Elder In-Residence
Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council

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Posted: 09-16-2020

Closes: 12-16-2020

 

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Description

Section 1 – Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Elder In-Residence is responsible for supporting the spiritual and emotional needs of YAWC staff, board members, and clientele and sharing traditional knowledge and teachings in a manner consistent with the vision of YAWC.

Section 2 - Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Position duties and responsibilities generally consist of the following:
a) Delivers culturally relevant and inclusive spiritual and emotional support by:
• Engaging and corresponding respectfully and compassionately with YAWC staff, board members, and clientele who may have experienced trauma and feel isolated and alone.
• Delivering confidential mentoring sessions with clientele, in-person or virtually via phone or video conference.
• Working with YAWC support staff to schedule sessions, follow-up with clients, and stay current on community referral support services.

b) Shares traditional knowledge and teachings by:
• Using their experiences and knowledge to identify engaging activities and teach specific traditional skills (e.g., beadwork, medicine use, tanning).
• Working with YAWC support staff, keep record of lessons learned and share tips for self-care through video-recordings or stories.
• Assisting YAWC staff in program evaluation and monitoring clientele success.

Section 3 – Desired Job Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

Qualifications:
Must be 60 years or older or considered an Elder in their own First Nation community in Yukon or northern BC. Significant experience in communication, teaching, mentoring, case management, grief/trauma counseling or another related field. Experience working in a helper, non-judgmental, and compassionate capacity, one-on-one with vulnerable people, and under strictly confidential conditions. Experience leading cultural activities. Experience working independently and as part of a team to meet an organization's objectives. A combination of skills and experience will be considered.

Job Knowledge:
• Lived experience and knowledge of Yukon and/or northern BC First Nation cultural values, traditions, protocols, and stories.
• Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns of Indigenous issues, family group dynamics, and goals for resiliency.
• Knowledge of YAWC history, culture, goals and objectives.

Specific Skills:
• Ability to comfortably work with clientele who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and assess when it is safe to do so.
• Ability to case-manage and identify the need to refer clientele to community support services.
• Ability to organize cultural activities.
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to use and troubleshoot phone and video conferencing, email and word processing software and equipment or willingness to learn.
• Current First Aid and CPR Level C (an asset).

Interpersonal Skills:
• Strong supporting skills.
• Excellent verbal and/or written communication skills.
• Collaborate with staff and maintain positive relationships.
• Uphold integrity, confidentiality, and respect.
• Conflict resolution skills (an asset).

Location:
The job is located in the YAWC office in Whitehorse or remotely in the home community in Yukon or northern BC.

Contact Information: Claudia Riveros

Apply with resume and references:
By Email: yawcdir@northwestel.net

For More Information Contact: Claudia Riveros
By Phone: (867)667-6162

 



Details

Positions open: 3
Hours per Week: 10 to 20 hours per week
Wage: $30 per hour
Availability:

Part Time Term

Application Process

Applicants must include:
  • Resume
  • References

Apply to: Claudia Riveros