PlayON Team Leader

YMCA of Greater Toronto - Whitby, ON (30+ days ago)

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Effective: September 1, 2020
Hours: Flexibility regarding assigned work schedules, including weekday afternoons, monthly morning management meetings, staff meetings, and training sessions
Locations: Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Mississauga, and Markham. Please ensure you are stating the city you are applying to in the email body; and if interested in more than one location please send one resume & cover letter and list the locations in order of preference.

Why Work for the Y?
YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides almost 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.


Port Perry

Good Shepherd C.S. - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 3:00-6:00PM


Dr. C.F. Cannon PS - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 2:30-6:00PM

Glen Street PS - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 2:45-6:00PM

Village Union PS - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 2:45-6:00PM

Woodcrest PS - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 2:45-6:00PM

Mary Street Community School - Monday-Friday - 2:45-5:15PM


Colonel J.E. Farewell PS - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 3:00-6:00PM

Bellwood PS - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 3:00-6:00PM


Lester B. Pearson PS - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 3:00-6:00PM


Bayview Heights PS - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 2:30-6:00PM

Fairport Beach PS - Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 2:45-6:00PM


Markham Gateway PS - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 2:30-6:00PM


David Leeder Middle School - Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 1:45-5:30PM

Nature and Scope

PlayON is an after school recreation program serving youth 6-14 (Grades 1-8) years old in high priority neighbourhoods. The objective of this program focuses on physical education, nutrition, and wellness programming for the participants. Programming is created and led out by the Team Leaders and Instructors. In nutrition, there is an emphasis on cooking and hands-on learning in the kitchen. Indoor and outdoor play is mandatory for physical education and all games are modified for age and skill level. Wellness introduces concepts such as self care, mental wellbeing, diversity, etc. in a play-based way to the participants.

The team leader will support instructors and volunteers, and participate in the hands on creation and delivery of play-based programming ensuring a safe and inclusive playspace for the students while adhering strictly to all health and safety protocols. They will also be responsible for maintaining and adhering to the monthly budget, meeting all administrative deadlines, maintaining and organizing paperwork, and hosting monthly staff meetings.


  • Provides leadership to PlayON Instructors in planning and implementing quality recreation based programs consistently and in accordance with YMCA standards and funding requirements; acting as a role model for staff, while providing coaching and mentoring to the team.
  • Develops and demonstrates an awareness and understanding of community and works collaboratively with Manager and PlayON and Youth Program Coordinator with meeting the Community needs.
  • Takes action to ensure fun, safe and healthy experiences for all participants (Grades 1-8/ Ages 6-14). Builds rapport with students, staff, volunteers, and school personnel.
  • Consistently creates and delivers diverse and recreation-based programming in all three target areas (Physical Education, Nutrition and Wellness) in a manner in which the mission, values, goals and practices of the YMCA of Greater Toronto are being met, while building positive relationships.
  • Ensures that the principles of Healthy Child Development and the Children’s Services standards are practiced in the delivery and planning of all children’s programs.
  • Organizes and completes monthly wrap up and other documentation in a punctual manner.
  • Supports families in registering for the program and ensures that all children are registered in the program; actively participates in scheduled programs, meetings and special events programming.
  • Monitors the safety of all participants throughout all activities and programs; indoors and outdoors.
  • Maintains a clean and organized workspace and play area (e.g. preparing and cleaning up daily snacks, organized play materials and supplies, smooth set up and take down of playspace, etc.).
  • Actively participates in scheduled shifts, staff meetings and monthly training sessions.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Enrolled/Completion of post-secondary education in related fields such as Early Childhood Educator, Recreation and Leisure, Child and Youth, Social Worker, Psychology, Sociology, Kinesiology, etc.
  • Current Standard First Aid/CPR C required prior to first day of work
  • Previous experience supervising staff is preferred
  • Good understanding of exceptionalities and behaviour management techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work well independently and in a team environment
  • Flexibility regarding assigned work schedules, including weekday afternoons, monthly morning management meetings, staff meetings, and training sessions
  • Only those individuals legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered for employment with the YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Must be able to work outdoors daily year-round; may be exposed to heat, humidity or cold
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

Reference ID: 0019

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: $17.69 per hour

Work remotely:

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