RCA Pan-Canadian Safe Sport Policy Manual working group: Call for Applications

RCA Pan-Canadian Safe Sport Policy Manual working group: Call for Applications

RCA is seeking up to three volunteers from the local rowing community to help complete this project.

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is seeking applications from individuals from the rowing community to support the review of the Pan-Canadian Safe Sport Policy Manual.

Applications must be submitted by 9:00am PT on May 10, 2023 to Jennifer Fitzpatrick, RCA Director of Partnerships and Sport Development (jfitzpatrick@rowingcanada.org).

Up to three volunteers from the local rowing community will be selected to work alongside staff and volunteers of RCA and Provincial Rowing Associations as part of a working group to complete this project.

This work is part of our commitment to continuous improvement and enhancing language and procedural clarity for this foundational policy that affects all members and participants in the rowing community in Canada.

Throughout the remainder of 2023, RCA will collect feedback from the RCA membership regarding the RCA Safe Sport Policy Manual and the equivalent versions in place at Provincial and Local organizations. Feedback will be assessed and updates to the manuals will be approved that will take effect in 2024.

It is anticipated that this consultation and policy development work will involve reviewing feedback received from the RCA membership on the RCA Safe Sport Manual, meeting to discuss such feedback, determining whether any of the policies in the Manual should be modified, and assisting with the drafting process.

It is anticipated that there will be peak times during the consultation process that may require
2-3 hrs of work per week. In order to participate as a member of the working group, an existing understanding of the harmonized Pan-Canadian Safe Sport Policy Manual, specifically from a local organization’s perspective, and an understanding of the evolving Safe Sport landscape in Canada is necessary.

Skills and Experience

Applicants with a deep working knowledge of the Safe Sport Policy Manual (Local
Organization) and experience in policy development and consultation should also have experience and/or a background in any or a combination of the following areas:

  • Legal (e.g. experience in drafting policy and/or governance documents);

  • Sport administration;

  • Experience in implementing policy (specifically in a human resources/employee relations context or regulatory context); and

  • Experience in adjudication in the public administrative tribunal or regulatory context, as an adjudicator or tribunal staff.

Individuals with exceptional attention to detail, a collaborative attitude, and the desire to improve our Safe Sport program will enjoy and excel in this role.


The working group will meet by video conference.


The term of the working group will generally be from May 2023 to April 2024.

Time Commitment

Members of the working group should expect to participate in a minimum of two meetings of one to two hours duration each month. Additional work will be expected outside of meeting times.


Individuals who meet the desired skills and experience should send a brief resume and cover letter explaining how they meet the requirements, including the local organization they are affiliated with, by 9:00am PT on May 10, 2023 to Jennifer Fitzpatrick, RCA Director of Partnerships and Sport Development (jfitzpatrick@rowingcanada.org).

RCA believes that everyone in rowing has the right to enjoy the sport at all levels of participation. Athletes, coaches, officials, umpires and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination – collectively referred to as maltreatment. The welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual and member in the rowing community.

RCA recognizes that this is an evolving area of focus for all sports in Canada. Our Safe Sport program will continue to focus on education, prevention and response, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies and procedures.

Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification in the job posting. At RCA, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, so we strongly encourage you to apply even if you don’t believe you meet every single qualification outlined.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Candidates for this role will be subject to the RCA screening process.

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