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Career Opportunity: AHS CoRE Advisor

Aboriginal Head Start Centre of Reconciliation Excellence (CoRE) Advisor

Join our AHSABC Team

We are inviting leaders in Indigenous Early Childhood Education and AHS, to apply.

Deadline to apply: November 14, 2023

Work that matters:

  • Create 75 new licensed childcare spaces in Nanaimo BC, where young families and the urban Indigenous population is growing.

  • Employ Early Childhood Educators who demonstrate excellence in AHS program delivery to be front-line program staff, practicum mentors and coaches.

  • Create a Family and Elder Sharing Circle gathering space to inform and provide leadership to the CoRE direction, evaluation and curriculum.

  • Demonstrate the elements of the Province of BC Child Care Plan and $10aDay Plan in action following the AHS Principles and Guidelines.

The AHS CoRE Advisor will work with the AHSABC Provincial Team to grow and develop the AHS CoRE at the VIU campus in Nanaimo, BC, working to implement innovative and strategic initiatives to support all AHSABC member programs. The AHS CoRE Advisor supports the growth and advancement of Aboriginal Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Care services and profession in BC. Together our AHSABC Team supports and promotes the benefits of the AHS program, resources, and goals in the Indigenous Early Childhood profession across Canada. We Invite you to join our team to help our Association to be the best it can be for our children, families, staff and our ECE profession.

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The AHSABC CoRE Advisor will:

  • Join the AHS / VIU CoRE Operations Committee, who are working together on the preparation and actions needed towards the opening of the AHS CoRE when construction is complete. Including working with Community Care Facilities Licensing, and Environmental Health.

  • Research and inform the AHS CoRE Policies and Procedures that align with the vision and values of AHS Principles and Guidelines.

  • Work closely with the Operations Committee in the planning of the 75-space child care physical space equipment planning and set up.

  • Plan for future staffing and work place practicum models that promote best practices as the Centre of Excellence.

  • Be guided by Knowledge Holders to build into the planning a strong cultural foundation in all areas of CoRE.

  • To be readily present during the construction process to help inform operational decisions as needed.

  • Learn from existing AHS programs what is ‘Excellence in AHS and Reconciliation’ to help inform foundational planning.

  • Support the implementation and use of the LOVIT Way tools and resources in AHS programs and the planning of CoRE.

  • Be part of the Leadership Team that guides CoRE operations and management when CoRE is open and operating.

  • Work closely with the AHS program staff building a supportive professional network of peer mentors and coaches.

  • To provide in person and virtual peer mentoring to grow the AHS ECE profession and passion in AHS programs.

  • Support strategies to enhance awareness of AHS and the ECE profession.

  • Participate in meetings, via teleconference or zoom, in-person events, professional development and cultural presentations and celebrations.

  • Work in collaboration with the AHSABC Team who all work remotely using MS365 Teams platform.

  • Promote AHS Initiatives and best practices through sharing stories, writing articles, posting blogs, facilitation of training events and social media sources.

  • Advocate for high quality early childhood education, Aboriginal Head Start services that reflect the AHS Principles and Guidelines and the BC Early Learning Framework.

  • Reports directly to the AHSABC Director of Programming.


  • Education, knowledge, and expertise in Early Childhood Education.

  • Holds a current Early Childhood Educator Certificate (Issued by the ECE Registry of BC)

  • Experience and knowledge with Aboriginal Head Start.

  • Experience working as a frontline Early Childhood Educator / AHS Educator.

  • Knowledge, experience, and awareness of diverse Indigenous cultures.

  • Experience and knowledge with the LOVIT Way, Program Evaluation Process and Tools.

  • Experience with Community Care Facilities Licensing.

  • Experience with Child Care Room planning and set up.

  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.

  • Professional written and oral communication skills.

  • Technical expertise with communications software, online meeting platforms, and social media tools.

  • Experience with latest office productivity tools and task management systems.

  • Excellent documentation, time/priority management and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently, to analyze a situation, and to develop an approach and plan of action.

  • Creativity and innovation in inspiring high quality program delivery.

  • Experience using program evaluation tools such as ECERS-3 and ITERS-3 – Training an asset.

  • Experience working with Elders.

  • Experience working with Parents in programs.

  • BC Driver license.

  • The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC has aligned with the Provincial Public Health Order released on October 14, 2021. We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees at AHSABC. This policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected for employment, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination by providing a copy of your BC Vaccination Card Passport with the QR code.

Working Environment:

  • Hybrid work location in Nanaimo, BC, using both home office and Munu AHS Learning Centre.

  • Interacts with main office and AHSABC Team members regularly via virtual meetings, telephone and email and attends in-person meetings/events as required.

  • Travel required to visit and support AHS communities in person.

  • Ability to attend training events, gatherings, and celebrations across BC and Canada.

  • Salary range begins at $65,000 and is negotiable based on education and experience.

  • Employment includes health benefits, retirement plan and home office use compensation.

  • Full-time, permanent position based on 35 hours per week.

  • Schedule is somewhat flexible, requiring 75% of hours to be worked between 8AM and 4PM Monday to Friday. Some weekend and evening hours may be required to support training and event schedules.

  • Must be a resident of British Columbia.

To Apply:

Submit a detailed cover letter, complete resume, and two references via e-mail to:

Joan Gignac, Executive Director, Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC

By Tuesday, November 14, 2023 @ 4pm

NOTE: In accordance with Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code and Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, preference will be given to qualified candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.

AHS CoRE Advisor Posting Oct 2023
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