Camp Ace Coordinator (Edmonton)

Company: Centre for Autism Services Alberta

Location: Edmonton | Fulton School and nearby recreational facilities

Job Type: Full-Time, Temporary

About Us:

The Centre for Autism Services Alberta (CFASA) is a leader in providing enriching, inclusive camp experiences designed to support the growth and well-being of individuals with autism. We believe in fostering an accessible, neuroaffirming and inclusive environment where campers can explore, learn, and have fun in a safe and supportive setting. As we prepare for the upcoming camp season, we are on the lookout for a dynamic Camp Ace Coordinator with a passion for working with autistic children, a talent for inspiring campers, staff, and volunteers and a strong background in leadership.

Job Description:

We are seeking a passionate and organized Camp Ace Coordinator to oversee our 2 theme-based summer programs targeted to autistic children aged 5 – 8 and 9 – 12. The Camp Ace Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing 2 assistant coordinators while designing and executing a diverse range of activities and events that align to each week’s chosen theme. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and experience working with autistic individuals or other developmental disabilities,  program development and leadership, excellent communication skills, and a genuine enthusiasm for play.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Community and Family Services Coordinator to develop and implement programming that is engaging, relevant, and appeals to the target participant group, considering factors such as interests, age and developmental level
  • Ensure themes are versatile enough to be incorporated into various aspects of the camp and adaptable to various interests and ability levels of the campers
  • Lead the assistant coordinators, program staff and volunteers to ensure activities align with camp goals
  • Incorporate both structured and unstructured activities to support varied interests and energy levels
  • Support campers with engagement if/when they are feeling distressed
  • Coordinate logistics such as equipment, supplies, and facilities to support program activities
  • Communicate regularly with campers and their families to provide updates and gather feedback
  • Supervise staff and volunteers; providing regular feedback and coaching
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations and risk management procedures
  • Serve as a positive role model and mentor for campers, staff, and volunteers
  • Regularly assess the effectiveness of the theme-based approach through camper feedback and staff observation
  • Adjust programming as needed based on feedback; address any areas of improvement

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree completed or in progress in the following areas: recreation management, education, disability studies, psychology, etc.
  • Ability to lead a team and create a collaborative environment
  • Previous experience coordinating programs or events, preferably in a camp setting
  • Previous experience working with autistic children
  • Comfortable supporting campers with basic self-care tasks (handwashing, changing in to bathing suits, drying after water play)
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and environments
  • Comfortable swimming and supporting campers in water-based play
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • Clear Criminal Record Check (or willingness to obtain)
  • Clear Child Intervention Record Check (or willingness to obtain)
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training provided during orientation

 

** As these positions are funded through the Canada Summer Job Grant, applicants are required to:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment; legally entitled to work in Canada

 

Rate: $24 / hour

Dates of employment: May 6, 2024 to August 20, 2024

May 6 to June 28:  Planning and preparing for camp, conducting camp intakes, and communicating with families; final week of preparation before the campers arrive, providing counselor training (35 hours/week)

July 2 to August 16: Lead camp programs, supporting campers, staff and volunteers (40 hours/week)

August 19 & 20: Final paperwork, staff and volunteer evaluations, cleanup

** Please note: Availability to work all weeks of camp is required **

 

If you are enthusiastic about creating meaningful experiences for campers and fostering a love of learning and exploration, we encourage you to apply for the Camp Ace Coordinator position. Join our team and help us make a difference in the lives of our campers!

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter detailing your leadership experiences and why you’re passionate about working with autistic individuals, and any relevant certifications to sburgess@centreforautismab.ca. Ensure “Camp Ace Coordinator Application” is in the subject line of your email.

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    Questions? Email humanresources@centreforautism.ab.ca