Saulteau First Nations

Life Skills Program Facilitator

Job description

Saulteau First Nations Mission

We strive to be the Best Governed Nation, one that is proud, culturally strong, and self-sufficient.  As stewards of the land we will ensure that the best sustainable practices are followed, now and in the future.  We remain proudly determined.

Job Purpose

Our program facilitators at the “New Beginnings House” aim to develop and host a variety of fun and interactive programs.  Working as a collaborative team, the Wellness Department hosts a multitude of activities for all age groups; with each event designed to teach a basic life skill.  The programs are hosted in a warm and inviting “home” setting and offer community members a place to socialize, connect, and learn.  Ultimately, these life skills will make participants more adaptive and better able to effectively deal with the everyday demands and challenges of life.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Administration

  • Develop and implement programs to be run within the “New Beginnings” House Program Philosophy
  • Be creative in designing programs and ensure they are age appropriate as well as contain a life skill teaching component
  • Ensure all necessary supplies are on hand for required programming and events while staying within the programming budget
  • Monitor and manage expenditures and budgets for your program delivery
  • Maintain accurate statistics of program attendance in relation to program reporting
  • Provide monthly reporting and status updates on your program to your manager
  • Refers to applicants requiring other health, social, or training services to appropriate agencies
  • Utilize program documentation regarding applicants and participants, and file the forms accordingly
  • Survey attendees and community members for programs that they would find effective and try to incorporate their feedback whenever possible
  • Ensure the house meets health and safety requirements
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Wellness team to develop a monthly and yearly calendar
  • Apply for grants and funding opportunities that can increase and expand our programming or supplement our existing programs
  • Ensure the calendar coincides with other existing SFN Programs and Community events
  • Laisse with other Saulteau First Nations departments for collaboration opportunities
  • Evoke learnings through tradition and culture where possible

Program Facilitation

  • Come up with creative and fun programs that meet the criteria of our funding agreements; all the while trying to incorporate feedback from the community on events that they would like to see hosted
  • Ensure adequate time for the program set up and take down, and post-program clean up
  • Incorporate cultural components whenever possible
  • Cultivate a safe and welcoming environment that allows community members to access staff who support trauma-based healing
  • When possible, incorporate learnings from the Medicine Wheel
  • Promote your program through a variety of communication avenues and try to elicit participation from community members
  • Provide fun and interactive summer programming for youth

Other Related Duties

  • Participates actively as an SFN representative in collaborative partner networks and related community activities
  • Ensure that the programming schedule allows for MCFD supervised visits and client meetings in the program house

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum high school diploma, with preference given to those with post-secondary education and/or direct experience working in vulnerable sectors such as child services, social assistance, or counseling
  • Experience in program development and facilitation is considered an asset
  • Ability to build, monitor, and maintain a budget
  • Knowledge of First Nations culture and traditions
  • Awareness and understanding of the impact of trauma and inter-generational trauma resulting from colonial policies
  • Ability to respond to problematic behavior using an understanding of the behavior’s context and function
  • Strong community engagement skills and the ability to build partnerships
  • Must maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Possess good written and oral communication skills
  • Valid BC Driver’s License
  • Ability to pass a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Check

Work Conditions

  • This role requires a flexible work schedule dependent on programming and community-based support services
  • Some work may be performed during Saulteau’s regular office hours; however, some programming will fall outside of the regular office hours
  • Travel may be required within SFN community and the surrounding community
  • Some evening and weekend work will be necessary

Skills and Abillities

Hours & Schedule

This role requires a flexible work schedule dependent on programming and community-based support services

Start Date

February 6, 2023

Number of Vacancies

How to Apply

Application Deadline

January 25, 2023

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