Yellowknife Women's Society
July 12, 2018
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$30.00 /hr (starting)
Centre for Northern Families
Northwest Territories


Purpose of the Position

The Director of the Centre for Northern Families is responsible for all aspects of the operations and programming of the Centre for Northern Families, including the daycare, the Healthy Baby Club, the Healthy Toddler Club, the respite program, and any other events or services offered at the Centre for Northern Families location.


  • The Director of the CNF oversees all programs at the CNF and works with the Executive Director to ensure that the CNF as a whole is operating effectively and meeting the mandate of the Society.
  • The Director ensures programs are delivered according to the strategic and program plans; visitors and program users are treated courteously; all files, records, and administrative tools are professionally implemented and maintained; and all services are integrated and professionally delivered.
  • The Director ensures the CNF premises are maintained, and all maintenance procedures are followed and kept up to date.
  • The Director also works with the Executive Director to define program strengths/needs, implement new programming, and promote the CNF to the community.
  • The Director is key to facilitating a positive work environment and on-going, open communication between team members. The occupant will serve as a role model for ideal professional work attitude and behaviors.



Program Oversight for all CNF Program 

  • Review program work plans and consult with support staff to adjust program as necessary to meet outcomes.
  • Respond to public/participant inquiries as it relates to daycare programs.
  • Attend meetings/events/presentations to educate the community and increase public awareness of programs and activities.
  • Ensure the daycare programs comply with health and safety requirements.
  • Complete annual program evaluations and ensure programs and services are relevant and culturally safe for a diverse population, and in particular Aboriginal and Inuit women and children.

Employee Supervision

  • Organize scheduling of employees to meet program needs within parameters of annual budget/organizational work plan.
  • Assist in the recruitment, screening, and hiring of new employees and conduct annual employee evaluations.
  • Ensure employees comply with legislative requirements, agency/program policies and procedures, annual work plans and applicable job descriptions.
  • Facilitate program staff meetings/program consultation and debriefing on a regular basis, and provide other forms of support to staff.  

Administrative Support

The Director will assist in the development of various tools to ensure programs are meeting best practice standards and the actions defined within the annual strategic plan.  The Director will be responsible for ensuring all tools are implemented and regularly utilized by all applicable program employees.

The Director will also be responsible for:

  • Reviewing and approving time sheets.
  • Providing monthly, quarterly and annual written reports for funders and agency strategic planning.
  • Ensuring programs comply with all applicable legislation.
  • Maintaining personnel files and program binders as per the 2010/11 sustainability plan.
  • Preparation of funding proposals for program expansion/enhancement
  • Participation in agency management meetings and providing input into the annual strategic plan, organizational work plan and budget for the CNF.
  • Staying aware of current research and identify emerging trends and changing practices in the delivery of services for women, children and families.

Training Coordination and Facilitation

  • Provide orientation and training for all new and existing employees in the usage of intakes, case plans, case notes, referrals, and termination reports
  • In partnership with the Health and Safety Committee provide annual health and safety training for all Daycare program employees.
  • Develop a strategic training plan to provide opportunities for employees/volunteer’s professional development and training within their job skill area.

Volunteer coordination

  • Develop job description for all volunteer positions in the family programs duties and expectations
  • Provide orientation, ongoing training, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Conduct an annual volunteer recognition event

Financial Oversight

  • Recommend, monitor and operate within annual program budgets, approve expenditures and submit receipts in a timely manner

Maintaining of Building

  • Ensuring the Centre premises are maintained, cleaned and visually organized on a regular basis including work with contractors, landscaping companies and other applicable personnel.

Health and Safety

The Director will be a member of the Health and Safety Committee.  The committee will provide services as per the health and safety policies and procedures.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Post-secondary education in a field directly related to early child development, plus three years supervisory experience within a non-profit. A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Advanced case management and supervisory training preferred.
  • 5+ years continuous work experience developing/ providing supports to families and children from diverse backgrounds that struggle with a myriad of challenges.
  • Broad knowledge of social and economic issues facing Northern women and in particular, First Nations and Inuit women.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team and with other agencies and community partners.
  • Ability to develop and implement program objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare proposals, tender applications, budgets, reports, brochures, fact sheets, advertisements, annual reports, etc.
  • Financial management skills.
  • Strong prioritization and scheduling skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Updated immunization and criminal records check.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Business insurance if using own vehicle for work duties.


Personal Attributes

The incumbent must

  • maintain strict confidentiality in performing the responsibilities of this position.
  • be self-motivated and have the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • demonstrate the ability to accept responsibility, be open-minded and honest.
  • demonstrate culture sensitivity.
  • have excellent supervisory skills and be supportive, compassionate and understanding.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be able to work in a high stress work environment.

Company Info

The Yellowknife Women's Society is a non-profit charitable organization with a mandate to support the social, cultural and economic autonomy of northern women and their families.
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