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Program Manager

  • Posted:Feb 23, 2021
  • Apply by:Mar 08, 2021
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network (OICN) is an Indigenous led not-for-profit in Toronto. Ojibiikaan formed in 2018 in response to an identified gap for Indigenous Food Sovereignty programming to address needs of traditional food system, 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 is a core program developed and delivered by OICN. Under this program, the staff deliver virtual and 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.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Ojibiikaan Board of Directors, the position oversees the daily operations, administration, management, and implementation of the Ojiibikens Program. The Program Manager is expected to lead staff in the planning and implementation of programming. To be successful in this role you will need to be service-oriented and an effective leader who works well within teams and has strong program planning skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

● Lead and manage the development of scope requirements, budgeting, resource management, planning, scheduling, monitoring and reporting on impact for programming.

● Establish quality standards and measurement frameworks for program evaluation.

● Oversee programs and workshops from conception to implementation, ensuring quality of services and that program design and execution supports the strategic priorities, mission, vision and values of the organization and the funding mandate.

● Manage the development and implementation of protocols to ensure child protection, maintain program spaces, and ensure program environments are safe for vulnerable participants.

● Recruit and positively support and lead staff in program delivery; provide input towards the establishment of individual objectives, training and work plans.

● Plan training and professional development activities in response to the needs of the staff team.

● Ensure program and staff uphold cultural values, legislated standards and regulations, organizational policies.

● Participate in strategic planning and prepare proposals to support implementation.

● Develop and maintain strategic relationships with partners and stakeholders, including government, community and other agencies to enhance program delivery.

● Liaise and collaborate with other Journey Together agencies, and participate in committees and advisory groups as necessary.

● Preserve confidentiality and seek to minimize risks for clients, employees and the organization at all times.

● Perform other duties as assigned and related to the position.

Qualifications 

Cultural Connection

● Must be able to demonstrate an established connection to the local Indigenous community.

● Knowledge of the 7 Grandfathers with reference to confidentiality and privacy.

● Comply with the shared values and standards of cultural customs, traditions, practices, and codes of ethics for ensuring a culturally safe environment.

● Knowledge of Indigenous spirituality and cultural identity for ensuring these are the core guiding values of the organization.

● Willing to learn Anishinaabemowin, Métis, or Inuit language

Education and Experience

● Interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people, culture, spirituality, history, and contemporary issues.

● Degree in Indigenous studies, or related field of study.

● Three (3) years experience in Indigenous program management including budget planning and operations.

● Experience working in the Anishinaabe community specifically with Indigenous children and youth & families.

● Knowledge of Indigenous growing or food systems is an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

● Ability to prepare proposals

● Demonstrated openness to learning and willingness to engage in cultural competency training.

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking and presentation skills

● Proven experience in leading a successful team and maintaining positive relationships with Staff, Volunteers and Board of Directors

● Experience in community engagement

● Ability to analyze problems, recommend and implement solutions.

● Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

● Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

● Ability to effectively handle client complaints.

● Ability to take direction and prioritize tasks.

● Ability to travel within the GTA as required, valid G license a strong asset.

● Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.

This is a full-time contract position based in Toronto from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023 with the possibility of extension. This position requires some local travel and some evening and weekend hours to attend meetings, special events and fulfill other job functions. The salary ranges from $73,800 to $85,540 dependent on experience.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three references (previous supervisor, character and Elder) via email to: ojibiikaanjobs@gmail.com Subject Line: Applicant – Program Manager. The application deadline date is:  Monday March 8, 2021 @ 11:59 pm EST.

As an organization primarily serving the Indigenous community of Toronto, we encourage applications from qualified First Nation, Métis and Inuit applicants. and all others who are interested in the position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request.

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