Permanent FT Manager of Indigenous Cultural Services Position, Vancouver Coastal Region

POSITION TITLE: Manager of Indigenous Cultural Services Position
PROGRAM: Vancouver Coastal Region
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY: $35.33 hourly/$73,486.40 annually 
TYPE: Permanent Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 40 Weekly Hours
SCHEDULE: General hours are Monday-Friday 9-5PM, Schedule must be flexible to meet the needs of the department.
START DATE: As soon as possible

You must identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Native American, Inuit, or Métis) in order to qualify for this position. 

Pursuant to the Provincial Health Officer’s Order, the incumbent of this position is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will only consider applicants who are fully vaccinated, or who have received an exemption from the Provincial Health Office. Proof of either must be provided in advance of any offer of employment being made.

To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.122” to: Wagella Hunt, Senior Manager, at mhunt@raincityhousing.org

ABOUT US

RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.

DIVERSITY

RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Department Lead of the Indigenous Cultural Services Department, the Manager of Indigenous Cultural Services, Vancouver Coastal Region including the Sunshine Coast, provides leadership, support and oversight to Indigenous Cultural work being carried out in the Vancouver Coastal Region including the Sunshine Coast. The program manager will have the ability to advise on how to build culturally safe spaces within programs. The role will also provide support and oversee cultural services work in programs throughout the Vancouver Coastal Region. Work will focus on supporting Indigenous Cultural Liaison Workers, collaborating to create cultural safety and bridging cultural knowledge throughout Vancouver Coastal programs while ensuring RCH policies and cultural protocols are met. The position works closely with direct service staff, program and department management teams. 

 Assets for candidates for this role include: 

  • applicant familiarity with the host nations on whose lands RainCity operates on (particularly the following host nations: Səl̓ílwətaʔ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh peoples in Vancouver, and the shishalth, Kwikwetlem, Katzie, Kwantlen, Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Semiahmoo, and Sto:lo Nations of the Lower Mainland). 
  • applicant familiarity with identities, issues and history specific to Indigenous women (cis, trans & two-spirit), and their experiences with colonial, gendered/sexualized, institutionalized and systemic oppression and violence, along with analysis on equity and spaces held for all self-identified women;  
  • knowledge of Indigenous concepts and gradients of gender-identity/expression and sexuality as it pertains to TwoSpirit/Queer community members; intergenerational trauma (from the effects of the residential/boarding schools, Indian hospitals, 60s/Millennium Scoop, Child welfare, prison system, etc.);  
  • analysis of Indigenous identity/nationhood and history as it pertains to experiences of Metis/mixed ancestry community members  
  • a strong commitment and embodiment of principles of lateral liberation vs lateral violence; and intersectionality/allyship 
  • Knowledge of research and evaluation methods, and commitment to peer-inclusion 

 PROGRAM SUMMARY 

The Indigenous Services Department oversees the growing body of Indigenous work within the organization. It provides support and leadership to Indigenous Cultural Liaisons (ICL’s) as well as their programs. It assists in the integration of cultural safety, support and Indigenous programming that focuses around bridging cultural knowledge, teachings, and ways of being/knowing into the organization. Their outlook is based on the history and impacts of cultural disruption/colonization, and the tenements of de-colonial practice, cultural awareness/sensitivity/safety, and every system that has disproportionately affected Indigenous peoples’ in which they have and continue to resist. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Demonstrated ability to liaison with community partners, including host nations, Indigenous organizations, and peoples’ 
  2. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and sustain cultural programming 
  3. Cultural knowledge and connection to elders and other knowledge keepers 
  4. Four years of relative work/educational experience in mental health, substance use, and homelessness, administration, and management 
  5. Sound knowledge of identities, issues, and histories specific to Indigenous women (cis, trans & twospirit), and their experiences with colonial, gendered/sexualized, institutionalized and systemic oppression and violence, along with analysis on equity and spaces held for all self-identified women 
  6. Knowledge of Indigenous concepts and gradients of gender-identity/expression and sexuality as it pertains to Two-Spirit/Queer community members 
  7. Knowledge of intergenerational trauma (from the effects of residential schools, 60’s Scoop, child welfare, prison systems, etc.) and Indigenous history 
  8. Strong commitment to lateral liberation, intersectionality and allyship 
  9. Current First Aid and CPR certification 
  10. Class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle 

REQUIRED SKILLS, ABILITIES & KNOWLEDGE 

  1. Support the Department’s Leadership, Indigenous Cultural Liaison staff members, consistent with RCH policies and procedures 
  2. Human Resources support; recruitment, conflict resolution, accommodation, etc. 
  3. Administrative support; filing documents, sending emails, preparing reports, arranging meetings, events, and distributing materials 
  4. Promoting and implementing cultural safety and awareness 
  5. Working while using culturally informed strategies 
  6. Communicate in professional, respectful, and collaborative manner 
  7. Develop and implement work group processes to ensure collaborative teams 
  8. Translate traditional knowledge and RCH policy and procedure into the workplace 
  9. Lived experience of mental health and/or substance use issues is an asset 
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of oppression, marginalization and colonization specifically as related to Indigenous people and people living with a mental illness and/or substance use