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We're Hiring!

The YES has been transforming the lives of BC youth and strengthening communities for over 45 years. If you are looking to become part of a team that makes a real difference, here are your opportunities. 

YES Program Director

Are you ready to dive into the heart of one of BC's most vibrant and captivating youth programs? Get ready to craft exciting new curriculum and train the brightest facilitators in the province! As the overseer of transformative experiences for youth on the stunning shores of Lake Cowichan, this role calls for someone with a blend of organization, creativity, and unwavering passion.

If you find joy in both spreadsheets and canoeing, you're the ideal candidate we're seeking. And if you're willing to embrace them with open arms, we're eager to have a chat with you too! Join us on this exhilarating journey of growth and impact.

The Youth Excellence Society (The YES) is seeking two program directors for contract positions from May 21st, 2024 to September 15, 2024 (flexible), with possible offer of permanent position.

Hours: Variable - 28 hours/per week for office work, 4-5 weeks of on-site residential Summer Camp delivery July and August, overnight staff training weekend June 13-16, Lieu days provided based on weekends worked.

Salary: 3.5-4-month Employment Contract - Range: Equivalent to $52-65K Annually

Benefit package available if position becomes permanent.

Location: Flexible. Camp takes place at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. Training weekend takes place in North Vancouver.


Team Leadership

  • Direct, manage and support seasonal teams of 40+ camp and program leaders to run interactive, educational and transformational leadership camps

  • Deliver high quality staff training, coaching, evaluation and mentorship with the purpose of providing leadership development at all levels.

  • Recruit additional volunteers and staff members to support camp programs and maintain a balanced team of positive role models for youth.

  • Provide feedback and coaching to help staff and volunteers grow and develop in their roles


  • Direct camp programs with the highest level of integrity, accountability, transparency, and quality

  • Continue to lead The YES to develop transformational programs and curricula for 14-18 year olds to develop self-worth, resiliency, mental wellness, leadership, life-skills and build connections.

  • Represent The YES professionally to industry partners, schools, parents, sponsors and staff members.

  • Facilitate engaging sessions, empower staff and youth participants, and engage at camp as a full community member as well as a camp director.

  • Take highest level of responsibility at camp when dealing with emergencies, first aid, behavioral interventions or issues with staff or volunteers.

  • Program design, development and implementation - including planning, budgeting, logistics and evaluation


  • Work in collaboration with The YES Leadership Team to grow and develop The YES Winter Programs including Reunion Camps, School Retreats, Classroom Workshops, Leadership Conferences, Training Workshops, and Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys.

  • Work to continuously improve camp and school programs, keeping them relevant, entertaining and engaging.

  • In collaboration with Executive Director, seek out new funding opportunities to develop, pilot and run new programs.

Administration (In collaboration with Executive Director and Seasonal Administrator)


  • Manage and maintain registration system (UltraCamp), including the building and execution of camp sessions, participant tracking, sponsorships and subsidy tracking, payment tracking, custom payment plans, waitlists, confirmation emails, cancellations, and receipt management, and support technical difficulties

  • Use data to create detailed camp week information: transportation lists, colour/camper groups, medical sheets, etc.

  • Written reports, program evaluation, and strategic planning

  • Assist with the organization of staff retreats and trainings including accommodations, meals and transportation


  • Using sound communication skills, communicate internally and externally with volunteer staff team, potential recruits, sponsors, families, youth, teachers, and partners.

  • Maintain quarterly newsletters for public

  • Design and implement annual marketing and communications plan in collaboration with Executive Director.

  • Review and update WIX website on a regular basis

  • Support YES Camp social media channels with posts, stories, videos, etc

  • Update links for registration opening dates, full camps, waitlist messages, merchandise, announcements, etc


  • You are passionate about youth leadership development, education and community building

  • You have some knowledge or experience of the co-op sector or co-operative business

  • You are a positive and engaging individual who is able to work both collaboratively and independently.

  • You are highly organized and self-motivated.

  • You have strong problem solving skills

  • You have sound written communication skills

  • You are familiar with with various online applications and software: Microsoft Word and Excel, WIX website platform, Canva, Brevo, Instagram, Facebook, Discord, Google Workplace etc.

  • You are willing to work 4-5 weeks of residential camps in the summer, and occasional weekends in other seasons.

  • You bring with you life and work experience that will make you a positive leader in a camp environment, and strengths, skills and stories to share with a diverse group of young leaders

  • You are inclusive, kind, a good listener, and a cooperative team player.

  • You have 3+ years of experience working with youth or in a leadership development capacity.

  • You have 3+ years of experience in team leadership or management

  • Drivers License


  • Communications training, skills or experience

  • Arts or Theatre Background

  • Experience with Public Speaking and/or Facilitation

  • Fundraising or Grant Writing background

  • Outdoor adventure, recreation or guiding background (hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing etc)

  • Experience with curriculum or program design and development

  • Industry connections in BC in youth leadership, education, the co-op sector, non-profit sector, and/or outdoor recreation

If you are interested in a Program Director Role with The YES, email your resume and Cover Letter to

More Opportunities 

If you are interested in other opportunities to join the dedicated YES Staff Team, you can find our Volunteer Staff and Lifeguard applications for this summer here

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