Employment Terms: Part Time, Contract
Start Date: March 2017
Salary: $50 – 60,000, pro-rated for a 60% workweek (three days per week), and commensurate with experience
About McLeese Debate:
McLeese Debate was established in 2002 by Willis S. McLeese as a means to foster, in every type of school throughout Canada, the attitudes and skills essential for effective participation in the democratic process, and for significant contributions to the quality of public life in Canada.
The McLeese endowment, administered by Upper Canada College (UCC), provides a reliable and sustainable source of funding to achieve its mission. Over the past 14 years, McLeese debate has provided over $1.1 million in direct funding to support various junior and senior high school debate programs, including the Canadian Student Debating Federation (CSDF), the National Seminar, McLeese Opportunities fund, the UCC Horizons program and media awareness around the benefits of debate.
McLeese debate commissioned a study in 2016 to analyse the Canadian debate landscape, review the McLeese program, and recommend how McLeese Debate can most effectively realize its vision. To move forward, McLeese Debate, in collaboration with key partners, will establish a new initiative focused on growing debate at the junior and senior high school level across Canada – the Canadian Debate League. Modeled after the Urban Debate League in the United States and Debate Mate in the United Kingdom, the Canadian Debate League will involve inviting schools that do not currently have a focus on debate to start programs within their school with the objective of establishing a sustainable debate program going forward. Participating schools would be provided support through a planned curriculum, teacher training, and a workshop and tournament for participants.
Overview of Position:
The position of Program Director is based in Toronto, Ontario. This role will report to a Board and liaise with the President of the Canadian Student Debating Federation (CSDF), the family benefactor, Rob McLeese, and staff and faculty at UCC. They will also work collaboratively with principals, teachers, coaches, provincial debating organizations and students across Canada.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Drive the development and launch of the Canadian Debate league
- Build awareness and credibility of the program in the community
- Develop and maintain a communications program to engage principals, students, coaches, teachers and the interested public, and act as a public spokesperson
- Recruit both educators and university students into the program
- Organize and lead training sessions, workshops and tournaments – for students and teachers
- Attend and support major tournaments, including CSDF’s National Seminar
- Provide support to the UCC debate program
- Work collaboratively with debate organizations and schools across Canada to develop and maintain a database of student debaters and coaches across Canada