CULTURAL SUPPORTS COORDINATOR
Wigwamen Incorporated is seeking an applicant who is innovative, self-motivated and highly-organized to fill a new Cultural Supports Coordinator position.
The Cultural Supports Coordinator will act as a primary cultural resource for all tenants of Wigwamen Incorporated and will work collaboratively with the Follow-up Support Worker Program, the Aboriginal Housing Support Centre (AHSC), the Aboriginal Supports to Daily Living (ASDL) program, as well as Senior Management and Wigwamen staff. This position requires flexibility and the applicant may need to work some evenings and weekends, as required.
The preferred candidate will have:
- Post-secondary education in Indigenous Studies, Cultural Resource Management, Social Work or an acceptable combination of education, training, and/or job experience
- Minimum two years’ experience in working with Indigenous Elders and a solid understanding of Indigenous heritage, language, traditional and cultural practices
- Comprehensive knowledge of community resources, housing issues and supportive services
- Experience obtaining the necessary supplies, equipment and/or resources to facilitate cultural based services
- Experience engaging with and responding to the needs of the local Indigenous community and the ability to provide system navigation supports
- Excellent interpersonal, planning, verbal communication, presentation, report writing, facilitation and liaison skills
- Computer literacy, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet and email applications
- Experience working with vulnerable and marginalized sectors, and with clients with mental health issues and/or addictions
- Knowledge of historical issues impacting Indigenous communities, language, traditions, culture and experience working with the urban Indigenous community is a definite asset
- A valid Ontario G Driver’s License, own vehicle and the willingness to travel
Responsibilities will include:
- Provide culturally responsive and client-centered supports to help clients establish connections to local community-based supports, services and programs
- Strive to be a positive role model for clients while representing Wigwamen Incorporated in a professionally appropriate manner
- Ensure that services are delivered with excellence and conform to Wigwamen’s philosophy, policies, procedures, guidelines and delivery standards
- Recruit and maintain a roster of Indigenous Elders, Traditional Advisors, Knowledge Keepers and Healers to provide culturally appropriate services
- Plan, organize and coordinate cultural workshops, life skills sessions, language classes, activities, teachings, ceremonies and special events and/or projects
- Educate and provide staff and clients with cultural awareness, sensitivity and competency training
- Develop partnerships with stakeholders and conduct presentations to client groups and organizations on cultural services and supports
- Establish and maintain purposeful relationships with local Indigenous service providers
- Have working knowledge of the administrative structure and operations of Wigwamen Incorporated
- Ensures that clients are aware of the availability of cultural resources to maintain their cultural identities and practices
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, workshops, special events and training sessions
- Participate in home visits and be actively involved in client planning, goal setting and decision-making
- Keep detailed client records as set out in the overall project workplan; submit monthly reports in accordance with program and organizational requirements
- Monitor the effectiveness of cultural supports and recommend changes to the types of supports offered
- Other duties as required by Wigwamen Incorporated
This is a contract position, starting at the beginning of August 2018, with the potential to be extended.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018.
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
Wigwamen Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. We will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise us in advance to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process.