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Position title: Recreation Coordinator

Reports to: Manager, Resettlement and Housing

Organizational overview: Reception House Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization that enables the successful resettlement of newly arrived refugees by providing temporary accommodation and orientation, assistance securing permanent housing, ongoing settlement and intensive case management services.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Plan and lead daily recreation activities for families and children residing in temporary accommodation
  2. To inform and provide practical skills to clients on Culture and Life Skills in Canada
  3. Support the overall well-being of clients while living in Temporary Accommodation
  4. To promote healthy child development through play, friendship, mastery of skills, and participation in programs
  5. To support children’s physical, social, educational, and emotional needs while they are unable to attend school
  6. Oversee other staff, student placements and volunteers who support this program
  7. Occasional weekend work as required
  8. Physical Requirements: able to lift 25lbs, bend, sit, stand and climb stairs.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support client’s initial settlement activities by leading various onsite activities and community outings for children and families
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive daily recreation program that serves clients in temporary accommodation including but not limited to:
  • Education Preparation, including:
    Life skills training; developing relationships; social integration; techniques to promote mental health and/or self-care; scheduling/routine; connecting with the KW community; ESL;  Basic Math and Science; art, music and physical activity
  • All activities should include an ESL component to assist clients to increase their English language training and complement resettlement activities required under the RAP program
  • Create and maintain a calendar of recreational activities for clients in the house and ensure staff or volunteers are booked and understand their responsibilities
  • Encourage active and safe play and mentor families in how to play cooperatively
  • Purchase and organize program supplies
  • Develop relationships with the community to help support clients’ activities and well=being
  • Complete all required administrative tasks to accurately document and report on activities
  • Report safety or life skills concerns or extra supports needed using organizational procedures

Qualifications

  • Minimum post-secondary education (i.e. community college degree or certificate) in recreation or related field
  • Group facilitation or adult education experience and/or training
  • Experience in event planning
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • Computer skills in MS Office
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

Working Conditions

  • Travel within Waterloo Region required
  • High stress environment
  • Evening /weekend shifts as required and agreed upon in advance

Resume and cover letter are to be submitted to talent@receptionhouse.ca. We request that candidates please send their cover letter and resume together as one combined document (Word.doc, PDF etc.) and write “Recreation Coordinator” in the email subject line. No phone calls please.

Reception House Waterloo Region will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation.  If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.