Job Posting 79367

Social Service Sector Advocate
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Vancouver Island & Coastal areas
closed yesterday (Thu, 27 Jan)
full time - term / contract  •  55,000-70,000




As the umbrella organization for 25 Friendship Centres across BC, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is seeking a skilled and motivated individual to help a strong coordinated focus to advocating on a variety of social sector areas including Children & Family, Housing, and wellness. The BCAAFC works collaboratively to promote and deliver accessible programs and services that target urban Indigenous peoples in order to support their vision of health and wellness. This position is based on funding through to March 31st, 2023.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Building relationships and engage with our 25 BC Friendship Centres to learn about their needs around provincial advocacy on files relating to Ministry of Children & Family Development, the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction, Housing, and other ministries as required.
  • Assist member Friendship Centres with advocacy and information sharing to support the delivery of urban Indigenous programs and services.
  • Ensure engagement with cross-sector ministries and departments to develop relationships, address issues related to urban Indigenous social service sector issues,
  • Support the Social Services Sector advisories and committees, and the Federation of Community Social Services, Aboriginal Housing Management Association.
  • Write and implement defined work plans to achieve objectives relating to the advancement of BCAAFC’s advocacy positions and supporting the development of a strong Indigenous Social Service Sector
  • Develop a comprehensive engagement plan with short and long term objectives to support stronger, renewable, funded programming in our Friendship Centres that meet the needs of community,
  • Connect with community and other Indigenous organizations to stay relevant and up to date on grassroots issues and concerns.


Knowledge and Abilities

  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, and perspectives, and understanding of barriers faced by urban/off-reserve Indigenous peoples.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including developing or editing reports, proposals, presentations and correspondence.
  • Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to multi-task, produce and coordinate projects to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate and work on a team, and autonomously with minimal supervision.
  • Preferred experience with engaging or working with provincial and/or federal ministries



  • Experience working in the Social Service Sector – ideal candidate would have post secondary schooling in social work, Indigenous studies or political science
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and Indigenous service organizations.
  • Strong PC software skills including experience with Microsoft Office
  • Must be able to provide a current criminal record check.
  • Valid BC Drivers License.


Position Information:

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may be required to work for home due to health regulations. The selected individual must be able to work from home when required and must have a stable internet connection and telephone/cell-phone. IT services and laptop will be supplied.
  • This position is located at 551 Chatham St in downtown Victoria
  • The workweek is 35 hours, some overtime and travel may be required when restrictions are lifted.
  • 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 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
  • $55,000 - $70,000 starting salary based on experience
  • Accessible work space including offices, open work stations and elevators
  • RRSP Matching of up to 5% of annual salary to a max of $5,000
  • Understanding work environment


Please send resume and cover letter to:

Julie Robertson | General Manager



SUBJECT LINE MUST INCLUDE: Social Service Sector Advocate


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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