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Director of Early Learning and Child Care

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date April 23, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Leaders International
Location Saskatoon, SK
Category Child Care-in-home and child care centre
Client Leaders International
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Director of Early Learning and Child Care

The Organization

Métis Nation—Saskatchewan (MN-S) represents the political, socio-economic, cultural and educational interests of the province’s some 80,000 Métis citizens through a representative system based on 12 regions and approximately 130 Locals under a Constitution enacted in 1993.

The fundamental principles which guide the governance of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan are based on the MN-S Constitution, The Métis Act, The Citizens Act, The Boundaries Act, The Senate Act, The MNLA Act, and The Wildlife and Conservation Action.

The governance structure includes an Executive of four and a Cabinet—the Provincial Métis Council—which is composed of the four-member executive, as well as elected officials from the 12 regions and appointees for women and youth.

MN-S was incorporated in 2000 and since then has worked towards implementing Métis self-govern-ment through litigation and strategic partnerships with government. Métis Nation – Saskatchewan represents Métis citizens living in Saskatchewan. As such, the MN-S strives for the political, legal and constitutional recognition and guarantee of the rights of its People, including the right to a land and resource base, self-government and self-government institutions.

The MN-S exists in part to represent and work for Métis people in their quest for equitable, socio-economic development within the province of Saskatchewan. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Advocating on behalf of Métis citizens
  • Entering into agreements with industry and the federal and provincial governments
  • Accessing resources to carry out projects and activities
  • Acting as the administrative body for its citizenry
  • Promoting health & well-being, housing, education, and governance initiatives.

The role of Métis citizens in governance is to establish, amend and enforce the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Constitution, to organize Métis citizens in their respective communities, and to participate in nation-building in a good way.

The Position Director of Early Learning and Child Care

It is an exciting time to join the MN-S team as the organization undergoes a revitalization and regrowth. This unique opportunity allows the successful incumbent to be a part of rebuilding the Métis Nation in Saskatchewan from the ground floor, and to serve Métis citizens across the province. Due to expansion, the MN-S headquarters recently moved to a new central downtown location which provides greater access to networking opportunities in the heart of Saskatoon.

In collaboration with the senior leadership team, the Director of Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) will oversee community consultation while ensuring program quality, outcomes, and financial goals within the ELCC department.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy and Research, the Director of ELCC will lead, manage and direct all aspects of the day to day operations of the ELCC department and staff in alignment with MN-S’ mission, strategic direction, and business plan. The Director of ELCC will provide recommendations and collaborative assistance in developing and delivering a coordinated and comprehensive MN-S ELCC program based on a vision that includes a place of belonging, where children and families would learn about and feel proud of their Métis cultural identity. To achieve this mandate, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills for partnering, developing and leveraging existing and new networks, fostering linkages to improve overall program quality and delivery, and establishing policy initiatives.

The Director of ELCC will represent the MN-S and provide leadership through the implementation of a Métis-specific programming to support the early learning and developmental needs of Métis children and families. Early years programs will include community childcare that is affordable, available and home-like spaces as safe places of purpose and sharing of cultural and language reclamation. They will also oversee the development and implementation of Métis-specific curricula and training programs that provide accredited educational opportunities to develop the knowledge and competencies of teachers, early learning specialists, and child care providers working with Métis children and their families. Additionally, the Director of ELCC will ensure that the MN-S ELCC programs and services are informed by holistic traditional approaches and community-based knowledge, best practice information, and data gathered from research and evaluation. They will also represent MN-S on working or community groups to collaborate on policy initiatives, as well as will communicate, advance and promote research findings and positions to the senior leadership team and external stakeholders.

The selected candidate will have several years of experience within education including program and policy development, and a demonstrated understanding of the provincial education system and federal government program supports. The incumbent will have demonstrated leadership and excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the abilities to strategize, plan and implement.

Preference will be given to Métis citizens. However, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To further explore this leadership opportunity, please contact or submit your resume in complete confidence to Robyn Hartley at or call 204-515-3828 ext. 108.

The City Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional territory of Cree Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

The City of Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. It is is located in the heart of the Métis homeland and was the epicenter of Métis rights in 1885; the formation of Canada hinged on those events. The city straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province. It has served as the cultural and economic hub of central Saskatchewan since it was founded in 1882 as a Temperance colony. The city is named after the berry of the same name, which is native to the region and is itself derived from the Cree misâskwatômina.

Saskatoon is home to multiple academic institutions including the University of Saskatchewan, The First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. It also houses three main school boards – the Saskatoon Public School Division, the Saskatoon Catholic School Division and the Conseil des Ecoles Fransaskoises – that serve approximately 37,000 students providing many options, including French immersion programs. There are also several private and boarding schools available.

With a state-of-the-art Remai Modern Museum, over ten museums and galleries, and a multitude of historical buildings, Saskatoon is a nucleus for art and culture. The city houses multiple live theatre venues that are central, vibrant part of Saskatoon’s culture. Saskatoon also hosts many festivals and events in the summer, including the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, The Great Plains Comedy Festival, the Jazz Festival, the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival, the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival, and Saskatoon Folkfest.

Full of nature, the Meewasin Valley Authority which protects the South Saskatchewan River and provides for the city’s popular riverbank park spaces, the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site of Canada and UNESCO World Heritage applicant representing 6,000 years of First Nations history. The Meewasin Valley Trail follows the South Saskatchewan River through Saskatoon offering a multitude of summer and winter activities include cycling, jogging, cross-country skiing and skating in Kiwanis Memorial Park. The city also

houses the Batoche National Historic Site and the Back to Batoche annual event in July.

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