POSITION: EXCEL (ADVENTURE BASED LEARNING) PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
REPORTING TO: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
JOB TYPE: SEASONAL, NON-BARGAINING
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 5th ST 2019 OR UNTIL FILLED
EXPECTED START DATE: JUNE 10 TH , 2019 CONTRACT END DATE: AUGUST 25TH , 2019 LOCATION: HALIBURTON
ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Child Development Institute (CDI) is a leading children’s mental health agency in the City of Toronto offering a range of services to approximately 3,500 children ages 0‐12, youth ages 13-18 and their families each year. Our mission is to promote and support the healthy development of children and to strengthen the families and communities in which they live. We provide four streams of service to families in need: early intervention, family violence, healthy child development and specialized mental health services for children and youth with learning disabilities.
Camp Towhee/Towhee Summer Residential Therapeutic Program treats youth with Mental Health issues complicated by Learning Disabilities. Located in Haliburton, Ontario, Towhee positively changes the trajectory of kids and staff lives. Towhee will be one of the most rewarding, magical and hardest places you will ever work. We provide 10 days of training covering behaviour management, counselling skills, CPI, mental health, learning disabilities, and health & safety. If you are interested in a career in the social services, psychology or teaching and/or want to play a pivotal role in supporting children and youth in feeling safe enough to be their genuine amazing selves – Towhee is the place for you to get real experience, skill building, and be part of that change.
The EXCEL Program allows campers to learn about and experience teamwork, trust, and the ability to exceed their expectations through group activities, low-rope initiatives and high-ropes elements. The EXCEL (Adventure Based Learning) Program takes cabin groups through team challenges, initiatives, and low and high-rope elements to help develop strong communication, teamwork, and social skills while simultaneously providing a safe and challenging environment to practice our Challenge by Choice philosophy.
Child Development Institute (CDI) is seeking an EXCEL Program Supervisor, to join our dynamic Camp Towhee team. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping their team to develop, intentionally modify, and safely run Towhee’s adventure programming to meet the needs of each camper and cabin group. Under the director of the Assistant Director of Programming, the EXCEL Supervisor will also be responsible for actively supervising, managing, and being a resource and role model for their EXCEL staff team. This position is ideal for someone who is a dynamic relationship builder with a passion for helping campers to experience success through adventure based programming, experience facilitating camp programs and activities, experience with challenge courses and their operation, and experience managing and helping organize staff teams towards a common goal.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Ensuring the creation and delivery of safe, effective, and intentional programs from all EXCEL staff.
Providing direct supervision, feedback, and written evaluation to each EXCEL team member.
Perform as a part of the greater Towhee Supervisor Team, which includes the development of staff training, bonding, and other team building activities.
Assist in other areas of the camp by providing direct support and supervision of campers during meal times, evening programs, bedtime routines and night supervision
Adhere to, and interpret to all staff and campers the policies, practices, and procedures of Camp Towhee, and to act as a positive role model at all times. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Two (2) or more years in a post-secondary degree or equivalent experience
Previous professional experience working at Towhee or a related program within a camp environment, strongly preferred
Experience supervising and/or working collaboratively with a team
Experience working with children and/or youth, preferably our population
Personal, professional, or educational experiences in a related field
Ability to assume responsibility and exercise good judgment in making decisions within the scope of authority of the position
Ropes Course Instructor Certification (CUI Level 2) or willingness to obtain
Experience facilitating adventure based learning programming, including the use of high-ropes elements/climbing walls.
Bronze Cross swimming qualifications or higher, strongly preferred
Standard First Aid with CPR C
Must have a current and valid police records check with vulnerable sector screening
Demonstrated ability to work in a respectful and aware manner with groups from diverse background and experiences.
Fast-paced work environment.
Interacts with campers, other staff, supervisors/directors, family members, and visitors as required.
Responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient running of the Camp Towhee Challenge Course, including set up and take down of elements, the inspection of equipment, and the facilitation of elements and programs.
Responsible for facilitating high-ropes rescues if required
As needed requirement to lift children (up to 45 lbs.), in addition to bending, stooping, stretching, squatting, pushing, pulling, sitting, walking, and climbing stairs
Possibility of participation in a 3-4 day canoe trip (possibility of a 10 day trip), involving paddling, portaging, hiking, swimming, carrying equipment, and sleeping in tents.
Frequent physical activity including sitting, standing, walking, running, lifting and generally supporting campers and staff in camp activities and games, in addition to EXCEL specific duties.
COMPENSATION: Salary starts at $3,600, for camp season, includes room/board, and training.
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