Substitute Coach
Volunteer Types: Counselling, Mentoring, Sports, Teaching/Tutoring
Organization types: Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services, Education, Sports and Recreation, Women
Short term (less than 6 months)
Application Deadline: August 18, 2023
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The Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run® curriculum to program participants. This position would be on call to support site teams in the event that the regular coaches are unable to make a session. It’s an excellent opportunity for individuals who are unable to commit to two afterschool sessions per week, but who would still like to support the Girls on the Run Ottawa program.

Major responsibilities include: preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; leading the program participants through each lesson; serving as a role model and mentor; coaching program participants on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition; attending a community running race with program participants and other volunteers; attending 3-4 coaches meetings with the Director during the season; interacting with parents of program participants; and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.

A strong desire to work in the field of girl development
Experience working with youth
Excellent communication skills
The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
High organizational skills
The ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it
The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches
Complete National Coach Training
Successfully pass a Background Check
Believe and support the mission of Girls on the Run

The ideal candidate will have the following experiences:
Has worked directly with girls ages 8-13 in a girl-positive environment
Has experience as a runner/walker either recreationally or competitively
Has volunteered in direct service organizations
Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls

Girls on the Run Ottawa Fall season will begin the week of September 25th and run through the week of November 27th (10 week program). Our teams consist of up to 20 girls that meet two times each week for 75 minutes a session and are led by two to three fully-trained coaches. This is an after-school program, as such, sessions generally START between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

To apply, fill out the form linked here:

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Being a coach provides individuals with the opportunity to develop many different skills while working in a fun and dynamic environment. The skills that coaches will be able to build include but are not limited to: working with youth; teaching; public speaking; and working in a team. Coaches receive all the tools and support they need and find that they get as much out of coaching as they give.
How will the organization benefit?
Girls on the Run Ottawa is only possible thanks to the dedication of volunteer coaches. By coaching, you are helping Girls on the Run Ottawa in its mission to develop the critical life skills of girls in our community. Volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence, kindness, and decision making through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity.


Sam Schroeder
@Girls on the Run Ottawa
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This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 10
Good for people interested in: Counselling, Mentoring, Sports, Teaching/Tutoring
You will be helping with: Children (0-10 years), Disadvantaged, Persons new to Canada, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women, Youth (11-15 years)

Volunteer Considerations

  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • Suitable for community service hours
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