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School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) 
StrongStart Coordinator 
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 58 (NICOLA-SIMILKAMEEN) STRONGSTART COORDINATOR - MERRITT In School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), we recognize that we learn, teach and work on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Nle?eKepmx and Syilx people, and we acknowledge our M tis communities and their contributions to the Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing. Our Strategic Plan has a Success for ALL Learners focus, supported by a dedicated staff, engaged stakeholders and partners who share a genuine commitment to the district. The district offers rich programming to just over 2075 students, 48% of whom are Indigenous. We are proud of our work towards Truth and Reconciliation. The district serves the two communities of Merritt and Princeton, six First Nations Bands, the M tis and the Conayt Friendship Society. The mountains, lakes and valleys within the district make it a natural setting for fabulous, year-round outdoor activities. We offer a warm small-town atmosphere where relationships are fundamental to our success. At this time, we invite applications for the position of: StrongStart Coordinator for Merritt Central Elementary Under the supervision of the District Principal of Student Support Services and the school principal the StrongStart Coordinator delivers the StrongStart BC Early Learning Centre drop-in program for parents/caregivers with preschool aged children (0-5 years). Parents and/or caregivers will be supported to participate alongside their children using interactive activities that concentrate on key aspects of early childhood development in a play-based setting. Responsibilities: Create a welcoming, inclusive, respectful environment; Deep commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment through the Truth and Reconciliation process; Plan engaging daily activities and program based on British Columbia's Early Learning Framework suitable for children ages 0 to 5 years; Prepare and adapt to a variety of classroom materials as required; Prepare healthy snacks; including the purchase of foods, preparation, and clean-up; Work as a role model and mentor for parents and caregivers of children in the program as a representative of the District; Work collaboratively, positively, and proactively as a part of the larger school community; Make connections with service providers in the community and facilitate referrals for families where necessary; Make connections with school personnel to facilitate a smooth transition for families into kindergarten and beyond; Provide outreach to community parents of children from birth to 5 years old; build relations and support access to early learning opportunities and supports; Work with other facilitators and district staff to develop goals and strategies to meet identified social, emotional and curriculum needs; Prepare newsletters, video/online presentations, and other communication to parents; Attend training sessions and provide program reports as required by School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen); Participate in meetings as required; and Perform other assigned job related duties. Qualifications and Attributes: Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent; A certificate, preferably a Diploma, in Early Childhood Education; A Community Care Facilities Branch B.C. License to practice; A valid Child Safe First Aid Certificate; A clear Criminal Record Review, completed prior to hiring; Recent experience in creating, planning, implementing and budgeting for an early learning program; Strong verbal and written communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills; Proven organizational and planning skills; An understanding of and a commitment to quality early learning and the Early Learning Framework; Ability to collaborate effectively with a variety of parents, children, volunteers, professionals, and community members; A proven ability to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for diverse children and families; Knowledge of child development, family needs and supports, community resources, and early learning pedagogy; A class 5 driver's license; a driver's abstract to be provided annually; and Such other qualifications, skills and abilities as may be needed to meet Ministry requirements or terms of the StrongStart contract. This is a unionized position that offers a 4 hours per day, plus 2 additional temporary hours per day, for 10 months per year with an hourly wage of $28.82 , plus a comprehensive benefit package including Municipal Pension, health, vacation, and sick benefits. Qualified candidates are invited to submit an application package online, which should include the following: Cover Letter Resume, including recent professional development activities Copies of diploma, degree, certifications Three (3) professional references We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at https://www.makeafuture.ca/bc-schools-and-districts/nicola-similkameen-school-district-no-58/ . All applicants must provide a cover letter and resume outlining relevant background and work experience and three (3) professional references. Applications will be accepted until the closing date for each position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. (1139271h)




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