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Cultural Programs Supervisor

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

June 6, 2021

Full-time, Term position until March 31st, 2023

Possibility of Extension

It is the mission of Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) to provide Inuit-specific programs that contribute to the health and wellbeing of Inuit, and to encourage and support similar programs for Inuit across the country. With over 30 years of highly successful experience in crafting the design, development, and delivery of a wide range of effective, client-centered services, TI continues to deliver quality programs and services that directly benefit our growing urban Inuit population.

The Child First Initiative (CFI) ensures Inuit children have access to the essential government funded health, social and educational products, services and supports they need, when they need them.

The CFI cultural programs at TI provide sustainable, culturally appropriate programming thereby fostering a healthy and safe environment that allows Inuit children and their families to celebrate their identity with a sense of pride. Cultural programs allow children and families to learn about their history in a meaningful and safe way.

TI is searching for a skilled and experienced candidate to provide management, planning and supervision for all CFI cultural programming inside and outside of the organization. The incumbent will lead a team that is responsible for the coordination and delivery of various cultural and educational outings, events, and workshops provided by TI.

Key responsibilities of the position include:

  • Oversight of the planning and implementation of CFI cultural programming workshops, events, presentations, and playgroups, including logistics and the purchasing of materials and supplies.

  • Development and delivery of specialized cultural training workshops and other programming activities that respond to the varying needs of staff and programs at TI.

  • Provide framework and guidance for the delivery of client workshops and activities, responding  to the varying needs of community members.

  • Supervise program staff and establish individual objectives, training, and work plans in keeping with Inuit culture, language, and traditions.

  • Oversee the implementation of training for non-Inuit service providers in cultural competency and safety.

  • Research and identify Inuit cultural service providers and suppliers.

  • Work closely with Indigenous Services Canada and develop, process, and track reimbursement packages for CFI programming.

  • Proposal writing, budget oversight, and program reporting.

  • Provide guidance for referral of children and youth as identified, to additional supports and services through the Child First Initiative.


The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of Inuit culture, values, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and traditional practices, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and Jordan’s Principle, and the Inuit Child First Initiative, Ontario’s Child, Youth and Family Services Act and the supports and services available to children, youth, and families in Ontario.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, group facilitation and community engagement skills, leadership and supervisory skills, and financial management and budgeting skills are necessary.

The ability to develop, coordinate and deliver cultural programming, use computers for word processing, publication, data collection, e-mail, and internet, work independently with a strong sense of focus and work occasional evenings and weekends are all requirements of the position.

Degree or Diploma in Child Welfare, Social Services, Community Support, education, or a related field is required; must have three years’ experience providing related coordination services. Experience should include working in a social service or educational environment, delivering family-related services to the Inuit community, and providing leadership to others and managing a project/program team. Fluency in English is required and the ability to communicate in Inuktitut is preferred.

A combination of related education and experience may be accepted.

Salary and Benefits

  • TI offers a competitive total compensation package. Employees are provided an exceptional benefits plan which includes major medical and dental coverage for the employee and their dependents, and employee life insurance. TI also offers a Group RRSP benefit plan for eligible staff.

  • TI provides paid sick, personal and family sickness leave days, and a 24/7 confidential Employee and Family Assistance Plan.

  • Vacation (earn 3 weeks/year).

Deadline for applications is June 17th, 2021.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to

Preference in hiring will be given to qualified Inuit candidates, applicants are encouraged to self-identify.

The successful candidate for this position will be required to obtain a vulnerable sector check with results that are acceptable to TI. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website at to learn more about our programs and services.

Accommodations for applicants with disabilities is available upon request.

TI’s CFI office is located at 1071 Richmond Road, Ottawa ON which is conveniently located close to walking and biking trails, and all major transportation access points. It is close to major amenities including gyms, malls, and restaurants. Parking is free on the premise.

We thank all interested candidates in advance, but unfortunately, we are only able to respond to those selected for an interview.

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