Child Care Capacity Coordinator

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Located within the territory of WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees) and Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is the umbrella association for the 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia. The BCAAFC collaboratively works to promote and deliver accessible programs and services that target urban Indigenous peoples and that support their vision of health and wellness.

In accordance with the BC Early Years Framework, this position will support the 25 Friendship Centers with the implementation of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Early years framework vision. Intended to support the well-being of children and families, this position will help the friendship centres to provide barrier-free access points, and clear pathways to enhance supports and services, including infant mental health and children and youth with special needs. The Coordinator will assist in providing improved cultural connectedness, enhanced parent-child support, enhanced parent efficacy and reduced immediate vulnerability.

This position involves maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders including government, other coordinators and other partner organizations. Strong communication and relationship-building skills are crucial to this role. The successful candidate will work closely with the BCAAFC’s Member Services Team.

Core Competencies:
Ability to work with medical/mental health professionals, therapists, social workers, pre-school/child care professionals, BC Friendship Centres, Family Resource Programs, Aboriginal Head Start programs, and Aboriginal infant development programs, Aboriginal Supported Child Development Programs
Extensive knowledge of BC Indigenous, First Nations cultures and history with a demonstrated knowledge of cultural protocols and ensuring cultural safety
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Knowledge and understanding of BCAAFC’s mandate, organizational structure and the history, goals and vision of the Friendship Centre Movement;
Strong understanding and analysis of issues related to urban Indigenous people
Creative idea generation and problem solving abilities
Resourcefulness and flexibility
Self-starter – ability to generate ideas and take initiative to achieve goals
Ethics and integrity, working with confidential materials and information
Strong interpersonal skills


Promote community awareness and understanding of the MCFD Early years mandate regarding ECD, relevant legislation, and opportunities for community input into decision-making.
Promote community understanding of the service framework models and best practices.
Develop resources supporting Early Childhood Programs & Resources
Help parents to access child care or other ECD services in their community
Support and create processes to engage community wellness planning that involve parents, grandparents, and community in wellness and service planning
Work with friendship centres to support the creation of barrier-free access points.
Support the development of strategies that help friendship centres overcome various barriers to service delivery (i.e. geography, multiple funding pots, licensing).
Support the friendship centres in procuring additional funding for culturally appropriate programming by helping with proposal writing
Work with the BCAAFC’s Member Services Team to conduct communications activities to increase community’s awareness and understanding of the various ECD programs.
Support the development of a community-based/participatory evaluation mechanism
Complete an environmental scan of existing child care programs in Friendship Centres
Develop a database of existing childcare, and educational materials to be made available for/in Friendship Centres

Ideal candidates will have:
Academic Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, Social Work, or related field in Early Learning and Child Care
A minimum of 5 years’ work experience in related field
Frontline work experience will be an asset
Experience and knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Development relatable to early years and child care services
Professional written and oral communications skills
Community facilitation experience working with First Nations and Metis communities and organizations and families.
Strong leadership skills, innovative and entrepreneurial planning abilities
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work effectively with limited supervision
Interest and knowledge of both the non-profit sector and the urban Aboriginal community

Position Information:
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may be required to work for home due to health regulations. The selected individual must be able to work from home when required and must have a stable internet connection and telephone/cell-phone. IT services and laptop will be supplied.
Successful candidate must reside within BC, some travel to Victoria office is expected
The workweek is 35 hours, some overtime and travel may be required when restrictions are lifted
This position is intended for Indigenous, Inuit or Métis persons only. Ensure your cover letter self-identifies ancestry and your experience meeting required skills and experience.

The BCAAFC offers benefits once you complete your probationary period. In return for all that you do, you will enjoy:

A competitive compensation package, including three weeks paid vacation
$55,000 – 65,000 salary based on experience
Understanding work environment

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Julie Robertson | General Manager

SUBJECT LINE MUST INCLUDE: Indigenous Child Care Coordinator

DEADLINE: June 30, 2021 AT 12:00PM PST

(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit & Metis).