Camp Co-ordinator/Director

 Job Title:

Camp Co-ordinator/Director 

Hourly Wage Rate:


Start and End Dates:

June 7, 2021 – September 10, 2021 (13 weeks) 

Number of Hours per Week:


Work schedule:

Monday – Friday 

Tasks and Responsibilities 

Manages the Varley Art Gallery Virtual Summer Day Art Camp Programs. Has oversight responsibilities to ensure the highest level of program quality for the Art Gallery’s art, thematic and exhibition based summer camp programs including the areas of program planning, program delivery and administration. Oversees up to 100 virtual campers per week ranging from 4 to 10 years of age, while supervising and coaching up to 3 other camp staff. Ensures consistency in camp policies and processes including training and communication in conjunction with other Summer Camp Coordinators and Camp Co-ordinators in the City as required. 

 Duties include 
  • Responsible for effective and efficient communication to all stakeholders including parents, campers staff and special guests as well as managing phone and e-mail inquiries in a timely manner 
  • Through strategic leadership and programming, enables children and/or youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem virtually. Accountable for day-to-day operations under the guidance of the Varley Art Gallery Director ensuring camp activities are safe, educational, inclusive, high quality and meet the Gallery’s overall goals. 
  • Provides daily direction and support to camp instructors/supervisors, as required. Plans and schedules camp staff resources, routines, schedules and procedures to ensure successful program delivery. 
  • Oversees the daily activities across the camp(s), ensuring programming is effective and adapted to camper needs with regard to content, skill-level and safety. 
  • Oversees the development, implementation of art and design-based camp programs and lesson plans, with an emphasis on art techniques (e.g. painting, drawing, printing, photography, new media, installation, sculpture concepts, ideas and history) under the direction of the Varley Art Gallery Director. Program focus may be changed as required. 
  • Acts as a leader role model, fostering a positive, creative and open learning environment where people feel included as members of a team and are motivated to work towards common goals. 
  • Serves as an ambassador for the Corporation of the City of Markham, liaising with camp instructor/supervisors and resolving any issues with the support of the Varley Art Gallery Director. Displays a heightened sense of customer service. 
  • Provides regular updates and feedback to the Varley Art Gallery Director. 
  • Plans, implements and assists in delivering camp staff training in conjunction with the Director and other stakeholders. Plays a leadership role in camp preparations as well as regular meetings. 
  • Ensures adherence to policies and procedures working closely with the Varley Art Gallery Director. 
  • Provides on-going training, coaching and recognition to camp staff. Provides regular feedback and completes formal performance assessments for all direct reports. 
  • Assists with recruitment, screening, and interviewing of Varley Art Gallery camp staff. 
  • Researches, books and schedules guest artists, film or video segments, lecturers and speakers to enhance and complement camp programs. 
  • Ensures completion and reviews of parent camp evaluations as well as staff evaluations of camp. 
  • Controls supplies and equipment inventory for sessions, ensuring that all necessary supplies and equipment are ordered and received in accordance with City policies. 
  • Oversees camp purchases and budget in accordance with City policies and budget including generating revenue and expense reports. 
  • Demonstrates the confidence and ability to make decisions independently of peers and in the best interests of the campers. Resolves problems and conflicts effectively as they arise. 
  • Reports all incidents promptly and thoroughly to the Varley Art Gallery Director using incident/accident report forms and processes. Maintains camp documentation, including registration information, attendance records, sign in and sign out procedures, permission forms, waiver forms, and timesheets. 
  • Completes a full report on the camp session to the Varley Art Gallery Director at the conclusion of the summer. In addition, provides ongoing feedback, implements changes, develops recommendations throughout the summer season based on observations, reviewing parent feedback surveys, and camp staff feedback 
  • Manages administration of camp documentation and reporting, inventory and financial accounting for all camp supplies. 


  • Educational background in a visual arts related field such as visual arts, art history, arts administration, museum studies or Education 
  • Experience with hands on teaching of arts and/or crafts 
  • Be comfortable with interactive teaching through online platforms 
  • Have a proven ability to communicate effectively in English 
  • High Five Certification 
  • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ 
  • Clear and Valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check 

This position is funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs Program 

To be eligible, candidates must: 
  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; 
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and, 
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations. 

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is committed to employment equity and building strength through diversity as per the City of Markham’s Diversity Action Plan. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and encourage women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples to apply. 

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume through the City of Markham’s Employment Portal at: