The Healing Programs Coordinator will develop and support community development strategies for spiritual healing and renewal that reflect wisdom, traditional teachings and values of Indigenous and Christian spirituality that may be implemented in the church and society for the purpose of faithfully pursuing truth and reconciliation. The Healing Programs Coordinator will provide support and leadership to Aboriginal communities of faith and the church in a manner that is sensitive to diverse cultures and spiritualties.
The Aboriginal Ministries Circle is responsible for executing the directions of the Aboriginal Ministries Council and the General Council. The Aboriginal Ministries Circle works in partnership with the Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools and other groups within the Church that have responsibility for Indigenous issues and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. All staff positions of the Aboriginal Ministries Circle uphold the values inherent to the philosophy of Indigenous Peoples. Its approach is holistic in nature and reflects the teachings of wisdom, respect, kindness, humility, courage, truth, and honesty.
The Healing Programs Coordinator develops and implements work plans that lead to sustainable and vital ministries/outreaches, and grass roots healing initiatives. They are responsible for the management of all funds administered by the Aboriginal Ministries Council, and will on occasion provide support to communities of faith and partners in the development of grant proposals related to healing and reconciliation projects.
The Coordinator engages in program development in the areas of: Indigenous spirituality and languages; cultural renewal; decolonizing; Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls; and interfaith dialogues. The Coordinator works in cooperation with other staff, the All Native Circle Conference, the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, the Ontario/Quebec as well as BC Native Ministries to animate programs that focus on right relations through the development of an array of educational resources.
This is 1 of 8 positions reporting to The Executive Minister, Aboriginal Ministries Circle and Indigenous Justice. The other 7 positions are:
- In the Aboriginal Ministries Circle: Youth Leadership Coordinator, Community Capacity Development Officers (2 positions), Program Assistants (2 positions)
- The Committee on Indigenous Justice positions are: Reconciliation & Indigenous Justice Animators (2 positions).
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;
- Experience in working with Indigenous organizations;
- An understanding and appreciation of the diverse Indigenous communities, their values, faith, spiritualty, knowledge and traditions;
- Commitment and engagement to Indigenous ministries and to the ongoing process of truth and reconciliation;
- An ability to reflect theologically on issues affecting of Indigenous Peoples;
- Active participation in a spiritual community;
- Knowledge of the mission and ministry 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;
- Strong communication, networking, and interpersonal skills;
- Must possess ability to bring an intercultural lens;
- Knowledge of and competence in small group dynamics;
- Willingness and ability to travel;
- Fluent in an Indigenous language and/or French would be considered an asset;
- 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;
- Strong computer skills (MS office, experience with Excel spreadsheets in particular) as well as an understanding of budgeting practices;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
This position works from the General Council Office located in Toronto, Ontario under normal office working conditions. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings may be required. Some travel within Canada is required.