Job Posting 100208

Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper in Residence
PLEA Community Services Society of BC
Fraser Valley
closed 4 days ago (Tue, 9 Apr)
full time  •  $70,117.00 to $82,738.00 per year

PLEA Community Services is currently seeking an Excluded Full-Time Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper in Residence for our Folkstone-NWT team located in Abbotsford, BC. The proposed start date for this position is May 6, 2024.

The Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper in Residence provides cultural guidance and support to PLEA’s participants, caregivers, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders. They will work closely with the Indigenous Matters Committee coordinating and directing cultural services in order to develop and enhance cultural practice for the agency.

Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Abbotsford, BC
Hours of Work:
 The usual hours of work in this position are Monday to Thursday from 9:00AM to 5:00 PM, and Friday from 12:00PM to 8:00PM, based on 37.5 working hours per week. The employee may be required to work evenings and weekends when it is needed.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge of the history and culture of First Nations Peoples of Canada
  • Experience in a social services organization developing and delivering cultural programs and services
  • Demonstrated history of providing cultural support and ceremonies
  • Experience working with Indigenous people, organizations, and communities
  • A reputation of being recognized, respected, and connected in the community as someone who has lived, experienced, and has a learned understanding of Indigenous worldviews and their traditional teachings that are a part of their daily practice

Who We Are:

PLEA is an accredited, not-for-profit, charitable community services agency that has operated throughout BC for more than 40 years. We deliver high quality, innovative services to children, youth, adults, and families facing significant challenges in their lives. PLEA is an ally in reconciliation. The organization is committed to providing culturally safe programs and continuing to work towards breaking down the barriers that cause harm to Indigenous people and communities.

What You Will Do: 

  • Develop and maintain a plan which builds upon existing evaluations, reports, and promising practices.
  • Present recommendations and guidance to the directors and management teams.
  • Teach, educate, and inspire staff and participants in First Nations culture, traditions, and practices.
  • Work collaboratively with employees in the preparation of agency ceremonies and events to ensure appropriate cultural protocols are in place.
  • Participate in and provide mentorship to the Indigenous Matters Committee. Utilize the Indigenous Advisory to support the development of an agency cultural framework.
  • Support and guide the development and training of cultural plans by consulting and acting as a trainer to staff and volunteers.
  • Represent PLEA within the community at meetings, networking, and cultural events.
  • Provide ceremonial introductions at PLEA meetings and events.
  • Liaise with all programs supporting the development of cultural plans for First Nations participants. Provide instruction to clients on cultural practices as assigned.
  • Develop healthy partnership relation with Indigenous providers, families, bands, and community leaders.
  • Support the recruitment and retention of indigenous caregivers, staff, and volunteers within PLEA.
  • Develop and deliver a cultural safety training for all staff persons, new hires, and caregivers.

What You Will Bring:

  • Knowledge and education in child welfare practices regionally and nationally.
  • Widespread knowledge in traditional and cultural Indigenous ceremonies and practices.
  • Extensive connections within the Indigenous communities.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills (talking circles, teachings, and ceremonies).
  • Highly effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills by practicing good judgement while assessing difficult situations.
  • Ability to guide and support individuals in their desires and efforts to embrace Indigenous values and traditions.
  • Ability and willingness to support both traditional and contemporary healing practices.
  • Ability to lead others with the capacity to reflect, promote, and protect the culture and integrity of the agency and the services provided.
  • Lived experience as a vulnerable adult is considered an asset. The employee will work primarily with vulnerable adults.

PLEA Benefits and Perks:

All benefits/perks are effective on your first day. These include:

  • 20 days of front-loaded vacation.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, with premiums paid for by the Employer.
  • A defined benefit pension plan, with Employer contributions.
  • Annual wellness allowances.
  • Training and development funds, based on your career interests and needs.

A number of agency-sponsored social events, including a summer barbeque, annual holiday party, and team days each year!

Additional Requirements:

  • A valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's License and suitable driver's abstract.
  • Access to a personal vehicle.
  • Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hire.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Clearance.
  • Documentation that the applicant is legally approved to work in Canada.
  • Our funding contracts require that successful applicants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date.

Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing the competition number 2024040IEKK1. Closing date for Internal Applications: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 4:30PM. If the position is not filled internally, it will remain open until filled.

Note: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including education, training, work history, and licensure.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

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