Headstart Outreach Worker

Opitsaht Child Care Centre Permanent
Full Time Position

Headstart Outreach Worker role is in the Tla-o-qui-aht Traditional Territory on Meares Island (Opitsaht) and reports to the Education Manager. They will be part of a team that will plan and implement a culturally based early childhood and care programs designed to give each child and their family an opportunity to participate in programs and experiences that will enable them to reach their full potential. This person needs to be a self-starter and outgoing to work with Tla-o-qui-aht children and families. The Headstart Outreach Worker will also be responsible for building partnerships with local service providers and cultural teachers to bring more resources to the community. They will run the Meares Island Preschool program and deliver and early childhood outreach program for young children and their families. The hours will be flexible to facilitate community programming.

Duties and Responsibilities
Promoting and delivering the Six Components of the Aboriginal Head Start Program:

➢ Culture and Language
➢ Education
➢ Health Promotion
➢ Nutrition
➢ Social Support
➢ Parent and Family Involvement

Planning and delivery of a 2 hour a day pre-school program, 5 days a week:

➢ Responsible for the continuous supervision, safety and well-being of the children.
➢ Recognizes and responds to the needs of each child by using developmentally appropriate teaching and child behaviour management techniques.
➢ Shares in the responsibility for planning, preparing and implementing stimulating, culturally based, age-appropriate activities that encourage children’s creativity and learning and promote each child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
➢ Participates fully and consistently as a conscientious team member in caring for the children and in the overall operation of the program and centre.
➢ Maintains regular and open communication with parents, program team members and all other co-workers.
➢ Ensures the program always operates in compliance with all child care licensing standards.
➢ Observes and records relevant information on each child's progress as required/as per Centre practices.
➢ Attends and participates actively in all programs, parental or other staff meetings as required.
➢ Responsible for maintaining program equipment in good repair; assists with toy/equipment disinfecting.
➢ Responsible for maintaining the play environments and storage areas in an organized and clutter-free condition.
➢ Participates in ongoing professional development and attends/maintains all mandatory training requirements.
➢ Assists the Child Care Manager in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment by promptly reporting any existing and/or potential workplace hazards.
➢ Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Education Manager, Child Care Manager or her/his designate.

Community Outreach Programming:

➢ Increasing community understanding of the developmental needs of young children
➢ Keep current on the services and programs available to young children and their families
➢ Making recommendations and referrals to other organizations and programs available in the community.
➢ Supporting child-parent attachment
➢ Planning and delivering community outreach and home visits with families
➢ Delivering Family Play Box Program
➢ Organizing workshops, community kitchens, guest speakers, fun events and cultural programming for children and families
➢ Supporting families with planning, navigating and accessing services


➢ Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Development certificate or diploma is preferred
➢ Must qualify as and ECE Assistant
➢ Preference for three to five years’ experience in the child care profession and/or an Aboriginal organization or community working with children and families preferred
➢ First Aid certification acceptable to Child Care Licensing requirements
➢ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
➢ Excellent organizational skills
➢ Ability to work independently, reporting to Management when necessary
➢ Creative problem-solving skills
➢ Computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs (Outlook, Word and Excel)
➢ Knowledge of Nuu-chah-nulth history and culture is an asset
➢ Awareness of social issues affecting First Nations and non-First Nations children
➢ Knowledge of recreational, social and life skills, and parenting programming and activities relevant to First Nations
➢ Knowledge of local programs and services available to children and their families
➢ Must provide Criminal Record Check and Drivers Abstract upon selection,
➢ Class 5 or 4 Driver’s License is an asset


Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation



Contact Info: 

Deadline to apply is: January 25th, 2019
Submit your resume, covering letter, and references to: Susan van Dalen – HR Manager PO Box 18 Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Email: jobs@tla-o-qui-aht.org Fax: 250.725.3352 Or drop at the office in a sealed envelope at #1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino