Job Title: Coordinator, Inclusive Programs
Coordinator, Inclusive Programs
Manager, Inclusive Programs and Outreach
Monday, September 21st 2020
15 months (Monday, September 21st 2020 – December 2021)
Jays Care Foundation’s goal is to provide a safe, meaningful experience for children, youth, coaches and partners that is wildly fun and effective at enhancing important life-skills. Working with like-minded partners, each year Jays Care provides over 65,000 Canadian children and youth programming and safe spaces in which to play, where they are given the opportunity to gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, leadership, resiliency, confidence and self-esteem. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jays Care has shifted to support Canadian families who are facing disproportionate challenges and barriers due to COVID-19 through the #BlueJaysCommunity Project.
Challenger Baseball is a nation-wide adaptive baseball program designed to empower children, youth and adults living with cognitive and/or physical disabilities and is one of Jays Care Foundation’s signature programs. The program provides its athletes with the opportunity to learn and enhance their life skills such as communication, resiliency, building relationships and leadership all through the power of sport that is adapted to their unique abilities and potential. In early 2020, there were more than 8,000 athletes participating in Challenger Baseball across the country. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inclusive Programs team has pivoted its core goals to support community leaders, families and athletes through virtual training, virtual programming, and access to equipment and resources to continue Challenger Baseball at home in a safe and meaningful way.
Jays Care Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at Jays Care Foundation. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at (647) 236-5314 or Jaime.Vieira@Bluejays.com. We welcome the opportunity to discuss accommodation of your disability and ensure fairness in our hiring process.
Jays Care Foundation is seeking an energetic and passionate adaptive recreation program leader to work across the country virtually and in-person when it is safe to do so supporting program coordination of Challenger Baseball leagues, schools and partner programs. This includes facilitating adaptive and dynamic clinics, training and mentoring program leaders, coaches, educators, and camp counsellors, executing signature events, supporting the growth and sustainability of local and national Challenger Baseball programs, and spearheading important administration initiatives to support travel and program requirements nation-wide. This opportunity will provide a dynamic, fast paced and unique learning experience for individuals with big ambition, big potential and a growth-mindset.
Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years of experience working with children, youth and/or adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Ideal candidates will have experience in coordinating adaptive/inclusive sport programs, facilitating interactive workshops for youth and adults, coaching and playing baseball and/or other sports, leading recreational programs for all abilities, and/or considers attention to detail and streamlining processes some of their best professional qualities. The Coordinator, Inclusive Programs will be responsible for helping to launch, support and inspire exceptional programs both virtually and in-person rooted in community, family and athlete support across the country.
Duties and Responsibilities
Workshop Facilitation (25%)
Support the design and deliver highly dynamic workshops for families, educators, front-line volunteers and baseball coaches that motivate and inspire best-in-class adaptive and inclusive programming across Canada both virtually and in-person
Support the creation and design of creative and effective training sessions based on feedback and research using the Jays Care Programs team method
Professionally facilitate a wide range of Challenger Baseball workshops and clinics across the country both virtually and in-person for a wide variety of audiences (from youth to adult)
Plan, lead and assess dynamic adaptive baseball for development clinics and/or Sobeys Healthy Athlete clinics in a series of organizations and schools virtually and in-person
Work with partner organizations to plan, lead and assess a series of in-person and virtual events that promote life-skills and celebrate athletes
Coaching and Support: (25%)
Consistently engage with and/or visit a variety of programs across Canada to offer on-the-ground/over-the-screen coaching and support to enhance program outcomes both virtually and in-person
Modify and adapt coaching processes to meet the needs of each individual athlete and program implementer while in a virtual and/or in-person environment, including:
Integrating strategies to communicate, engage and motivate athletes to get involved in programming.
Using a variety of techniques to effectively support positive behaviors and enhance life-skills through baseball in a virtual and/or in-person environment
Offer supportive and constructive feedback to help coaches, program leaders and front-line workers build off existing programs
Planning and Supporting Key Events (25%)
Become an expert in each of Jays Care’s Challenger Baseball’s signature events, clinics and opportunities (including virtual) and work with many key stakeholders to plan, organize, direct and assess these best-in-class opportunities for athletes, families and communities
Spearhead new, exciting projects and initiatives to engage athletes and their families from across Canada while COVID-19 restrictions are in place
Organize each virtual or in-person event from start to finish, including (but not limited to) ordering materials, creating schedules, planning risk management plans and ensuring event flow while maintaining an inclusive, modifiable environment suited to each individual athlete
Model best-in-class and innovative program facilitation skills with children, youth and adults
Administrative Initiatives (20%)
Spearhead a wide variety of administrative initiatives critical to the operation of Challenger Baseball programs across Canada such as, but not limited to, organizing and distributing equipment and resources, ordering and distributing t-shirts, creating registration forms using Google Forms, mailing and shipping using CampusShip, and inputting data.
Direct the detailed organization of trainings, workshops and clinics including booking training spaces (and/or creating safe, virtual spaces), managing and booking all travel and accommodations (if applicable), ordering supplies, and liaise with program partners
Create marketing materials to enhance community outreach, program development and program expansion initiatives including posters, brochures and infographics using Canva
Offer best-in-class customer service as a Subject Matter Expert in Challenger Baseball and adaptive recreation and education to support phone calls, e-mails, and other communication from program stakeholders including coaches, educators, parents, implementing partners and new inquiries
Monitoring and Assessment (5%)
Use and creatively adapt a variety of participatory and activity-based tools to assess the impact of Challenger Baseball both virtually and in-person
Organize and assess data to prepare content for quarterly reports
Degree in Education, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Recreation or related field would be an asset
2+ years working and/or volunteering with children, youth and/or adults living with disabilities
2+ years working in the field of adaptive recreation and/or sport for development
2+ years working in roles with heavy administrative tasks requiring prominent attention to detail
Familiarity and experience coaching and leading baseball activities virtually and in-person an asset
Willingness to engage in ongoing learning & personal development opportunities
Strong problem solving and group work leadership skills
Proven track record of interacting with senior business, government and non-profit leaders
Proven exceptional oral and written communication skills
Ability to work flexible hours
Ability to travel (when safe to do so)
Ability to work in front of a screen for long periods of time
Access to high-speed internet and a home office
Valid drivers license required
Bilingual (English and French) considered an asset