Job Posting 79364

Indigenous Disability Coordinator
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Vancouver Island & Coastal areas
closes in 11 days (Thu, 27 Jan)
full time - term / contract  •  65,000-70,000


Full Time / 35 hrs. week / Based in Victoria BC


The BCAAFC is seeking an energetic, organized individual to provide program coordination and research work for our Indigenous disability community.  Working closely with the General Manager and other members of the team, the Coordinator will work to establish an inventory of existing programs, gaps and shortfalls, and develop a network of support for Indigenous Disabled Peoples.  The ideal candidate will be an Indigenous Person with a disability (physical, Neurodiversity, etc).  This position is a full-time term position through to March 31st, 2023.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is a key member of our Special Projects team providing, advocacy, training, reporting, and connection to our BC Friendship Centres. 


You will be responsible for:

  • Performing a program search and overview of existing services in BC to support Indigenous disabled folks, and current areas of concern around access/lack of access including:
    • Connecting with disabled Indigenous People of all ages in BC to identify successes and challenges in accessing supports
    • Connecting with agencies and allies in this field including Indigenous non-profits, Community Living BC, BCANDS, and others
    • Reviewing existing reports/materials to gain a firm understanding of the existing program, services, and agencies;
    • Compiling and maintaining an up-to-date list of existing programs and services;
  • Help develop Indigenous specific resources for community members to both access programming, and to become Indigenous Service providers themselves
  • Working with an advisory committee to address supports, cultural training, and decolonizing of existing programs and policies
  • Thinking creatively and problem solving to increase access to disability supports, including Home Sharing, RDSP, AIDP, ASCD, etc.
  • Helping to write, or decolonize existing program manuals to include both cultural training and to make language more accessible to Indigenous communities
  • Providing advice and feedback to partner agencies around improving Indigenous content/access to support programs
  • Maintaining accurate, detailed records of all ongoing communication with other agencies
  • Working with the Finance team to ensure program budget is expended and accounted for correctly and transparently
  • Communicating effectively with the General Manager, Friendship Centres and our internal departments
  • Building and maintaining solid relationships with each Friendship Centre; this is key to effective administration of the contracts, and is a central part of this role
  • Occasional travel within the province to build meaningful in-person connections with Friendship Centre staff


Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong prioritization, problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to respond calmly and adapt to changes
  • Experience critically reviewing existing programs, manuals, service delivery models with the ability to apply a decolonial lends and action plan to implement changes
  • The ability to work well both independently and collaboratively as required
  • Knowledge of off-reserve Indigenous communities and needs
  • Experience living with a disability, and the challenges that may be present
  • Experience with research pertaining to disability supports
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, via writing, and on video conference calls
  • Project management experience including attention to detail and task tracking



  • High school graduation required
  • 2+ years of hands-on administrative support experience
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook a must
  • Knowledge of operating standard office equipment
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations
  • Criminal Records Credit check a requirement of the position;


Position Information:

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may be required to work from home due to health regulations; the selected individual must have a stable home internet connection and telephone/cell-phone. IT services and laptop will be supplied
  • A mix of work-from-home and in-office can be made to accommodate the successful candidate
  • Some overtime and travel may be required, public health restrictions permitting
  • This position is intended for Indigenous, Inuit or Métis persons only. Ensure your cover letter self-identifies ancestry and your experience meeting required skills and abilities.


The BCAAFC offers benefits once you complete your three-month probationary period. In return for all that you do, you will enjoy:

  • An accessible office space
  • A 50% employee benefit package, including three weeks paid vacation
  • A starting salary ranging from $65,000-$70,000 based on experience
  • Understanding work environment


If you want to join our team send your resume and cover letter by 12:00pm Thursday, January 27th, 2022 to:


Please send resume and cover letter to:

Julie Robertson | General Manager



SUBJECT LINE MUST INCLUDE: Disability Supports Coordinator


DEADLINE: Thursday, January 27th, 2022 AT 12:00PM PST

(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)


Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry.


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