Aboriginal Infant Development Consultant/Regional Aboriginal Infant Development Advisor
Grant Full Time – 35 hours/week
YWCA Crabtree Corner, 533 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Posting Period
Open until filled
Job Description

(AIDP) Consultants provide holistic support through the context of Aboriginal cultural values and beliefs for health, intellectual, emotional, physical, and traditions, and spiritual well-being for children from birth to five years in a culturally safe manner.

YWCA Crabtree Corner houses many programs and services under one roof, to help marginalized women and families living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside be healthier, safer, less isolated and empowered to make positive choices.


Responsibilities include:

  • Support and maintain a caseload of infants/children and families applying the professional standards and procedures outlined in the AIDP manual and the manual for Infant Development Programs of British Columbia
  • Develop networks and collaborate with community members, local agencies, and professionals
  • Introducing the family to community resources which will be of benefit and assist the family to use these resources effectively
  • Facilitate various groups including: cultural, early literacy (Books, Bags and Babies) and wellness groups
  • Assisting families in planning learning activities in the home and community which will encourage the growth and development of the infant
  • Referral of infants/young children to appropriate agencies / professionals for developmental support
  • Assesses infants/young children for actual or potential development delays

As the AIDP Regional Coordinator for the Vancouver/Coast Fraser North/West Region. Provide direct and indirect support, training and mentoring to AIDP programs and staff within the region.

  • To support AIDP staff in the region – particularly new AIDP programs.
  • Plan and facilitate regional training and workshops for AIDP and IDP staff in the region with support from the AIDP Provincial office as needed.
  • Participate as a representative in the AIDP Provincial and AIDP Regional steering committee meetings and provide an AIDP Regional Advisor report to committee members.
  • To work in partnership with the Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development to bring awareness and valuable information to all the AIDP within the region; and to provide information to the Provincial office.
  • To provide support and planning for the annual fall and spring provincial in-service as needed.
  • Make AIDP program visits to support AIDP staff and programs and communicate with staff via phone calls and emails to answer all questions and concerns as they arise

Required Skills

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in AIDP, IDP or ECE field working with Aboriginal infants and toddlers that require extra support needs. Or equivalent experience working in Aboriginal/First Nations communities with young children essential
  • Demonstrated leadership/networking abilities in working with others and coordinating training / resources to strengthen capacity
  • Understanding of issues affecting infants and their families living in the Downtown Eastside
  • Experience working with Aboriginal families and knowledge of cultural and socio-economic issues
  • Experience working within a multi-interdisciplinary team
  • Group facilitation skills
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development with excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and Outlook
  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills with the ability to advocate for AIDP services and supports when needed.
  • Proven leadership, coordination and organizational skills with the ability to follow through with tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents.

About the YWCA

This year, YWCA Metro Vancouver marks 125 years of serving our community. We recognize that Canada was founded through colonialist and racist policies, and the YWCA was established and operated during this time. We also recognize that these legacies exist in our present time and are committed to actively decolonizing our policies, programs and practices. Our vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. Our mission: We advance gender equity alongside women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people through advocacy and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing.

This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of a passionate, dedicated and impactful team!

How to Apply


Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an inclusive and rewarding workplace. Candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes. Applications are open until filled.

Associate Director, Crabtree Corner Community
YWCA Vancouver, 533 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P9

Fax: 604 216 1665


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