Family Support Coordinator
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. - Winnipeg, MB

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Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

Job Description

Medicine Bear Counseling, Support and Elder Services

Family Support Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director


Medicine Bear Counseling, Support and Elder Services provide families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls the opportunity to heal from complicated grief and trauma within a culturally safe and supportive environment; as well as, provide much needed advocacy in navigating through various government and social service systems.

The Family Support Coordinator is responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of project services; and overseeing the day-to-day management of the project and project staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Administration

 Responsible for all facets of project management and implementation, including planning, budgeting, evaluation and reporting.
 Responsible for the development of annual work plans in executing the objectives and spirit of project.
 Responsible for engaging, developing and maintaining respectful, supportive relationships with families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
 Provide non-judgmental practical and emotional assistance to family members and maintain confidentiality at all times.
 Develop and maintain family member’s files and documentation in an appropriate and confidential manner according to organizational standards.
 Assist family members seeking help navigating through government, social service and judicial processes; as well as; providing help in family requests in the development of memorial walks, feasts, poster development, and media communication.
 Provide family members with formalized court preparation sessions and accompaniment to court as required.
 Provide information on, and referrals to, other community agencies as additional resources as needed or requested.
 Provision of emergency transportation to family members necessary.
 Maintain accurate and complete statistical records for the project in order to provide organization management and funders with comprehensive progress details.
 Ensuring consistent and meaningful evaluation of the project in order to assess the impact and success of project and execute required changes and improvements as required.
 Develop and implement a strategy facilitating the integration of, and outreach to, stakeholders (i.e. family members; funders; and project partners).
 Develop, plan and execute the long term sustainability of project, including accessing other sources of funding.
 Develop and maintain community relationships in executing the spirit and vision of the project.

Management of Project Staff

 Organize hiring processes, as well as, developing and conducting staff orientation activities.
 Engage in on-going supervision of all project staff.
 Provide appropriate training opportunities for project staff on project goals, objectives, activities and procedures.
 Conduct regular performance reviews with project team members, providing constructive feedback and direction.
 Provide positive leadership to all staff, encouraging a team approach and professional attitude, always modeling best practices in this regard.
 Actively participate in the management team of the project, attend meetings regularly and bring forward issues for discussion and decision.
 Identify learning needs for project staff and assist in providing needed training.


 Work effectively and cooperatively and collaboratively with management, co-workers and other project staff.
 Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for family members, co-workers and other project staff.
 Maintain awareness and establish essential linkages and networks with community resources to support the project.
 Prepare presentations, briefing notes, and progress reports for the Senior Manager, Executive Director, Council, Advisory Committee and funding bodies as required.
 Assist in the implementation of evaluation methods and processes for the project.
 Perform other related tasks as required by the project to ensure its successful completion.
 Work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, depending on the needs and activities of family members.

Skills, Knowledge, Education and Experience

 Experience in program coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all project related objectives/deliverables, providing creative leadership, mentorship and support to a staff team (including contract staff) and serving as a primary contact for the Medicine Bear Counseling, Support and Elder Services.
 University degree in a related field and three years experience working in the Aboriginal community or equivalent combination of education and experience with successful project or project coordination.
 Knowledge of the Aboriginal community, customs, culture and traditions.
 Knowledge on the historical and contemporary context of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls; as well as, the interconnecting variables and precipitating factors contributing to this tragic phenomenon.
 Strong ability to listen, show compassion and empathy.
 Strong organizational skills, computer proficiency, excellent communication, both written and oral, and professional work behaviors.

Applicants will be subject to satisfactory criminal records, child abuse registry, and prior contact checks. Ka Ni Kanichihk invites all qualified applicants to submit a cover letter and resume clearly indicating how you meet the qualifications. Please submit your cover letter and resume including references by May 10, 2013

Attention: Arlene Desjarlais Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. 455 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, MB, R3A 0B5 Fax: 204-953-5824
We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About this company
Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. is a registered non-profit, culturally based, Aboriginal-led organization located in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ka...