Employment Opportunities

Current MVAEC & MVISS Openings 


INDIGENOUS MENTAL WELLNESS COUNSELOR & FACILITATOR (Male)

The METRO VANCOUVER INDIGENOUS SERVICES SOCIETY (MVISS) , a subsidiary of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) is seeking the following 5 Full-time Permanent Positions for a newly established Mental Wellness and Substance Use agency based in Vancouver, serving Vancouver/ Richmond/ North Shore. MVAEC was incorporated in 2009 and acts as a unified collective voice for the urban Aboriginal population in Metro Vancouver. All positions are permanent full-time with group benefits. ALL applicants must be able to demonstrate they can provide culturally based, trauma-informed practice. Substantial training on the program model will be given to all staff in the first 6 months.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL:

  • Have a Masters Degree in a related field (MSW/RSW; M.A. Psychology; M. Ed in Counseling, etc.) with minimum 3 years experience; or an Undergraduate Degree with minimum 5 years experience in Mental Wellness and Substance Use issues;
  • Have a strong capacity to lead and facilitate healing groups, including substantial writing of new and evolving programs, especially experience with Men’s Healing Programs;
  • Have a strong sense of your own Indigenous culture (and others) and be able to apply these strengths into the healing services being offered;
  • Have done substantial personal healing to better connect with those seeking our support;
  • Have a solid understanding of problematic substance use and the underlying root causes that contribute to these challenges;
  • Be able to define trauma and how it manifests itself in Indigenous lives while supporting strategies to heal from historical traumas;
  • Apply your skills, education, and experiences in a wide variety of approaches to facilitate healing and wellness, including group healing; 1-1 counseling; family counseling, etc.;
  • Contribute positively to a healing environment;
  • Experience managing caseloads, assessments, referrals, etc.
  • Experience developing & delivering healing & psycho-educational type supports, such as on suicide prevention, substance use/misuse, anxiety and depression, historical trauma, grief and loss, child sexual abuse, lateral violence, grief & loss, Residential School impacts, etc.;
  • Provide community engagement, outreach and capacity building exercises;
  • Be competent in applying western-based & Indigenous healing approaches/methods;
  • Assets include active involvement in recovery fellowships; counseling certifications, etc.

Applicants MUST provide a basic criminal records check and later satisfy an enhanced vulnerable population clearance (this cost will be reimbursed). The nature of this agency is based on Indigenous Relational Care and Indigenous Cultures as the Intervention philosophies; is culturally-based and a trauma-informed practice. Attractive salaries and a group benefits package are offered. Relocation costs will be considered, as well as Secondments.

Please

 provide:

  1. Cover letter and resume detailing how you meet the requirements;

  2. Self-identification as Indigenous, if applicable; or how you can meet requirements if non- Indigenous, e.g. have worked X number of years with Indigenous people, acquired cultural competency/safety training, etc., and

  3. Proof of professional affiliations in good standing.

If applying for more than one position, please indicate so in your cover letter. For full job postings, please visit www.mvaec.ca. While preferences will be given to Indigenous candidates, a mix of experiences and backgrounds, including non-Indigenous persons in some positions may be considered. Apply to ceo@mvaec.ca  at earliest opportunity. Jobs open until filled.

 


 

