OTTAWA ABORIGINAL COALITION
Child & Youth Worker - Kamatsiarniq
June 6, 2021
Hours: Full-Time In-Determinate - 37.5 hours per week
Salary Range: $46,025 - $58,100 per annum
Under the supervision of the Manager of Family Well-Being, the Kamatsiarniq Child & Youth Worker facilitates the transfer of Inuit knowledge, language and culture to children and youth in care or adopted into non-Inuit families, so they become knowledgeable and proud of their Inuit identity and develop a sense of belonging. The Kamatsiarniq Child & Youth Worker will help Inuit children youth realize their ability to achieve their goals and help them achieve their potential.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Plan and provide education on Inuit history;
Develop and deliver programming to teach children and youth about Inuit history, societal values, customs, and traditions and develop their cultural skills. Produce program promotional materials and promote the activities to the public;
Assist children and youth to connect with their community and region of origin (if appropriate), including enrollment with their Land Claim Organization;
Provide one-to-one support and regular group programming to engage children and youth in their culture and community;
Develop and deliver programming to teach children and youth about Inuit history, societal values, customs, and traditions and develop their cultural skills. Produce program promotional materials and promote the activities to the public
Develop cultural resources
Coordinate access to cultural resources, as well as Elders and knowledge keepers
Contribute to Cultural Connection/Safety Plans for children in foster and adoptive placements, and helping caregivers understand the importance of ongoing learning and connection to community
Maintain a referral-to-program process with child welfare agencies, schools and other agencies involved with children and youth in care
Facilitate supportive networks of family and community members who will help children and youth develop/maintain a strong sense of cultural identity
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Inuuqatigiit’s internal programs, TI programs, and other service providers to create and support a coordinated network of wrap-around services for children and youth;
Connect youth to existing supports and resources in the community to assist them in successfully transitioning from care to healthy and independent living, including:
Educational supports and resources
Employment services and training
Life skills training (e.g. financial management, household management)
Land Claims card acquisition
Health, including sexual health o Mental health services; and
Supports for youth exploring their gender identity o Supports for 2SLGBTQ+ youth; and
Inclusive and non-judgmental, ability to support gender diverse individuals and individuals along the sexual orientation spectrum; and • Monitor health, safety, and well-being of individuals.
Accountable for the well-being of individual children/youth/parents who required additional supports
Accountable for the cultural integrity of all child/youth/family programming.
Adhere to and promote the mandate, workplan and mission of Inuuqatigiit. WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Develop positive relationships within Inuuqatigiit, clients and external partners; and
Develop supportive and professional rapport with Inuuqatigiit staff; and
Maintain professional and effective rapport.
Foster strong communication with families;
Follow protocols, confidentiality, and referral agreements as appropriate to meet the needs of clients; and
Liaise with other service providers, programs, and professionals in the community to maintain effective linkages.
Work regular and consistent weekly hours of work;
Work weekends and evenings when required; and
Willingness to travel if required.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Written and spoken fluency in Inuktitut an asset;
Passionate about sharing and passing on cultural knowledge;
Exceptional knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) Principles, culture, community, and values;
Knowledge of the needs of Inuit children and youth and issues faced by Inuit parents/caregiver; • Knowledge of the socio determinants of health that impact Inuit children, youth, and families;
Inclusive and non-judgmental, ability to support gender diverse individuals and individuals along the sexual orientation spectrum
Experience in child/youth engagement and community outreach
Knowledge of available resources in community and the surrounding areas
Experience in conducting intake, individual counseling, and group facilitation
Ability to initiate, develop, plan, and deliver group programming, including cultural programming;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with children, youth, community members, fellow employees, and staff at Inuuqatigiit and other partner agencies
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
Ability to work in a collaborative staff team environment;
Ability to function effectively in a high stress, high noise environment;
Ability to handle difficult and painful emotional situations and establish healthy boundaries, understanding the importance of and practices work life balance.
Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations;
Enthusiasm, flexibility, dedication and commitment to children and families; and
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Inuit descent required;
Post-secondary education in related field or equivalent;
Minimum 1-3 years’ experience working in a child, youth, or family-oriented program;
Experience working with Inuit or Indigenous communities as asset;
Experience supporting clients with mental health and addiction issues;
Experience dealing with cases involving domestic violence
Current Vulnerable Sector Check required in keeping with Inuuqatigiit Personnel Policies and Procedures;
Medical certification of good health;
Up-to-date immunization records and TB test, if applicable;
CPR/First Aid Certification (or willingness to become certified); and
Possession of a valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is an asset.
Please apply with cover letter and up-to-date resume to: Shelley Watkin, Human Resources Manager Inuuqatigiit–Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families email@example.com
** Position will remain posted until filled **
We thank all who apply for this position.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
When two equally qualified candidates are considered for the same position, preference will be given to the candidate of Inuit descent.