Aboriginal Infant Development Program Consultant

Looking for Passionate Workers who can Support Families with Young Infants to Thrive”

About Us:

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA) is a rapidly growing Indigenous community-based organization, serving BC’s largest urban Indigenous population of children, youth, families & Elders. Our Vision is to build a community of strong, healthy, successful Indigenous people connected to each other and to their roots by fostering their health & well-being through culturally relevant services, support, and advocacy.

Position Summary:

As an Aboriginal Infant Development Consultant, you provide development support to families with infants in their homes and help plan ways to stimulate or enhance their child’s growth. The AIDP Consultant acts as a resource person to parents/guardians and families, supports referrals to other early intervention support services when needed and administer developmental assessments and write reports and recommendations that aid the family to support their child’s development.

Why FRAFCA:

  • Opportunity to work alongside cultural knowledge keepers & Elders;
  • Holistic, culturally safe, approaches to serving our clients and community;
  • Freedom to share and observe own cultural practices (i.e. smudging in the office);
  • Access Work BC Employers Training grants and other bursaries to fund ECE training & other professional development;
  • Extended Health Benefits Package (Medical, Dental, Travel) and Employee Assistance Plan after the 3-month probationary period;
  • Paid sick/personal leave days;
  • Paid vacation days;
  • Offices located along main transportation routes; main office by the Skytrain station;
  • Parking available on-site;

Your Duties:

As an AIDP Consultant:

  • Make home visits to families to assess infant development and plan with parents, ways to stimulate or enhance their child’s development and monitor the child’s progress;
  • Administer developmental assessments, including the DAYC-2 and the Ages and Stages Developmental Screening tool, and write reports and recommendations;
  • Make referrals to other early intervention support services for the child and family when needed and support the family through the process;
  • Attend medical appointments for the child with the family when culturally appropriate or requested by the family;
  • Work in conjunction with other professionals including Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) and early intervention services to support the child and family through family centred practice;
  • Provide resource materials to parents/guardians on ways to blend traditional Aboriginal cultural practices and contemporary parenting practices effectively;
  • Strengthen and support Aboriginal families in their role as decision makers on behalf of their children and themselves;
  • Participate in monthly AIDP case management meetings and staff meetings;
  • Provide monthly statistical and narrative reports to the Program Manager;
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field (i.e. child and youth care, early education, social work, etc.). An equivalent combination of education and related experience may be considered including years of service in the field, demonstrated experience, and combination of other relevant certifications as outlined below.
  • Infant Development Certificate or Diploma – Summer Institute training, CYC, FNCYC, ECE Certificate, Post Basic Infant/Toddler and/or Special Needs Educator Certificate are assets;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in AIDP or IDP working with Aboriginal children that require extra support or equivalent experience working in Aboriginal/First Nations communities with young children an asset;
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment an asset;
  • Must have (or be willing to obtain within 90 days) a valid First Aid Certificate;
  • Must have a class 5 driver’s license, own reliable transportation and a clear driver’s abstract;
  • A Criminal Record Check and review is a requirement of all employees of FRAFCA.

Key Skills and Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of infant, toddler and early childhood developmental stages with extensive;
  • Knowledge of infant/toddler assessment tools;
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of early intervention, child development, family-centred practice and community-based services;
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, traditions, and knowledge of socio-economic barriers, family dynamics, and history of colonization;
  • Well developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and ambiguity;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and conflict management skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and work with the demands of a diverse team environment and cross-cultural setting;
  • Basic computer skills (including Microsoft Office).

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We thank all that apply, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Open until suitable candidate is found.

*****Pursuant to S. 41 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to Aboriginal Applicants.

“We are committed to the National Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. FRAFCA is engaged primarily in promoting or serving the interests of Indigenous peoples, FRAFCA prioritizes employment to Indigenous peoples. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants, unless that preference or employment would constitute a discriminatory practice under the Canadian Human Rights Act.”