Braiding the Sweetgrass – Program Coordinator

Submitted on Wednesday, 04/03/2024 - 5:12 pm

Hull Services has an organizational commitment to pursuing truth and reconciliation, decolonization and anti-oppression.

About Us:

Hull Services has long had a reputation for providing leading edge child, youth, and family mental health services. We work with children, youth and families who have experienced mental health struggles, behavioural problems, developmental delay, neglect, abuse and trauma. Hull offers them an opportunity to seek well-being and happiness, with a focus on mental health. Hull’s vision is for resilient young people and families to thrive within communities that support their mental health and well-being. Hull’s programs and services include prevention and early intervention, family-based treatment, school-based services, community group care, campus-based care, adult services and education and training. Located in Calgary, we have been serving Alberta’s young people and families for 60 years, and support over 8,000 young people and families each year.

For more information about Hull Services, please visit our website: www.hullservices.ca

The Program:

Braiding the Sweetgrass is a program offered to Indigenous families in Calgary by Hull Services. This program guides Indigenous families through the effects of intergenerational trauma (IGT) to a place of well-being. In Braiding the Sweetgrass (BTS), families experience culture, community and reconnection on their journey of healing. The primary goal of BTS is to create a foundation upon which we can build a future for healthy Indigenous families, free from the trauma cycle.  Hull has developed this unique approach blending Traditional healing practices and Western understanding of brain development and the effects of trauma. Elders are important wisdom keepers of Traditional knowledge and a team of selected Elders from a variety of tribes have been integral contributors to the development and delivery of the program. Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) has provided the lens for understanding trauma and working with culture to heal the effects of IGT.

The Position:

Braiding the Sweetgrass is looking for a one-year, full-time Program Coordinator (with the possibility of extension) who in partnership with the Program Director will be accountable for the operation and leadership of the program. Guided as well by a team of Elders, the Program Coordinator will have an integral role in ongoing development and evaluation of the program. This position will work in an unstructured work week, including evenings and weekends to accommodate supervision, training and support to Program Facilitators and Relief staff at family visits, group and community gatherings.

Preference will be given to individuals who have lived experience with Indigenous Canadian cultures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Program implementation and continuous program improvement
  • Staff supervision, development, and well-being
  • Program administration
  • Outreach, program promotion related to participant recruitment
  • Initial screening and assessment of potential participant families
  • Engagement and support to team of Elders
  • Contribute to initiatives to advance the Agency’s Indigenous Strategy
  • Initiate personnel actions such as recruitment, selection, transfers, promotions, disciplinary and dismissal procedures and maintain internal employee personnel records
  • Working conditions includes flexible hours, based on 40 hour work week

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Degree (preferred) or Diploma in Human Services or a related field.
  • Extensive knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being.
  • Extensive knowledge of intergenerational trauma — the causes and the impacts.
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience, with clinical skills or training an asset.
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative, and effective time-management skills including computer skills; able to manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Demonstrated initiative and reliability.
  • Open to participation in activities/practices to promote well-being and Indigenous culture.
  • Can work in a culturally diverse Indigenous program in a non-Indigenous organization.
  • Experience managing and supervising staff toward performance and accountability expectations.
  • Experience with or open to learning reflective supervision practices.
  • Understanding or open to learning NMT and brain development concepts as it relates to trauma.
  • A solid network of relationships with other youth serving organizations, and the Indigenous community and resources.

How to Apply:

  • If interested, please direct your cover letter and resume to careers@hullservices.ca
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – BTS Program Coordinator” in the subject line of your email

The deadline for application is Friday, April 19, 2024.

Note: We personally review every application received through careers@hullservices.ca and our team will give your application due consideration. It may take up to two weeks to review all applications. If your qualifications and experience match our requirements we will contact you directly.

At Hull, one of our core values is Inclusion and we seek to understand people’s lived experience, holding a deep respect for their unique backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, cultures and identities. It is our desire to humbly build trust and mutual respect with the people we serve who have often been marginalized and oppressed for their differences. To achieve this, Hull seeks open, self-aware individuals who reflect the diversity of those we serve and can help us build a safe, healthy, inclusive culture. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, or sexual orientation.