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Indian Friendship Centre

Company: Indian Friendship Centre in Sault Ste. Marie
Job Type: Permanent Full
Posting Closes: August 22, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Start Date: ASAP

The Urban Indigenous Early On Centre (UIEOC) is a program for all Indigenous families for children ages 0 to 12 years. Reflecting the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of urban Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and Métis children.

This position is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the UIEOC.

The ideal candidate will have:
 An awareness of issues affecting Indigenous people and ability to provide effective leadership in a cross-cultural environment.
 Experience in mentoring, supporting and motivating families
 working within multicultural or Indigenous environments.
 Experience in building strong, supportive relationships with internal and external partners.
 Current and clean Vulnerable Police Sector Check
 Sound decision making skills including an analytical approach to problem solving.
 Demonstrated interpersonal, written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively with those involved with Children/Family Services.
 Previous experience in budget management reporting, establishing and maintaining successful relationships with grant agencies.
 Demonstrated understanding of current Early Childhood legislation and regulations.
 Demonstrated understanding of Work, Health and Safety Regulations and food safety requirements.
 Current Driver's License and reliable vehicle

The program will offer culturally-based programming, workshops and services for families
 Fun activities; all age-appropriate events such as reading, storytelling, sing-alongs and games
 Age-appropriate and cultural-appropriate activities and events
 Arts and crafts ie, basics of beading, leatherwork, hand drum making
 Traditional song and dance
 Regalia making, naming/clan/colour ceremony and Local powwows
 Elder stories and interaction
 Connecting with other families
 School readiness
 Give your child a chance to play and make friends
 Meet other parents/caregivers
 Learn more about your child’s development
 Receive support and resources for your child
 Understanding Child Development
 A solid understanding of child development is essential
 Knowledge that will recognize and articulate children’s observed behaviours and discuss their emerging skills with families and others.

Our Indigenous Early ON Centre will be open weekdays, and may be some evenings and weekends to fit the needs of families in their communities.

The Indigenous Early ON Coordinator’s main responsibilities will include:
 overseeing all logistical aspects of the project
 regularly reporting to the Executive Director
 managing communication with multiple partner organizations
 implementing recommendations from Elders, Knowledge Keepers and other participants
 planning workshop sessions for story gathering
 coordinate public presentations
 outreach and networking with other Early ON Centres in the community
 passion and knowledge for children and youth and the Indigenous culture of the area
 Ojibway language an asset
 connections with Indigenous organizations, contacts and artists
 an understanding or familiarity with the Early ON industry
 organizational skills
 good at multi-tasking and prioritizing
 ability to self-initiate and work independently
 communication and interpersonal skills
 ability to work in a team environment
 strong computer skills

Deadline for applications: Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Send cover letter, resume and three current reference letters to:
Cathy Syrette, Executive Director, 122 East Street, SSM ON P6A 3C6 or email to:

***Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted***

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