National Coordinator Job Posting

Indigenous Designated


The Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC), based in Vancouver BC, is hosting a national project that will serve 32 urban Indigenous coalitions across the country under the Urban Programming for Indigenous People. We are seeking a National Coordinator that will support this group of coalitions.
CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:
Reporting to the Leadership Committee, the National Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Having significant understanding of the complex needs of Indigenous people in urban areas.
  • Preparing all types of reports as required and/or directed.
  • Managing all logistics for large meetings at least twice a year plus smaller meetings.
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships and extensive partnerships to inform this area of work.
  • Ensuring each coalition is meaningfully engaged into related processes.
  • Maintain a respectful and significant accountability function to all stakeholders.
  •  Identifying, securing and managing contractors such as minute takers, facilitators, researchers, etc. that will advance the work set out by the collective group.
  •  Operationalizing workplans through significant collaboration.
  •  Nurturing respectful relationships with funding agencies and other partners.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Minimum four (4) years in a similar role, ideally in an urban Indigenous non-profit sector.
  • Excellent understanding of broad-based community social services and barriers.
  •  Ability to identify and represent needs of Indigenous people from local, regional and national levels.
  •  Demonstrated ability reporting to Committee structures and/or Board of Directors, and carrying out their strategic directions.
  •  Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships and collaborations.
  •  Strong written & oral skills, including keeping accurate records; developing all types of reports.
  •  Grounded in Indigenous cultural ways; respect for a diverse Indigenous population; demonstrated ability to lead, develop and work as a team player and independently.
  •  Other key duties: strong research capacity; long-term strategic vision; integrated planning abilities; innovative; working with committee structures; effective community engagement practices.
  •  Must be proficient in MS Office Suite; have a Class 5 Drivers license; and ease of ability to travel.
  •  Ability to speak French is an asset.
  •  Due to nature of this work, only qualified Indigenous applicants will be screened in.

3 year position full-time with benefits after probation. Expected start date: July 15, 2019 negotiable.
Ideally be based in Vancouver, but will consider another location. As last option, may consider a contract versus employment arrangement. Relocation support may be considered.


Please submit resume and cover letter by email: Att. Kevin Barlow, ceo@mvaec.ca 
CLOSING: 4:00 pm Pacific time THURS. June 20, 2019 

 

Project Lead: Indigenous Housing & Homelessness

FINAL ISSUE June 13, 2019 (replaces all previous versions)


The Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) has partnered with Lu’ma Native BCH Housing Society (LNHS), Home Front via BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) as the backbone agency and the City of Vancouver (CoV) on a project that will address shared interests around Indigenous Housing and Homelessness. We are seeking a Project Lead to support this collective impact approach.


CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:

Reporting to MVAEC CEO, the Project Lead on Indigenous Housing and Homelessness is responsible for:

  • Having significant understanding of the complex needs of Indigenous housing and homelessness.
  • Preparing all reports as required and/or directed.
  • Ensuring Indigenous input into various processes, such as: community engagement; significant involvement with Home Front collective impact collective; MVAEC’s housing & homelessness roundtable including efforts toward a 10 year action plan; & Lu’ma Native Housing Society’s role as the Community Entity for the Indigenous Homelessness Steering Committee, supporting the annual homeless count.
  •  Maintaining excellent working relationships and extensive partnerships to inform this area of work.
  •  Provide technical and logistical support to MVAEC’s Housing & Homelessness Roundtable and ensure records are kept on actions identified.
  •  Engage Indigenous representatives into development of a shared measurement framework, identifying data sources and integrating such into a dashboard; develop and support structures that enable regular collection of reliable data; lead in the development of an Indigenous data dashboard and other data reporting formats;
  •  Apply a respectful and significant accountability function to the project stakeholders/partners.

 Create greater understanding of seeing things through Indigenous worldviews and current realities.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 2-3 years in a similar role, ideally in the non-profit housing and homelessness field.
  • Excellent understanding of broad social services/barriers, as well as organizational processes.
  • Ability to identify and represent needs of Indigenous people regarding housing and homelessness.
  • Demonstrated ability working under a Steering Committee and carrying out strategic directions.
  • Must support and operate within the mandates, policies and procedures of the host partners.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships.
  • Strong written & oral skills, including keeping accurate records; developing all types of reports.
  • Grounded in Indigenous cultural ways; respect for a diverse Indigenous population; demonstrated ability to lead, develop and work as a team player and independently.
  • Other key duties: strong research capacity; long-term strategic vision; integrated planning abilities; innovative; nurturing effective community engagement practices.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office Suite; have a Class 5 Drivers license; and be mobile.
  • Preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants.
    1 year term-position full-time with possibility of extension. Expected start date: mid-July, 2019 or sooner.
    Please submit resume and cover letter by email: Att. Kevin Barlow, ceo@mvaec.ca

Deadline: 4:00 pm FRI. June 28, 2019 (ONLY SHORT LISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED)

 


 

 

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