Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator

Job Opportunity by Native Candian Centre of Toronto (NCCT)

Job type: Full Time Contract


Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator
(Strengthening Cultural Connections for Urban Indigenous Youth)

Our Vision: The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is dedicated to helping all of our relations on their journey

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) is a non-profit, charitable organization located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The NCCT offers a wide range of Indigenous programs and services based on Indigenous cultural traditions and teachings.

Job Details:

  • Job Title: Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator
  •  Employment Term, Salary & Work Hours: $22/hour, 40 hours/week; Contract until June 30th, 2020. Monday-Thursday 12-8pm, Friday 10am-6pm;
  • Department: Youth Program
  • Direct Report: Youth Program Manager

    Position Summary: The Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Mino Maadziwin Project and for contributing to the overall implementation of the goals as described for youth within the NCCT.

  • Duties and Responsibilities: This role will leverage skills in psycho-social assessments, time limited/goal oriented management of youth; counselling; mentorship and system navigation to provide support for Indigenous youth.

    The Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator reports to and takes direction from the Youth Program Manager. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.

    This position requires the oversight of an Addictions Circle Facilitator, recruitment of Oshkaabewis (ceremonial attendant(s)), cultural knowledge keepers and elders for youth council meetings

  • Must conduct 40 hours/year of outreach in targeted GTA neighbourhoods. 150 youth/year
  • Must conduct 3 hour biweekly cultural exchange sessions between knowledge keepers and youth
  • Conduct 5-day ceremonies for 20 youth to reconnect youth to culture (2x/year)
  • Conduct 3 x 2-hour mental health and addictions counselling and circles for 50 youth/week/year
  • Create health care connections for 60 youth through 12 x 2 hour supervised visits to Queen West CHC per year
  • Create 6 x 2-hour visits to rotating health service agencies per year for 60 youth
  • Provide 240 x 1-hour traditional counselling sessions in Year One for 60 youth
  • Provide 300 x 1-hour traditional counselling sessions in Year 2 and 3 for 60 youth
  • Develop, implement and evaluate programming for youth between the ages of 14-24
  • Provide outreach to community agencies, organizations and the Indigenous community
  • Develop, implement and evaluate teaching circles, addiction circles, health promotion trips, cultural counselling and other programming that will benefit the wellness of youth
  • Provide support to youth around accessing health services, including accompaniment to appointments
  • Perform necessary administrative tasks such as participation tracking, program evaluation, budget tracking, funder reporting, internal paperwork, overseeing special projects and initiatives
  • Recruit, train and oversee project staff
  • Develop strong community partnerships
  • Research, prepare and complete funding applications for special Indigenous youth oriented projects
  • Assist Youth Program Coordinator to supervise and maintain Drop In Centre
  • Advocate for youth accessing services who are experiencing mental health and addiction barriers
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, staff training programs, supervisory sessions, and accept the responsibility for aiding the development of positive team relationships
  • Perform other related duties as required


    Post-secondary education in Social Work or equivalent experience in the community working with Indigenous, at risk, vulnerable youth essential
     An understanding of psycho-social assessments, individuals with complex needs and a varied range of dual diagnosis issues such as mental health, addictions, developmental disabilities and so forth is an asset
     Works from an anti-oppression perspective
     Able to integrate Indigenous cultural traditions and knowledge into health-based programming
     Proven leadership, organizational and communication skills are essential
     Experience with program planning, implementation and evaluation
     Understanding of principles of holistic wellness, social determinants of health and harm reduction. Certifications an asset
     Has experience working with and/or participating in the Indigenous communities
     Must be experienced with proposal writing and computer proficiency
     A valid driver's license is required
     A CPIC (police records check) is required
     Must be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

    Working Conditions: This position requires a person able to work in special conditions such as evenings and/or weekends, outdoors, and with community members with complex needs and a varied range of dual diagnosis issues such as mental health, addictions, developmental disabilities and so forth.

    Physical requirements: This position requires some mobility - accompanying youth on transit throughout the city for recreation purposes, camping, hiking, sports-based activities, and other activities that may be physically and mentally demanding.

    The successful candidate is expected to contribute positively to the implementation of the NCCT’s vision and mission, operate in a collaborative team setting and maintain high and professional productivity levels and quality of service.

    This is a contract position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Although preference will be given to Indigenous applicants (First Nations, Metis and Inuit), all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

    We thank all applicants for their interest however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

    If this position interests you, please submit your resume and a cover letter to:
     Elisabeth Pohl
    Human Resources
    Open until filled
    SUBJECT LINE: NCCT – Youth Department – Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator