Early Childhood Learning and Development Coordinator

Jun 26, 2024



Reporting to the Health Director, the Early Childhood Learning and Development Coordinator will primarily be responsible for assisting with the design, development and facilitation of Indigenous-focused, culturally safe early years’ drop-in parent/caregiver participation program and outreach to support Mikisew Cree First Nation’s children aged 0-6.
This position is in Fort Chipewyan but a hybrid model of working remoting from Fort McMurray with frequent travel to community will be considered.


• Prepare and submit annual work plans/budgets and manage program according to funding terms and conditions.
• Maintain accurate records and statistical information and monthly program reporting.
• Always maintain confidentiality and adhere to privacy legislation.
• Assist with the design and facilitation of distinction based, culturally safe, wholistic early years drop-in and outreach programming.
• Assist with curriculum development to provide educational opportunities, and preschool and kindergarten readiness to contribute to children’s overall health and wellness.
• Provide activity coordination to involve Indigenous Elders/Knowledge Keepers to honour the teachings of our ancestors, incorporate traditional storytelling, culture, values, practices, Cree language, foods and child development activities into the program.
• Incorporate and coordinate activity-based programming for the different stages of a child’s developmental growth including socio-emotional and cognitive development and inclusion for children who require additional support.
• Prepare and utilize a variety of methods to promote the program.
• Administer the purchase, requisition, inventory and maintenance of all program supplies and resources.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of community-based early childcare educators, health and service providers, community organizations, agencies and at the municipality, provincial and federal level.
• Provide varying support for all Child Development Team members.
• Handle employee relations issues, including but not limited to, attendance, absenteeism, orientation, cultural sensitivity training and coordinating accommodations for out-of-town professionals.
• Assist with program evaluation and quality improvements.
• Comply with WCB health and safety standards to maintain a healthy and safe environment, COVID-19 safety plan and willing to participate on Health and Safety Committee.
• Ensure compliance with funder’s reporting, early childhood learning regulations, bylaws, and adhere to administrative and financial policies and procedures.
• Research, integrate and share best practices in the early years field.
• Participate in Health Department Team meetings.
• Attend workshops or other events, as required, and as program funds permit.
• Travel to Fort Chipewyan regularly.
• Complete other duties and projects as assigned.


• University degree with specialization in Health Sciences, Education or Social Services or a related field, or an acceptable combination of education, training and professional experience.
• Must have a valid First Aid and Infant CPR certification (or ability to obtain within 90 days of employment).
• Must have a valid Food Safe certificate (or ability to obtain within 90 days of employment).
• Valid provincial class 5 (or other) driver’s license, and clean driver’s abstract required.
• Willingness to take training as required.
Experience and Knowledge
• 1 or more years’ experience working with families and children aged 0 – 6.
• Working knowledge of Early Childhood Development and assessment tools.
• Direct program delivery experience in the community social service sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of family-centered care, early intervention strategies, child development and community-based programs.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the opportunities, barriers and challenges that impact children’s outcomes.
• Understanding about child development and the impact of disability and delay on growth and development.
• Knowledge of Jordan’s Principle.
• Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions, and social determinants of health.
• Knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #12.

Required Abilities and Skills
• Ability to organize time, set priorities and multi-task to meet various timelines.
• Ability to work in a team environment with children, youth and families, and other professionals.
• Ability to be self-motivated, work well independently and be an active team member.
• Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships and demonstrated leadership abilities.
• Physical ability to perform the duties.
• Emotional maturity and a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, Teams and virtual meeting platforms.
• Possess exceptional judgement and always maintain high confidentiality in all interactions.
• Must be reliable and be prepared to work irregular hours depending on job demands.

Preference will be given to applicants who possess
• Previous related experience is considered a definite asset.
• The ability to speak Cree is an asset.
• Direct experience working with Mikisew Cree First Nation and in Fort Chipewyan is an asset.
• Preference will be given to candidates with Indigenous ancestry.

Work Conditions
• Interacts with community organizations and health and human service professionals/paraprofessionals.
• Manual dexterity is required to use a desktop computer and peripherals.
• Visual skills require reading and reviewing documents both in paper and electronic form.
• Ability to work after hours periodically.
• Travel on small aircraft or a seasonal ice road between Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position with moderate physical activity involving walking, standing, bending and lifting up to 10 kg.

Occupational Requirements
• Willing and able to work a flexible schedule and some overtime.
• Willingness to participate in continuing education training.

Conditions of Employment
• Satisfactory current Criminal Record, Vulnerable Sector and Child Intervention Record Checks.
• Must sign Oath of Confidentiality form.