Job Posting 87477

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant (ASCD)
Fraser River Indigenous Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Maple Ridge, BC
closes in 29 days (Mon, 31 Oct)
full time

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program is a community-based program that provides culturally appropriate support services to Indigenous children who require additional support due to developmental delays. The Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant is responsible for assisting Indigenous families and childcare providers to ensure the full participation of Indigenous children who require extra support in community childcare programs. Through outreach visits the ASCD Consultant will provide developmental and resourceful information, assessments, referrals, and support for families of the program.  We support First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families with children from birth up to 19 years residing in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge or as requested from Katzie First Nation members. 

REPORTS TO: Indigenous Early Years Program Manager and Executive Director

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience

  • Required diploma level ECE Certification, including Special Needs and Infant Toddler Certification or equivalent
  • Preferred enrollment in/completion of the Infant Development/Supported Child Care Consultant Certificate or Diploma. If the candidate does not have a Supported Child Development certificate or diploma, he or she must be willing to work toward gaining this qualification
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in SCD or related ECD work with home visiting
  • Valid First Aid certificate, Infant CPR
  • Working knowledge of early childhood development; and assessment tools
  • Direct program delivery experience in the community social service sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of family centered care, early intervention child development, and community-based programs

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task; self-motivated personality; ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions and socio-economic issues affecting urban Indigenous families
  • High level of understanding about child development and the impact of disability and delay on growth and development and ability to reflect on and improve professional practice
  • Knowledge and experience of group process and facilitation techniques
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, supportive counseling, and advocacy skills
  • Well organized, time and general management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft 365, Outlook, database, and budgeting
  • Knowledge of Indigenous communities, organizations, and service providers within Ridge Meadows
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening a requirement and Valid Class 5 BC drivers’ licence (Driver’s Abstract required) and own reliable transportation

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES

  • Promote and support traditional Indigenous cultural teachings and practice for our families, agency, and community
  • Build professional supportive relationships and rapport with the parents/caregivers and extended family of the children referred to the ASCD program and practice holistic, strength-based principles
  • Work in collaboration with families and childcare providers to promote and support development and to ensure the effective inclusion of children who require extra support
  • Facilitate the process of Individual Planning, including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of Support Plans with families, childcare providers and relevant professionals while maintaining professional standards
  • Promotes and facilitates community awareness and facilitate education and training to childcare providers and community around inclusion, family-centered practice, and culturally appropriate Indigenous practice and strategies for children who require additional support and their families
  • Support capacity building establish relations with and liaise with the Ridge Meadows community
  • Strengthen and support families in their role as decision makers on behalf of their children and themselves
  • Support childcare settings to develop and implement inclusive philosophies, practices, policies, and procedures
  • Complete documents, observations, and assessments as necessary to determine eligibility for ASCD program extra staff support funding. Assist families in selecting appropriate childcare settings of their choice and facilitate transitions to other programs including Kindergarten and to other communities
  • Provide information, resources, and suggestions to support the implementation of strategies and activities to meet goals and objectives. Participate in on-going evaluations of plans, goals, and objectives
  • Aid when needed in agency programs such as, but not limited to; ECD Drop-in programs, new parents’ groups, Aboriginal Mother Goose programs and Elders’ teachings sessions
  • Contribute and participate in Health & Education Fairs, National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, and others as required
  • Maintain an appropriate record and information system. Prepare reports and provide accurate data when needed. Ensure that accurate program and client records are maintained, and that confidentiality is a priority. Ensure that all pertinent requirements and documentation are complete and up to date

Terms of Employment:  Full time, 35 hours/week, with occasional evenings and or wknds | Work Location: Maple Ridge (Office) and Pitt Meadows | Wage: $26.85 - $29.60hr (depending on qualifications & experience)              

 

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