Language and Culture Support Worker

Okanagan Indian Band - Vernon, BC (28 days ago)

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The purpose of the Language and Culture Support Worker is to co-lead and provide support for a 10-week Course as part of a language revitalization program entitled Reclaiming My Language: A Course for Silent Speakers. The course will be co-instructed by a Co-Instructor Mental Health Specialist who is experienced in CBT. This is a limited-term part-time position.


The Language and Culture Support Worker will work 8 hours per week for a term of 16 weeks to support the effective delivery of the 10 week course.


Reports to Language and Cultural Program Lead


  • Recruit participants for program.
  • Recruit fluent speakers as mentors in the program.
  • Co-lead 10-week course.
  • Schedule and co-ordinate weekly appointments between participants and mentors.
  • Schedule and co-ordinate internship placements.
  • Maintain regular contact with program participants and mentors.
  • Connect participants with mental health resources as required.
  • Work with relevant staff to issue honorarium payments.
  • Assist with program evaluation and reporting as required.
  • Perform other related duties as required


Education and Experience

  • Fluency in the Okanagan Language
  • Language Proficiency Certification preferred.
  • Post-Secondary Certificate or Diploma in a related discipline preferred (Language or considered an asset)
  • Experience Coordinating programs or events.
  • Experience working in an nsyilxcen immersion environment and/or teaching nsyilxcen
  • Knowledge of B.C. First Nations with a particular interest in language is required.
  • Experience in project management is required; experience in project management in
  • First Nations arts, language, history and/or heritage is an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations mental health issues (e.g., Residential
  • School trauma) is required; experience in mental health is an asset.
  • Experience managing and/or coordinating teams is an asset.

Competencies (KSAs & Desired Attributes)

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively (to co-lead course).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex project schedules.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate teams of people.
  • Sensitivity to wider political and organizational priorities.
  • The ability to anticipate and manage risks and consequences.
  • The ability to synthesize complex or conflicting data and different perspectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated tact and judgment in interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive issues, inquiries and complaints.
  • Familiar with the MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


Physical Demands

The Co-Instructor Community Coordinator will be required to stand, bend and crouch for long periods. The Co-Instructor Community Coordinator will also be required to spend extended periods of time sitting and using the computer.

Environmental Conditions

The Co-Instructor Community Coordinator may have to manage a number of students and interruptions may occur frequently. The Co-Instructor Community Coordinator may find the environment to be busy and noisy.

Sensory Demands

Sensory demands include use of the computer, learning aids, and speaking much of the time. The office may be noisy and busy making it difficult to concentrate.

Mental Demands

The Co-Instructor Community Coordinator will need to maintain a calm, respectful yet firm demeanor requiring cognitive effort to deal with various behaviour and needs of students.




Compensation commensurate to experience

Closing Date: October 25, 2019

Preference may be given to those having knowledge of the Okanagan culture and traditions

Job Type: Temporary


  • Vernon, BC (Preferred)