Hours: Variable, approximately 3-16 hours per week (varies by program cycle and schedule - known in advance)
Length of Contract: 16 months (December 2020 – March 2022)
Reports to: Manager of Programs
Mission and Vision
The mission of the West End Seniors’ Network (WESN) is to enhance the quality of life of older adults by providing social, recreational, educational and supportive programs and services that foster connection and inclusion in the broader community.
The vision of WESN is a Vancouver community that supports and empowers older adults to live involved, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Founded in 1979, WESN delivers a range of programs and services for older adults in the West End, Coal Harbour and Yaletown neighbourhoods of Vancouver. WESN has over 950 members, more than 250 volunteers, and three locations:
- Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay Street)
- Kay’s Place (Denman Place Mall, 118-1030 Denman Street)
- Clothes and Collectibles Thrift Boutique (Denman Place Mall, 110-1030 Denman Street)
Choose to Move
Choose to Move (CTM) is a three-month, choice-based physical activity coaching program that targets inactive older adults (http://www.choosetomove.ca). The program aims to assist participants with developing a physical activity plan and goals, and motivate them to live more active lifestyles. CTM was co-created by the University of British Columbia’s Active Aging Research Team (UBC AART: http://www.activeagingrt.ca/) and community and government partners. The design and effectiveness of CTM is informed by scientific research.
The CTM Activity Coach facilitates WESN’s CTM program by working with older adults to design and implement personalized physical activity plans and goals. The Activity Coach supports participants and provides encouragement and motivation.
The Activity Coach is responsible for program delivery, administrative tasks, marketing and recruitment of participants, building relationships, and supporting program evaluation. Online, self-directed training is provided.
WESN will be running up to six overlapping CTM programs of up to 15 participants each in three-month cycles in the West End of Vancouver from 2021-2022.
The Activity Coach may work out of several locations, including remotely from home, apartment buildings in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver and at Barclay Manor.
Duties and Responsibilities
One-on-One Consultations and Group Meetings
- Assess and support older adults to create and implement personalized physical activity action plans based on their interests and abilities
- Involves troubleshooting, adjusting goals, suggesting new resources, providing encouragement, etc.
- Administer physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q+) and request participants obtain medical clearance if needed
- Facilitate group meetings based on program curriculum and materials (online, teleconference or physically-distanced in-person)
- Encourage and foster social connectedness between participants
- Manage program recruitment and marketing including community outreach
- Manage participant screening and registration
- Coordinate room bookings and room set-up/take-down, where appropriate
- Prepare materials for consultations, meetings and community presentations
- Organize and facilitate information sessions for interested participants
- Assist with oversight of program evaluation
- Document participant meetings, progress and incidents
- Update and maintain WESN participant database
- Track program statistics and maintain appropriate records for funding agencies and WESN
- Participate in teleconference meetings with Activity Coaches from other programs
- Participate in regular meetings with the Manager of Programs and the UBC AART
- Ensure the safety of all participants, staff and property
Other WESN Duties
- Prepare plain language summary reports, including articles for the WESN newsletter
- Participate in WESN staff meetings
- Represent WESN at external meetings
- Support other WESN program and service activities and events as necessary
Preferred Experience, Education and Training
- Degree or certificate in kinesiology, health science, personal training, fitness leadership, gerontology or equivalent education and experience
- Experience working with older adults with a range of physical capabilities
- Experience with coaching and leading groups is an asset
- Current BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) or other certification is an asset
- Liability insurance is an asset
- Experience delivering programs in the not-for-profit sector is an asset
- Experience with program evaluation is an asset
- First Aid, CPR and AED training is an asset
- FOODSAFE certification is an asset
- Class 5 driver licence is an asset
- Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and facilitation skills
- Strong analytical, problem-solving and program coordination skills
- Strong organizational, administrative and time management skills
- Work independently and collaboratively with other WESN staff, programs and services, and other organizations
- Proficient with online meeting platforms such as Zoom
- Proficient with computer programs, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
- Keep accurate records
- Work with a diverse range of older adults
- Present a professional and welcoming image to participants, members, clients, their families, volunteers and the general public
- Remain calm and think clearly in stressful situations
- Proactive, flexible and positive when presented with a new task or challenge
- Excellent oral and written English skills are essential (the ability to speak an additional language is an asset)
- Lift and move furniture and other materials for meeting set-up and take-down
- Exercise and fitness concepts for older adults
- Issues and challenges older adults may experience
- Fitness programs and services available to older adults in the West End and surrounding neighbourhoods
- Familiarity with provincial physical activity programs and resources, such as 811 HealthLink BC
Conditions of Employment
- Satisfactory completion of a criminal record check.
- Completion of the Choose to Move Activity Coach training program (online).
- Working hours are scheduled between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. However, working hours are flexible depending on operational requirements, and the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends is preferred.