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New Camp Director- Culture At City of Markham

Location: Markham, Ontario

Job Description

Applications are now being accepted for NEW Camp Director- Culture position at Flato Markham Theatre in the Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship Services Department. To apply to this position, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line by April 15, 2019.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre

Dates: Contract period is from May 13 – August 24, 2019.

  • Part time hours (May 13 – June 17)
  • Full time (June 17 – August 24) ; min 35-44 hours/week

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

The Junior Stars, Drama Camp and Actor’s Workshop programs work individually and in cooperation to rehearse and perform an age appropriate musical play for children. Each session is two weeks and culminates with a performance on Thursday evening on-stage at Flato Markham Theatre. Kinder Theatre Camp has a performance on Friday afternoon, during regular camp hours. Performing Arts Camp happens at Cornerstone Centre are two week sessions that are conducted at Cornerstone Centre and work towards a musical play performance on the last Friday of each session at Flato Markham Theatre during regular camp hours.

Job Summary:

Assists with the administration and facilitation of the Flato Markham Theatre Summer Camp. Has oversight responsibilities to ensure the highest level of program quality for the Theatre’s summer camp programs including the areas of program planning, program delivery and administration.Oversees approximately 100-130 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 other Summer Program Coordinators and Camp Directors 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 meets the Theatre’s overall goals and objectives.

Job Duties:

  • 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.
  • Oversees daily activities across the camp(s), ensuring programming is effective and adapted to camper needs with regards to safety, hygiene, weather, breaks etc.
  • 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.
  • Ensures adherence of policies and procedures working closely with Summer Camp 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)
  • Other duties as required.

Job Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of theatre, dance, and/or music.
  • Knowledge of special needs programming is an asset.
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required;
  • HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required; Quest Level 2 is required
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Acrobat) required; CLASS applications are an asset
  • Service Excellence: Builds a culture that responds efficiently and effectively to current and future customer needs.
  • Change & Innovation: Champions innovation and change and leads the organization to innovate, improve and evolve using effective change
    management practices.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Develops a culture of high performance teamwork and establishes effective relationships with key strategic stakeholders.
  • Communication: Communicates effectively in difficult situations, under pressure and with varied audiences; develops a culture of open, respectful communication.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Communicates strategic direction, ensures realistic objectives, aligns efforts and monitors progress; creates a culture that drives ethical behavior and accountability.
  • Management & Leadership: Creates an engaged and high performance culture where diversity is leveraged, continuous learning is supported and future leaders are developed.

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 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 checks as required by the City of Markham. All required certificates must be in good standing by the end of May 2019.

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