Project Coordinator Contract Position – 8 Months over September 2015 – March 2017


The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is a dynamic hub in downtown Toronto. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, learn, connect and participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all. Founded on this site in 1953 the MNjcc is home to a 3800 member state of the art Fitness Centre, the Al Green Theatre, four schools, three choirs, a wide range of arts and cultural activities, Jewish Life programming, and a robust Active 55+ program. It is a founding member of the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, and the lead organizer of the annual Annex Family Festival.


Description of the Position: Develop and deliver an evidence-based, peer-supported fitness, recreational, wellness and physical literacy program called ONTrack, FREE to a priority demographic – young adults 16-24 with moderate mental health and mood disorders (particularly those in recovery or reintegrating into community after a period of illness or treatment) and replicate it by sharing best practices and curriculum training with recreational organizations province-wide.

Goals include:

1) Developing, testing and refining a new multi-sport, physical literacy and wellness curriculum to support mental health in young people. With partners, clinicians and fitness trainers we will build an evidence-based physical literacy and wellness toolkit to support a healthy, balanced lifestyle that can be replicated and delivered in other recreational settings.

2) Increase physical literacy to help build a stronger evidence-base about the important role that active living and connecting with community has in promoting mental health. Physical Literacy increases physical activity which increases personal success.

3) Build Capacity by sharing best practices with educators and practitioners from the recreation and mental health sectors across Ontario. We will disseminate outcomes and the wellness toolkit to organizations province-wide. Sharing this curriculum with agencies ensures that we will be meeting not only the needs of young people with the experience of mental illness, but developing valuable accessibility leadership skills with trainers, staff and volunteers. People make change – partnerships make a difference.

4) Increase Participation. Barriers to wellness exist in many forms; by addressing obstacles at an early age we can build a pathway to a life-long enjoyment of physical and mental health. Physical literacy and fitness are vital success factors for positive mental health, yet there are few comprehensive programs addressing physical fitness and mental health in this demographic.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Develop the project team and coordinate roles and accountabilities in collaboration with fitness Coordinator
  •  Develop project work plan and program framework.
  •  Ensure key stakeholders (including the young adult design team) and partners are engaged and offering the highest level of input throughout the project period
  •  Coordinate participation and collaborate with the OnTrack Design Group (Young Adults with mental health issues).
  •  Establish metrics in line with OnTrack OSCRF project grant requirements
  •  Monitor progress and track project timeline and budget
  •  Oversee selection/development of evaluation tools and processes, including a Mood Evaluation App
  •  Coordinate data collection for evaluation and required reporting
  •  Develop risk management and prevention protocols and policies
  •  Create access pathways and protocols for participants
  •  Collaborate with fitness coordinator to create and execute retention and tracking strategies
  •  Facilitate communication between partners, fitness coordinator, peer support workers
  •  Coordinate and attend advisory meetings (with partners, OnTrack Design Team members, Fitness Coordinator and Instructors, others as required)
  •  Oversee ongoing revision and quality control around program delivery (curriculum, format, logistics, etc) as evaluation data becomes available
  •  Ensure project’s overall objectives and specific outcomes are met
  •  Coordinate development of project reports including OnTrack Program Manual
  •  Provide ongoing project status reports; schedule and conduct participant follow-up/evaluation as required
  •  Coordinate with Development Associate to ensure that all grant reporting requirements are met
  •  Coordinate sharing of best practices (Round Table discussions, Grant Reporting, OnTrack Program Manual and participate in roll out of program to other organizations)


Qualifications and Requirements:

  •  College or University degree in a related area
  •  Minimum 3 years’ experience in a human and/or mental health services
  •  Liaise with community agencies and partners and find solutions that address the vision and needs of many stakeholders ‬‬‬‬5 – 6 points describing what attributes the applicant will need to succeed at the position.
  •  Experience in working with young adults. ‬
  •  Experience in program development and planning.
  •  Ability to work under minimal supervision, prioritize and deliver on projects on time.
  •  Flexible work hours.
  •  Must be detail-oriented and have strong problem solving skills.
  •  Team player, able to work in conjunction with fitness coordinator and advisors.
  •  Commitment to client confidentiality and ethical practice.
  •  Well-developed communication and facilitation skills.
  •  Ability to work remotely.
  •  Project Coordination/Management experience is an asset.
  •  A condition of hire will be a clear Vulnerable Sector Screening Reference Check.


Salary and Benefits: This is a contract position with no benefits.


How to apply:

Email applications to with the subject line “Project Coordinator Application”. Please include in your email or cover letter how you heard about the position. Applications will be accepted until September 30th. Thank you to all who apply, but only those who are chosen to continue in the selection process will be contacted.

Alternate Formats and Accommodation: 

The MNjcc is committed to providing an accessible  employment environment. We are committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and aim to ensure that dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of JCC culture. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance so that we can arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Please contact David Fielder at: (416) 924-6211 x404;; or in person by appointment.

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