Culture/Language Teacher

Job Opportunity by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Job type: Full Time Contract


JOB DESCRIPTION

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is an Aboriginal, community controlled multi-service agency. Our mission is to provide support, ensure safety and enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal families, children, and youth within the greater Toronto area. Our agency works within a holistic framework, which builds on individual and family strengths, and engages clients as partners in identifying issues and their solutions.

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NCFST is committed to staffing a workforce representative of the Aboriginal population we serve. We encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit applicants to apply and to please self-identify in their cover letter.

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Classification: Contract Full-Time (6 Months) Hours: 35 hrs/wk. Range: $35, 428 – $53, 680 Location: Various NCFST Locations

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Position Summary Reporting to the Supervisor, Early Years, the Culture/Language Teacher will assist with the development, planning and implementation of the Aboriginal Head Start culture and language program in a team teaching environment. The Culture/Language Teacher will be responsible for the following:
  • Developing an integrated cultural and language program for children 2.5 to 6 years of age.
  • Ensuring that all supplies and materials necessary for planned activities are available and prepared for use.
  • Designing and producing written Aboriginal program packages that include sage, sweet grass, tobacco, cedar, Elders/Knowledge Keepers, parent participation, arts and crafts, language, role models, etc.
  • Working cooperatively with other staff and volunteers to help nurture staff’s understanding and promotion of Aboriginal language and culture.
  • Offering support and understanding to parents.
  • Sharing children’s experiences within the Aboriginal program, so that parents may reinforce teachings at home.
  • Advocating for young Aboriginal children and their families and the right for culturally appropriate child care.
  • Planning and implementing positive social experiences and opportunities, which facilitate an understanding of a variety of cultures and value systems and carry out other duties as assigned.
 

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Qualifications
  • The successful applicant must have at least three years of experience working with children (0-6 years) in a group setting.
  • Proficiency in one or more Aboriginal language is required.
  • An up-to-date First Aid Certificate.
  • A willingness to pass and obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check
  • An understanding of the unique dynamics that exist within the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures.
  • Working knowledge of the theory and practice in child development and program planning, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Childcare and Early Years Act, Child and Family Services Act and WHMIS.
  • Ability to work as a positive team member and encourage positive morale.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

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We are committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, NCFST will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.

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We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.