Website Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Early Years Coordinator
The Early Years Coordinator will provide technical support and facilitation in the development and coordination of a NAN-wide early years’ and special needs strategy for children. The Early Years Coordinator will work in cooperation with the Childhood Development and Planning Manager and team to coordinate strategies, prioritize issues and to support and implement community-based approaches.
· Provide technical support in the development and coordination of NAN wide early years’ and special needs initiatives;
· Assist in the coordination/planning and implementation of early years’ programs and initiatives;
· Assist as a liaison between the Childhood Development and Planning team and community-based early years’ program;
· Assist with the development and implementation of community led Infant Mental Health promotion in collaboration with community leads and participate on advisory teams;
· Assist in the development of Indigenous Rehab Assistance accredited curriculum as well as promotion strategy to recruit early years community workers;
· Provide support and expertise in reducing barriers and challenges related to government issued ID and participate on advisory committees;
· Facilitate/implement/provide training in communities related to ID clinics in communities’ as required;
· Assist the 7 Youth Inquest task team in areas of early childhood programs, ID challenges;
· Provide assistance and support to communities in implementation of provincial and federal Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare Framework;
· Assist in the preparation of briefing notes and updates as required;
· Assist communities in preparing and submitting annual work plan/budget and manage community flow thru payments in accordance with funding terms and conditions;
· Assist communities in preparing and submitting program reports and submit aggregated reports to Ministries as required;
· Prepare proposals, submissions, activity and financial reports to carry out the functions of the programs;
· Travel to NAN communities on a regular basis;
· Participate in meetings as required;
· Track work and regularly report on activities.
· The Early Year’s Coordinator is under the day-to-day supervision of the Childhood Development and Planning Manager and is further accountable to the Director of Social Services for overall performance.
COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:
The successful applicant must possess:
· Diploma in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood, or related Social Sciences or Human Services degree or equivalent
· Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and concerns that affect children and youth outcomes.
· Minimum of three years working with Indigenous children and families;
· Excellent communication, computer, relationship building and leadership skills.
· Ability to provide thorough, well composed reports on specific issues within time limits.
· Initiative and ability to complete tasks with a minimum of supervision and guidance, and to manage competing demands in a team setting.
· Willing and able to travel regularly to NAN First Nation communities.
· Fluency in a NAN dialect (Ojibway, Cree or Oji-Cree) an asset
· Driver’s license
Preference will be given to Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) with the required combination of education and experience.
NAN is committed to providing accommodations, on request throughout the interview and employment process, and if accommodation is required, we will work with the applicants to meet their needs.
Applicants and candidates are accountable for ensuring that information submitted throughout the recruitment and selection process is accurate and true to the best of their knowledge at the time of submission
LOCATION: NAN OFFICE- Thunder Bay, ON
PORTFOLIO: HEALTH- CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING
LAST REVIEW: October 2018
UPDATED: November 2020
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