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Director of Programming

Camp Couchiching

Position: Director of Programming

Reports To: Executive Director 

Location: near Orillia area, Ontario, Canada

Camp Couchiching is seeking an amazing Director of Programming! This position is a full-time, seasonal  position from February/March until late October.

The Director of Programming will join a dedicated team of camp and youth development professionals committed to changing the lives of our campers and staff. The 2022 camping season will have additional considerations due to Covid restrictions/requirements however we are committed to ensuring our Camp is a place of joy creation. This is a KEY position to ensure that reflections and memories of our Camp are full of fun and happiness first and foremost.

Covering a wide range of duties,  this Director role does what needs to be done to give our campers, staff, rental groups, event participants, and school students the most amazing, joy-filled, camp experience possible with exceptional customer service. This role is dynamic, demanding, and constantly evolving. We are seeking applicants who are enthusiastic, dedicated, adaptable, fun, self-motivated, friendly and kind. The ideal candidate is one who wants to be immersed in a rewarding, challenging, and high-energy environment. Candidates should be very comfortable being enthusiastic in front of large groups of people. 

Job Description 

Responsibilities could  include: 


  • Act as a positive role model for campers and staff through your demeanour and kindness by creating a safe space for people of all different backgrounds to feel safe and welcome. 
  • Works effectively with people with different abilities, gender,  ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Teach gratitude and pass on an appreciation of the contributions of others. 
  • Model respect and caretaking of yourself, others, and our community. 
  • Represent Camp Couchiching positively and professionally at all times. 
  • Sustain a state of awareness to safeguard and protect the camp community and guests through risk management and, if necessary, calm reaction. 
  • Collaborate in training the staff team, taking a lead in many of the training aspects related to programming.
  • Prepare and facilitate thorough and extensive staff training.
  • Support staff in creating opportunities for providing joy-filled experiences/interactions which are compliant with safety guidelines. 
  • Provide consistent leadership to camp staff through training, feedback, and coaching for optimal performance.


  • Oversee and coordinate camps, events, school programs, and camp activities offered with support from the rest of the Camp Staff Team.
  • Meet the needs and surpass expectations of campers and / or participants.
  • Host rental groups and deliver camp activities to schools and user groups.
  • Ensure all programs comply with the Ontario Camps Association Standards & other applicable guidelines/standards.
  • Maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm no matter what the situation. 
  • Provide a caring and supportive environment where campers feel safe and secure. 
  • Respond to operational emergencies and urgent unscheduled needs of guests. 

Health & Safety

  • Ensure the camp is clean to the highest standards possible meeting all requirements. 
  • Monitor staff and enforce health and safety procedures to be followed. 
  • Stay current with health and safety guidelines and follow the most recent recommendations. 

Facility & Equipment Management

  • Organize and direct site and facility operations and manage building systems effectively. 
  • Upkeep the camp facilities in excellent working order and ensure the property is secure. 
  • Perform some manual labour, clean/sanitize the facility, and execute minor repairs along with other staff. 
  • Keep an inventory of all camp program supplies/equipment, keeping them in safe working operation and organized. 
  • Maintain records and inspections as required by law and sound maintenance practice. 

Requirements & Compensation Qualifications 

  • 3 years experience in senior positions in Recreation, Camp or Program Management
  • Completion of post-secondary education preferred
  • Ability to clear a Criminal Reference Check with the Vulnerable Sector Search & Child Intervention Check
  • Full Driver’s Licence (or willingness to acquire by May) & Clean Driver’s Abstract for operations in Ontario
  • Current Standard or Wilderness First Aid (or willingness to acquire by beginning of contract)
  • Current National Lifeguard Service during June to September and waterfront management experience (or willingness to acquire by beginning of contract)
  • Challenge Course Qualifications/Experience

Essential Skills

  •  Ability to work  irregular hours (evenings & weekends) at times and live on-site during programs
  • Possess capacity and endurance to work long days which are often under stress
  • Comfortable taking on lead roles in front of a group of people
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and customer service skills
  • Ability for others-led play activation and support of development of unstructured play in a safe manner
  • Capacity to work outdoors in various weather conditions often on uneven terrain such as fields and forest paths
  • Superior time management and excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in G-Suite software and strong computer literacy (social media skills a plus!) (or willingness to learn)
  • Capable of working as in team and independent settings
  • Positive attitude and ability to take initiative with a flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and a willingness to learn/be coached 
  • Overnight camp experience

Compensation & Benefits

  • Pro-rated to a $44,000 annual salary (plus 4% vacation pay)
  • On-site private or shared accommodations suitable for a small family plus meals/snacks when provided for groups at no cost from late April until late October. Some additional accommodation subsidies could be available from the start of contract until the camp opens in late April.
  • Consideration of successful candidates for future full-time employment will be based on the performance of the individual and the Camp’s capacity


  • Please send a cover letter & resume addressed to Jen Dundas, Executive Director, via 

Thank you for your interest in this position. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

More about us: Camp Couchiching is a traditional summer camp and event facility near Orillia, Ontario with programming that occurs throughout the year at various locations. The camp is just 90 minutes north of  Toronto outside the City of Orillia. We are a haven for young people to experience the outdoors, be creative and make new friends.  Camp Couchiching is a registered Canadian charity. We are proud members, in good standing, with the Ontario Camps Association. Please check out our website for general  information about camp. 

Camp Couchiching welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.



January 12, 2022

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