camp Supervisors, Summer Program Coordinator and Program Coordinator. Ensures lessons have been reviewed and ready to be presented to the campers prior to the program delivery. Participates in the delivery of the before and after care program 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. Ensures the well-being, safety and protection of each camper in his/her assigned group. Serves as a liaison with parents of campers, reinforcing City of Markham customer service, diversity and inclusion (special needs, ethno-cultural, English as second language, socio-economic). Prepares and organizes program equipment and supplies, reporting any inventory shortages to the Camp Supervisor. 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. Ensures all participants are aware of upcoming events and schedule changes. Organizes and assists with set-up and clean-up of camp events, activities and programs. Follows City of Markham policies and procedures in program activities. Maintains positive, constructive relationships with camp staff and volunteers with the goal of meeting camper needs. Works with Inclusion staff as needed to ensure all campers are able to participate. Coaches and mentors volunteers and campers, providing feedback to the Volunteer Co-ordinator through formal assessments. Provides regular updates and feedback to the Camp Supervisor. Participates in orientation and training sessions, supporting the Camp Supervisor where necessary. Attends and participates in staff meetings. Other duties as required.

COMPETENCIES: 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

Minimum Age: 16
Education: Currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution. Studies in visual arts, education, arts administration, early childhood education or art history an asset.
Experience: Experience working with children; knowledge of child development; previous experience in a gallery setting is an asset; experience in a leadership capacity is required i.e. student council member, leadership role on youth council, previous experience as a camp counsellor/junior camp counsellor/volunteer or related; completion of a counsellor-in-training/leader-in-training program would be an asset. Previous camp experience is an asset.
Licenses/Certifications: Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required; HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required; Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset.
All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of May 2017.

Summer student applicants must be currently enrolled in a full time educational institution and must also be returning full time for the fall season. All offers of employment for this position will be conditional on satisfactory reference checks and vulnerable sector checks as approved by the City of Markham. Eligibility in Young Canada Works program in Canadian Heritage is required.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, 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. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.
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.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Internship
Location: Markham, ON, CA
Posted on: 2017-01-24
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