Program Director

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Job Title: Program Director
Reports To: Camp Director/Assistant Director
Number of Positions Available: 1

Working as a member of the HOC directing team, the Program Director’s main role is to support and improve the effectiveness of HOC camp programs including all land and water based camp activities (Archery, Mountain Biking, Adventure Sports, Outdoor Adventure, Kayaking, Boardsailing, Sailing, Water Sports and Waterskiing/Wake Sports) as well as the General Camp and Day Camp programs.

This role is facilitated by establishing clear and concise goals for each program and supervising and evaluating teaching techniques. It also requires ongoing risk management assessments and equipment maintenance for all camp programs. The Program Director will work closely with the 5 Program Heads to update program manuals, train and supervise instructional staff in their roles and develop weekly staff schedules. Directors are responsible for teaching staff and campers the safety requirements of each program ensuring that all participants use equipment properly and follow safety standards. This includes providing care to our campers that reflects the standards and guidelines of the Hockey Opportunity Camp Code of Conduct.


  • Reinforce the camp philosophy, policies and standards by acting as a role model to the staff and being an active participant in the camp community.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to staff and campers.
  • Accept responsibilities to maintain over-all camp timetable.
  • Improve the effectiveness of the HOC camp programs by establishing clear and concise goals.
  • Ensure that proper equipment use and safety rules are followed by staff.
  • Create and execute camp programming that is age appropriate, productive, and fun.
  • Attend, facilitate and supervise May Planning Weekend.
  • Attend, organize and facilitate sessions and programming for Staff Orientation week in late June.
  • Participate in and take a leadership role in the training for land search and rescue procedures and assume a leadership role during a land emergency.
  • Supervise activity sign up at camper registration and enter activity selections into the database.
  • Ensure activity schedules run on time with accurate head counts.
  • Responsible for directing & supervising, discipline problems, emergency situations, arrivals and departures of campers.
  • Facilitate Sunday night Program meeting.
  • Provide three formal evaluations; after weeks #2, #4 and #6.
  • Attend Monday morning director meetings.
  • Mandatory assist with all Saturday check out and Sunday camper registrations.
  • Supervise Thursday computerized evaluation writing and ensure evaluations are reviewed and completed correctly.
  • Attend all and facilitate one Thursday evening staff meeting.
  • Ensure camp program award allocations given to campers are accurate and enter awards into the database on a weekly basis.
  • Supervise camp and holdovers two Saturday Nights in the summer and coach’s corner on one night a week.
  • Facilitate a weekly meeting Sunday night for all program staff to talk about any necessary information for the upcoming week.
  • Make any transportation runs (ie. Clinic / Hospital) that are required, provided that you are free at the time.
  • Complete Director report and update program manual at the end of the summer.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Directors get one night per week and every other Saturday off. This is scheduled with the Camp Director at the beginning of the summer.


  • All staff are required to deliver every day our Brand Promise “Best Summer Of Your Life” in each camper and staff interaction. Guided by our four core principles, Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance.
  • All staff are expected to abide by and enforce camp guidelines of respect. These are the rules and expectations of behaviour implemented to maintain a fun and safe camp environment.
  • All staff are responsible for the safety and security of each camper in their care. Staff are to follow prescribed program standards and lesson plans in order to ensure the highest level of care and instruction.
  • Attendance for all staff to the June orientation week training is mandatory. This training period is where each staff will receive essential employment information and training for a successful summer experience.
  • Leadership and Participation in camp wide special events (All Camps, Friday Campfire, Program Demonstrations) and weekly meetings are an expectation of all staff members.
  • The dynamic nature of summer camp demands each staff understand that additional duties may be assigned as required.



  • Provide on-going supervision of programs and teaching progression techniques through regular meetings and sitting in on classes.
  • Improve the effectiveness of class instruction through constant evaluation and holding regular teaching clinics to share effective and ineffective techniques.
  • Work with program heads and instructors regarding program preparation including lesson plans, teaching progression and program standards.

Risk Management

  • Implement effective procedure of actions regarding safety considerations.
  • Provide on-going evaluation of program sites and class safety.


  • Responsible for maintaining equipment inventories and providing to Camp Director
    Incorporate on-going safety inspections.
  • Responsible for assigning and administering ongoing program development tasks.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: July 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 27 – September 2, 2017
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.


  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university program with preferred study in recreation management, education, early childhood development, physical education or personnel management.
  • Administrative background with experience in supervising peers.
  • Experience working with children of varied ages in a supervisory or teaching situation. Specific camp experience an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, evaluate and deal effectively with problem-solving situations within the area of responsibility.
  • Valid G driver’s license.
  • Genuine interest in working with children in the community.
  • Minimum Bronze Cross Award.
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.