YMCA Of Greater Vancouver Employment Opportunity

Date Posted: February 5, 2016

Position Title: Program Leader, The First Tee of Greater Vancouver

Location: Various

Terms: Temporary Part Time; 12-16 hours/week

Shift: Monday to Friday 3:30-6:00pm

Salary: $14.00 - $16.50 per hour

Start Date: April 2016

End Date: June 2016 (must be available to work full contract; no exceptions)

Reports To: Manager, The First Tee of Greater Vancouver

Situation: The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.


For over 125 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. One of the Lower Mainland’s leading charities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health & fitness, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 115,000 participants annually.

Nature & Scope: The First Tee of Greater Vancouver YMCA is one chapter of an international non-profit youth initiative called The First Tee. The First Tee was created in 1997 by the World Golf Foundation to provide young people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. By engaging young people in a combination of life skills, leadership, and golf activities, they also are exposed to positive traits that will help them achieve success in life. In the process, participants become valuable assets to their community. The First Tee Life Skills Experience is the unique component that sets The First Tee apart from many other successful junior golf programs and youth development programs through sport.

The Team Leader is responsible for impacting, influencing, and inspiring young people to become the best they can be through utilization of The First Tee Golf & Life Skills curriculum, The Nine Healthy Habits, and The First Tee Coach Building Blocks. Reporting to the Manager, the Team Leader will deliver a value based program through the game of golf, supervising and evaluating assistant coaches and volunteers.

Major Responsibilities:

  •  Actively interact with children, families, and youth in a positive and professional manner
  •  Build meaningful relationships through positive daily interaction with YMCA participants, visitors, and colleagues
  •  Welcome and assist participants, volunteers, potential donors, and parents in a polite and courteous manner
  •  Become proficient in creating/delivering fun, active, and engaging lesson plans that seamlessly integrate golf instruction with the life lessons, healthy habits, and core values of the six levels of The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum (Target, PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE, EAGLE, ACE).
  •  Create and maintain a positive atmosphere and build positive self-esteem and confidence in children
  •  Establish and maintain positive communication with manager, colleagues, and parents
  •  Track and provide regular reports on participant progress including attendance, assessments, and class level recommendations in a complete and timely manner
  •  Manage daily operations, including accurate participant records
  •  Engage, lead, and inspire volunteers. This includes but is not limited to: incorporating volunteers into lesson delivery, conducting lesson review prior to class, tracking volunteer hours, and building relationships with volunteers that promote their future involvement.
  •  Assist with the development and implementation of new procedures that promote participant retention
  •  Promote philanthropy through the YMCA’s annual Strong Kids Campaign
  •  Ensure the safety of all participants, staff, and property by following The First Tee/YMCA standards/ policies/procedures and ensuring they are maintained amongst all participants, staff, and volunteers
  •  Maintain a neat, orderly, and clean environment, including all program areas and common spaces • Remain flexible – willing to learn new skills, alter shifts
  •  Attend staff meetings, planning sessions and training events as required
  •  Maintain regular attendance, punctuality and be appropriately dressed and well groomed


  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C & AED certificate
  • Post-Secondary student in a related field (e.g. Physical Education, Human Kinetics, Recreation and Business, Early Childhood Education, Education)
  • Between 15 and 30 years of age
  • Registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year, and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year (proof of student status will be required)
  • Available to work full-time hours for entire contract (no exceptions will be made)
  • Two years’ experience working with children and families in a recreational setting
  • Previous experience supervising staff and volunteers an asset
  • Some experience with the game of golf, including knowledge of the rules of golf, is an asset
  • Strong planning, organizational, leadership, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a larger team
  • Experience with developing and facilitating community-based programming and services for a wide demographic base an asset
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date
  • 3 professional references


Commitment to Organization and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Service Orientation: Deliberately identifies needs and wants of members/participants as priority, and creates opportunities to enhance each and every person’s YMCA experience.

Teamwork: Ability to work effectively with others to achieve optimal collective results.

Communication: Ability to speak, write, listen, and secure information in a variety of settings

Outcomes Oriented: Ability to lead, manage, and achieve identified goals.

Application Process: Internal applicants should inform their supervisor prior to application. Please apply online by completing both of the following steps:

Step 1‐ Complete online application using the following link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ymcagv&jobId=44118&lang=en_CA

Step 2‐ Complete online questionnaire using the following link: https://sigmaselect.com/apply/positiondetails.aspx?positionid=684

Application deadline: Until Filled

Thank you for your interest and application. Due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.