Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will begin in the last week of February 2020.
Frontier College is a national, non-profit literacy organization. We believe literacy is a right, and we work inclusively with volunteers and community partners to help children, youth and adults build the skills and confidence they need to accomplish their goals. Our network of staff and volunteers provides excellent and effective programming to improve literacy in communities across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. We value mutual respect and collaboration in all our relationships.
We are seeking mature, committed and self-motivated individuals to fill the positions of Camp Counsellor in our Summer Literacy Camp program. These literacy camps aim to promote a love of reading and learning, and increased self-confidence, among Indigenous children aged 5-12 living in Inuit communities of Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut and Cree communities of Northern Quebec.
Camp Counsellors are expected to work in independent teams to deliver indoor and outdoor literacy-based activities in a safe and culturally sensitive environment. Camp Counsellors will be working with large groups of very young children, up to a counsellor-to-child ratio of 1:10.
Most teams are made of up of both counsellors from the community and external counsellors. External camp counsellors must be comfortable with sharing accommodations (which may be co-ed) and have minimal access to telephone and internet.
Each team will be comprised of an Admin Counsellor and 2-4 other Camp Counsellors. Together, they will work as a team under the remote supervision of the Frontier College Regional Coordinators and the Regional Director of Quebec, Nunavut and Atlantic Canada.
Frontier College will provide candidates with a fully-paid training prior to the start of camp.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Daily planning & organizing of camp activities
- Ensuring the safety and well-being of all camp participants during camp hours
- Establishing and maintaining good relationships with community members, and encouraging their participation in the camp
- Ensuring adherence to all program directives and guidelines
- Maintaining accurate camp records as required
- Perform other duties as assigned by Frontier College
- Additional responsibilities of the Admin Counsellor:
Required Skills and Attributes
- Act as the primary point of contact with the supervising staff
- Manage and maintain camp budget and accounts, including all financial records
- Ensure that all camp documentation is maintained and submitted on a weekly basis as required
- Assist with the recruitment and onboarding of some counsellors locally, if applicable
- Minimum of 18 years old
- Adaptable, self-motivated, responsible and energetic
- Experience or interest in the fields of formal/informal education, teaching or community literacy programming
- Demonstrated experience in working with groups of children
- Excellent listening skills and ability to work well in a team
- Strong situational problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills
- Able to exercise patience and tact when working with different personalities and working styles, especially in challenging situations
- Good organizational and time-management skills
- Sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and the broader societal realities of Indigenous communities
- Possess a current Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen completed by the local police department (Note: All successful candidates who do not have their Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen at the time of interview must obtain it prior to the start of employment. Frontier College will reimburse the cost if a receipt and the original copy is submitted.)
- Possess a valid Standard/Emergency First Aid qualification (Note: All successful candidates who do not have their First Aid qualifications at the time of interview must obtain certification, at their own cost, prior to the start of employment)
- Prior experience working with Inuit, First Nation or Métis individuals or communities
- Experience in facilitating activities for large groups of young children
- Prior experience living and working in cross-cultural community settings
- Bilingualism (English and French/Inuktitut/Cree)
- Pay will be issued bi-weekly via Direct Deposit or by Cheque
- Frontier College will cover and handle all roundtrip travel arrangements from Montreal to the training location then to the host community; or if you live in an Inuit community in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut or a Cree Nation, we will cover return travel from this community to the training location
- All expenses relative to the training will be covered by Frontier College
- Shared, assigned housing is provided to counsellors who do not reside in the host community
To apply, please visit: https://www.frontiercollege.ca/Get-Involved/Job-Opportunities
Please send: (1) your resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) the completed Application Form
by mail or email to:
Attn: Mark Anto
4384 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Frontier College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.
First Nation, Métis or Inuit candidates are especially encouraged to self-identify and apply for this position