KSAP PROGRAM STAFF

Kerr Street Mission (KSM) is a not for profit charity dedicated to helping the community of Oakville care for low-income and at-risk families and youth, by coming alongside families in distress and helping them get to a healthier more sustainable situation. KSM provides a place where people can gather and find help. It brings people together to serve and be served, facilitates the communities’ response to the needs of families and individuals in distress, and creates opportunity for God’s love and compassion to be shared in practical and tangible ways.

KSM serves low income and at-risk families, at-risk youth, and local churches and other groups committed to serving the families and/or youth in need. Our faith in Jesus Christ, and the love and compassion we have received from Him motivates us to have love and compassion for others. We believe every person is created in the image of God and is loved and valued by Him. We work with people of all faiths, without discriminating, proselytizing or condition.

Position Title: KSAP Program Staff

Working under the supervision of the After-School Program Supervisor, the Program Staff will instruct and participate in a variety of activities aimed at engaging students in fun, recreational and life-long learning objectives. The role of the Program Staff will be to facilitate various activities that promote physical movement, cognitive thinking, creativity and encourage positive personal development and wellness. The importance of establishing a positive and trusting relationship is essential to the better engagement and support of elementary and primary school aged children and their families in our community. The chosen individual will supervise children attending the program and promote safety and respect amongst all participants, while
responding to the individual needs of children to establish a stable and consistent relationship
with each child and their families/caregivers. They will ensure a friendly and supportive atmosphere is maintained by developing appropriate strategies to support children in managing
their behaviour.

Key Responsibilities

Programming

Create weekly programming that:

  • Is open ended and inspired by children’s interests
  • Focuses on various developmental areas
  • Is adaptable and age appropriate (JK-Grade 5)
  • Has program elements/ centers seen in program on a daily basis and/ or throughout the week include: art, construction, literacy, gym, dramatic play, science/ technology, math, music etc.
  • The weekly program plan template will be posted each week for families. In addition to creating weekly program plans, staff is responsible for completing 3+ reflections that provide a full description of an activity that was completed in program with a follow-up
    reflection
  • Purchasing supplies for the program based on activities and supplies needed for the week, staff will be responsible for handling petty cash that can be used to purchase
    materials needed for program

Program Set-up

Staff will be required to set up program each day in the main dining hall area. This includes:

  • Setting up tables and chairs
  • Bring out program components and materials required under licensing standards
  • Set up of program space should be comfortable for easy flow of activities and
    interactions
  • Programming must also be rich enough to engage children, to promote opportunity for
    creativity, while providing a comfortable, safe space daily
  • Program materials will be taken down and put away into the Children’s Room at the end of each day

Engagement with Children and Families

  • Staff members will pick up children from Oakwood Public School each day
  • Staff will engage with children throughout program, teaching, playing, and
    communicating
  • Staff is required to attend monthly “Family Dinners”- the first Friday of every month
  • Staff will encourage development and seek out teachable moments with the children
  • Staff will engage in conversations with families, relaying information about the day/program, as well as be intentional to build trusting relationships with families

Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants will be graduates of the two-year community college Early Childhood Education diploma from a recognized educational institution
  • Must be registered ECE member in good standing with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in child development, planning, documenting and
    implementing age appropriate programs, with a focus on play based learning in early
    years of educational setting
  • Ability to communicate with children, parents, staff and community partners
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical, and communication skills
  • Be able to think outside of the box, gearing away from teacher led activities, and towards
    child led activities
  • Good Time Management

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to alisa@kerrstreet.com by July 17, 2020.

Kerr Street Mission is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an
inclusive culture. We offer an environment that will support you in reaching your potential. In accordance with the
Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided
in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in their cover letter when they apply.