Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs

January 6th, 2023

Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs

Website BCAAFC

Full-time / 35hr work week

Remote work option available for right candidate in BC

EXTERNAL POSTING

*THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ONLY*

The Provincial Advisor (P/A) for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs of B.C. (AIDP) contributes to the overall coordination and leadership for AIDP regarding training, professional development, quality of practice, resources and general program support for AIDP professionals who provide services to Aboriginal children and families in B.C.  The P/A is the key point of contact to provide advice, consultation, mentoring, support, guidance and information related to AIDP services.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

This position promotes awareness about infant and child development, working with Aboriginal children with support needs and their families.  Participates in improving networking and collaboration and early intervention and integration among Early Childhood Development (ECD) service providers.  Emphasizes, enhances and contributes to the ongoing development of quality practice standards from a culturally safe, family centred practice and philosophy.

The AIDP Provincial Advisor understands that travel to programs, communities and committee meetings is expected and a crucial part of this position.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide provincial coordination, information and support to AIDP front line workers in 58 AIDP in the province.
  • Advises and supports AIDP supervisors/program managers, IDP consultants, social workers, Early Intervention Therapies and other resources that work with Aboriginal children and families.
  • Mentors new AIDP professionals, encourages networking and facilitates information sharing amongst AIDP.
  • Supports agencies and communities interested in developing an AIDP.
  • Works in cooperation with five AIDP regional advisors, an Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) Provincial Advisor and five ASCD regional advisors.
  • Coordinates and ensures regular communication with an AIDP/ASCD provincial Advisory Committee either in person or zoom meetings.
  • Stays current in research, quality practices and emerging issues for AIDP and the ECD field.
  • Develops culturally appropriate resources and training supports
  • Develops, delivers/facilitates and participates in training events for AIDP professionals, and for non-Aboriginal ECD professionals who work with Aboriginal families.
  • Participates in the development and/or revision of data collection, monitoring and evaluation tools and practice guidelines and policy related to AIDP services.
  • Encourages collaborative relationships amongst AECD stakeholders, specifically AIDP professionals, Government staff, professional and public groups, federal funded programs, IDP/SCD and other ECD professionals and networks.
  • Participates on committees related to AIDP and ECD, research and education.
  • Provides advice and guidance to MCFD in the area of Aboriginal ECD and Aboriginal families.
  • Facilitates or participates in strategies to create networks, build relationships and support or improve access for families to AIDP services in communities.
  • Assists with conflict resolution related to AIDP practice issues in disagreement between AIDP agencies and the ministry/region who provides the AIDP funding.
  • Responsible to prepare interim and annual reports to monitor the implementation of the AIDP/ASCD provincial office contract deliverables.
  • Coordinates the annual Professional Development Funds for IDP/AIDP/SCD/ASCD frontline professionals.
  • Manages the overall running and function of the AIDP/ASCD Provincial Office.
  • Provides managerial support to AIDP/ASCD Provincial Office team

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Degree or degree equivalent level of education and training in a field related to Early Childhood Development, home visiting and family centred practice.
  • Minimum of 5 years front line work experience.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and issues related to Aboriginal People in B.C.
  • Self-directed and motivated.
  • Effective team member.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentations and facilitation)
  • Good computer skills and familiarity with word, excel, internet and data collection software, website and Facebook maintenance.
  • Report writing, proposal writing and financial/budget knowledge will be an asset.

PROFESSIONALISM:

  • Models respect for cultural diversity and inclusive practice philosophy that is child focused and family centred.
  • Understands and assures confidentiality and professionalism is maintained at all times.
  • Contributes to effective and collaborative approaches and partnerships with all ECD stakeholders.
  • Commits to ongoing professional development and education.
  • Practices self-care.

OTHER COMMENTS

  • Proof of current, valid B.C. driver’s license
  • Insured and reliable transportation
  • Current Criminal Record Check

POSITION INFORMATION:

  • This position can be remote to a home office in BC. Travel to BCAAFC office is required.
  • Travel to AIDP Programs throughout the province is expected
  • The workweek is 35 hours, some overtime and travel will be required
  • Successful candidate must have up to date COVID vaccinations
  • This position is intended for Indigenous, Inuit or Métis persons only, ensure your cover letter self-identifies ancestry and your experience meets 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
  • $75,000-$80,000 starting salary based on experience
  • RRSP Matching of up to 5% of annual salary to a max of $5,000
  • Understanding and supportive work environment

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Julie Robertson | General Manager

Email: jrobertson@bcaafc.com

SUBJECT LINE MUST INCLUDE:  Provincial Advisor for AIDP

DEADLINE: Thursday, February 9 at noon (12pm)

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

To apply for this job email your details to jrobertson@bcaafc.com.