Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Schools Program

The Ontario Para Network is seeking an organized, motivated, and enthusiastic individual with strong communication and facilitation skills for the role of Coordinator, Schools Program. The candidate will be responsible for coordinating our wheelchair basketball and wheelchair athletics school programs. This position will appeal to individuals with experience in the fields of physical education, sport and event management, recreation & leisure, recreation therapy, or a related discipline.

Position: Coordinator, Schools Program
Position Type:
 Full time – 1 year contract with potential for ongoing renewal
Job Region: ON – Metro Toronto Area with travel across the Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: September 26, 2019

The ONPARA Schools Program is designed to successfully educate students and teachers about the sports of wheelchair basketball and wheelchair athletics and inspire students of all abilities to embrace healthy and active lifestyles. Adaptive sport programs promote inclusion and celebrate diversity.

Wheelchair Basketball Component: Armed with sport wheelchairs, you will visit schools in Toronto and the GTA alongside an athlete ambassador to give students a chance to try wheelchair basketball and connect with that athlete ambassador in an interactive, inclusive and informative way. The program provides schools with a wheelchair basketball resource guide and sports equipment in order to incorporate wheelchair basketball programming into their curriculum.

Wheelchair Athletics Component: Visit secondary schools to connect with students who express an interest in wheelchair athletics. Work one-on-one with specific students and teachers to enable the student to try wheelchair racing. Students will be provided with a racing chair in order to compete at an OFSAA track meet.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Wheelchair Basketball:
    • Work with educators to integrate wheelchair basketball into their school’s curriculum.
    • Deliver introductory wheelchair sport skills sessions to students and “teach the teacher” how to integrate wheelchair basketball into their week’s activities.
    • Inform teachers and students about community-based wheelchair basketball programming and participation opportunities in their area.
    • Liaise with school boards, educators and administrators to develop and implement school-based “try it” days, tournaments and 3-on-3 leagues.
  • Wheelchair Athletics:
    • Work with specific students and teachers to introduce them to wheelchair racing.
    • Develop resources to promote wheelchair athletics to educate students, teachers and parents about opportunities for on-going participation in the sport.
    • Liaise with OFSAA, Athletics Ontario, and Athletics Canada regarding track meets and other events.
  • Other:
    • Administer surveys, collect feedback and testimonials and track reporting data from participating schools.
    • Coordinate recruitment and orientation of program volunteers.


  • Minimum 1-year relevant post secondary education or experience in recreation & leisure, sport and event management, recreation therapy, physical education, or related discipline.
  • Experience working with athletes with disabilities is a definite asset.
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • Program development and coordination experience
  • Outgoing personality and ability to network, build and develop partnerships
  • Strong and effective group facilitation skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel and work off-site as required for program delivery
  • Experience working with athletes with disabilities a definite asset
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle is a must as weekly travel to GTA schools is a requirement of the position.

The full job posting can also be found on the SIRC website.

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Ontario Para Network

Deadline for applications: Thursday September 26, 2019


This position is made possible in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation

About the Ontario Para Network

Formerly known as the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, our mission at the Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is to grow adaptive sport opportunities across Ontario. As the governing body for wheelchair sports in the province, we strive to offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in wheelchair athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis at recreational, competitive and high performance levels.