Manager, Child and Youth Policy
JUL. 22, 2019
It is the Mission of Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) to broadly 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. Role Summary Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager, Child and Youth Policy manages program staff and works to facilitate the timely and accurate execution of TI’s project work plan for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), Policy and Capacity, Listed Community file. Changes have been made to the Ontario Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA), which now recognizes Inuit as a distinct Indigenous group within the province of Ontario. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) will become a Listed Community under the CYFSA on July 1, 2019, with Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) as the designate to operationalize the responsibilities of a Listed Community. The incumbent attends and actively contributes to Ministry technical tables on issues relating to Inuit, serving as a point of contact for policy input for Government of Ontario departments and ministries relating to health and wellbeing of children, youth and families in Ontario. To inform the regulation and policy development of the CYFSA, the incumbent builds and maintains relationships, forging partnerships with child and youth protection organizations across Ontario. The incumbent plays a key role in related children and youth program development and funding opportunities that strengthen services for Inuit of Ontario, participates in related research, community engagement, and policy development projects, and assists in the preparation of proposals for new TI initiatives as directed. Responsibilities - Lead, support and supervise program staff including input towards the establishment of objectives, training and work plans in keeping with Inuit culture, language and traditions - Work closely with program staff to ensure the mandate of the Listed Community project and the Capacity project is achieved - Responsible for administration tasks including but not limited to; staff scheduling and leave approval, ensuring quality of services (soliciting client feedback and addressing client concerns), participant and service data gathering, record keeping and file maintenance - Responsible for ensuring program reporting is completed and on time - Monitor program budgets and ensure deliverables are met - Expand on existing Inuit awareness training to develop manuals for Inuit cultural training for competency and cultural safety- Attend technical tables directly related to children, youth and family policy files to make continued progress in advancing the needs of Inuit Lead the implementation of short‐term projects and activities, including budgets and supervision of staff Lead the continued development of the network of practice and corresponding partnerships, communications, and interest Build and maintain relationships, forging partnerships through outreach, education and information exchange with organizations (including child protection agencies) across Ontario. Ensure the research, analysis and compiling of information gathered from various sources to create frameworks and report on any models and best practices for culturally‐safe and integrated service delivery Ensure the analysis of services, and create position papers to identify gaps, successes, and provide recommendations for improved services Support proposal writing, creation of service models, and position papers in collaboration with project team Maintain an environment with a high degree of security, privacy and confidentiality Other duties as may be required and related to the position Education and Experience A degree or diploma in Social Policy, Community Development, Social Services and 5‐7 years’ experience managing government‐funded programs or an equivalent in education, training and experience In‐depth knowledge of Ontario’s CYFSA and related regulations Previous experience providing leadership to others and managing a project team Previous experience working in a social services environment is an asset Social policy research and development experience 3 to 5 years’ previous experience conducting research, research analysis and writing reports Project management experience Budget management experience Proposal writing experience Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Strong leadership skills Able to create and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships Excellent attention to detail Excellent writing skills (grammar, punctuation, style) Ability to function effectively in a busy environment and in stressful situations Ability to work independently with a strong sense of focus Ability to coordinate meetings, events and activities Public speaking and presentation skills Knowledge of Inuit culture, values, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and traditional practices Knowledge of issues related to Inuit families and children Ability to use computers for word processing, publication, data collection, e‐mail and internet. Fluent in English, written and oral required. Inuktitut language skills are preferred Ability to travel within the city and out of town as required Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required Driver’s license with own reliable vehicle is a definite asset Working Conditions The Manager, Child and Youth Policy works in a comfortable office environment. Frequent travel both within and outside the city is required. Periods of work intensity likely due to project demands. Personal Characteristics Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization. Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization. Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques. Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities. Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters. Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness. Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization. Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions, which are timely, and in the best interests of the organization. Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results. Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem. Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2019 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 applicant hired for this position will be required to obtain a vulnerable sector police records check with results acceptable to TI. We thank all interested candidates in advance, but unfortunately, we are only able to respond to those selected for an interview. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities is available upon request.