Cultural Programs Coordinator

ORGANIZATION: Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services
JOB TITLE: Cultural Programs Coordinator
Cultural Programs
JOB STATUS: Full Time, Permanent
REPORTS TO: Supervisor, Cultural  Programs


Located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen People, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services’ (SCCFS) vision is to support the empowerment of the urban Indigenous community to continue the reclamation of traditional systems of caring for and protecting children so no child or youth will be placed into care. As an urban Delegated Indigenous Child and Family Services Agency (ICFSA), SCCFS is committed to providing child and family services strongly rooted in Indigenous cultural values and world views while ensuring urban Indigenous children and youth grow up connected to family, community, and culture.

Surrounded by Cedar receives its delegation through the Provincial Director of Child Welfare, who gives the agency the authority to undertake administration of parts of the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA). Under its current delegation agreement, Surrounded by Cedar administers C3 (Voluntary Services) and C4 services (Guardianship).

SCCFS strives to be a culturally safe employer, with a keen focus on Indigenous recruitment and retention. While working at the agency, employees will be involved in various cultural knowledge sharing opportunities, activities, and ceremonies, while being actively engaged in urban Indigenous community events.


Reporting to the Cultural Programs Team Supervisor, the Cultural Programs Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of meaningful cultural programming for urban Indigenous children, youth, and families. The Cultural Programs Coordinator works alongside agency employees, volunteers, community members, and others and strives to promote Indigenous awareness and cultural pride in the lives of urban Indigenous children and youth in care and Indigenous families caring for their children.


With direction from the Supervisor and in collaboration with the Sxwamales Worker and the Cultural Continuity Worker, the Cultural Programs Coordinator develops and facilitates innovative, culturally safe and appropriate programming to urban Indigenous children, youth and families from a diverse background, including children and youth in care, Out of Care families, and families who are receiving Non-Protection Family Support services. Programming includes spring break day camps, overnight summer camps, XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership, Building Our Bundles culture night, and Regalia Nights. Additionally, the Cultural Programs Coordinator facilitates planning for the annual Nest to Wings Ceremony, Welcoming Ceremony, Winterfeast, and other agency-related cultural events.

The Cultural Programs Coordinator will also:

  • Design, develop, implement and facilitate current ongoing cultural programming for a diverse population of urban Indigenous children, youth, and families;
  • Design, develop, implement and facilitate new cultural programming for a diverse population of urban Indigenous children, youth, and families;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Indigenous knowledge keepers from various Nations who can be called upon to share their teachings with children and youth;
  • Create a welcoming and engaging space for all children and youth, their caregivers, extended families, community and Elders who may be accessing cultural programming;
  • Collaborate with Elder’s in the community, Indigenous community agencies, Nations and Knowledge Keepers in the development, delivery and design of cultural program activities;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to team members to ensure Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and approaches to identity, belonging and wellness are honored;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to team members to ensure Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and approaches to identity, belonging and wellness are honored;
  • Recruit skilled and appropriate community volunteers;
  • Collaborate with the agency’s guardianship team about the specific support needs of children and youth involved in programming;
  • Maintain case notes, files and recordings in an accountable manner acceptable to SCCFS and its funders;
  • Produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports regarding the services provided and the variance from the expected and contracted deliverables;
  • Attend committees, working groups, and councils as required or at the request of the Team Leader or Executive Director.
  • Assist the Indigenous community to build on its inherent strengths to better serve the need of its members.
  • Report all suspected incidents of child protection concerns to a fully delegated child protection social worker able to receive these reports;
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times.


  • Two to four years of related post-secondary education, preferably in the field of sociology, social  work, community development, public administration or in any related field of social sciences;
  • Minimum three year’s direct experience with the key duties and responsibilities of the job, including  program development and facilitation;  
  • Proficient in the use of computer systems, including: Word, Excel, Outlook, and the internet;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a positive and respectful rapport with people.


  • In depth knowledge of child welfare best practice and family support principles;
  • Excellent understanding of the diverse histories and cultural practices of Indigenous people; 
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous people in British Columbia and the child welfare and  institutional impacts on Indigenous families;  
  • Solid understanding of mental health, alcohol and drug, and youth justice services; 
  • Traditional and mainstream dispute resolution and problem-solving skills. 


  • Motivated self-starter who is passionate about providing quality cultural programming to urban  Indigenous children and youth from various Nations across Turtle Island;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, offering positive mentorship to colleagues new to the field; 
  • Demonstrated experience working within the Indigenous community;
  • At least three years’ experience working directly with children and youth; 
  • Ability to manage fluctuating workloads effectively, efficiently and independently, achieving results within acceptable time frames, while taking into consideration changing priorities and set standards;
  • Respectfully represent the image and reputation of SCCFS, in-person and in writing;
  • Be organized, have good time management skills and record keeping abilities;
  • Maintain strong and respectful relationships with colleagues, children, youth, caregivers, birth family  members, community partners, and allies. 


  • Must complete a successful Criminal Record check. 
  • Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license and provide a favourable driver’s abstract.
  • Will be required to work flexible hours to meet projected objectives.
  • Evening and weekend work may be required on a time in lieu basis.


Wage: $69,760.74- $78,516.33 based on education and experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous as per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code.


Friday, May 24, 2024, at 11:59 pm


Please submit your resume and cover letter, which clearly outline how you meet the qualifications required  for this position.

Apply online, or submit your resume and cover letter by email to:

Monika Bhardwaj, Human Resources Specialist

We thank you for your interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. An eligibility list may be established.