Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network (Ojibiikaan) is a First Nations-led not-for-profit in Toronto. Ojibiikaan formed in 2018 in response to an identified gap in dedicated Indigenous Food Sovereignty programming to address food systems, food education, food justice, and agricultural and ecological practices and protocols in Toronto. Our mandate is to strengthen Indigenous roots in Toronto, the GTA and surrounding First Nations communities through knowledge exchange and land-based food projects.
Ojiibikens (“Little Roots”) is Ojibiikaan’s Early Years program. Under this program, staff will deliver mobile cultural and land-based activities for Indigenous children and their families in Toronto.
This program is funded through the City of Toronto by the Government of Ontario Journey Together strategy for reconciliation.
Reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with the Ojibiikaan team, the Ojibiikens Team Lead provides oversight and direction to the Community Facilitators in providing quality and culturally appropriate programs within the Ojibiikaan mandate. The Ojibiikens Team Lead will be responsible for overseeing the Ojibiikens program budget and ensuring that all policies are complied with. They will work with the Community Facilitators to create quality programs and ensure that all Facilitators have the training and tools needed to deliver the programs in a meaningful way. The Team Lead may be required to also deliver programming to ensure timelines and program requirements are met.
Duties and Responsibilities
Cultural Programming and Special Events (50%)
Provide culturally appropriate leadership to the Ojibiikens Community Facilitators and work to achieve a collaborative team atmosphere;
Work closely and collaboratively with the Cultural Advisor and Executive Director
Provide guidance and assistance to Community Facilitators, in delivering successful programming in support of Ojibiikaans’ mandate;
Assist in the development of material and resources for Community Facilitators to utilize in programming and communication with the community;
Support and work with partner agencies to deliver collaborative programming;
Assist the Community Facilitators in program design, facilitating workshops and hosting community events;
Ensure that Community Facilitators are cross-trained in each other’s areas of specialization
Ensure that Ojiibikens budget reports are accurate and timely;
Implement and monitor program resources including work plans defining program progress, problems and solutions;
Document weekly activities; responsible for tracking information and preparing reports for the Ojiibikens program according to the operational guidelines
Support funding applications as required;
Assist with program evaluation tools such as outcome measurement, frameworks, surveys and participant evaluation forms;
Team lead for program planning and ensure the accountability of Community Facilitators in program delivery;
Prepare weekly timesheets and review those of the Community Facilitators.
Conduct performance evaluations of their team
Collaborate with all members of Ojibiikaan on program initiatives development;
Maintain and upgrade professional skills;
Support community outreach and consultation sessions as required, attend committee meetings as required;
Promote a healthy, safe work environment; and
Perform other duties, related to the position, as assigned by the Executive Director or designate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Strong leadership skills, aptitude for teamwork, and ability to delegate tasks;
Proven track record in team lead role or staff management position;
Knowledge of gardening, food accessibility and food sovereignty, and community based education;
Knowledge of Indigenous food systems, planting techniques, ceremony and protocol and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) an asset;
Knowledge of a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit language is an asset;
Commitment to fostering positive community atmosphere;
Conflict resolution and de-escalation skills. Ability to work with a diversity of individuals and understanding of lateral violence;
Exceptional communication and organizational skills;
Ability to perform moderate physical labor, lift up to 40lbs and work on feet and outdoors.
Ability to use computers for word processing, publication, data collection, e‐mail and internet.
The Team Lead works in outdoor garden spaces, partner program sites, and in a comfortable office environment and is required to be mobile and travel within the city for programming purposes. Working off‐site at community events is required, as is occasional travel outside the city. This is a full-time contract position based in Toronto. This contract is for a duration of six months with the possibility of extension. The starting yearly salary is $63,120.
As an organization primarily serving the Indigenous community of Toronto, we encourage applications from qualified First Nation, Métis and Inuit candidates and all others who are interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request.
Please submit a cover letter and CV to [email protected] by 11:59 pm on Monday, January 13th, 2020 with subject line “Team Lead – Applicant Name”.
Post-secondary degree or diploma in Indigenous Studies, community development or other related field, or equivalent experience;
2-3 years in a management or significant organizational or departmental leadership position;
Minimum of 3-5 years experience delivering family services or programs to Indigenous communities;
Experience in working with Indigenous children, youth and families in an urban setting;
Experience in outreach, facilitating workshops and delivering presentations;
Understanding of cultural protocol;
Familiarity with the Indigenous urban communities in the GTA;
Familiarity with Indigenous communities, agencies and service organizations in the GTA;
Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) designation or equivalent is an asset.
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