The Aboriginal Ministries Circle is currently looking to fill one of two Program Assistant Positions, on a full-time (35 hours/week) permanent basis.
The Program Assistants provide effective and efficient program support and administrative expertise to the Aboriginal Ministries Circle in living out Creator’s greater plan for faithful witness for the Aboriginal community within The United Church of Canada.
The Aboriginal Ministries Circle is responsible for executing the directions of the Aboriginal Ministries Council and the General Council of The United Church of Canada. 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.
The Program Assistants manage the day-to-day activities of the Aboriginal Ministries Circle providing support to staff and the various task groups, steering groups and committees working with the Circle. They maintain and support networks and relationships with Aboriginal programs within the national body of The United Church of Canada and external programs requiring a sensitivity and awareness of potential racism and spiritual, traditional and cultural needs.
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.
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, Healing Programs Coordinator, Community Capacity Development Officers (2 positions), Program Assistant (1 position)
- 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.
- Post-secondary education together with 3-5 years’ experience in an administrative role or the equivalent combination of education and experience;
- An understanding and appreciation of the diverse Indigenous communities, their values, faith, spiritualty, knowledge and traditions;
- Well-developed administrative, planning/time management, problem-solving, organizational and follow through skills, together with the ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time;
- Strong minute-taking skills;
- Commitment to team approach and collaboration with colleagues in achieving the goals of the Circle with a readiness to share in work of colleagues when time and work flow permit;
- Demonstrated ability to plan and administer complex and multi-phased projects (planning, programming, coordinating, logistics);
- Ability to team with both volunteers and staff; Knowledge and competence in small group dynamics and cross-cultural process skills;
- Excellent communication skills interpersonal, verbal and written, including writing, editing, proofreading and the ability to listen carefully and respond effectively;
- Multiple demands require strong attention to detail, initiative, good judgment, tact, discretion, resourcefulness, and creativity in problem solving;
- Solid computer skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), internet and social media applications;
- Excellent research skills with the ability to collect, analyze data and write routine reports, draft letters, correspondence;
- “Customer service” ethos and experience;
- Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment;
- Flexibility with the ability to effectively deal with changing situations or priorities;
- Experience in working with Indigenous organizations, in a church or not-for-profit setting is desirable;
- Knowledge of The United Church of Canada and French language skills would be considered an assets;
- Willingness and ability to travel within Canada.
This is a full-time permanent position (35 hours/week). The 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.