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CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

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December 2016

Job Title:

Lead, Special Programs


First Year Salary $525/week


May 2017 to August 2017, with the possibility of a Fall contract extension


CNIB's Lake Joseph Centre (MacTier, ON)


CNIB’s Lake Joseph Centre (commonly known as “Lake Joe”) is a fully accessible lakefront residential facility located in the Muskoka region of Ontario, providing a unique blend of recreation, skills training, social interaction, and personal discovery in a safe, inclusive environment. Two hours north of Toronto, Lake Joe stretches over 12.5 acres of waterfront property on the northwest corner of beautiful Lake Joseph. Staff and volunteers provide a wide range of high quality programs to people of all ages who are living with vision loss.

The Lead, Special Programs will lead and support the planning and facilitation of all special programming to be made available to guests at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, with a focus at all times on the best guest experience. This includes special events (Carnival, Casino Night, theme days, etc.), specialty collaborative programs (SCORE, Camp Abilities, Youth Leadership, etc.), as well as supporting other functions of the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre (Tuck Shop, Wellness, etc.). This position takes an active role in other programming as assigned. The Lead, Special Programs is responsible for supporting staff and volunteers to ensure that guests receive exceptional care and attention while participating in programming both on and off Lake Joe property.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

• Plan, manage and facilitate special programs run by the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

• Support, liaise and collaborate with CNIB programs (SCORE, Camp Abilities)

• Supervise, coach, and support Program Facilitators in regards to special programs

• Provide leadership by assisting with the planning and leading of all land, off-site and water recreation programs (day and evening programs)

• Promote clear communication to all guests, staff and volunteers

• Communicate and update staff, volunteers and guests of any changes to the programs

• Ensure all appropriate supplies and equipment are available and in good working condition for planned activities

• Work within a budget

• Assist with staff training

• Promote and encourage participating in ongoing recreation programs through endorsement of activities to guests

• Ensure all staff/volunteers participating in the camp program understand their role before, during and after the program

• Facilitate staff appreciation initiatives

• Participate in all, pre-season and ongoing, staff meetings and training

• Ensure programs start on time and all required supplies are ready before guests arrive

• Participate in the coordination of all dining room duties and responsibilities, including serving

• Assist guests in completing weekly surveys, providing a safe and encouraging atmosphere to provide their feedback of all on and off-site programs

• Ensure feedback from all programs is recorded and reported to Management

• Participate in all required change over duties

• Champion a Culture of Volunteerism, by supporting an environment where volunteers are respected and valued members of the team

• Other duties as assigned

The duties and responsibilities outlined above are indicative of the role, but aren’t exhaustive and may be subject to change as required.

Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

• Strong interpersonal skills including patience and empathy

• Demonstrate strong communication skills

• Knowledge and experience in recreation programs and settings

• Experience supervising and coaching others

• Must have good organizational, planning, management and leadership skills

• Current (within 6 months of start date) Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check

• Current Standard First Aid and CPR "C"

• Swimming certifications such as Bronze Cross/NLS an asset

• Current F Class driver's license (must be over 21); current Driver's Abstract

• Pleasure Craft Operator Card an asset

• Good command of relevant computer applications and office experience an asset

• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of management practices, principles, and facilities administration

• Experience planning and coordinating trips, including transportation

• Demonstrated customer relations skills

• Ability to work in a team setting and independently

• Experience working with people within all age groups with vision loss or deaf-blind, as well as special needs is an asset

• Ability to work flexible hours as well as standard camp hours

• Ability to work in a changing, busy environment

• Ability to travel when required

• Ability to stay on site during camp operational season

• Must be willing to share accommodations with another staff member

Closing Date for Applications: 

Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until March 31, 2017 for a May 2017 start date.


Please Send the Application to: and quote the job title in the subject line.

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.