Camp Director (2 Vacancies)

Easter Seals Ontario - North York, ON (30+ days ago)

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2 Full-Time Vacancies
Camp Woodeden Vacancy - London, Ontario
Camp Merrywood Vacancy - Perth, Ontario

(Anticipated Start Date – Mid November to December)

Do you want to work with people, make a difference in their lives, and get the breadth of experience you can build a meaningful career on? Do you have extensive experience leading a team in a camp environment? Do you pride yourself on your strong interpersonal and relationship building skills? Do you have exceptional organizational and time management skills and thrive working in dynamic and fast paced environment? Do you think you have what it takes to become our Camp Director? If you answered YES, we want to hear from you!

About Easter Seals Ontario

Easter Seals is a registered charitable organization that helps children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Since 1922, with the help of our generous donors, Easter Seals has been offering programs and services that enable kids to experience greater independence and focus on what they can do rather than on their limitations. We assist families with the purchase of essential mobility and accessibility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, porch lifts and ramps, as well as toileting aids and bathing equipment. We are also an industry leader in providing fully accessible summer camp programs at our two camps, Camp Woodeden in London and Camp Merrywood in Perth. In addition, Easter Seals offers access to special education and other information resources for parents and public education and awareness on disability issues.
What's it like to work at Easter Seals Ontario?

It's challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Together, we are helping kids BE KIDS!
Position Overview:

Responsible for the direction and operation of the overnight summer camp program for children and young adults aged 6-26 years.

Key Priorities for the Role:

  • Operations Management
  • Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
  • Financial Management
  • Property and Facilities Management
  • Staff Management and Development
  • Communication & Administration

Major Responsibilities:
Operations Management

  • Execute operational strategies.
  • Monitor and evaluate all programs and services through regular visitation of site, hands-on leadership, and implementation of appropriate evaluation tools.
  • Investigate, manage and oversee all incidents and serious concerns.
  • Implement the camp’s crisis response plan as required.

Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation

  • Plan and implement programs in conjunction with the Camp Leadership Team – pre-camp training, the open house and other special events.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager, review the camp program on a regular basis to ensure the program is meeting the objectives of the recreation department and those of Easter Seals Ontario.

Financial Management

  • Monitor budget for camp within purview and make recommendations to the CEO and Director of Finance.

Property and Facilities Management

  • Consult daily with on-site contractors and maintenance supervisors regularly.
  • Ensure all emergency plans are in place, up-to-date and known by all site personnel including, but not limited to fire, medical emergency, wild animals, natural disasters and other threats
  • Identifying all equipment regulations and ensuring that all equipment used at camp is safe and compliant

Staff Management and Development

  • Recruit, hire, train, motivate, manage, supervise and evaluate all seasonal counsellor, program staff, nurses, volunteers and members of the Leadership Team.
  • Remain visible and accessible by participating as fully as possible in all camp programs.
  • Work with the Human Resources team to ensure that all policies and process are followed and employees are compliant
  • Support and provide leadership to all Camp staff including in the development and delivery of recreational plans

Communication & Administration

  • Communications, correspondence and the provision of excellent customer service for all campers, families and various program participants in order to assure the highest retention possible.
  • Partner with community groups, service clubs and donors.
  • Reinforce the camp philosophy, policies and standards by acting as a role model to the staff and being an active participant in the camp community.
  • Other responsibilities as required to ensure the success of the program.

Required Professional Designation/Certificate:

  • University Degree and/or College Diploma in disciplines surrounding Children and Youth, Recreation, Social Work, Community Programming, and/or Community Development.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Standard First Aid & CPR-C certification required.
  • High Ropes Course certification (for Camp Woodeden), WHMIS, Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Operator’s Certification an asset (will provide training).

Required Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years in a similar role
  • Extensive experience facilitating recreational programming for children
  • Experience facilitating workshops for youth and adults
  • Proven knowledge of and experience facilitating high quality recreational programs - planning, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based programs.
  • Demonstrated experience to effectively manage and lead others in a team atmosphere
  • Experience working with children/youth who have a physical disability an asset.
  • Experience with Camp Brain software considered an asset.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the general public, participants, parents/guardians of participants and staff.
  • Strong writing skills, excellent command of the English language
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task, a strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work long hours and outside of regular 9-5 schedule
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and with flexibility, in order to respond to rapidly shifting priorities.

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 (based on experience)

2 Camp Locations:

  • Camp Woodeden Vacancy - London, Ontario
  • Camp Merrywood Vacancy - Perth, Ontario

Please note: Housing will be provided on site for the Camp Woodeden Director. The Camp Merrywood Director will be required to live on site from mid-May until the end of August.

For consideration, please submit your resume to Human Resources for consideration. Please attach your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume as one document and reference “CAMP DIRECTOR – LOCATION (indicate which camp location you would like to be considered for) clearly in the subject heading.
Easter Seals Ontario sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in advance however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including a vulnerable sector screen.

Note: The position will remain open until filled and rolling interviews will be conducted as soon as qualified applications are received. No phone calls please.
Easter Seals Ontario is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. Candidates with be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process, such as tests, skills demonstrations, etc. Easter Seals Ontario is committed to providing reasonable accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 to $45,000.00 /year


  • similar: 5 years (Required)
  • recreational programming: 1 year (Required)