Coordinator – Indigenous Swimming & Water Safety Program

Manitoba, Canada
negotiable Expires in 6 days


Casual – 4 Months
The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking a summer student for the position of Coordinator, Indigenous Swimming & Water Safety Program in the Prevention and Safety department.  Reporting to the Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator, the successful candidate will provide leadership and support to the Indigenous Swimming & Water Safety Program instructor teams in Manitoba and Ontario. The Coordinator, Indigenous Swimming & Water Safety Program will also teach swim lessons and courses in Indigenous communities in to children and youth, ages 5 -14, as needed.

Who you are:

  • You take initiative and are able to guide and communicate with  a team working in rural and remote locations.
  • You are a supportive, and productive team member, and can demonstrate a high level of flexibility and adaptability.
  • You are organized and a good problem solver.


You will enjoy:
Culture: an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality
Opportunity: to work with the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration
Meaningful Work: bringing water safety and first aid education to children and youth to help build stronger communities and prevent drowning


In this role you will:

  • Promote the program to community liaisons
  • Assist community liaisons in gathering support and interest for the program
  • Register the youth and children from the communities in the programs
  • Schedule swim lessons for each community according to individual needs
  • Ensure proper tools to run the program are created
  • Maintain budget and completes administration requirements for the program
  • Hire, train, coordinate and supervise Water Safety Instructor program staff
  • Instruct Red Cross Water Safety swim lessons or leadership courses and evaluates participants’ abilities as needed
  • Ensure appropriate and proper use of program apparatus and processes
  • Maintain safety and ensure supervision of participants at all times
  • Consult with communities about their trends and local strengths
  • Participate in program evaluation, writes reports and tracks statistics related to the program


We are looking for:

  • The minimum qualifications for this position are one (1) to three (3) years of job-related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and water safety experience. Returning post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications in English
  • Current Water Safety Instructor certification or higher and current Red Cross Lifeguard or Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Strong customer service, training, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Valid Provincial Class 5 Driver’s Licence (GDL restriction not accepted)
  • Current First Aid or a willingness to obtain certification
  • This position is subject to a successful vulnerable sector criminal record check
  • Experience working with a diverse population and an understanding of Indigenous cultures


Working Conditions

  • Occasional evening and weekend work required
  • Overtime hours may be required
  • Travel to, working and living on or near a First Nations/Metis community in May, June, July and August (housing provided if necessary)
  • Locations may require teaching lessons in open water
  • Able and willing to work as a team member
  • Able to adhere to confidentiality
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