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Autism Program Lead

Department Kinark Outdoor Centre Date Posted 5/9/2018

Position Type Temporary Full Time Reference No. 2018-2408

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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We currently have an opportunity for a:

Autism Program Lead

Kinark Outdoor Centre(Minden, ON)

Temporary, Full-Time – 40 hours/week (Contract until September 3, 2018)


Position Details:

The primary role of the Autism Program Leader (APL) will be to assist the Outdoor Educator team in directly leading the delivery of the Autism Summer Camp and Autism Family Camp programs throughout July and August.  The Autism Program Leader (APL) will spend their time in the field working with Outdoor Educators to effectively facilitate programs.  The APL will be a direct support for Outdoor Educators to assist with problem solving, program creativity, behaviour management, communication, and continual group assessment.  The APL will also provide a clear communication link between the Outdoor Educators to the Program Coordinator Team.  This includes, but is not limited to, giving/receiving feedback and leading meetings/debriefs.    The APL will also be first on-call for ASQ and will directly support the Outdoor Educators with the behaviour management of the Autism Summer camp Campers.   


Contract Details:

June 24 to September 3 for 40 hours a week

Generally Monday-Friday; however some weekend work will be included. 


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.
  • Field mentor and role model appropriate behavior, expectations, self-care, etc.

  • Maintains ongoing open communication with OE’s and Supervisors (comfortable with giving and receiving feedback).

  • Schedule check-ins with staff and supervisors on a regular basis.

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

  • Create, develop and encourage a supportive and positive environment for Outdoor Educators by adding creativity and uniqueness to program activities.

  • Engage in the ongoing assessment process of clients, programs, and Outdoor Educators, and make program adaptations as necessary.

  • Foster growth and development in clients through the provision of primary care, including but not limited to: personal hygiene, dietary needs and behaviour management.

  • Assist in facility preparation and equipment maintenance.

  • Ensure appropriate record keeping is completed for each program.

  • Plan staff events (outside of camp).

  • Support group transitions via awareness, program prep, group assessment and leadership



  • 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.

  • Previous leadership experience required.

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

  • Current National Lifeguard Service is a strong asset.

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

  • 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 May 25, 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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