Iiyika’kimaat Programmer, Indigenous Initiatives
1 FT, 37.5 hours/week
Make a difference in the life of a child. Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is a leading provider of quality programs to children and youth. Come join an energetic and fun team that is committed to providing deserving children and youth with hope for the future. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary provide a supportive environment in which to share your experience, develop your skills, and take on new challenges.
If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is the place for you!
The Indigenous Initiatives – Iiyika’kimaat Programmer is responsible for working alongside the other Indigenous Initiatives Programmer and Coordinator to plan and implement creative, culturally relevant programs under the Iiyika’kimaat program design for Indigenous youth aged 12-21. The Iiyika’kimaat program design is based on the Circle of Courage model with its core areas of focus being on: Belonging,
Mastery, Independence, and Generosity. The Iiyika’kimaat Programmer will ensure that the programs and services provided are relevant to the needs of the community and that all components of the program are effectively integrated with other BGCC programs and are consistent with the mission, values, vision, and strategic plan of BGCC.
As an Iiyika’kimaat Programmer, a typical day might include:
- Ensure for the safety and well-being of all children and youth in the program, including group and/or individual behavior management and support
- Plan and implement age-appropriate activities based on assigned core program area with a focus on the Circle of Courage framework, self-esteem, leadership, identity and social skills
- Ensure programs reflect cultural diversity in the community and include cultural awareness components
- Create opportunities for all children, youth, and families
- Help support the creation of a safe, fun and engaging atmosphere for children, youth and families
- Work with other Indigenous Initiatives staff to provide appropriate referral supports to Indigenous youth and their families
- Ensure programming as planned is delivered and staff coverage is met (this includes day, evening and/or weekend hours that vary)
- Working with other II staff to ensure BGCC program bus is maintained and meets safety compliance and provide transportation to and from program for youth
- Assist current BGCC Indigenous Initiatives staff to plan, implement and deliver other cultural experiences for Iiyika’kimaat youth aged 12-21 when there are program breaks
- Work with the club teams, elders, schools, families, and community partners to create innovative programs
- Provide quality, outcome based programs and services for children, youth, and families that support the values of BGCC
- Train, support, supervise, and evaluate the work of the volunteers and practicum students assigned to the program
- Assist with recruitment and marketing of programs in the community, schools, and at events
- Ensure we are implementing trauma informed practice
- Maintain specific program and member statistics and ensure client records are regularly maintained, as well as perform other administrative duties as required including monthly reporting of program statistics and qualitative content
- Report to and work with Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator to ensure relevant program costs are tracked, reported and followed
- Ensure all licensing and safety standards are met as per Government and CARF requirements
- Ensure personal training requirements for position are kept up to date
- Support larger Club and Agency initiatives and events
- Work with team to maintain and build our program social media presence via program platforms
- Ensure for cleanliness of facility and van, and proper care of equipment and supplies
- Participate in various internal and external committees as required
- Perform administrative reporting and other duties as required and/or developed
- Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Social Work, Education, Child and Youth Care, Recreation, or a related discipline; equivalencies may be considered
- 2-3 years’ experience in delivering social, educational and/or recreational programs to at risk children, youth, and/or families in an urban or rural Indigenous settings
- Strong experience in program planning and organizational skills
- Knowledge of Indigenous community, culture and protocols
- Knowledge and understanding of community resources and supports in Calgary and Area
- Knowledge of basic developmental needs of children and youth
- Experience in supporting goal setting/case management with youth
- Strong understanding of trauma informed practice
- Interpersonal communication with children, youth and adults from Indigenous backgrounds and an understanding and awareness of cultural issues
- Strong skills and experience in applying behavior management skills with individuals and in group settings
- Strong experience and skills in group facilitation
- Effective communication skills (interpersonal, public presentation, etc.)
- Working knowledge of related computer programs (Word, Excel, Sharepoint, ADP, etc.)
- Strong written skills
- Strong time management skills
- Ability to work in fast paced environment and adapt to changes quickly
- Strong knowledge and experience in social media usage
- Independent worker and strong team member
- Agency driver requirements (Class 5 – non GDL)
- Class 4 Driver’s License also preferred or Class 5 (non GDL) will be considered with plans to obtain a class 4
- Current Standard First Aid with CPR C
- Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends in various environments
- Cleared Criminal Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Welfare Intervention Check (these will be initiated upon hire)
- Fun and energetic work environment filled with creative, compassionate, open minded people.
- A fantastic total compensation package including immediate benefits for some part time and all full time positions.
- Great support for work-life balance and flexibility in the workplace.
- The opportunity to professionally develop your skills and coach others.
- The opportunity to work in an agency that has incredible impact in communities in Calgary and surrounding area.
- We are a committed equity employer
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume for consideration. No phone calls please, only qualified candidates will be contacted.