Employment Opportunity: Strong Start Facilitator

Temporary Part-time Employment Opportunity

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator

January 2019 – January 2020 – 18 hours per week, excluding school holidays

 

This position is to fill a 12-month maternity leave.  As the Strong Start Facilitator, you will plan, carry out and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities and experiences to create a high quality early learning program for children age 0-6 and their parents/caregivers.

Preferred qualifications and skills:

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate or equivalent training and experience and willingness to study for ECE certification.
  •  Strong knowledge and awareness of age appropriate programming and developmental needs of children
  • Ability to work professionally, collaboratively and respectfully with children and their families as well as with school, community and agency personnel.
  • Desire to provide family-centred services with a focus on emotional and resource supports for parents.
  • Good verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  • Current first aid and Food Safe certificate (training provided if needed)
  • Driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes.
  • Criminal Record Check will be required.

Wage: 18.81/hour

This is one of two openings currently being posted.  Applicants are welcome to apply for one or both positions. The Strong Start Facilitator position can be viewed at http://nklcss.org/home/article/employment-opportunity-early-years-coordinator

Please submit resume to Executive Director at North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.  Fax 1-250-353-7694 or email executivedirector@nklcss.org.

Detailed job description below.

The deadline for applications is November 23 or until the positions are filled.  Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

 

Full Job Description:

Job title: Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator

Wage: 18.81/hour

Job/Position Summary:

The Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator is an employee of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.  The Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator will work collaboratively with the Early Years Coordinator, Executive Director, and other program staff to plan and deliver the Strong Start Parent and Child Time program. 

The Strong Start Parent and Child Time Program shall include the following activities:

  1. Organized activities such as storytelling, facilitated circle time and crafts
  2. Access to books, art materials, puzzles, and resources, etc.
  3. Play areas that promote creativity, exploratory individual and group play, dramatic play, early literacy and numeracy skills.
  4. Movement and  gross motor activities
  5. Snack time, with food that promotes healthy eating

 

Services are delivered in the Kaslo and Meadow Creek Family Resource Centres. 

All staff will adhere to policies developed by the NKLCSS Board and guidelines developed by the Executive Director. 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Plan, carry out and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities and experiences for children using modeling, observing, questioning, demonstrating and reinforcing techniques. Develop programs that include indoor/outdoor, active/quiet group activities.
  2. Identify the abilities, interests and needs of children and develop group  activities based on these.
  3. Set-up and clean-up all onsite services during program operation.  Lifting and physical activity is required.
  4. Prepare or supervise preparation of all snacks, coffee, tea, etc., for program participants using food safe practices
  5. Maintain awareness of current services in the region.
  6. Recommend referrals or additional services to parents based on their family’s needs
  7. Communicate with Early Years Coordinator regarding concerns or gaps in service for individuals or the community. Ensure a healthy and safe environment in which the children and parents can interact. Identify and remove potential hazards.
  8. Take an active role in welcoming clients and visitors to the centre. Develop positive rapport with all families including families with high needs or children with behavior concerns.  Model positive discipline strategies.
  9. Communicate with families about children’s growth and development. Request input from and participation of parents in the development of programs.
  10. Ensure all required registration forms and sign-in sheets are filled out by program participants. 
  11. Demonstrate understanding and experience working within a strength based model of support.
  12. Attend professional development when timing and funding allows to remain informed of current research and best practice in the field.

Supervision Received:

The Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator reports to the Early Years Coordinator of NKLCSS.

Supervision Given:

The Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator may supervise volunteers.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Education in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Child and Family Development or related fields is an asset.
  • Minimum 2 years related experience and or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Strong knowledge and awareness of age appropriate programming and developmental needs of children.
  • Experience working with children, parents, school personnel and community partners is essential.
  • Good understanding of Strong Start and Family Resource Centre philosophy and best practice principles.

Skill requirements

  • Ability to create a welcoming environment for a diverse group of families.
  • Will provide support, inclusion and respect equally to participants of all cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, income levels, ages, races and religions.
  • Enthusiasm for working with parents and children of all abilities.
  • Physical ability to set-up and remove resources and equipment in a variety of settings.
  • Good verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with efficient time management skills.
  • Ability to work professionally, collaboratively and respectfully with children and their families as well as with school, community and agency personnel.
  • Reliable, consistent, and mature.
  • Patient, non-judgmental, and interested in helping others.
  • Strong professional boundaries

Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification appropriate to the age of the populations being served (e.g., Child Care emergency first Aid or the Child Care Standard First Aid)
  • Must be willing to take an Early Childhood Education course if not currently held
  • Must register with ECE Registry of BC
  • Current Food Safe Certification
  • Drivers licence and access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes

 

Location:

The position is located in Kaslo with outreach to Meadow Creek

Hours:

18 hours per week, January, 2019 –January, 2020, following the school calendar (The Strong Start Parent and Child Time Facilitator does not work during school holidays), plus up to 18 hours during December for orientation.

Salary and Benefits:

Wage: $18.81 per hour

Benefits: professional development budget and a warm and inviting working atmosphere.