Resources Program Manager

Website Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society

At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Indigenous children and families are upheld, honored, and protected. We strive to eliminate oppression, discrimination, and marginalization within our community. We acknowledge and honor the inherent wisdom, capacity, and resourcefulness of our community in designing programs and services to care for our own children and families. Accordingly, we are dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Indigenous programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.

The mandate of the Resources Program is to provide safe alternate care that promotes the well-being and cultural identity of Indigenous children. Children’s best interests are at the center of the work. The Resources Program recruits, assesses, trains, and supports caregivers to join the child’s circle and provide care that meets the child’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Resources Program provides support and respite caregiving services that enable children to remain living at home with their families, and full-time caregiving services to children who cannot live at home. The program supports caregivers to keep children in relationship with their parents, families, and communities, to strive to return children home to their parents, families, and communities, and to stay part of the circle after the child has left the caregiving home.

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Resources Program Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the Resources Program with respect its mandate above and working collaboratively across program areas.  In this position, the Manager will be actively involved in various committees, planning, organizing, leading, directing and Restorative Supervision, controlling, contract management & negotiations, audit & program evaluation, cross program collaboration, program linkages, occupational health & safety, as well as Restorative Indigenous Child Welfare Practice.  The Resources Program Manager is responsible for the overall coordination of contracted services within the society which includes:

·         Monitoring support to caregivers’ contracts.

·         Linking directly with to Directors of Programs to assure an appropriate array of services to                meet the varying needs of children and youth in care, who require respite and out of care                    placements.

·         Providing vision, direction, guidance and leadership to program staff and others.

·         Plays a key role in providing expertise to Program Managers within the society to ensure the             effective and efficient use of contracted resources.

This position provides ongoing program evaluation, policy development, implementation, and training of staff to ensure congruency with a trauma informed approach to services for children, youth, and families within the VACFSS child and family service system. The successful applicant will manage the program’s strategic priorities including program planning, accountability to agency standards & policies, budget tracking & management, staffing, and partnership with the community with the goal of securing homes to meet the needs of Indigenous children.

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time, consistent with the qualifications and experience for a management position.


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