If you are interested in making a difference towards the future of First Nations health and wellbeing, this is the opportunity for you! You have a love for childhood learning/development, have strong knowledge of the early child learning and development system in BC, and have a holistic vision of health and wellness. Your ability to implement new program initiatives and projects will make you an asset to this team! The AHS Advisor provides an advanced level of specialized expertise to First Nations communities, FNHA regional teams, and FNHA and external partners in the planning and delivery of early child learning/development programs and actions. You will develop resources and create networks of support to build community capacity and expertise that can support First Nations families and their communities to create the conditions that will give First Nations children the best start in life.
1. Provides advanced level of specialized expertise, advice, guidance and relevant resources to BC First Nation Communities and FNHA Regions in planning and development of culturally safe early child learning/development programs and initiatives
2. Provides advanced level of specialized expertise in the development of strategic and operational plans; implement new program initiatives and projects, and manage implementation within the FNHA planning framework
3. Provides inputs in developing funding agreements and estimating operational and project budget requirements in the area of early child learning/development (E.g. AHSOR funding program)
4. Provides inputs in establishing organizational strategies, approaches and policies as it relates to early child learning/development to senior management, colleagues, First Nations communities, regions and leadership, health organizations, provincial and federal governments, non-government agencies, and other stakeholders
5. Provides leadership in the identification, development, and delivery of training to health professionals, community workers and FNHA staff
6. Provides information, guidance and resources to front line staff and coordinators of AHS programs in First Nations communities. This includes support and resources related to program administration/management (e.g. provision of sample policies/procedures/protocols etc.)
7. Develops and implements program policy, content as well as program plans to meet the six components of AHSOR, provision of resources such as games, toys, books for use in programming as well as recommending promising approaches and practices
8. Supports licensed AHS sites to meet provincial licensing standards and unlicensed AHS sites to mirror these standards. Liaises between licensing office and AHSOR site when needed
9. As required, plans periodic visits of each AHS site to provide close monitoring of all programs. Ensures necessary follows up site visit with documentation of strengths and challenges to guide and facilitate ongoing program enhancement
10. Supports ongoing enhancement of FNHA delivered and funded Child Development Programs through gathering information, planning, recommending, implementing and monitoring policies, processes, guidelines and standards
11. Provides subject matter expertise into the development of Regional Health and Wellness Plans, adhering to priorities as established by the Regional Teams and the Regional Health Authority
12. Performs other related duties as assigned.
• Three (3) years of experience delivering Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve Programs and/or licensed child care program/s, including managing staff and budgets; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Early Child Education Certification
• Recent, relevant experience in program planning and development in the areas of early child learning/development
• Experience in assessing community needs/capacity and finding solutions in collaboration with communities and other partners
• Experience working with First Nations communities or organizations on issues related to early child learning/development
• Experience in the development of strategies relating to early child learning/development
• Experience collaborating with relevant partners and working on teams to achieve common goals and objectives
• Experience in all aspects of project management.
• Experience developing and delivering education workshops and training programs and other means of transferring knowledge and skills to others.
Employee Class: Temporary
Application Deadline: Friday December 15, 2017 at 4:00pm