SOUTHERN CHIEFS’ ORGANIZATION
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
Organization Summary: The Southern Chiefs’ Organization is an independent political organization that works to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.
Title: Community Engagement Worker
Employee Class: Term
Position Summary: The Community Engagement Worker will provide communications, networking and collaboration support to the Southern Chiefs’ Organization in the community of Dakota Plains First Nation. The Community Engagement Worker will serve as an important bridge in the gathering of traditional knowledge for the development of a First Nation family law, principles and practices. The Community Engagement Worker will support the relationship between the SCO and the community of Dakota Plains First Nation, with a specific focus on engaging the community in the area of child welfare. The Community Engagement Worker will ensure that engagement functions and resources are effectively integrated, organized and leveraged to meet strategic and operational needs.
- A University or College degree with specialization in Child Welfare, Social Service, Community Development or a related field, or an acceptable combination of education, training and professional experience.
- Relevant, recent and significant experience in the provision of coordination support to First Nation communities or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
- Experience working with Elders in First Nation communities;
- Experience working with First Nations/Aboriginal people at a community and/or political level including in the area of community engagement and community/organizational development;
- Experience supporting traditional ceremonies and cultural practices.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of community engagement and development, provincial child welfare system, and Aboriginal/First Nations child welfare system needs;
- Knowledge of child welfare related issues in general and those affecting First Nation communities in particular;
- Ability to develop and document work plans, including ongoing adaptation and reporting;
- Ability to build and maintain respectful and effective relationships with diverse groups, organizations, and individuals to work collaboratively and cooperatively, including good conflict management skills and abilities;
- Ability to multi-task, set priorities effectively, time manage and problem solve, including early identification of issues/problems that may arise, with an awareness of when to elevate issues as appropriate;
- Ability to coordinate, design and facilitate meetings and other gatherings on a wide variety of topics and with diverse groups and/or individuals, including the development of pre-reading and meeting documentation;
- Ability to communicative effectively both orally and in writing, including making presentations to a variety of audiences, ensuring material is adapted as required for the audience;
- Knowledge of Ojibway languages is an asset;
- Ability to efficiently and effectively utilize Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel;
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
- A valid Class 5 MB Driver’s License;
- Must Provide Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check;
- Flexibility in Work Schedules;
- Travel may be required.
- Develop and support a First Nation community engagement strategy;
- Assist the community in identifying and prioritizing current and emerging child welfare needs to inform SCO planning activities;
- Report to SCO on progress and performance objectives and to resolve problems as they arise;
- Organize local community engagement activities that are integrated with identified priorities and align with the SCO engagement strategy;
- Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between all communities engaged and the SCO;
- Assist in the rollout of communications materials to the community working in collaboration with the SCO Child and Family team;
- Support SCO Child and Family department leads in workshops, community gatherings and other events where information about child and family knowledge can be shared with community members;
- The work of the Community Engagement Worker is collaborative and requires team work in both daily work and on project/initiative-based efforts, with the intent to maximize support to the SCO and access to wisdom and experience as well as the efficient use of resources and knowledge and information exchange.
Salary based on qualifications and experience.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS 4PM on JANUARY 17, 2020
Please submit cover letter clearly demonstrating qualifications in relation to the position, current resume & three (3) work related references to:
Director of Operations
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Fax: (204) 946-1871
Re: Community Engagement Worker (Dakota Plains First Nation)
We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted for further consideration. Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Date: Added 01/08/2020