Implement and evaluate the Recreation Assistance Program (a one on one support program) matching individuals living with disabilities with staff to facilitate a positive, safe recreation experience.
Provide resources and communicate with external organizations and individuals who provide one on one support services to individuals participating in programs or using our facilities.
Coach and provide assistance to recreation staff with regards to individuals who display behaviours inconsistent with the safe, welcoming, operation of our programs and services.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Working with a variety of teams, plan, develop and implement the Recreation Assistance Program,
- Support staff to assist individuals living with one or more disabilities (physical or intellectual) to feel a sense of belonging and enjoyment while participating in our programs.
- Provide internal/external customer service and coaching to staff to resolve issues and logistics with regards to participation in recreation programs/services as it pertains to behaviours and support services.
- Consult with participants and their advocates (e.g. family members, caregivers) to identify interests and accommodation required to support participation in recreation programs and services.
- Liaise with recreation staff to match participants with programs and services that will meet their interests and needs.
- In conjunction with other staff, develop, implement, evaluate and continuously improve part-time staff training, internal/external program communications and standard operating procedures as it pertains to the Recreation Assistance Program
- Participate in all financial tracking and recording including but not limited to budget forecast, expenses, usage statistics etc.
- Working closely with a variety of departments/divisions and external organizations or individuals to enhance the enjoyment, safety and sense of belonging for individuals who require support while participating in recreation programs and using recreation facilities.
- Model the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development and monitor staff to ensure HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development are implemented and adhered to where appropriate.
- Comply with relevant City policies.
- Provide ad hoc assistance on projects/initiatives within and outside of the unit/team.
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality and privacy as it pertains to staff, participants and families.
- Provide onsite functional guidance to staff as it pertains to the Recreation Assistance Program and behaviours that are inconsistent with providing safe, enjoyable, experiences for all.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications
- Degree or diploma in one of the following areas: Recreation, Recreation Therapy, Disability Studies, Behaviour Sciences, Adapted Physical Education/Activity, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience, in program planning, training staff, program delivery/teaching and part time staff supervision/evaluation.
- Experience with recreation program design and delivery for individuals who live with one or more disabilities, chronic conditions, behaviour management concerns. Experience with both children and adults is an asset.
- Knowledge of best practices and key issues related to accessibility and inclusion practices in aquatics, fitness and municipal community program settings.
- Must possess exceptional customer service,communication and Microsoft Program skills
- Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends at locations throughout the City of Mississauga.
- Must have a current valid drivers license and access to a vehicle to travel during work time.
Hourly Rate/Salary: $33.05 - $44.06
Hours of Work: 35
Work Location: 201 City Centre Drive
Department/Division/Section: CMS/Community Services Dept , CMS/Recreation Division , Aquatics, Therapeutic & Fitness
Non-Union/Union: Non Union
A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.
We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.