Early Childhood Educator Assistant – External Employment Opportunity

Join the Hulitan Family!  

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society is a unique Indigenous non-profit located in the  Westshore Community of Southern Vancouver Island. Our mission is to preserve, unify and advocate for  Indigenous families by supporting healing and fostering resilience through culturally rooted programs,  services, and collaboration with community partners. Hulitan empowers Indigenous families and future  generations, walking alongside them and using the cultural principles of Respect, Connectedness,  Humility, and Integrity.  

We are excited to be opening an Early Years Centre September 2024 that will include an Aboriginal  HeadStart Childcare Program with 48 childcare spaces for Indigenous children, a before and after school  care, our Journeys of the Heart Program, and Family Support Program. 

  

Position Description  

We are seeking 6 Early Childhood Educator Assistants (ECEAs) to join our family within our Aboriginal  HeadStart Childcare Program. Practicing with a trauma informed lens the ECEAs will work collaboratively  with Infant Toddler Educators, Early Childhood Educators, the Program Coordinator, and support staff to  implement culturally rooted programming and support the overall well-being of Indigenous children in  our infant toddler and 3–5-year-old classrooms. Our ECEs will support the six components of Aboriginal  Headstart: Culture and Language, Education and School Readiness, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Parent  and Family Involvement, and Social Support.  

  

Responsibilities  

With support and guidance from Early Childhood Educators, Infant Toddler Workers, ECEAs will: 

  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children in the program, following relevant  policies, procedures, and regulations, and promoting active play, rest, school readiness, and  nutrition. 
  • Implement culturally rooted curriculum and activities that support the holistic development of  the children, incorporating traditional teachings, language, and practices. 
  • Support children with healthy nutrition and hygiene habits (toileting/diapering, hand washing,  changing soiled clothing, trying foods, eating, and listening to body cues) through role modeling,  education, supportive guidance, and assistance.  
  • Foster a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that promotes the social, emotional,  cognitive, and physical development of each child, respecting their individual strengths, needs,  and interests. 
  • Honour Parents and Caregivers as the first teachers of their children through relationship  building, seeking feedback, and inviting participation in our programs.  
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members, Elders, educators, and support staff, to create a  cohesive and supportive team environment that prioritizes the needs and interests of the  children and families we serve. 
  • Engage in ongoing professional development opportunities to build on knowledge and skills in  early childhood education, Indigenous culture, trauma-informed care, and other relevant areas.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:  

The successful candidate will possess experience that will satisfy all or most of the following:

  • Some understanding of early childhood growth and development, teaching and learning  strategies, the practice of guiding children’s behavior, and an ability to provide/willingness to  learn to provide early childhood education and school readiness activities that are culturally  rooted. 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of which traditional territories that you will be practicing on, respect  for Indigenous cultures, and a willingness to learn. 
  • Commitment to continual work and reflection on decolonizing practice in work with children and  families and speak to the actions you are taking.  
  • Understanding of the provincial acts as they relate to children, youth, and families.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build positive relationships and communication with children,  peers, families, and community members. 
  • Knowledge of trauma informed practice and values that align with creating an inclusive  environment.  

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  

The successful candidate will possess education and experience that will satisfy all the following: 

  • Valid Certification with ECE BC Registry as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant.
  • Experience working with Indigenous children and families, preferably in an early childhood setting is an asset. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build positive relationships with  children, families, and community members. 
  • A current and valid first aid certificate with infant and child CPR (or be willing to obtain one as  part of the training before commencing work). 
  • Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening clearance (or willingness to obtain).
  • Physical ability to work with children, including lifting children (up to 50 lbs.), playing with and  engaging in activities with children, and ability to be outdoors 3 hours per day.  
  • Provide record of immunization status. 

 

What We Give in Return:  

We recognize the importance of family and wellness while doing this challenging work. Staff at Hulitan  have 15 vacation days yearly, 12 sick days yearly, and an additional 6 sick days for those with children  under the age of 12. In addition, you have access to support from our resident Elder and our Cultural  Connections Coordinator and frequent opportunity for ongoing training. A comprehensive benefits  package and RRSP contribution of 4% of your annual salary are provided for all permanent staff working  21 hours per week or more. Hulitan Early Years staff receive reflective supervision once per month and  frequent team and peer check-ins. We offer a supportive collaborative environment that fosters personal  growth, and lasting connections.  

Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of  Indigenous Ancestry 

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter attention to: 

Sarah McDonald, Manager of Early Years 

Email: smcdonald@hulitan.ca 

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  

Closing date is June 14th, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. 

Starting wage is $26.00 per hour.