Summer Camp Counsellor - Art Gallery

Date Posted: Jan 11, 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 03, 2018
Start Date: Jun 18, 2018

Salary: $14 (CAD) Hourly
Province: Ontario
Region: York Region
City: Markham
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Term: Summer Jobs
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

City of Markham
The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life. 

Job Description

The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.

Applications are now being accepted for the Camp Counsellor - Varley Art Gallery position in the Culture Department within the Community and Fire Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=markham&jobId=229699&lang=en_CA&source=CC3 by March 3, 2018. 

Job Summary
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 are 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 Coordinator 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 


Requirements:

Qualifications
  • Minimum age is 16
  • 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 working with children, knowledge of child development and 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)
  • Completion of counsellor-in-training/leader-in-training program would be an asset
  • Previous camp experience is an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR 'C' is required
  • HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development certificate is required
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset
  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example. 
     
All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of May 2018. 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. 
 
Summer student applicants must be currently enrolled in a full-time educational institution and must also be returning full-time for the fall season. Eligibility in Young Canada Works program in Canadian Heritage is required. 

How to Apply:

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 
 
Please respect our scent free area by not wearing scented products when visiting the office. 

Contact Info:

Website: www.markham.ca

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