Applications are now being accepted for the position of NEW Camp Counsellor at Flato Markham Theatre in the Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship Services Department. To apply to this position, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line by March 20, 2020.
Location: Flato Markham Theatre
Dates: Contract period is from June 1 - September 4, 2020
Part-time training period: June 1 - June 21
Full-time with min.35-44 hours/week, June 22 - September 4
Flato Markham Theatre operates six camps which run concurrently. Kinder Theatre Camp for ages 4-5, Junior Stars Camp for ages 6-7, Rising Stars for ages 8-9, Drama camp for ages 10-11, Actor’s Workshop for ages 12-16 and Performing Arts Camp at Cornerstone Centre for ages 6-13. The Junior Stars, Rising Stars and Drama Camp programs work both individually and in cooperation to rehearse and perform a musical play that is specifically written for children. Actor’s Workshop focus on honing the essential skills needed to be a performer and a unique showcase is performed on the second Thursday night at the Flato Markham Theatre stage. Performing Arts Camps work on a musical play at Cornerstone Centre and then come to the Flato Markham Theatre to tech and perform at 3pm on the second Friday of camp. Counsellors interested in working for these programs should have some background in the performing arts and experience working with children.
All camps are two-week sessions except for Kinder Camp which runs weekly.
Kinder Theatre Camp is an introduction to the performing arts for younger campers. Each day they will learn songs, dances, and lines for a play specifically written for their age group. The days are rounded out with games, crafts, and fun. Kinder Theatre Camp has a performance on Friday afternoon, during regular camp hours. Counsellors in this program should have some background in the performing arts and enjoy working with young children.
Supervises a group of campers in one of the Flato Markham Theatre’s Performing Arts Summer Camps with responsibilities including facilitating activity plans, program delivery, supervising volunteers and some administration. Through effective leadership and programming, enables children and youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem through live arts. Accountable for the well-being of a group of campers under the guidance of the Discovery Program Coordinator, the Artistic Director and Director Team, ensuring camp activities are safe, educational, inclusive, high quality and meet the Theatre overall goals and standards.
Roles & Responsibilities
Facilitates daily camp activities such as, games, dance, mime, improvisation, theatrical themed activities.
Helps to ensure programming is adapted to camper needs with regards to safety, hygiene, weather, breaks etc.
Promptly reports absences to the Artistic Director, maintains ratios and completes headcounts according to City Camp Policies and Procedures
Delivers activity plans as written and approved by the Discovery Coordinator and Artistic Director.
Ensures lessons have been reviewed and ready to be presented to the campers prior to the program delivery.
Participates in the delivery of the before and after care program
Prioritizes child well-being, safety and protection throughout the camp. Evaluates situations for potential risks to the safety, protection and well-being of campers and staff, proactively taking mitigating actions to address such risks.
Serves as a liaison with parents of campers, reinforcing City of Markham customer service, diversity and inclusion (special needs, ethno-cultural, English as second language, socio-economic).
Prepares and organizes program equipment and supplies, reporting any inventory shortages to the Artistic Directors.
Demonstrates the confidence and ability to make decisions independently of peers and in the best interests of the campers. Resolves problems and conflicts effectively as they arise.
Ensures all participants are aware of upcoming events and schedule changes.
Organizes and assists with set-up and clean-up of camp events, activities and programs.
Follows City of Markham policies and procedures in program activities.
Maintains positive, constructive relationships with camp staff and volunteers with the goal of meeting camper needs. Works with inclusion staff as needed to ensure all campers are able to participate.
Coaches and mentors volunteers and campers.
Provides regular updates and feedback to the Artistic Director.
Participates in orientation and training sessions, supporting the Artistic Director and Discovery Coordinator where necessary.
Attends and participates in staff meetings
Other duties as required.
Minimum Age: 16
Currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution. Courses related to performing arts are an asset.
Experience working with children
Knowledge of child development
Previous experience in a live performance setting is an asset
Experience in a leadership capacity is an asset i.e. Student council member, leadership role on youth council, previous experience as a camp counsellor is an asset
Completion of a counsellor-in-training/leader-in-training program would be an asset.
Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required;
HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required;
HIGH FIVE Quest is an asset;
Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset
Computer skills (Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Acrobat); CLASS applications are an asset
Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
All required certificates must be in good standing no later than May 31, 2020 and valid for the duration of employment (June 1, 2020 - September 11th, 2020).
The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities during the recruitment process. If you require accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all applicants who have applied; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.
All offers of employment for this position will be conditional on satisfactory reference checks and vulnerable sector screening checks as required for the City of Markham.
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