Opportunities

Commonwealth Sport Canada
SportWORKS Program – Sport for Newcomers Initiative
SportWORKS Officer (Volunteer Internship)
Position Description
 
Terms of Placement: 
 
Title: SportWORKS Officer, Commonwealth Sport Canada
Reports to: Program Manager, SportWORKS, Commonwealth Sport Canada 
Duration: October 2021 – May 2022 (must also be available for training: Sept. 23-24, 2021)) 
 
Background: 
 
A key part of CSC’s Mission is to “enhance the lives of youth across the Commonwealth”.  Commonwealth Sport Canada’s (CSC) SportWORKS Program has a 25-year history of enhancing the lives of Commonwealth youth, 2 million and counting.  Using the success of the SportWORKS program model, CSC is creating an initiative focused on Commonwealth youth in Canada. The Sport for Newcomers Initiative is designed to build and enhance the capacity of Newcomer Service Support Organizations (NSSOs) in Canada leading to increased sport frequency rates and retention of Newcomer Youth. 
 
The Initiative aims to build NSSO organizational capacity through internship placements of SportWORKS Officers, who assist with the transfer of knowledge and capacity building at NSSOs for staff and volunteers, by developing resources/materials, building partnerships with local sport organizations, seeking local program funding opportunities and by assisting with the accumulation of data for baseline results of pilot monitoring and evaluation for future programming and longitudinal indicators. 
 
Key Tasks / Projects: 
 
The SportWORKS Officer makes an 8-month, full-time commitment, assisting a host NSSO in building capacity through training, advice, guidance, mentorship, coaching and support within the areas of need identified by stakeholders.
 
The key tasks and projects may be focused on the areas of need listed below. Please note that key tasks and projects are listed as a guide only and are contingent upon the unique needs of each host NSSO.  
 
Partnership Development:
  • Assists with partnership development between NSSOs and local sport organizations including conducting introductory sport clinics/workshops, etc. 
  • Formalizes local sport organization membership referrals 
  • Identifies and applies for local sport funding opportunities
Communication:
  • Develops communication tools and communication resources (templates, guides, etc.) for use by NSSO staff
Programming:
  • Contributes to the execution and cataloging of new sport program planning and delivery adaptions 
  • Develops new Newcomer youth focused sport program pedagogy and curriculum
  • Develops a variety of new “train the trainer” resources
  • Develops resources for parents of Newcomer youth
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Accumulation of data for baseline results of pilot monitoring and evaluation for future programming and longitudinal indicators
 
Placement Locations: 
 
Placement locations for the SportWORKS Program – Sport for Newcomers Initiative are: 
 
Placement 1: YMCA Hamilton Burlington Brantford (Hamilton, ON)
Placement 2: Centre for Newcomers (Calgary, AB)
 
Eligibility Requirements: 
 
Post secondary education or a senior university student in the field of Sport Management, Sport Administration, Health, Physical Education, Kinesiology, Human Kinetics, Recreation or related experience 
Passion for sport and sport for development  
Flexibility, creativity, compassion, understanding and patience  
Cultural sensitivity 
Canadian citizen or landed immigrant 
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive)
Full-time commitment for 8 months 
 
Desired Skills / Experience:
 
Strong attention to detail 
Quality program and curriculum development skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders 
Excellent administrative and report writing skills 
Ability to motivate others and to impart knowledge through 1-on-1 sessions or through group training sessions 
Ability to work unsupervised and remain self-motivated 
Working with diverse populations including age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status 
Knowledge or understanding of working with Newcomers, especially girls, and their barriers 
 
SportWORKS Officers must provide an Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC) or Vulnerable Sector Check and complete online training, including Respect in the Workplace, Respect in Sport and other provided training modules prior to beginning placements. 
 
To apply, please submit the following: 
 
1. Cover Letter: As part of your cover letter, please address the following: 
a. Which of the above placements you are interested in applying for.  While you may apply for one location or both, please note that applicants who apply for multiple positions will be viewed favourably. 
b. Your involvement in sport (as athlete, coach, official, volunteer, administrator, etc.) 
c. Other experience (work, study, travel, etc.) 
 
2. Current Resume: Must include two (2) references including both phone and email contacts. 
 
Applications are due by Wednesday, July 28th at 23:59 Eastern Time. Only serious applicants, committed to fulfilling an 8-month placement need apply. 
 
Please submit applications to: 
 
Ryan Pelley
SportWORKS Program Manager
Commonwealth Sport Canada
Subject line: “YOUR NAME - SportWORKS Officer Placement”