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Indigenous Early Years Program Manager

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 20, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center Association
Location Surrey, BC
Contact Information


Position Title:  Indigenous Early Years Program Manager

Reports to:  Executive Director
Classification:  Salaried, Regular Full Time * 37.5 hours per week.
in the range of $52000 annually.
Breakdown:  .40 AECD Program manager/.40 AIDP Program manager/.20 CAPC Program Manager.
Location:  Surrey, BC

Position Summary:
This position will provide staff supervision, program oversight and leadership to the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center Early Years Programs.  ECD programs and services are designed to ensure children get the best possible start in life.  The work of Early Years Program Manager will contribute towards the following four, long-term outcomes:

  1. Mothers are healthy and give birth to healthy infants who remain healthy.
  2. Children experience healthy early childhood development, including optimal early learning and care.
  3. Parents are empowered and supported to nurture and care for their children.
  4. Communities support the development of all children and families.

This dynamic individual will be highly engaged, and self-directed with a passion for both Program Management & Aboriginal early learning and development; will have a strengths-based foci which is evidenced in philosophy and approach; and will have a demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal history (including approaches that are congruent with decolonizing methodologies).  In addition, the incumbent has effectively led a team of professionals, communicates effectively, excels at partner engagement (both mainstream and Indigenous partners), is an experienced contracts manager including financial and statistical reporting; and has successfully written funding proposals.

Key Duties and Responsibilities.

  1. Staffing and Human Resources
  • Over sees operations of FRAFCA’S ECD programs; Aboriginal Infant Development, Aboriginal Early Childhood Development, CAPC and any other, or new, programs related to Aboriginal early childhood development.
  • Directs all staff of the AECD, AIDP, and CAPC programs and any other related programs including hiring, evaluating staff performance, promoting, and demoting.
  1. Program Coordination (3 programs).
  • Attends to all related financial and statistical reporting related to the operation of FRAFCA’s ECD programs.
  • Finance and administrative functions, including cash flow development and reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis, or as required.
  • Responsible for quality program reporting – quarterly and annual reports, including monthly statistical data gathering and narrative reporting.
  1. Early Years Programs Quality Improvement
  • Program review, family feedback and evaluation, including responsibility for implementing a quality improvement process.
  • Ensure all agency and program policies and procedures are understood by staff and are followed.
  1. Relationship building and communication
  • Liaises with agencies such as ASCD program at Reach Child and Youth Development Centre; CDC, Fraser Health, etc.
  • Strengthen or develop partnerships with other relevant service providers to enhance services for ECD families (CDC, Fraser Health etc.)
  • Works with funders and community partners to expand program activities based on available resources and identified community need. Participate in developing new proposals for grants and programs.
  • Attend relevant community and committee meetings as prioritized by the ED and or contractual obligations including the FRAFCA MCFD AECD Liaison Committee.
  1. Other duties as required by the ED.


  1. Project Management skills
  2. Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and lived experienced required; with expressed understanding of unique experiences of urban aboriginal people in the Fraser Valley
  3. Demonstrated understanding of relevant employment legislation and human rights legislation in the Province of BC.
  4. Proficient in skills related to financial and statistical reporting
  5. A commitment to ongoing professional development, with excellent written and verbal communication
  6. Self-motivated and able to work under minimal supervision
  7. Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.


  • Minimum qualifications include: Bachelors Degree in a human services field (SW, ECD, CYC or related degree) & 2 years’ experience in a leadership role, and 3 years of experience in A/ECD, A/IDP or A/SCD working with Aboriginal children.  OR an equivalent combination of education and related experience may be considered including years of experience and a combination of related certifications and other education
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experiential assets include:
    • ECE Certificate with Post Basic Infant/Toddler and Special Needs Educator Certificate
    • Infant Development and Supported Child Development Certificate/Diploma
    • Project Management certification.
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain within 90 days of employment: a valid First Aid certificate, present a clear tuberculosis test
  • Must be physically, mentally and emotionally capable of performing the duties.
  • Criminal Record Check and review is a requirement of all employees of FRAFCA.


  1. Please send RESUME; and COVER LETTER by fax, mail, hand delivery or email marked attention, Joanne Mansfield


Fax: 604.595.1176

SNAIL Mail: 10095 Whalley Boulevard, Surrey, BC | V3T4G1

  1. Identify the position code (Early Years Manager) in the header of your email; fax, and COVER LETTER.
  2. Closing DATE: Open Until Suitable Candidate is found
  3. We thank all that apply, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Pursuant to S.41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to Aboriginal applicants.

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