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Program Coordinator

Department Kinark Outdoor Centre Date Posted 1/11/2018

Position Type Temporary Full Time Reference No. 2018-2276

LocationMinden, Ontario, Canada

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario, which provides a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth with complex needs and their families.  Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.

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Kinark:  Helping children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes.

We currently have an opportunity for a:

Program Coordinator

Kinark Outdoor Centre (Minden, ON)

Temporary, Full-Time – 40 hours/week (5 months contract)



The Kinark Outdoor Center (KOC) facilitates a range of outdoor education, therapeutic recreation and experiential adventure programs designed to meet the specific needs of its diverse client population. Visiting groups include: children’s mental health centers, community living agencies, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and various organizations serving youth and adults with special needs.   KOC also offers 5-day summer camp programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout July & August.


The Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of group visits, including: pre-visit communication, goal setting, scheduling, safety orientations, leading and support Outdoor Educators in delivery of the programs.  The Program Coordinator will work 40 hours weekly from April until the end of August with the possibility of 2 month extension .  The successful candidate will receive extensive in-house training.  To find out more about the Kinark Outdoor Centre, please check out our website:


Duties & Responsibilities:

·         Know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with KOC program.

·         Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with KOC program.  This includes but is not limited to being responsible for all clients’ safety.

·         Create and ensure a safe and positive environment for program participation.

·         Communicate with visiting groups around goals of visit, safety requirements, and client needs.

·         Develop and deliver individualized program packages for groups, including schools, residential programs, faith-based youth groups, tripping programs, etc.

·         Aid in the administration and implementation of autism specific programs.

·         Assist in the development and delivery of training for Outdoor Educators in collaboration with the Program Manager.

·         Assist Outdoor Educators in the facilitation of KOC programs; provide support for the Outdoor Educators with the performance of their duties (including direct child care).

·         Act as an emergency contact person for KOC.

·         Engage in the ongoing assessment process of both clients and programs, and make program adaptations as necessary.

·         Assist in facility preparation and equipment maintenance.

·         Ensure all agency record keeping requirements are fully maintained.

·         Act as leader, mentor to staff and program participants



·         Degree or Diploma  in Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Child and Youth Worker, or a related field.  Equivalent experience will be considered in the absence of post-secondary education.

·         Current Standard First Aid/Wilderness First Aid and CPR C are required.

·         Previous leadership experience an asset.

·         Experience working in an office environment, including answering phones and communication via email an asset.

·         Strong organizational, interpersonal, time-management and communication skills.

·         Experience working in a child care setting (such as: residential care, camp, school system) with special needs children ages 8 to 18 years old.

·         Work experience in swimming, canoeing, kayaking, crafts, drama, environmental programming and group games.

·         Current National Lifeguard Service certification.

·         Knowledge of High Ropes rescue systems.

·         Certification in canoeing, kayaking, wilderness tripping and environmental programming an asset.

·         Valid Ontario Class F Driver’s License is considered an asset.

·         Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, canoeing, swimming, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities.

·         Must have the ability to restrain and physically support children when needed for safety in general KOC activities.  Training will be provided.  

·         Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical. 

·         Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.


Interested applicants should submit their résumés via: by February 2, 2018.


Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.  We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’).   If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at or (905) 474-9595.


While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.



If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now below.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kinark Child and Family Services is an equal opportunity employer.
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