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Job Number:  45734
Family Drop-In Program Lead
Job Posted: Saturday, 23 June 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
(67 days ago)
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: 19 - 21$

Mailing address:  408-533 East Hastings Street

Vancouver BC V6A 1P9



Family Drop-In Program Lead


Job Description:

The Children and Family Program Lead works collaboratively with parents/families/participants, the Executive Director and the staff and volunteers of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (DTES NH) to create and facilitate programs for Children and Families. 

Our mission is to provide opportunities for residents to meaningfully engage with and contribute to their community in an equitable atmosphere of sharing and learning.


To help us with our mission we are looking for someone who understands the community and help develop the best possible programs for parents, grandparents and children.


We are looking to expand our current program offerings to meet the growing needs in our community and to use best practices for program design.


The position is 35 hours per week.

Skills and Assets needed on the job.

- Demonstrated experience working with children, parents, grandparents, caregivers of all ancestries in a daycare, family place or neighbourhood house

- Demonstrated education in this field
- Strong interpersonal skills

- Creative programming ideas that fit with the developmental profile of our children
- Awareness and knowledge of the Family court system along with custody and protection issues that may impact or families
- Knowledge and experience with child development and associated educational and recreational activities
- Understanding of Early childhood education and ethical behaviour

- Understanding of child protection legislation in BC

- Mature judgment as well as an open, warm and engaging disposition
- Ability to work as a member of a team with a positive 'can do' attitude
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal
- Strong computer skills (Microsoft office, printers, ppt. etc.)
- Understanding of the charity responsibilities - non-profit organizations

- Able to monitor program outputs and report concisely

- Works well with a volunteer team and undependably
- Understanding of Right to Food Philosophy

- Successful background check

Responsibilities and Duties include.

1. Plan, coordinate and support the delivery of all Family programs.

  1. Create an organized (program plan and matching spaces), welcoming and engaging environment for parents, children and families (age appropriate, interesting, creative activities)
    3. Build and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners who support the DTES families, parents and children (ongoing communication about the need for the program, liaison to develop the program)
    4. Cultivate a cooperative relationship with current and new community organizations that provide programs/services for families, including schools, daycares and other family drop in programs to ensure the program is meeting needs – feedback from service providers)
    5. Recruit, mentor and coordinate the Family Drop In (FDI) and Kids Kitchen and Parent and Tots team;
    6. Report to the Executive Director (ED) and/or the Director of Programming verbally as needed and submit a weekly report detailed in the description of hours report - payroll to the ED;
    7. Maintain an program data base that includes statistics on activities and number of participants in the program;
    8. Schedule regular visits by resource people to provide program ideas and delivery to the program – keep it interesting for the families- free if possible within the house (i.e. librarians, nurses, infant development consultants, art, music and play therapists, etc.);
    9. Publicize programs community wide via posters, handbills and site visits to present to other organizations and other means;
    10. Familiarization and competent oversight of the functional aspects of 573 East Hastings; to ensure safety and physical operation of the space, to complete accident and incident reports as required. . Maintain the programming space so that it is sanitary, organized, child friendly and child-safe
  2. Provide resource referrals to families and to ensure concerns over abuse of children is reported to the ministry; train staff and volunteers where necessary
    12. Adhere to the DTES NH Code of Conduct Policy and Privacy Policies, where required develop policy manuals or update manuals relating to the family programs
    14. Work in alignment with the DTES NH mission, vision and food philosophy; including menus and planning that align with the food philosophy.
    15. Responsible for preparing, organizing and ordering appropriate foods (see food philosophy) and supplies for participants within budget;
  3. Understand grant writing and reporting for funding


Preference will be given to those who:


-  Those who have Early Childhood Education Certification or equivalent in education and experience; or  Social Work, or Science Degree or Diploma
- speak more than one language an asset
- Successful completion of Criminal Records and Background check
- Have FoodSafe certification and first aid or able to obtain these in two weeks
- Drivers Licence an asset

- access to a vehicle desirable – car to go accepted
- Must be able to pass a vulnerable population criminal record check and experience working with children

- Must sign a confidentiality agreement

- Must be physically fit to keep pace with children and manage the program space ( move tables etc.)

35 hours per week, $19- $21 per hour based on experience


Please send resume and cover letter to:


No phone calls please.  We thank everyone for taking the time to apply.  We will only contact successful candidates.


The DTES NH acknowledges and honours the fact that our community lies

within the traditional Territory of the Coast Salish People


How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Contact Details:
Rory Sutherland
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
408-533 East Hastings
Vancouver, BC, V6A1P9

Tel: (604) 255-2030
www:   dtesnhouse.ca

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