Job Opportunity: Physical Activity Coordinator for Wagmatcook

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Position: Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator
Department: Wagmatcook First Nation
Reports to: Health Director

Scope:
Working with Wagmatcook Chief and Council, Health Staff and various community and external partners, the coordinator will be responsible for, and play a leadership role in the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Physical Activity Strategy for Wagmatcook which identifies specific activities to be undertaken by the Wagmatcook administration and its partners to improve the overall level of physical activity of the residents of Wagmatcook.

This position is cost-shared with Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness: Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation. It is a 5 year position with potential for renewal.
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Main Functions:
• Consult with Chief and Council, staff, community and other relevant parties on the development of the Comprehensive Physical Activity Strategy for Wagmatcook ( Strategy must be completed within 1 year )
• Leads the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Physical Activity Strategy which will outline respective roles in enhancing physical activity levels within all age levels of the community
• Develop a monthly community program newsletter listing calendar of events
• Maintain an accurate list of all programs provided and the number of participants in each program as well as obtain participant evaluations of each of the programs;
• Compile profile of community needs by conducting surveys/focus groups etc.;
• Writing frequent proposals to augment programming needs of the community;
• Assist in the development and coordination of community workshops;
• Undertake public relation activities which promote an understanding of community development and health promotion activities;
• Liaise with other individuals and organizations as considered appropriate;
• To attend regular staff meetings, and other necessary meetings related to the smooth operation of Wagmatcook Band Administration
• To adhere to the Policies and Procedures of Wagmatcook Band
• Interacts as part of the multi-disciplinary team
• Maintains professional growth and development by engaging in professional development opportunities relevant to the position
• Maintains a relationship with local, regional, provincial and First Nations partnering agencies
• Develop and promote physical activity policies, services and programs in the community
• Works in partnership with various community stakeholders in providing physical activity policies, services and programs in the community
• Sits on various job-related committees with Wagmatcook
• Coordinates and participates in quality assurance activities as requested
• Maintains confidentiality as per policy guidelines
• Performs all other related duties assigned by the Health Director/Chief and Council

Maintains Liaison with:
Build relationships and liaise with all Wagmatcook Band Departments and organizations in order to develop a comprehensive program that utilizes a community development approach. Partners should include, but not be limited to:
• Chief and Council
• All departments
• Wagmatcook Staff
• Nova Scotia Tripartite Forum Sport and Recreation Committee
• Cape Breton Municipalities (Cape Breton, Inverness, Victoria )
• Cape Breton District Health Authority
• Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
• Parents Against Drugs
• Other individuals and organizations as considered appropriate
• Government Agencies

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals in the organization, communities and federal and provincial representatives
• Have an understanding of needs in First Nations populations
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to communicate complex information and capability for drafting and editing a variety of written materials
• Possess good keyboarding/computer skills
• Ability to connect with funding resources and other resources related to program planning, community development
• Possess supervisory and administrative skills
• An understanding of and commitment to the multiple benefits and influences of physical activity on health through the lifespan
• Knowledge of community development and strategic planning
• Have experience with physical activity planning and programming
• Possess the ability to work within a team environment with a minimum of supervision
• Be outgoing, flexible, tactful, polite, courteous and sensitive
• Strong organizational and coordination skills
• Ability to work independently and expeditiously under tight timeframes and competing priorities

Minimum Qualifications
• University degree in Recreation, Health Promotion, Community Development or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Finance or business postsecondary education an asset
• Knowledge, and experience working with, and in, First Nations communities and have an understanding of the political, governance, and community structures
• Be knowledgeable about numerous software programs such as, EXCEL, Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Microsoft Office, etc.
• Possession of a reliable vehicle and possess a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license
• Provide a Criminal Records check, Child and Sexual Abuse Registry check
• Must have an understanding and appreciation of Mi’kmaq culture and values
• PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO MI’KMAQ APPLICANTS
• PROFICIENCY IN THE MI’KMAQ LANGUAGE WOULD BE AN ASSET

Deadline for Resumes: JULY 4, 2014
Email : eallison@wagmatcookhealth.ca
OR
Elaine Allison RNMN
PO Box 30004,
Wagmatcook ,Nova Scotia
B0E 3N0

PLEASE NOTE : THIS POSITION REQUIRES COMPREHENSIVE WRITING SKILLS AND STRATEGY AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT . PLANNING ACTIVITIES IS A SMALL PART OF THE POSITION.

About Naturally Active Victoria County

Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator for Victoria County Est. 2011
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