Exceptionalities Program Director

Company Mission

Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that welcomes everyone to an experience for a lifetime. We are located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau and specialize in summer camp, school trips, group retreats and leadership development for all ages. We exist to inspire youth to shape their world.

Job Description

The Program department has the overall responsibility of our guests and supervises them in their cabins, at meal times, during free time and in evening programs.

The Exceptionality Director’s primary responsibility within this department is to assist, support, care for and ensure the needs of our exceptionality guests are met. Muskoka Woods has a variety of different guests and our goal is to create a safe, fun and confidence boosting environment for all. The primary role of the Exceptionality Director within this department is coordinating, supervising and managing the outcomes for all things related to the Exceptionality Program. The Director leads, trains and manages staff, coordinates volunteer assignments, problem solves issues, liaises with parents and staff as needed to ensure the needs of each guest are met.

Summer Directors are regularly assigned to the Shutdown schedule and the Dining Room Maitre'd schedule.
Leadership staff also contribute to the overall ministry to staff and are required to lead a staff small group and participate in our One to One staff mentoring program.
All leadership staff contribute to alternate duties on guest arrival and departure days as well as the weekend stayover program.

Staff are required to attend all meetings as outlined during staff training including Cadence and Small Group.


Skills and Attributes Required

Muskoka Woods is looking for staff whose personal values match the MW Core Values which includes having a passion for working with children and youth.

The Director must have strong administrative skills including planning and organization, time management, be attentive to details and have strong communication skills both oral and written. We are looking for an energetic leader who has excellent interpersonal skills and are able to take initiative and work in high-stress situations. The Director must be supportive, patient, creative problem solvers, have a heart to serve others, and have a love for those who need extra support. Applicants must have education and/or proven experience in the field of Exceptionalities.

Salary Range

$300 - $330 per week plus room and board

Full Summer Bonus

Each director who commits their entire summer will qualify for a $500 bonus to be given at the end of the summer.

Contract Dates

May 6 - August 31, 2024

Essential Functions

  • Be able to assist guests and staff in an emergency
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of guests and/or staff
  • Have the ability to accompany guests across camp
  • Ability to participate in and lead small and large group activities throughout the day
  • Have the ability to communicate well in person and on the phone.

Additional Notes

  • All staff are required to uphold the Muskoka Woods Vision and Mission, Core Values and Aspirations, as well as all policy and procedures as outlined during our Staff Development Week held at the beginning of your contract.
  • All Counsellors stay in a cabin with our guests. All other staff stay in shared staff accommodation.

Apply now via Muskoka Woods' online application process. You'll need to create an account (or use a previously created one) and apply online.