Job Number: 21-35
Opening/Closing Date: July 5, 2021 to September 1, 2021
Anticipated Start Date: October 18, 2021
Description

Indigenous Ministries and Justice is seeking an individual to fill the role of Healing Programs Coordinator on a permanent full-time (35 hours/week) basis. The anticipated start date for this position is October 18, 2021.

The General Council Office supports the ministry and mission of the pastoral charges, congregations, mission units, and regional councils and is the national expression of The United Church of Canada, working ecumenically and in global partnership, faithfully, collaboratively, and effectively.

Indigenous Ministries and Justice has the lead responsibility for coordinating Indigenous issues and concerns of the National Indigenous Council and the General Council relating to the Indigenous ministries and communities of The United Church of Canada. Working with the unit is the Committee on Indigenous Justice Advisory Group whose purpose is to advise the National Indigenous Council and the General Council Executive of The United Church of Canada on matters related to Indigenous justice, the legacy of residential schools, and the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Both Indigenous Ministries and Justice and the Committee on Indigenous Justice Advisory Group are responsible for assisting the church in living into the wholeness of right relations in the areas of youth and young adults, healing of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, advocacy and justice, education and resources, communications, sharing, and attending to the network.

The Healing Programs Coordinator will support Indigenous community development initiatives across Canada through offering various grants related to holistic healing, leadership development and education. In faithfully pursuing truth and reconciliation, the Coordinator shall engage all Indigenous communities, Indigenous communities of faith and the church in a relational manner that follows the sacred teachings of respect, love, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty and truth in all aspects of community involvement.

The Healing Programs Coordinator has significant working relationships with the National Indigenous Council and their working/advisory groups, Healing Programs Working Group, General Council Office/Regional Councils’ staff and their networks and cluster groups, Indigenous communities of faith and urban/off-reserve Indigenous People and Indigenous Theological Schools. They work with staff and the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre to animate programs that focus on healing and Indigenous justice issues through the development of an array of educational and promotional resources. They support program development in the areas of healing, leadership development and education, which includes but not limited to: Indigenous spirituality and languages, cultural renewal, decolonizing, and Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.  

The Healing Programs Coordinator will be assigned to support the work of the wider church by engaging with staff colleagues, ecumenical partners and Indigenous communities and organizations by:

  • Collaborating with those that have responsibility for Indigenous issues related to healing, right relations and justice issues: i.e. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and petitions
  • Collaborating with organizations, ecumenical partners, elected member groups (Indigenous and non-Indigenous women) and other groups to support and facilitate processes and educational forums on issues facing Indigenous women in Canada, including gendered violence and racism
  • Collaborating in the design of developing educational material for congregational engagement on issues pertaining to spiritual renewal, healing, and Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Collaborating in the development and animation of interfaith dialogues and on occasion will be called upon to support communities of faith and partners in the development of grant proposals related to healing and reconciliation projects
  • Nurturing and sustaining  a network of organization and partners that will support the work of right relations and healing (i.e. Native Women’s Association); and working collaboratively with ecumenical partners to support and develop spiritual, language, and cultural renewal
  • Establishing relationships with successful Healing Fund projects and supporting the National Indigenous Organization in connecting locally with healing initiatives that are supported by The United Church of Canada.

They are responsible for the management of the Healing Fund, the Dorothy Jenkins Fund, the Indigenous Endowment Fund, and the Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund and on occasion, they will provide support to communities of faith and partners in the development of grant proposals related to its mandate.  They will:

  • Make presentations to communities of faith, regions and special events and strategize and establish a fund-raising campaign to increase and maintain the Fund at maximum levels and developing, maintaining, and promoting the Funds in a manner that offers applicants ease of access.
  • Effectively communicate funding criteria and the application process, ensuring that information on the Funds are up-to-date and prominently displayed on The United Church of Canada’s website.
  • Build capacity by developing and delivering educational opportunities and experiences that will enhance their discernment and decision-making role and ensuring that all decisions are communicated in a timely and sensitive manner to applicants
  • Ensure allocations are processed in a timely manner and develop a semi-annual disbursements report for the National Indigenous Organization; and, a yearly evaluation and analysis of the Funds activities and trends

Qualifications

Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A university degree in a field related to Indigenous issues, ministry or community development (or equivalent work and life experience) together with 2-3 years’ experience working with Indigenous organizations
  • An understanding and appreciation of the diverse Indigenous communities, their values, faith, spiritualty, knowledge and traditions and a commitment and engagement to Indigenous ministries and the ongoing process of truth and reconciliation
  • Active participation in a spiritual community and an ability to reflect theologically on issues affecting Indigenous Peoples
  • Knowledge of the ministry and mission of The United Church of Canada and its engagement in reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples
  • An understanding and appreciation of the relationship between traditional ways of knowing and the Christian tradition, and the implication of this dynamic for Indigenous Peoples, their families and communities
  • Solid planning, organizational and time management skills with the ability to proactively plan, establish, monitor and adjust priorities to accomplish goals
  • A financial skill set for budgeting and analysis of financial data (fund management/budgets/reporting)
  • Strong computer skills in the use of various software applications - Office 365, Dynamics, SharePoint, One Drive, Teams, Zoom, and other social media and online platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write, edit, produce, update communication materials using various methods of communications, including online communities
  • Strong networking, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of and competence in small group dynamics and must possess the ability to bring an intercultural lens
  • Must possess a secure self-identity and be able to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity and compassion while often working under circumstances of cultural conflict.  Personal integrity, maturity, and respect for all others are essential and a personal commitment to a holistic self-care plan is important
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Fluent in an Indigenous language and/or French would be an asset.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with United Church of Canada, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost.

This position works from the General Council Office located in Toronto, Ontario in an open area concept office under normal working conditions. They interact with lay staff, ministers, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use a laptop computer and peripherals. Intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting. Occasional overtime and attendance at occasional evening and weekend events/meetings may be required.  

Compensation

Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the category 8 position annual salary range of $70,716.76 - $94,289.42 (Lay Equivalent rate) / $62,244.59 - $82,992.77 (Order of Ministry rate). Pension and group benefit plans coverage and three weeks annual vacation round out this compensation package.

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting the job number 21-35 by September 1, 2021 to careers@united-church.ca.