Full-time Aboriginal Neighbours Coordinator
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The Aboriginal Neighbours Coordinator will explore, develop and implement effective interactions to build and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people and their neighbours in Manitoba, especially MCC constituent churches and individuals.
- Knowledge of the historic and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and Settler/Newcomer communities, including awareness of the role of the Christian church and residential schools in this interaction.
- Strong relational skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with groups of diverse religious, cultural and political backgrounds.
- Good organisational, research, social analysis and communications skills.
- Creativity, innovation and ability to work collaboratively with MCC Manitoba (MCCM) constituency, partners and co-workers.
- Ability to lead MCC in forming genuine partnerships with Aboriginal communities and organisations.
- Able to represent the core values of MCCM to the supporting constituency, to the general public and to agencies which relate to MCCM.
- Ability to interpret complex and controversial issues to the public with respect and compassion.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a consultative manner.
- Relevant post-secondary education or equivalent experience.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate educational experiences.
- Demonstrated ability to develop community development initiatives alongside Aboriginal communities.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with strategic planning, monitoring and reporting processes.
- Excellent Computer knowledge, Microsoft Office, and Windows operating software.
- Ability to reflect the Anabaptist values of service, respect and peace-making.
The Aboriginal Neighbours Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating dialogue between Aboriginal and Mennonite people. S/he will raise awareness about Aboriginal history in Manitoba specifically and Canada in general. The Coordinator will help individuals and organizations to identify situations of injustice, and will lead related projects and responses. The position will be based in Winnipeg, but may involve occasional travel to other parts of Manitoba.
The Aboriginal Neighbours Coordinator is accountable to the MCCM Program Director. Program guidelines are shaped by staff with input from an Advisory Committee made up of members of the community and a representative of the MCC Manitoba board.
- Provide vision and overall direction for MCCM’s Aboriginal Neighbours work, including strengthening our active government and advocacy voice.
- Create dialogue opportunities in which Aboriginal and Mennonite people can tell their stories, learn to understand one another and seek common causes for change.
- Build a network of relationships among Aboriginal and Mennonite people and organizations, including faith-based groups that embody MCC values of recognition, respect, sharing and responsibility.
- Assist groups and organizations in acting to bring about change in ways that are in keeping with MCC’s values and principles of non-violence, compassion and mutual respect (e.g. public witness, direct advocacy with decision-makers, community development programming).
- Encourage the participation of Aboriginal and Mennonite youth in the program.
- Organise regular cross-cultural learning and community events.
- Engage diverse theological perspectives of indigenous history and spirituality and promote mutual appreciation of diverse faith perspectives.
- Collaboratively plan, work and report in the context of MCC’s program priorities and strategic planning.
- Active participation in the MCCs in Canada Aboriginal Neighbours network.
- Participate in coalitions as agreed upon.
- Ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is exemplified in the performance of all job responsibilities and through personal example.
- Attend and be actively involved in a local congregation.
- Model non-violent peacemaking in the workplace and community through respectful interactions and work relationships.
How to ApplyThis position is available on a salaried basis. Application deadline is February 3, 2014. Please send cover letter and resume to Tricia Prosser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those candidates who are legally eligible to work in Canada should apply. Start date no later than March 24, 2014. The full job description is available online at: http://serve.mcc.org/positions/aboriginal-neighbours-coordinator-mcc-manitoba
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