Elder in Residence

Squamish First Nation

Squamish First Nation
Elder in Residence


Position: Elder in Residence amended/reposted
Permanent Part-time Position
Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Department; West Vancouver, BC
Posted: October 23, 2019
Posting Closes: November 14, 2019


Reporting to the Director, Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services, the Elder in Residence, provides planning, coordination and administration of the integration of Squamish culture in planning for Squamish children and families. The position oversees the day-to-day operations for the cultural programs for clients as well as all staff. The incumbent will develop and deliver locally accepted cultural practices, in consultation with community Elders and departmental staff to facilitate preservation and promotion of traditional practices within the Squamish Nation to increase positive and strong cultural identity with their clients. This position is responsible for training and guiding departmental staff, community members, and external partners regarding cultural values, beliefs, traditions and perspectives on individual, family and community life. The position also works with departmental staff to develop client assessments and case plans which adequately and appropriately incorporate cultural aspects into service delivery. The incumbent will build and maintain relationships with external parties regarding cultural services, advice, programs, resources, etc. This position will provide kinship knowledge to staff, clients, community members for planning purposes as well as cultural support services to assist in healing for individuals, families and community.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate and facilitate various community and agency meetings to develop cultural practices for staff, families, community and clients. Train staff about cultural practices, teachings, ceremonies and traditions that can be implement in day-to-day practices.
  • Facilitate the delivery and integration of the Squamish culture to clients. Ensuring all AMM meetings and gatherings reflect cultural practices to guide discussions and decisions. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with community traditional helpers. Implements appropriate systems to support and maintain cultural programs.
  • Develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate cultural programs, ensuring that client’s needs are met. Ensures that program standards, guidelines and policies of the AMM are maintained.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisor, clients and families; both verbally and in writing including public speaking, education, etc. Ensures processes are clear and implements boundaries in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Prevention & Healing Services and Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Teams.

Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:
  • Bachelors or Diploma in Counseling, First Nation Studies, Social Work or related/relevant field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 4-5 years (with Bachelors) OR 6-7 years (with Diploma) of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in the job description including cultural program development, one-on-one counselling, Squamish Nation culture/traditions, ceremony facilitation, relationship building, case management, high level cultural position, Elder teachings, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to child and family safety model, confidentiality, privacy, etc.
  • Previous facilitation, coordination, instruction, etc. experience is preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of Squamish Nation history, community and culture.
  • Must have Knowledge of history of Squamish people, legends, traditions, family lineage and connections.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide-range of client’s i.e. multi-barrier, drug/alcohol use, etc.
  • Experience as an intermediate user of MS Office, the internet, etc.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must have reliable vehicle, current insurance and a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

May be willing to consider a combination of post secondary education, training and relevant work experience, where the incumbent has demonstrated work experience with similar duties as described above.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting & are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Salary: $55,681 to $65,507 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Application MUST Include:
  • Cover Letter & Resume
As per policy, successful applicant will need to provide:
  • References from direct supervisors, and
  • Official copies of school records

All applications must be completed using on-line application. Please use Chrome Browser when applying online for all postings, at: http://www.squamish.net/jobs/

Chén̓chenstway Human Resources 336 West 4th Street North Vancouver, BC V7M 1J1 604-985-8335
ONLY APPLICANTS WITH RELEVANT TRAINING & EXPERIENCE WILL BE CONTACTED FOR AN INTERVIEW


Organization: Squamish First Nation
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Arts & Cultural Services, Social Services, Program Management/Services
Posted: October 21, 2019, 12:13 pm
Expires: November 14, 2019, 4:30 pm

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