Fishing Lake Metis Settlement
Position Description: Community Mentor / Recreation Coordinator
Reports To: Community Resources Director
Start Date: Immediately
Contract Duration: 1 Year (with the possibility of extension)
In partnership with Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) the Community Mentor position will be responsible for the planning and implementation of a program geared toward children and youth. The Community Mentor will report directly to both a Community Supervisor and an assigned Right To Play Program Officer (as per the grant requirements). This Community Mentor role is a one-year full time position (with the possibility of extension). The position requires an availability to work non-standard hours and will involve occasional travel (two to three times a year.
Right To Play’s PLAY program partners with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and urban Indigenous organizations across Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick to deliver community-driven, culturally-relevant play-based programming designed to enhance leadership, self-confidence, and self-efficacy among children and youth. Guided by an Indigenous community development model, PLAY and its partners create safe and inclusive spaces where children and youth can share their ideas, their hopes and their fears, and learn the skills to become positive agents of change.
Job Responsibility #1: Coordinate child and youth programming
The Community Mentor will plan and perform all details and logistics needed to deliver the program session, activities and events for a minimum of 10-20 children and youth.
- Meet with local schools and/or education authorities to discuss potential to deliver programming to elementary to high school age children and youth.
- Facilitate a registration process for children and youth, and provide program information to all who are interested.
- Secure a consistent programming venue/space and any other resources required to deliver program sessions.
- Engage youth in small group discussions to encourage them to share their ideas, and collectively assess goals and outcomes of the program.
- Design a program schedule to fit participant needs and interests, as well as to inform all participants of scheduled programming.
- Create healthy relationships with children and youth who participate in the program and adhere to child safeguarding policies and protocols.
- Procure materials and equipment necessary for program sessions.
Job Responsibility #2: Plan, lead and assess core program
The Community Mentor will be responsible for learning one core program and delivering these sessions to child and youth participants.
- Attend and travel to one mandatory training (Fall) to learn how to facilitate one of the following programs,
- Youth Leadership Program (YLP)
- After-School Program (ASP)
- Participate in remote trainings, as well as to attend and support youth events.
- Effectively lead a program that offers a minimum of 8 hours (September to June) and 12 hours (July to August) of weekly outcome and play-based programming for children and youth.
- Ensure youth voice informs the design and delivery of the program
- Support youth to plan, lead and assess youth-led initiatives
- Prepare all documents and materials to be used for programming; this includes but not limited to preparing workshop materials for participants; completing required monitoring and evaluation assignments and end of session reports.
Job Responsibility #3: Support the planning and implementation of events and initiatives (% of Time: 7%):
The Community Mentor will plan and host three (3) mandatory intergenerational events that will allow children, parents, and grandparents to learn and play together.
- Plan, design and host three (3) intergenerational events based on interests of the community/organization.
- Create and maintain partnerships with community organizations who may want to support the delivery of the event(s).
- Coordinate logistical items such as venue, volunteer recruitment and management, resource procurement, scheduling, etc.
- Recognize and celebrate community partners, volunteers and participants for their contributions and involvement in the event.
Job Responsibility #4: Build partnerships and program awareness
The Community Mentor will share structural plans, successes and challenges of the PLAY program with the greater community/organization. In addition, the Community Mentor will strive to create and maintain unique partnerships to support the development and wellbeing of children and youth within the program.
- With the support of the Community Supervisor, facilitate presentations to Council/Leadership (as required) to create awareness and support for the program.
- Display booth at community events to create awareness of Right To Play goals and objectives (as required).
- Respond to inquiries and requests in regards to the program from community members and leadership.
- Identify potential community partners that could assist in creating awareness of programming opportunities among children and youth.
- Attend various community meetings to identify youth and their specific needs, map and locate family and community networks, and form relationships with other service providers and offices to ensure all information is current and relevant.
Job Responsibility #5: Recreation
- Develop, implement, and track a Work Plan for Recreation Programming
- Assist in fund-raising initiatives to enhance Recreation Department programs
- Research and apply for funding from all other sources including grants to enhance programs and activities.
- Create and advertise a monthly Recreation Programming Schedule, with consideration for holidays, arts, culture, leadership, health and fitness.
- Recruit and promote volunteerism in Recreation Programs.
- Coordinate and create recreational activities for all age groups in the community.
- Administer the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement Recreation Sponsorship Policy.
- Create and lead a volunteer committee to assist in Major Community Events
- Lead in the planning, organizing and facilitation of Major Community Events with a Volunteer Committee. This includes, but is not limited to, Canada Day, Christmas Gala, and Proclamation Day.
- Accountability and responsibility for overseeing and staying within budget
- Create and maintain partnerships that will benefit recreation and youth programming
- Maintain inventory list of all recreation equipment and supplies
- Assist in cultural camps
Job Responsibility #6: Administration and program evaluation:
The Community Mentor will be responsible for completing a variety of administrative tasks in relation to Right To Play for grant reporting requirements and program commitments.
- Complete all monthly progress and finance reports in a timely fashion.
- Facilitate sharing circles and/or conduct surveys with participants to gather feedback on the program, and share data back with Right To Play.
- Track and report on the successes and challenges of the program.
- Analyze and implement key learnings into the program and/or future events.
- Take pictures and conduct interviews with program and/or event participants.
- Provide regular phone and email updates to Right To Play Program Officers in regards to successes, and challenges of programs. This will include weekly phone calls with the Program Officer.
- Any photocopying, printing, phone calls, faxing and other communication tasks as required.
- Coordination of accommodations for Right To Play staff for scheduled visits.
- Completion of forms and reports in a timely manner on an ongoing basis.
- Submit bi-weekly reports to Community Resources Director
- Adhere to the policies and procedures of the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement Human Resources Management Policy #P-0093-2018.
- Adhere to the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement Health and Safety Policy
Certification / Education / Training:
- Trained or willingness to be trained in how to effectively facilitate leadership and recreation programming for young people aged 7-20 years old.
- Desired, minimum College Diploma, ongoing or complete in the any of the following areas: Community Services (Child and Youth Worker; Recreation and Leisure; Social Service Worker; Early Childhood Education); or equivalent community and/or youth work experience. Studies in teaching and education.
- Desired, knowledge and/or education in Indigenous culture and worldviews as it is applied to Child and Youth Development (Education, Family and Child Services, Early Childhood Education, Social Services, Health, etc.).
- 1-2 years experience facilitating workshops for groups of 10 or more.
- 1-2 years experience in working with youth and children in recreation, arts, and culture programming.
- Experience in coordinating large events for 50+ people.
IT Knowledge / Skills Required:
- Knowledge of Microsoft programs.
- Able to navigate internet and email use.
- Familiar with office equipment.
- Knowledge of completing reports and collecting various program data and statistics.
Competencies / Personal Attributes:
- Speaking, reading, and writing fluency in English.
- Highly motivated self-starter and committed to program success.
- Positive attitude and employs strengths-based approaches to working with children and youth.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Good team work ethic, and capable of working independently.
- Able to work under pressure.
- Accurate and timely reporting.
- Coaching and mentoring skills.
- Strong planning and coordination skills.
- Decision making skills.
- Interested in being part of community development.
Deadline Date: September 20, 2019 at 4PM
Please submit resumes, an up to date Criminal Record Check, and copies of relevant certifications to Kayla Fayant in person, by fax (780-943-2575) or by email ([email protected])
Please note: The successful candidate will be required to complete a CPIC and Vulnerable Sector check as a condition of their employment.