Internal/External Job Posting
Location: Ontario
Indeterminate/Permanent Position
Closes: March 19, 2021
Starting salary: $43,350 to $49,870 per year based on experience
Number of positions available: 2

The role:
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Education and Training (E&T) branch is seeking a strong team player to serve as an Education Support Advocate within the MNO offices. The Education Support Advocate is there to support Ontario Métis youth and Métis community families by providing advocacy and navigation services for families seeking supports within the education system. The incumbent must be a strong empathetic advocate to facilitate planning and help coordinate resource support for children and youth so they may reach their full potential and overcome barriers.

Key responsibilities of this role include:
• Fully understand the significance and fundamental importance of MNO’s Statement of Prime Purpose (SPP) to all MNO’s work, and to the requirements of the position specifically
• Adhere to MNO Policies and Procedures and MNO’s Financial Policies and Procedures at all times
• Uphold MNO’s Standards of Professional Conduct at all times
• Adhere to Privacy Laws and respect confidential information at all times
• The employee must be cognizant of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workers’ Safety and Insurance Board, Ontario Human Rights Code, Canadian Human Rights Act, and other legislative provisions governing the employment relationship between MNO and the employee
• Ensure that all activities are conducted in accordance with established Métis Nation of Ontario Policies and Procedures and Contribution Agreements (CA)
• Work in collaboration within the Branch, other MNO branches, MNO leadership, MNO citizens, MNO contractors and consultants on related projects
• Attend the Annual General Assembly (MNO Policy 2.120)

Advocacy and Outreach:
• Advocate on behalf of Métis families in order to ensure access to the appropriate services for children and youth so they may reach their full potential
• Assist Métis families with navigating the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school board system within the service area
• Assist with the promotion, outreach, networking and marketing of newly established services within the service area
• Build and maintain strong relationships with service providers as required
• Engage with local tutors and other community resources to provide supports as needed
• Travel to communities to deliver presentations or workshops, or attend meetings and events when directed.

Operational Duties:
• Collaboratively work with MNO staff, MNO leadership, MNO Citizens, potential industry and government partners, School Boards and their education staff, community partners and MNO contractors on project initiatives
• Coordinate with the MNO Healing and Wellness staff, including MNO’s “fee for service” child and youth clinical team to provide optimum services
• Coordinate and ensure services are delivered
• Foster team work and co-operation among the ESA team and Healing and Wellness staff

Administrative Duties:
• Active case management utilizing the MNO Health Access Tracking System (O.H.A.T.S.)
• Assist in the coordination of the processing of financial administrative and operational procedures (i.e. prepare purchase orders, expense claims, bill back submissions and purchase card reconciliation)
• Assist Manager with preparation of project reports and submissions to funders as required
• Plan and coordinate logistics for meetings, training, and events (location, travel arrangements, etc.)
• Prepare briefing notes to report on meetings and events attended
• Maintain spreadsheets in order to provide statistics when needed
• Use office software and hardware to communicate and collaborate with Métis Citizens, MNO staff, and other services as needed
• Maintain an effective, confidential and accountable filing system
• Fulfill all other responsibilities as determined by the Labour Market Manager or Designated Approving Authority

Education, Knowledge, Skills & Attributes
• Post-Secondary diploma and/or degree in social work, education, child and youth worker or child development or related field and/or a minimum of two years’ experience in related program delivery and reporting, preferably in a non-profit setting
• Knowledge of the Métis Nation of Ontario, programs and services
• Knowledge and ability to network and liaise with other Indigenous programs and services
• Relevant experience in an advocacy role
• Passionate about child and youth advocacy in an education setting within an Indigenous lens
• Demonstrated knowledge of program administration, budgeting/financial management, program planning, and coordinating
• Strong case management skills and strong writing skills
• Proficiency in keyboarding and computer programs (Outlook, Excel, Work and PowerPoint) and various databases
• Experience with standard office equipment
• Available to work flexible hours or weekends to coordinate with program requirements
• A valid driver’s license (Full class “G”), access to a reliable vehicle and $2,000,000 liability insurance coverage
• Successful completion and maintenance of a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check
• Knowledge of community and youth-driven initiatives
• Demonstrated results-oriented skills and practices
• Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of tact and discretion
• Demonstrated ability to identify problems and situations and take appropriate action
• Cognizant of Employment Standards Act, School Board Policy and Procedures, Occupational Health and Safety Act, WSIB, and other legislative requirements
• Work effectively both independently as well as in a team environment
• Well-developed administrative, analytical and organizational skills
• Strong interpersonal skills which will be essential to facilitate key meetings
• Willingness and ability to travel which may require extended periods away from the employee’s place of residence.

Asset – Bilingualism in English and French, both oral and written will be considered an asset

Who we are:

In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose.

Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario has built a province-wide governance structure which includes: an objectively verifiable, centralized registry of over 20,000 Métis citizens; approximately 31 Chartered Community Councils across the province which represent Métis citizens at the local level; a provincial governing body that is elected by ballot box every four years; an Annual General Assembly where regional and provincial Métis leaders are required to report back to Métis citizens yearly between elections; a charitable foundation which promotes and support Métis culture and heritage (Métis Nation of Ontario Cultural Commission); and an economic development arm (Métis Voyageur Development Fund).

In addition, the Métis Nation of Ontario has built an accountable, results-based provincial delivery structure to meet the socio-economic needs of its citizens and communities. Currently, the MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ service delivery access points across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 300 personnel across the province.

What we offer:

As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary, comprehensive employer-paid health benefits, a pension plan, 10 days vacation to start, annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January, 15 paid public and employer holidays, early closures on long weekends, and 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave).

The Métis Nation of Ontario is a diverse and inclusive employer, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Preference may be given to qualified Métis candidates.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please email if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Please email if you are having issues with your application with your resume and cover letter or have any questions about the role.

We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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