Camp Director - March Break Theatre Camp

Date Posted: Jan 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2020
Start Date: Mar 16, 2020

Hourly From: $15/hr To $20/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: York Region
City: Markham
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Other
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

City of Markham

We're looking for people to work for the City of Markham! We love diversity and we make sure that everyone feels welcome. We have around 1,000 full time staff across 20 business units. Depending on the season, between 1,300 and 1,800 part-time staff work here. Our jobs include:

  • Development planning
  • Parks and road maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Administrative and building inspections
  • Firefighters
  • Technologists
  • Financial Analysts
  • By-law enforcement staff
  • Recreation and Culture programming staff

Your skills should reflect our six core competencies, which include:

  • Service Excellence
  • Change & Innovation
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building
  • Communication
  • Accountable & Results Oriented
  • Management & Leadership

For leaders, in addition to the six core competencies, we look for:

  • Strategic thinking and planning

Job Description

Applications are now being accepted for the Camp Director - Theatre March Break Camp position in the Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship Services Department.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre  

Dates: Contract period is from March 16, 2020 - March 20, 2020   

  • Full time hours (min 35-44 hours/week) with some training hours required the week prior.   

Job Summary  

The Program Camp Director will assist the Discovery Program Coordinator with the daily administration and facilitation of the Flato Markham Theatre March Break Camps for all locations. The Camp Director will have oversight responsibilities to ensure the highest level of program quality for the Theatre’s camp programs including the areas of program planning, program delivery and administration. As well, oversees the supervision of approximately 175-200 campers per week ranging from 4 to 16 years of age, while supervising and coaching 40 staff including camp directors, supervisors, counsellors, and volunteers.  

Ensures consistency in camp policies and processes including training and communication in conjunction with Directors and Supervisors and Counsellors in the City as required.  

Through strategic leadership and programming, enables pre-schoolers, children and/or youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem. Accountable for day-to-day operations under the guidance of the Discovery Program Coordinator and the camp Artistic Director, ensuring camp activities are safe, educational, inclusive, high quality and meet the Theatre’s overall goals and objectives.  

Key Duties and Responsibilities   

  • Through effective leadership and programming, we enable children and youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem.  
  • Accountable for day-to-day operations under the guidance of the Discovery Program Coordinator, Artistic Director and Director team, ensuring camp activities are safe, educational, inclusive, high quality, creative, innovative, and meet the Theatre’s overall goals and standards.  
  • Act as a lead role model, fostering a positive learning environment where people feel included as members of a team and are motivated to work towards common goals. Ensures programming is adapted to camper needs with regards to safety, hygiene, weather, breaks, physical and mental abilities, etc.  
  • Provides daily direction and support to camp supervisors, counsellors and volunteers as required.  
  • Assists with the planning and scheduling of camp staff resources, routines, schedules and procedures to ensure successful program delivery.  
  • Manages class lists, attendance and daily schedules for staff and volunteers  
  • Prioritizes child well-being, safety and protection throughout the camp(s).  
  • Evaluates situations for potential risks to the safety, protection and well-being of campers and staff, proactively taking mitigating actions to address such risks.  
  • 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.  
  • Serves as an ambassador for the Corporation of the City of Markham, liaising with camp supervisors and resolving any issues with the support of the Discovery Program Coordinator. Consistently displays a heightened sense of customer service.  
  • Provides regular updates and feedback to the Discovery Program Coordinator and Artistic Director.  
  • Plans, implements, and assists in delivering camp staff training in conjunction with the Discovery Program Coordinator, Artistic Director, and other stakeholders. Plays a leadership role in camp preparations and daily activities.  
  • Ensures adherence of policies and procedures working closely with Program Coordinators and Camp Directors to ensure consistency under the guidance of the Discovery Program Coordinator.  
  • Provides on-going training, coaching and recognition to staff and volunteers.  
  • 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 Discovery Program Coordinator using incident/accident report forms and processes. Oversees the maintenance of camp documentation, including registration information, attendance records, sign in and sign out procedures, permission forms, waiver forms, and timesheets. Ensures the Camp Log Book is being utilized and completed properly.  
  • Provides ongoing feedback, implements changes, develops recommendations throughout the summer season based on observations, reviewing parent feedback surveys, and camp staff feedback.  
  • Responsible for effective and efficient communication to all stakeholders including parents, campers, staff, volunteers and special guests as well as managing phone and e-mail inquiries in a timely manner. This includes camp newsletters and notes.  
  • Serves as a liaison with parents, reinforcing City of Markham customer service, diversity and inclusion (special needs, ethno-cultural, English as second language, socio-economic).  
  • Responsible for Opening/Closing building during camp as a key holder.  
  • Some travel required between locations throughout the preparation and camp week from the Theatre to Cornerstone Centre.  
  • Other duties as required.   


  • Minimum Age: 18  
  • Must have completed a minimum of 2 years of post secondary education in Dramatic Arts, Performing Arts, Music/Dance, Education or related field.   
  • Must have camp experience  
  • Must have experience in a senior supervisory capacity managing staff and/or volunteers.  
  • Extensive knowledge of program planning and child development stages.  
  • Demonstrated experience developing, organizing and carrying out both regular daily and special programs.  
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required;  
  • HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required;  
  • HIGH FIVE Quest is an asset;  
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset  
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Acrobat)  
  • Knowledge of theatre, dance, and/or music.  
  • Knowledge of special needs programming is an asset  
  •  Driver’s License is considered an asset  
  • All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of September 2020.   
  • 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 behavior and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.  
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example. 

Additional Info:

Flato Markham Theatre operates six camps which run concurrently. Kinder Theatre Camp for ages 4-5, Junior Stars Camp for ages 6-7, Rising Stars for ages 8-9, Drama camp for ages 10-11, Actor’s Workshop for ages 12-16 and Performing Arts Camp at Cornerstone Centre for ages 6-13.  

The Junior Stars, Rising Stars and Drama Camp programs work both individually and in cooperation to rehearse and perform a musical play that is specifically written for children. The session is one week and culminates with a performance on Thursday evening. Kinder Theatre Camp has a performance on Friday afternoon, during regular camp hours. Performing Arts Camp happens at Cornerstone Centre and has a performance on Friday afternoon during camp hours at the Flato Markham Theatre.  

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on-line through the City of Markham website at Once you are on the Employment page, scroll down to the bottom and click on Current Opportunities, then "Apply Now". From there click on the 'Camp Director - March Break Camp THEATRE' posting and apply. All applications must be submitted by January 30, 2020.

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 applications selected for an interview will be contacted.   

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