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Program Coordinator

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 17, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Program Coordinator

(She is Wise: Passing on Our Knowledge)

Thunder Bay, Ontario

POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently accepting applications for a full time position of She is Wise Program Coordinator in Thunder Bay.

The She is Wise Project Coordinator will work with ONWA staff, membership and leadership to undertake an environmental scan and identify agency and community needs. This project will assist ONWA to continue promoting social and systemic changes that support gender equality. It will also contribute to strengthening the capacity of Indigenous women and organizations across the province of Ontario by developing and providing culturally sensitive training and resources, grounded by the wisdom, of Indigenous Women’s perspectives and knowledge.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies with a minimum five (3) years’ work experience in community service delivery in a project coordination role.
  • Knowledge and a genuine respect and understanding of it to comfortably teach and use it with our Community Members.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and/or communities.
  • Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and awareness of Community resources locally and provincially.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care.
  • Experience in developing training and delivering training modules.
  • Strong communicator – excellent written, oral, and facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with other service agencies, ability to network and cultivate and maintain these relationships.
  • Experience in facilitating small and large focus groups and engagement sessions.
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting surveys and research.
  • Experience coordinating workshops and/or conferences.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage time effectively.
  • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and an ability to follow through on assigned duties independently with strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of not-for profit organizations.
  • Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Reliable vehicle, appropriate vehicle insurance coverage and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check.
  • Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Ability to travel is a must.


  • Survey and visit each ONWA Council and Chapter to conduct facilitated sessions with the membership to discuss and identify capacity issues.
  • Conduct engagement sessions to develop ONWA’s training modules that incorporate a community driven process that is culturally informed, and gender based.
  • Engage with ONWA’s Grandmother’s Council, community elders, and youth to seek guidance in developing materials for ONWA’s training modules.
  • Conduct surveys and network with other Indigenous organizations to identify potential mutual collaborative training opportunities.
  • Compile a report of all groups and the identified needs and all data gathered.
  • Utilize a web-based portal for training materials.
  • Network with organizations, service agencies and Provincial Territory Organizations to connect regarding services for Indigenous survivors of trafficking and to assess the availability of agencies to meet the needs of Indigenous survivors of trafficking.
  • Assess agencies’ knowledge and consideration of existing and potential training activities in their communities/organizations and discuss possible collaboration opportunities on how their service plans, programs and policies can better meet the needs of Indigenous women.
  • Develop a work plan to carry out position deliverables.
  • Participate in internal and external committee meetings, relevant to the position.
  • Assemble data and prepare and submit reports, periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence.
  • Report to and collaborate with the ONWA Management team to successfully implement the program.
  • Work within a designated budget.
  • A willingness to learn about Indigenous culture and traditions.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Cultural Competency Informed – Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Gender-based Analysis Informed .
  • Trauma-based Practice Informed – Understands and incorporates a trauma informed approach with all community members. Has the ability to recognize and respond to all types of trauma and puts the community member at the center of this.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Contributes to superior performance for the ongoing growth and development of the ONWA. Ensures the Four Agreements are incorporated into daily responsibilities and lead along with our teachings to empower Indigenous Woman.


  • Complete monthly reports and submit to Manager and/or Director when required.
  • Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  • Complete reports to funders as required.
  • Complete and attend supervisions on a regular basis.
  • Completion of environmental scans of services, issues, gaps and prevention strategies for gang related activities and issues.


  • Promote the program within the community.
  • To adhere to professionalism in always representing the organization and maintain good communications.


  • Adhere to Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  • Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  • To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Always maintain good communication.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times.
  • The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  • Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The She is Wise Program Coordinator will be directly accountable to Community Development Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.


Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (

Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.

A job description is available upon request.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits, generous vacation allowance and savings plan.

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