Rookie League LIT Leader

Rogers Communications - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Program Leader, Leaders In Training (LIT) Program (4 positions)

Jays Care Foundation is looking for 4 energetic, passionate, and experienced camp and recreation program leaders to support the design, facilitation and assessment of a 6 week Leader In Training (LIT) pilot project as part of our long-standing Rookie League summer day camp.

Rookie League is a 7 week summer day camp for more than 1000 children aged 6 to 12 living in Toronto Community Housing. For many years, parents of children who are aging out of the program (13-15) have requested continued programming for their teenagers. This year, we want to respond. Starting in two locations (10-15 LIT’s per location), the LIT program will enable youth aged 13 to 15 who have been Rookie League campers the chance to participate in a robust leadership development experience that enables them to gain skills, experience and mentorship that will help them secure meaningful employment when they turn 16.

We are looking for LIT Program Leaders who are creative, experienced, reliable, motivated, and dynamic facilitators. The job will involve implementing a curriculum for the 6 week program in a way that inspires and connects youth while building their skills and experience. In addition, the role includes managing field trips, addressing behaviours, introducing weekly leadership themes and supporting and celebrating participants. The job may require additional evening hours of work as assigned.

Candidates should have extensive experience running recreational programs for children and youth, as well as experience training and coaching young adults. The job begins in April (part-time) with light training and program planning and becomes a full time role on June 21st with comprehensive training and practical applications. Throughout July and August, the job involves working from 8:30am to 4:30pm at an assigned Toronto Community Housing building working with a group of 10-15 LITs.

LIT Coordinator – Jays Care Foundation


June 8 – August 21, 2020




4 different sites across Toronto (East & West)


Research and connect with a variety of organizations leading LIT programs to learn best practices and determine opportunities for collaboration
Host information nights at LIT sites, to share information and learn from youth their goals and hopes for the program
Help to identify Jays Care All-Stars (children, youth and coaches)
Design and implement a Parent Night with parents from our after school program to learn ways we can enhance the program in the future
Lead a series of clinics and workshops with a variety or Jays Care program partners
Support registration process for LIT program and for Rookie League


Support the design of a 6 week LIT schedule ensuring that each week has a strong leadership theme and all field trips are organized in advance
Prepare activities to help you get to know your LIT’s well from the first day together
Prepare tools to set your site up for success (i.e. pro-active tools for preventing challenging behaviours and celebrating LIT successes, tactics for developing a positive LIT program culture, decorations and activities that will bring each weekly theme to life, organizational tools that will help your team plan and implement great programs each day, etc.)
Develop relationships with building staff in order to ensure that the LIT program will run smoothly
Connect with all registered youth to develop rapport and adjust LIT programming to best suit LIT needs/interests
Develop clear plans for effectively training LIT’s in all required safety procedures

Plan dynamic and effective training to help excite and engage LIT’s in preparing for a successful summer
Model best-practices with LITs, families and fellow staff to help them envision what success looks like
Facilitate daily debriefs with LITs to identify big successes and areas for growth and development
Plan and implement a series of team-building activities and practices that help your LIT’s feel connected, supported and set up for success

Create a warm, safe, fun and welcoming environment for staff, LITs and parents each day
Ensure that each day of the LIT program offers the highest quality of programming to all LITs (including a clear and posted schedule, a variety of well-planned and dynamic outdoor and indoor leadership activities, a chance for LITs to develop skills and self-confidence, and a chance for them to build meaningful and positive connections with peers and staff)
Ensure that effective safety protocols and in place
Ensure that LITs understand the behavior norms/standards and that staff are creating programming that promotes positive behaviours
Lead a variety of activities modeling the best practices of facilitation
Support and coach LITs to excel in a variety of civic engagement and leadership activities

Address any behavior concerns immediately using the Rookie League behavior management protocols (i.e. creating behavioral contracts, communicating with parents, creating behavioral management tools, etc)
Resolve internal conflicts among staff, parents, community organizations and/or campers
Provide one-on-one attention to LIT’s who require additional behavioural support

Ensure that all aspects of the LIT program are designed to support an emotionally and physically safe experience for all LITs and staff
Make all decisions using a risk management lens
Ensure that all safety concerns that arise at the LIT program are adequately managed in a timely fashion (i.e. responded to effectively, communicated to parents, reported to using appropriate reporting procedures)

Ensure all administrative duties are effectively completed (i.e. registration binder is up to date and safely stored, camper attendance, staff time sheets, incident/accident reports, food order forms, weekly challenges, site maintenance forms, etc.)
Ensure that the weekly LIT calendar is completed out and displayed for participants and parents to see
Ensure LIT program materials, art and craft supplies, etc. are adequately stocked and cared for throughout the summer
Inform parents of important dates/events and document all essential communication regarding parental or camper concerns

Use a variety of Jays Care daily, weekly and seasonal assessment tools to ensure that LITs, parents and staff can provide feedback to help strengthen the quality of the program each week and each season
Share insights and suggestions to help Jays Care improve the quality of the program through a series of debriefs and meetings

Completion or progress towards a University Degree and/or College Diploma in disciplines surrounding Children and Youth, Recreation, Social Work, Sport and/or Community Programming, Community Development, Teaching


Required (must have):
Valid First Aid and CPR Level C
Extensive experience facilitating recreational programming for children
Experience facilitating workshops for youth and adults
Experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based programs
Working knowledge of current issues, challenges and opportunities in Toronto Community Housing
Professional experience in the public and/or the not-for profit sector
Excellent communication abilities. 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
Team Player. Ability to see the big picture goals of the organization and contribute on day-to-day tasks
Willingness to work long hours and outside of regular 9-5 schedule
Willingness to travel for approximately 2 months

Desired (asset):
Experience working with children living at or below the poverty line
Experience managing, mentoring and coaching adults
Experience coaching baseball
Completed a level 1 High Five Training certification

Required (must have):
Knowledge of Microsoft programs.
Able to navigate internet and email use

Superior written and oral communication skills
Strong planning and coordination skills.
Strong attention to details when planning
Highly organized
Highly motivated and committed to program success
Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently
Accurate and timely reporting
Decision making skills
Able to work under pressure
Interested in being part of community development.
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as external partners and prospective partners

Jays Care is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Schedule: Part time
Shift: Day
Length of Contract: 3 Months
Work Location: 1 Blue Jays Way (210), Toronto, ON
Travel Requirements: None
Posting Category/Function: Project Management & Coordination
Requisition ID: 172685

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