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Children and Youth Program Leader

General Information:

As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.

Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources.


Summer 2019!

Programs will tentitively start the week of July 1, 2019 (with Kidventures tentatively the week after).

Work week will (typically) be Monday-Friday, 35-40 hours a week. With some evening and weekend.

Training will be held in June.

Please list order of program preference when applying!

Closing Date: 2/28/2019

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Program Supervisor and the technical direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator/Head Playleader, provides leadership and activities for ages 5-13 in various Children and Youth programs. Each Leader is responsible for the planning and implementation of daily activities for children of varying abilities. These programs are accessible and dynamic in nature, designed to meet the needs of children with differing ages, abilities and backgrounds.


  1. Develops, organizes, and leads a variety of activities for children ages 5-13, of varying abilities, in various Children and Youth programs throughout the city. Attends all program programming, which may include sleep outs
  2. Responsible for planning of recreational activities including arts and crafts, games, drama, sports and special events that are based on the interests of the children and meets provided deadlines on theme, content and submission deadlines
  3. Responsible for the safety, behaviour management and supervision of all children participating in programs and transitions (ie. buses)
  4. Ensures that all children are treated with fairness, respect, and understanding
  5. Works cooperatively with staff, community partners, and volunteers
  6. Responsible for timely delivery of information to Coordinator and Specialist (e.g. incident reports, accident reports, supply requests, planning)
  7. Ensures that program rules are met in order to provide a safe, fair, respectful, inclusive and fun environment for all the children. Works cooperatively with the Coordinator, Specialist, staff and parents to ensure that this objective is met
  8. Assists in the facilitation of the inclusion of children with disabilities into the program
  9. Attends and participates in training session and designated staff meetings
  10. Responsible for care and return of supplies and equipment. Reports any damages or depletions. Communicates any supply needs through the appropriate channels
  11. Prepares ongoing and/or end-of-session program evaluations in a timely manner
  12. Enforces all Children and Youth program rules and policies, including adhering to the staff code of conduct
  13. Positively interacts with the public
  14. Performs Health and Safety tasks, and follows all program and Corporate Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, including but not limited to site inspection
  15. Monitors and assist volunteers, as needed
  16. Collects and records information for statistical purpose as required
  17. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned



  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Demonstrated experience in community recreation and/or children’s programs and/or related volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated involvement in coaching, teaching and working with children in a recreation/sport setting


  • Ability to communicate ideas verbally and written
  • Ability to organize and lead activities
  • Positive role model for children
  • Responsibility, enthusiasm, creativity, initiative, motivation, willingness to learn, personable
  • Ability to lead/work in a diverse and dynamic environment
  • Team player


  • Previous experience working with children ages 5-13 in a variety of settings (drop-in, special event, workshops)
  • Experience working with children with disabilities
  • Experience working in a camp setting
  • NCCP courses or other leadership training


  • Must undergo a successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) ( if age 18+)
  • Must have a standard first aid with CPR C certification
  • Must participate in a five-day training session


  • Available for the complete length of the seasonal program (September- June; June-August)

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