Instructor Children and Youth Programs
YMCA Greater Toronto
20h ago

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YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees.

The YMCA provides almost 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.

The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership.

The Scarborough Centre YMCA is one of nine full service health and fitness centres across the Greater Toronto area. The Centre provides a full range of services and community programs to more than 8,000 members, including children, youth and adults, who represent the diversity of Toronto and its communities.

The Instructor Children and Youth Programs delivers specific programming, develops short and long term lesson plans incorporating physical literacy guidelines and ensuring the unique needs of the participants are met.

Instructors maintain a safe environment at all times.


Instructs participants in sport specific programming.

Develops and implements sequential weekly lesson plans.

Recognizes participant learning styles and delivers content accordingly.

Coaches and develops participants to meet success.

Communicates (verbal and written) child’s progress to parents and Supervisor.

Maintain accurate, up to date weekly progress sheets and records for participants.

Takes attendance, ensures participants are signed into and out of the program.

Sets up and takes down recreational, program and other equipment as required at the same time checking that equipment is safe and in good repair (reporting immediately all malfunctions and removing the damaged equipment immediately from circulation).

Actively participates in scheduled programs, meetings and special events.

In collaboration with individual program members, program volunteers and YMCA program staff, assists and encourages program members to access additional appropriate programs offered at this location.

Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.

Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.

Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.

Performs other related duties to fulfill commitment to quality programs for all members as assigned from time to time by supervisor.


  • Diploma or degree in field related to working with children or youth
  • Current certifications in the following Lifesaving Society awards : Standard First Aid & CPR level C
  • Current NCCP Coaching certification (level 2 or equivalent)
  • Previous experience Instructing children and / or Teens in a recreational setting an asset
  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of various stages of child and youth development through previous related experience and continuing professional development
  • Ability to encourage and motivate members and volunteers and acknowledge and appreciate achievements and contributions
  • Evidence continuing professional development in working with children and youth
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity.
  • Flexibility regarding assigned work schedules, including weekday afternoons, eveningsand weekends
  • The position requires the following Association Competencies : Advanced Competence in : Effective Interpersonal Communications;
  • being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering;Fundamental Competence in : being Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion Ethics and Self-Management;
  • Teamwork and Collaboration.

    Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

    The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

    We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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