Indigenous Supported Child Development Consultant
Located within the traditional unceded territory of the sylix people, Westbank First Nation (WFN) is a progressive and prosperous self-governing First Nation. The Okanagan Valley truly has it all, including a great climate, stunning scenery, world-class ski resorts, golf courses, wineries and beaches.
Westbank First Nation values diversity and we are committed to creating a healthy, strong and vibrant community through programs and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Come join our team and become part of an innovative and rewarding place to work.
Reporting directly to the Indigenous Infant and Child Development Coordinator, the Indigenous Supported Child Development (ISCD) Consultant provides family-centred service, early intervention, child development support, family support, and individual planning for children 3-12 with developmental disabilities or delays. This position works collaboratively with community child care programs and other child development and early years professionals. The ISCD Consultant is part of the Community Services team, specifically working in the Early Years department.
Works collaboratively with the Westbank First Nation (WFN) community, including the After School Program (ASP), Westbank Child Development Centre (WCDC), Sensisyusten, the WFN Family Program, and the WFN Wellness Team, to support children that require additional assistance to fully participate in activities.
Provides support, consultation, and training for parents/caregivers and child care providers.
Provides “…services that strengthen the child’s “Circle of Support” within the context of their family and their community”.
Determines eligibility and levels of support that can be provided.
Conducts developmental screenings and assessments when needed.
Creates an Individual Service Plan (ISP) for each child. These include strategies and activities for inclusion, as well as daily activities and experiences to meet developmental goals and objectives.
Coordinates services to ensure the best supports are being provided to the child and their family.
Determines and monitors extra staffing support needs.
Informs families of available resources and supports, and makes referrals to relevant services as needed.
Maintains comprehensive, up-to-date files for each child, ensuring necessary forms and consents are complete. Prepares and completes reports as required.
Ensures timely and accurate reporting as required by the province.
Assists in transitions to Kindergarten, middle school, or other transitions that may impact the child.
Works within a flexible schedule and performs other duties as necessary in the performance of the position and as directed.
Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with WFN policies, standards, and procedures, and as directed by the Indigenous Infant and Child Development Coordinator.
Maintains confidentiality on all matters relating to the affairs of WFN and clients.
BA in Early Childhood Development or a related field (such as child and youth care, psychology, social work, education, etc.)
Early Childhood Education with a Special Needs Designation
Minimum of three (3) years of related work experience, including working with children with additional support needs
Valid First Aid with CPR Level B
Valid driver’s license and acceptable driver’s abstract with access to a reliable vehicle required.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Previous experience working with Indigenous children and their families
Acceptable Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search required
Annual TB screen, verification of immunization and acceptable physician’s statement ensuring incumbent is physically and mentally suitable to work with children required
Ability to develop and maintain a warm, caring, responsive relationship with children and families
Ability to establish and maintain supportive, collaborative relationships with families, child care setting staff, child development professionals, and colleagues
Knowledge of Westbank First Nation and of the support services offered within the community
Working knowledge of trauma-informed, family-centered, and inclusive practice
Intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office
Ability to work individually and as part of a team with minimal supervision
Ability to use a cultural safety framework when working with Indigenous children, families, and communities
A competitive starting salary rate, commensurate with appropriate experience is offered.
Applications must be submitted through https://recruiting.ultipro.ca
Select the appropriate position and click Apply Now, fill in the application form, and ensure your cover letter and resume is attached.
Any application submitted externally will not be considered
Opportunity is open until Sunday, September 26th, 2021
*Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted*Application Dates: 09/13/2021 - 09/26/2021
Position: Indigenous Supported Child Development Consultant
Location: 301-515 HWY 97S