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Program Coordinator IELCC / EY Assistant

Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

March 24, 2021

Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families is a multi service non-profit organization serving Inuit children and youth and their families. Inuuqatigiit is dedicated to providing cultural, educational, and support services in a caring, respectful, and collaborative environment that fosters strong and proud Inuit children and families.

Position: Program Coordinator IELCC / EY Assistant

– Full-time (Determinate) to August 31, 2021

Hours: 37.5 hours – Monday to Friday

Salary Range: $39,800 - $50,250 per annum


Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Early Years and reporting to the Director of Early Years Program, the IELCC Program Assistant assists in the delivery of high quality culturally relevant educational programming.


  • Strong knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, culture, language and community;

  • Knowledge of Inuit and Western child developmental methods and activities in an Early Years Program;

  • Good understanding of the Ottawa Inuit children, youth and families and community needs

  • Coordinates the delivery of PHAC funded IELCC cultural program;

  • Work with supervisor as a lead in implementing workplan for specific IELCC program deliverables (e.g. video production of cultural performances and artists);

  • Purchase equipment, supplies and cultural resources in keeping with budget and workplan;

  • Identify and engage culturally appropriate contractors (e.g videographers), guest speakers, Elders, and resources to meet program deliverables;

  • Assist in the planning and delivery of culturally based educational programming;

  • Assist with all administrative tasks (e.g. recording and reporting requirements outlined in the Inuuqatigiit Centre policies and procedures (e.g. daily log, incident reports, calling parents, tracking and organizing receipts, etc.);

  • Assist RECEs and Cultural Educators in day-to-day activities such as meeting children and implementing bi-lingual (Inuktitut to English) language educational activities as needed;

  • Collect, develop and maintain a wide selection of cultural teaching materials and activities for children in collaboration with other Cultural Educators;

  • Share in the responsibility of planning developmentally appropriate cultural activities that promote cultural knowledge (e.g. qulliq, cultural circles, traditional games, etc.);

  • Assist in the completion of weekly programing for indoors and outdoors;

  • Participate as a team member in supervising children in the Early Years programs;

  • Maintain program equipment in good repair and share responsibility for hygiene;

  • Monitor health, safety and well-being of children;

  • Maintain program equipment in good repair and share responsibility for keeping a healthy and safe program space; and

  • Sanitize the toys as outlined in Inuuqatigiit Centre policies and procedures.


  • With support from the Early Years Manager and the Director of Early Years, accountable for completing workplans, tracking and evaluating of activities; and

  • Accountable for supporting high-quality, culturally relevant Early Years programming.


  • Develop positive relationships with children and parents;

  • Develop supportive and professional rapport with Inuuqatigiit staff;

  • Develop positive relationships with outside contractors; and

  • Actively participate as a member of the team and support fellow team members in delivery of services through open and regular communication.


  • Communicate as required with parents about programs and activities (e.g. conversations, flyers, call arounds, etc.).


  • Demonstrate stress management and energy in interacting with young children and parents;

  • Regular physical activity associated with program activities;

  • Mental effort is required to deal with stress related to safety of children, program delivery and communication with parents;

  • Ensure personal safety precautions are observed at all times;

  • Ensure Public Health Guidelines for COVID-19 Pandemic are followed at all times; and

  • Physical ability to access multi-level buildings and taking care of children.


  • Inuit descent required;

  • High School Diploma (or equivalency) required

  • Knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles to build relationships with children and families;

  • Written and spoken fluency in Inuktitut an asset;

  • Knowledge of the needs of Inuit children and families;

  • Experience working with Inuit or Aboriginal communities preferred;

  • Knowledge of “How Does Learning Happen” Ontario’s Pedagogy for Early Years to build relationships with children and families; 

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English; 

  • Ability to work in a collaborative staff team environment; 

  • Ability to function effectively in a high stress, high noise environment;

  • Vulnerable Sector Check required in keeping with Inuuqatigiit Centre Personnel Policies and Procedures;

  • Medical certification of good health; 

  • TB Test if applicable and other immunizations up to date; and

  • CPR / First Aid Certification (or willingness to become certified).

Please apply with cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021 to:

Shelley Watkin, Human Resources Manager

Inuuqatigiit Centre for Children, Youth & Families

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.

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