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Program Director - 3 week special contract

  • 03/21/2023 3:02 PM
    Message # 13140150

    Program Director Wanted!- 3 week special Contract

     Summary: Located at the top of the Sunshine Coast in the qathet Region, the Outdoor Learning Centre, operated by Terracentric Coastal Adventures, is seeking a senior-staff person to be our Program Director providing onsite leadership and management for 3-weeks of peak-experience overnight camps starting May 23 – June 9, 2023.

    The ideal candidates with have experience & qualifications in some of the following:

    • ·       Risk assessment and decision making
    • ·       Staff supervision and training
    • ·       Wilderness First Aid (80+hr)
    • ·       Residential camp development, administration and management experience
    • ·       Kayaking, canoeing, SUP, sailing, rock climbing, hiking
    • ·       Exceptional organizational skills

    Responsibilities: Reporting to company owners, the Program Director will be responsible for the following key operating areas:


    • ·       Maintain systems for tracking and storing relevant program paperwork such as participant health forms, attendance forms, staff files
    • ·       Ensure effective communication between all levels

    Staff Supervision and Management

    • ·       Train and lead a strong seasonal staff team of instructors, camp leaders, lifeguards and other specialty roles in individual program activity areas
    • ·       Plan, lead and adapt staff training sessions
    • ·       Conduct check-in meetings with activity staff in order to consistently improve quality of program delivery
    • ·       Conduct periodic staff evaluations with the Centre Director
    • ·       Be on site at the Centre when the site is hosting programs, this will include overnight duties, being an active, visual presence at program areas throughout program times
    • ·       Manage outdoor equipment for individual program areas and ensure all necessary materials/ supplies are purchased in advance
    • ·       Function as part of a creative team for managing ad hoc issues and challenges at Centre
    • ·       Assist with scheduling camp program activities
    • ·       Visiting each activity area on a regular basis to ensure their safety, and that the activities are fun and engaging
    • ·       Using appropriate evaluation system to determine whether activities effectively meet goals


    • ·       Ensure that the Centre’s Health, Safety Awareness and Risk Management standard operating procedures are followed, and plans are implemented as completely as possible at all times
    • ·       Manage any emergency situations
    • ·       Manage escalation of behaviour management issues on site as required
    • ·       Promote a strong safety awareness among all staff
    • ·       Along with directors, planning and delivering all emergency procedure training with on-site staff.
    • ·       In rotation with the other Senior staff, providing “On Call” coverage (can be contacted by phone or radio) from bedtime to Breakfast in case of emergency

    Program Delivery

    • ·       Facilitate/ Instruct sessions at camp as needed as part of training staff

    Skills and Experience: 

    • ·       Post-secondary university Degree in Recreation Management, Adventure Tourism, Education or a related discipline and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • ·       Senior leadership experience (3-years minimum) in a residential camp or outdoor centre setting or related supervisory role 
    • ·       Strong public relations skills and quality service training and experience 
    • ·       Ability to act under pressure and keep a clear head
    • ·       Excellent leadership skills, understanding and ability to be a positive role model, practicing patience and self-control. Must be able to “walk-the-talk” ensuring gold-standards in experiential learning.
    • ·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • ·       Understand all relevant standards and legislation regarding the safe and appropriate operation of a residential camp 
    • ·       Possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills 
    • ·       Proven ability to work independently as well as a part of a team 
    • ·       Ability to proactively manage multiple work tasks in a timely manner
    • ·       Ability to play a key role in the support and management of a seasonal camp staff team of 20
    • ·       Provide a clear Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, Employees are also required to attend Child Protection Training 
    • ·       Previous experience in an overnight camping environment

    Certifications Required:

    •        Paddle Canada Canoe/SUP/Big Canoe
    •        Wilderness First Aid (min. 40 hours)

    Position Type: Full-time 3-week contract

    To Apply:Send self-designed cover letter, resume and list of references to Hugh Prichard, Executive Director. Terracentric Coastal Adventures Ltd. PO Box 146, LUND, BC. V0N 2G0 or by e-mail to Thank you for your application but only those qualified candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted.  Inquiries: 604 414 3966

    Closing Date: Open until filled

    Compensation and benefits: Onsite accommodations, all meals, travel stipend and competitive management wages depending on experience

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