Job Title : Program Specialist, Inclusive Programs
Program Specialist, Inclusive Programs
Manager, Inclusive Programs and Outreach
Jays Care Foundation’s goal is to provide a safe, meaningful experience for children, youth, coaches and partners that is wildly fun and effective at enhancing important life-skills.
Working with like-minded partners, each year Jays Care provides over 65,000 Canadian children and youth programming and safe spaces in which to play, where they are given the opportunity to gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, leadership, resiliency, confidence and self-esteem.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jays Care has shifted to support Canadian families who are facing disproportionate challenges and barriers due to COVID-19 through the #BlueJaysCommunity Project.
Challenger Baseball is a nation-wide adaptive baseball program designed to empower children, youth and adults living with cognitive and / or physical disabilities and is one of Jays Care Foundation’s signature programs.
The program provides its athletes with the opportunity to learn and enhance their life skills such as communication, resiliency, building relationships and leadership all through the power of sport that is adapted to their unique abilities and potential.
In early 2020, there were more than 8,000 athletes participating in Challenger Baseball across the country. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inclusive Programs team has pivoted its core goals to support community leaders, families and athletes through virtual training, virtual programming, and access to equipment and resources to continue Challenger Baseball programming at home in a safe and meaningful way.
Jays Care Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at Jays Care Foundation.
If you require accessibility support during your application please contact us at (647) 236-5314 or Jaime.Vieira Bluejays.
com. We welcome the opportunity to discuss accommodation of your disability and ensure fairness in our hiring process.
The Program Specialist, Inclusive Programs is responsible for the design, implementation, management, and assessment of Challenger Baseball programs in partnership with schools, non-profit organizations and baseball leagues across Canada.
The position spends significant time ensuring our programs are fully accessible and inclusive by designing and leading trainings, building curriculum, and supporting Challenger baseball coaches and community leaders in ensuring that their programs are inclusive, adaptive and empowering for athletes living with cognitive and / or physical disabilities.
In a typical year, this position is based at the Jays Care Foundation office at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, but also includes a significant amount of travel across Canada.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the person in this position will be expected to complete these responsibilities remotely until further notice.
The person successful in this position will work within the guidelines, policies and mission of the organization and will be accountable and responsible for specific projects as assigned.
Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of experience working and / or volunteering with children, youth and / or adults living with disabilities .
Ideal candidates will have experience in coordinating adaptive / inclusive sport programs, facilitating interactive workshops for youth and adults, coaching and playing baseball and / or other sports, leading recreational programs for all abilities, and considers attention to detail and streamlining processes some of their best professional qualities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Research and Design (20%)
Work closely with the Programs team and the Challenger Baseball Advisory Committee, to ensure that Challenger Baseball is a best-in-class program that responds to the needs and goals of children, youth and adults living with disabilities and their families
Complete ongoing extensive research and learning about local and national adaptive programs to ensure that Challenger Baseball is reflective of best-in-class approaches
Support the design and enhancement of program curriculum for schools, leagues and partner organizations
Support the design and enhancement of virtual programs across Canada
Work with the Fundraising team to support stewardship opportunities for program donors
Be a subject matter expert in disability, inclusion, accessibility, adaptive recreation, adaptive education, and family support opportunities
Manage Youth Amplifier(s) and a Challenger Baseball Youth Advisory Committee; responsible for engaging them in developing a longer-term strategic vision for the program across all avenues of the program
Training and Facilitation (25%)
Design and deliver highly dynamic workshops for families, educators, front-line volunteers and baseball coaches that motivate and inspire best-in-class adaptive and inclusive programming across Canada both virtually and in-person
Create and design creative and effective training sessions based on feedback and research using the Jays Care Programs team method
Professionally facilitate a wide range of Challenger Baseball workshops and clinics across the country both virtually and in-person for a wide variety of audiences (from youth to adult)
Provide creative, dynamic, and personal insight within training sessions, building rapport with program leaders and families across Canada
Program implementation (25%)
Support each Challenger Baseball program across Canada to ensure implementation of the program is sustainable, meaningful, effective, and fun
Spearhead program outreach to new partners helping to expand and grow Challenger Baseball across Canada in a sustainable and meaningful way
Build connections with strategic supports and partners that can help enhance the quality of Challenger Baseball across Canada
Spearhead the design and delivery of a wide-range of large scale events to inspire and celebrate Challenger Baseball athletes, families, communities, volunteers and educators including the Challenger Baseball National Jamboree
Model engaging program facilitation skills with children, youth and adults both virtually and in-person
Use a variety of techniques to promote positive behaviours and manage challenging behaviours among Challenger Baseball participants both virtually and in-person
Coaching and mentoring (15%)
Consistently check-in with and / or visit a variety of programs across Canada to offer on-the-ground / over-the-screen coaching and support to enhance program outcomes both virtually and in-person
Monitor program strength and effectiveness while offering support and insight
Bridge gaps in knowledge of new leagues, schools and partners by spearheading the New Program Mentor Project
As a SME in disability, inclusion, accessibility, adaptive recreation, adaptive education, and family support opportunities, coach the Jays Care team on best practices
Support, coach and mentor three junior staff on the Inclusive Programs team
Monitoring and assessment (5%)
Work with the Programs team and / or Monitoring and Assessment Specialist to ensure the Challenger Baseball logic model is sound
Design and use a variety of participatory and activity-based tools to assess the impact of programs
Regularly analyze and assess data to prepare content for quarterly reports
Use the data to help guide future program design
Administrative responsibilities (10%)
Support a wide variety of administrative duties as assigned by the Inclusive Programs and Programs team
Routinely update the Challenger Baseball Canada website to ensure all resources, information and opportunities are up-to-date
Create marketing materials to enhance community outreach, program development and program expansion initiatives including posters, brochures and infographics using Canva
Spearhead the translation of all resources, communication and documents into French using external consultants
Degree in Education, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Recreation or related field
5+ years working and / or volunteering with children, youth and / or adults living with disabilities
2+ years working in the field of sport for development
2+ years designing sport for development programs for children, youth and / or adults living with disabilities
2+ years designing and delivering dynamic workshops for youth and adults
Familiarity and experience coaching and leading baseball activities an asset
Strong problem solving and group work leadership skills
Proven track record of interacting with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds
Proven track record of interacting with senior business, government and non-profit leaders
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Proven administrative skills (i.e. Excel, Powerpoint, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, etc )
Proven exceptional oral and written communication skills
Ability to work flexible hours
Ability to travel (when safe to do so)
Ability to work in front of a screen for long periods of time
Access to high-speed internet and a home office
Valid drivers license required