Consultant Child Svcs (Indigenous Consultant)-City of Toronto

Closing Date: April 23, 2018

Job Classification Title                           CONSULTANT CHILD SVCS

Job ID #                                                   2300459 X

Division                                                   Children's Services

Section                                                     System Planning and Policy Development

Work Location                                        METRO HALL, 55 JOHN ST

Job Stream                                              Children, Community & Social Services

Job Type                                                  Permanent, Full-Time

Salary/Rate                                             $102,029.20 - $119,883.40 / Year

Hours of Work (bi-weekly)                    70.00

Shift Information                                    Monday to Friday - 35 Hours

Affiliation                                                 Non-Union

Job Description

This is a unique career opportunity for an Indigenous person who has the subject matter expertise, skills, confidence and commitment to lead the City of Toronto in creating and implementing strategies promoting reconciliation with local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. As part of its commitment to reconciliation, the City is committed to working with Indigenous partners to explore ways to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous organizations and associations to plan, lead and deliver initiatives for local Indigenous communities.

Reporting to the Program Manager, Child and Family Centres, the Indigenous Consultant Children's Services is responsible for managing Indigenous EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs and other relevant early years programs and services. This individual:

  • Develops and implements planning tools, guidelines and operational policies to ensure integrated service planning that takes into account the needs of Indigenous families, developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.
  • Ensures financial accountability through review and analysis of operational budgets and capital funding requests.
  • Ensures project expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations. Contributes to the unit’s budget by developing budget submissions for specific functional area.
  • Manages Indigenous EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs and services and ensures service targets are met as outlined in the Service Plan for Children's Services.
  • Manages project teams that initiate, develop and implement policies/programs and City wide initiatives. Recruits the project team, develops project plan/timelines, and ensures effective teamwork, communication, high standards of work quality and organizational performance.
  • Conducts and evaluates research, analyzes information and develops recommendations on matters related to child and family centres and integrated children's services.
  • Manages contentious issues/serious occurrences, ensuring follow up documentation, corrective action and implementation of preventative strategies.
  • Evaluates, monitors and provides direction to programs under contract in accordance with Council approved policies/legislation, and ensures services are responsive, inclusive, developmentally appropriate and of high quality.
  • Ensures compliance with service contracts, legislative requirements and service improvements through negotiation of action plans.
  • Liaises and negotiates with provincial staff, local levels of government, elected officials and community groups regarding the interpretation and application of policy, and provides technical advice on the City's guidelines and policies related to child and family centres and integrated service delivery.
  • Responds to media enquiries, prepares media materials and briefing notes as necessary on issues receiving media attention.
  • Manages and provides advice and support to relevant stakeholder advisory committees, other community networks and political sub-committees.
  • Represents the Division on cross divisional and intergovernmental initiatives and represents the unit in cross Divisional initiatives regarding information dissemination, policy/research issues and service planning.
  • Prepares briefing notes and information for committee reports.
  • Manages, plans and presents at community events such as local planning sessions and training and development conferences.
  • Represents the Corporation and the Division on a variety of community groups and research groups, collaborates with child and family centre agencies, Boards of Education, municipal/provincial politicians and staff to ensure local service planning and delivery meets the needs of children, families and community.

Key Qualifications:

  1. Lived experience as an Indigenous person, and experience working with Indigenous families and/or community organizations.
  2. Post-secondary education in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education combined with relevant experience.
  3. Considerable experience and knowledge in the development, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services for children and families through applied knowledge of child and human development theories and/or family support principles.
  4. Considerable experience in project management and program development related to human services, including experience in managing multiple assignments and setting priorities.
  5. Experience in the management and evaluation of programs and services in a human services environment with respect to quality assurance, risk management and best practices to ensure performance outcomes, service objectives and program priorities are met.
  6. Knowledge and skill in community development with the ability to establish effective working relationships with a variety of community service and support agencies, politicians and other levels of government utilizing strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  7. The ability to supervise, coach, motivate and coordinate the activities of staff along with the ability to effectively handle day to day labour relations matters.
  8. Excellent analytical skills with the ability to effectively identify problems, propose solutions and follow through with the implementation of decisions.
  9. Proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point.
  10. Thorough knowledge of the legislation and policies governing the planning, funding and delivery of early years programs and services.
  11. Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to develop and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
  12. Sound knowledge of current issues and trends in the children’s services field and delivery of indigenous community services.

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