Program Coordinator – 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 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 a Program Coordinator for our Aboriginal HeadStart Childcare Program, which includes two infant toddler rooms and a 3–5-year-old room. Practicing with a trauma informed lens the Program Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Manager of Early Years, and program staff to ensure the overall well-being of Indigenous children attending our programs. The Program Coordinator will ensure the six components of Aboriginal Headstart: Culture and Language, Education and School Readiness, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Parent and Family Involvement, and Social Support are rooted in all programming and that the values of Hulitan are being honoured through program delivery and staff support. 

 

Responsibilities

  • 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. 
  • Ensure that all licensing and Public Health standards are met in all aspects of programming.
  • Work with the Manager of Early Years to provide reports to funders, create and manage program budgets, recruit, and train staff, organize staff training and professional development, maintain staff personnel binders and confidential records for all children registered in the program.
  • Create and communicate staff schedules and ensure that adult to child ratios always meet licensing regulations.  
  • Work with the program cook to ensure the delivery of a healthy nutrition program to all children in the program.  
  • Work with educators to create and implement culturally rooted programming, curriculum, special events and classroom schedules.  
  • Foster a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that promotes the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each child, respecting their individual strengths, abilities, needs, and interests.
  • Work with the Manager of Early Years to create and communicate with a parent advisory committee. 
  • Honour Parents and Caregivers as the first teachers of their children through relationship building, seeking feedback, and inviting participation in our programs and parent advisory committee.  
  •  Collaborate with families, Elders, and community members to involve them in the children’s learning experiences and to support cultural continuity both within the program and at home.
  • 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 cultures, 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:    

  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices in early childhood education.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of child development and ages and stages.  
  • An awareness of the intergenerational impacts of colonization and residential schools on Indigenous communities and families.  
  • Understanding of the provincial acts as they relate to children, youth, and families and duty to report. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build positive relationships and communication with children, peers, families, and community members. 
  • An awareness of community resources available to families in Southern Vancouver Island.
  • Strong time management skills. 
  • Healthy communication and conflict management skills.  
  • Ability to work with trauma informed practice and values that align with creating an inclusive and culturally responsive environment.  

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  

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

  • Degree or Diploma in Early Childhood Education and current valid certification with ECE BC.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a licensed early childhood setting.
  • Experience working with Indigenous children and families.  
  • 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 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 $32.00 per hour.  

In addition to your wage, you will receive the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement of $6.00/hr.