The YMCA is a charity that has been helping Canadians improve their lives since the first Y opened in 1851. Y programs are offered at more than 1,700 locations across Canada and help more than 2.25 million people annually become healthier in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA of the National Capital Region proudly serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and works to address critical social needs in our community. We are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential.
This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.
Working for the Y
Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:
What we offer
At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.
Our competitive wage and benefit package include:
- Free YMCA gym membership;
- Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care, and camps);
- Access to our YMCA Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) including free, immediate, confidential assistance and counselling for you and your family members for mental and physical health, and financial advice, among other 12 suites of services;
- Free daily camp bus transportation to and from camp facility is available upon request.
What do you offer?
The Camp Counsellor ensures that children and youth have a positive experience leading to personal growth through fun and rewarding recreation and sport programs. This position fosters self-esteem as well as problem solving and conflict resolution skills in program participants, while working to create an atmosphere of safety, belonging and positive development in accordance with Y policies and procedures.
Possible areas of focus:
- Kinders (4Y-5Y)
- New Discoveries (6Y-7Y)
- Pioneers (8Y-9Y)
- Explorers and Young Wonders (10Y-13Y)
- Specialty and Leadership (8Y-16Y)
- Overnight (8Y-14Y)
Some of the tasks of this position include:
- Leading and participating in all programs.
- Delivering programming based on skill level and age of participants.
- Completing all necessary paperwork accurately and in a timely manner.
- Being responsible for the safety, supervision and security of all participants.
- Developing and maintaining an open, constructive and professional relationship with program participants, caregivers, volunteers, co-workers and supervisors.
What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?
At the YMCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.
The successful candidate will have the following:
- Ability to work in English
- Bilingualism is an asset
Experience, Skills and Abilities
- Standard First Aid and CPR “C” or equivalent
- National Lifeguard Certification, Bronze Cross, Paddle Canada, CUI or other relevant certifications will be strongly considered as assets
- Well-developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with program participants, members, staff and volunteers
- Ability to maintain calm demeanor in stressful situations
- Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment, responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members, including visible and invisible dimensions of diversity
- Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
- A Police Record check, not more than 6 months old is required. Police Records checks are reviewed on an individual basis and the offense(s) – if any – is considered in the decision-making process in relation to the requirement of working with children, therefore not eliminating all candidates with a record from being offered a position.
- Semi-annually, staff must complete the mandatory training for the protection of Children & Youth and submit the certificate of completion.
- Commitment to Y Vision and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the Y.
- Confidentiality, Privacy and Integrity:Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
- Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
- Problem Solving: Identifies an issue, gathers and processes information, coming up with possible solutions, selecting appropriate responses, and implementing them.
- Quality Focus: Ensures that success criteria for self, staff and programs are set, reviewed and surpassed regularly to provide excellent service delivery.
- Teamwork: Participates actively in a team for organizational effectiveness. Creates an atmosphere of trust amongst all team members.
- Concern for Health and Safety:Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction.
- Creativity and Innovation:Plans and implements quality programming in a developmentally appropriate environment.
About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y:
Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve and as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, the YMCA will endeavour to provide accommodation to people with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org upon scheduling your interview.
How to apply?
Email your resume to email@example.com.