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Program Director - Position Overview

The Program Director (PD) is responsible for supervision of the summer staff, implementing the spring & summer programs, and managing youth outreach and intake. This includes assisting with hiring, organizing and leading training, organizing the staff canoe trip, and coordinating on-going skill development and training throughout the summer. The PD may have the opportunity to lead a youth canoe trip during the contract, if resources permit and arrangements can be made to cover the PD responsibilities while on trip. The PD is expected to follow Project Canoe’s philosophy for working with our youth and adhere to all policies and procedures. The PD will also have training, maintenance, and committee responsibilities. They will lead presentations in the GTA and surrounding communities to promote PC's programs, assist in maintaining the youth database, and conduct intake interviews with youth.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and collaborating with the Program Committee, the Summer Program Director is responsible for the following areas with this approximate time breakdown:

  • Youth Outreach and Intake, Partnership Development, and Partnership Stewardship: 35%

  • Program Design, Delivery, and Oversight: 50%

  • Program and Office Administration (includes meetings, reporting, creation of marketing materials, and distribution of materials): 15%

Preferred Experience

  • Relevant background in child/youth services (MSWs, BSWs, Child and Youth Workers or others with relevant education and experience are encouraged to apply), with preference given to candidates with specific experience working with our target population (youth “at-risk”), lived experience, and experience with and love of the outdoors.

  • Experience managing or supervising staff

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid, National Lifeguard Service (NLS), ORCKA tripping 2or equivalent experience are highly valued

  • G-Class or F-Class License

  • Other instructor qualifications an asset

  • Must be comfortable in a collaborative staff working and living structure

 hiring process

  • Interview with the ED & a member of the Human Resources Committee

  • Criminal reference check (vulnerable sector)

  • Signed medical examination within one year of employment start date, certifying fitness for job duties

  • Copies of certifications (must be current)

  • Minimum 3 references, two of which must be related to working with youth


Project Canoe is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. People from marginalized, underrepresented and diverse communities, including women, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTTIQQ2S+, and people facing economic barriers, are especially encouraged to apply. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for employment equity.


Responsibilities: The Specifics

Staff Hiring, Training & Management

  • Encourage commitment to youth whom we serve, and ensure that staff work within the philosophy and framework of the organization

  • Honour and encourage each staff’s individual talents, experience and contribution to the staff team and program

  • Act as an approachable resource for all staff

  • Assist on the ad-hoc hiring committee for summer staff, where possible

  • Create, implement and supervise summer staff training

  • Plan and lead the staff training canoe trip

  • Maintain professional relationships with all summer staff and Executive Director

  • Advise and support the staff throughout the summer, including advising on behaviour management strategies, programming and trip route plans

  • Supervise staff and deal with all conflicts or other issues that may arise among staff

  • Check in with and evaluate all staff and assist with exit interviews.

  • Act as a model of excellent skills in leading wilderness canoe trips and in working with our youth population

Program Supervision and Implementation

  • Arrange youth in safe and appropriate tripping groups

  • Work with the PD in arranging trip leading staff pairs that will best suit the needs of the youth

  • Familiarity with the Risk Management Plan of Project Canoe and all emergency/evacuation procedures and relevant policies

  • Act as on-call person for emergencies and evacuations while trips are in session

  • Facilitate group debriefing after trips and individual staff debriefing when necessary

  • Prepare paperwork and Evacuation Packs required for each trip

  • Collect all reports and paperwork after trips

  • Provide an end-of-summer debrief with all summer staff for the Board


  • Manage intake process for youth interested in attending our in-city year-round programs and our summer wilderness program

  • Assesses eligibility of youth for program, redirecting those deemed ineligible to other programs

  • Connecting youth with the program through outreach efforts (in-person, phone and email)

  • Follow Project Canoe’s intake and screening procedures as outlined in our Risk Management Plan. The intake process includes reviewing application forms, speaking with referring agencies and parents/guardians, interviewing youth, and supporting youth until they go on an activity or canoe trip

  • Coordinate and supervise safe operation of the Toronto HQ

  • Maintain relationships with local supporters and partners

  • Screen/ orientate/supervise visitors to site

  • Administer the food ordering system to ensure timely delivery and adherence to budget

  • Manage the petty cash and follow accounting system

Operation of the Toronto HQ