Summer Day Camp Director

Seasonal Fixed Term Contract

Posted date: December 14, 2018

Position vacancy Closing date: March 20, 2019
Employment TypeSeasonal
Job ID0771
PayStarting Rate: $18.00/hour
EffectivePart-time hours from February 24th – June 20th; Full-time hours from June 21 – August 30
Reports toDay Camp Senior Director
Location / RegionMississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd. Day Camp #DayCamp2019
Application DeadlineMarch 20, 2019

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.

Nature and scope

YMCA Camping Services offer the highest quality Day Camp programs for more than 9000 children and youth in 55 locations across the Greater Toronto Area. YMCA Summer Day Camps offer numerous programs for 4-16 year olds that are safe, engaging, fun and contributing to the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s vision: Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

The Day Camp Director role provides on-site leadership and support to all campers and staff. The Camp Director is responsible for ensuring the successful day-to-day operations of the day camp and that all children, youth and staff have a safe and positive camp experience leading to personal growth and leadership opportunities.


Supervisory duties including hiring a child-focused, well-balanced, qualified and dedicated staff team ensuring they meet the minimum requirements of their role prior to starting their contact start date

Provides leadership to camp staff team by monitoring, coaching and mentoring staff as well as providing on-going feedback to staff, and a mid-summer appraisal to direct reports to ensure they are meeting the expectations of their role as well as personal goals

Responsible for attending all staff trainings and Director Meetings; to ensure they are confident in delivering on-site day camp trainings to their camp staff team

Ensures Health & Safety procedures are being followed and maintained; and shares with the staff team the duties of ensuring the camp site is clean, organized and safe to make certain we are meeting Health & Safety requirements

Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on-time including all paperwork associated with hiring, payroll, staff scheduling, camper attendance and automated phone calls, parent communication, YMCA visa reconciling etc.

Assists with camp promotion and strategic marketing which may include marketing in schools, at camp fairs and community events to ensure we reach our camper targets

Supports program heads and counselors with program planning and ensuring programs are in line with camp objectives and following weekly camp themes. Monitors the delivery of safe, high quality day camp programs by ensuring program modules are being followed and programs are engaging, creative and fun 

Responsible for Parent and Staff Communication, such as checking camp email and voicemail daily, responding to all parent inquiries in a courteous and prompt manner (within 24 hours) and that staff are kept informed of any changes in schedule, staff meetings, etc. Relaying any performance issues and/or parent complaints to supervisors to ensure they are being followed up on

Assists with purchasing requirements; works with the Senior Director to ensure camp program materials, office supplies, etc. are purchased and adequately stocked throughout the summer to ensure we are delivering high quality camp programs

Achieves assigned budget; Monitors expenditures and ensures purchases are within camp budget; submits all receipts and invoices to Senior Director weekly

Acts as a positive role model for children, youth and fellow staff through embodying the values of the YMCA, following all YMCA day camp guidelines, YMCA policies and procedures, OCA standards, High 5 Standards

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.


  • Post-secondary education (or currently enrolled) in Education, Child and Youth Studies, Recreation or related program preferred
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in a child-oriented programs; experience as a Supervisor an asset
  • Experience with YMCA Summer Day Camps an asset
  • Experience with conflict management and scheduling preferred
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” (St. Johns, Red Cross, Lifesaving Society or Ski Patrol
  • Must possess, or complete High Five ® Certification by Jun 3 2019
  • Must be available to work some evenings and weekends in the Spring, including an overnight in Muskoka Monday June 3 – Wednesday June 5, 2019
  • Must be able to attend Y Leadership Academy training, June 10 – 14 2019 during the day in the GTA
  • The position requires the following Association Competencies: fundamental competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; Teamwork and Collaboration; Ethics and Self-Management; Being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion; Association Management and Stewardship; Building Community Relationships and Resources; Cross Functional Integration; Leadership; People Management; Planning and Initiative

How to apply

We are currently accepting Camp Director applications for Courtice and Oshawa (both indoor camps) as well as both indoor and outdoor camps in Milton, and outdoor Camps at Claremont Conservation (in Goodwood) as well as in Pickering at Petticoat Creek (with busing from Scarborough). Please upload your cover letter and resume below! Please clearly outline in your cover letter the city you would like to work in (cities listed above).

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Police Records Check

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.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

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