Staff Development/Swim Program Head

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Job Title: Staff Development/Swim Program Head
Report To: Camp Director/Assistant Director
Number of Positions Available: 1

The strength of the HOC program is based on the strength of the staff team. The staff development programs are the foundation of training individuals to work and succeed in the camp environment. Working as a member of the HOC Sr Staff team, the Staff Development / Swim Program Head’s main role is to support and improve the effectiveness of all Swimming programs at HOC (swimming lessons). The main role requires the Swim Head to instruct and deliver all LIT/CIT Bronze Medallion / Bronze Cross / First Aid training as well as assist the Staff Development Head with theory sessions for both Staff Development programs daily. In addition, the role requires that the Head ensure weekly schedules and CIT/LIT expectations are followed through, facilitate/delegate all activity and theory sessions, plan and lead a three day canoe trip in Algonquin Park (once per session) as well as a one night camping trip with LITs (five) and complete all CIT/LIT evaluations. Heads are responsible for teaching CIT/LIT's 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 the Master Camp Schedule.
  • Improve the effectiveness of the Staff Development programs by establishing clear and concise goals.
  • Ensure that proper equipment use and safety rules are followed by staff.
  • Ensure staff provide care to our campers that reflect the standards and guidelines of the Hockey Opportunity Camp Code of Conduct.
  • Create and execute camp programming that is age appropriate, productive, and fun.
  • Attend, organize and facilitate sessions and programming for Staff Orientation week in late June.
  • Review program areas and make recommendations concerning program development, staffing needs and equipment improvements.
  • Work with Staff Development Head and Swim Program staff regarding program preparation including; lesson plans, teaching progressions, program standards, safety considerations, evaluation procedures, equipment inventories and individual timetables.
  • Organize swimming lessons and swim test times for the LIT’s/CIT’s.
  • Create schedules for all swimming lessons and swim tests.
  • Make any transportation runs (ie. Clinic / hospital) that are required, provided that you are free at the time.
  • Provide on-going supervision of programs through regular meetings and staff observations.
  • Be available to assist Camp Directors as required or when instructional schedule allows.
  • Maintain a presence in the camp community as a role model and mentor of fellow staff.
  • Assist with Saturday check out when assigned and assist with Sunday camper registration (mandatory).
  • Assist the Program Director with schedules and management of camp activities/programs.
  • Complete weekly assigned administrative duties as scheduled. (Office shift, Coaches Corner, nightly rounds etc. Approximately 2-4 duties per week depending as required.
  • Attend and assist in the facilitation of every Thursday evening staff meeting when required.
    Carry an assigned radio and be available in case of an emergency at all times.
  • Make any transportation runs (ie. clinic / hospital) that are required, provided that you are free at the time.
    Complete 1- 2 duty weekends that may include Friday/Saturday curfew sign in, Saturday Check out, and Hold Over supervision.
  • Complete Program report and update program manual at the end of the summer.
  • Heads are allowed one weekend off. This is scheduled with the Camp Director at the beginning of the summer. To ensure that we are able to schedule Duty Weekends around Saturday
  • Evening Supervision responsibilities, Heads need to be flexible around their personal schedule. Weekly time off will be scheduled each week that may include mornings, afternoons, or additional weekends free of assigned duties. 
  • A Head can expect between 8-10 hrs of scheduled duties daily not including other duties as assigned based on program needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 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.

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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.
  • NLS, Swimming Instruction qualifications through RLSSC
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic and a positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.