High Bar

First Nation

Job Description

Title                 Child & Family Restoration Coordinator

Reports To       Band Administrator

Job Summary

The Child & Family Restoration Coordinator will carry out the duties and tasks set out in the Stsmémelt MOU Work Plan, Secwépemc Nation Governance Building Initiatives, and High Bar First Nation’s children and family’s program and service initiatives, to enable a community-driven and nation-based approach.  The Child & Family Restoration Coordinator provides Membership administration services processing applications, organizing membership committee meetings, ensuring all parties receive clear communication and work toward restoration of families.  The incumbent also operates the injury surveillance and prevention program identifying healing opportunities for band members.

Duties and Responsibilities

Stsmémelt Program

  1. Participates in the Stsmémelt Project and understanding of Child & Family Services and HBFN children in care
  2. Plans and develops community systems and programs
  3. Plans and develops legislation systems and programs at a Nation level in relation enhanced jurisdiction for High Bar Children and Families
  4. Ensures community readiness to exercise jurisdiction over Children and Families and engages with community members for their input
  5. Develops Stsmémelt work plan that identifies implementation duties and tasks to be undertaken at the community level and Nation level
  6. Participates at leadership and technical tables with Stsmémelt to ensure community interests are integrated in Stsmémelt implementation and decision-making
  7. Provides monthly update report to leadership, community and Director, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council to ensure transparency, accountability and enable an inclusive coordinator process
  8. Establishes and continues a Community Working Group with consideration for Elders and Youth participation
  9. Conducts all administrative and logistical preparation for community working group and engagement meetings
  10. Supports and/or conducts community-based research identification of capacity development, healing and prevention services and implements Community Infrastructure to support identification and plan development
  11. Supports and/or conducts community-based research for identification of traditional Secwepemc Family Head systems and protocols, or other Nation legal traditional responses for children & family safety and wellness
  12. Researches and develops long-term plan for resources to sustain within communities to include prevention, avoid child apprehension and support family units
  13. Maintains accurate and confidential file documentation of information gathered from community engagement processes
  14. Produces a final fee for service invoice including associated financial accounting and receipts in accordance with the contract
  1. Engages in, promotes and/or facilitates traditional Secwépemc Nation cultural practices (i.e., seasonal gatherings, food harvesting, ceremonies) to support resiliency development at the community and Nation level by strengthening cultural continuity

  2. May be required to provide recommendations for the child in care (foster care, bringing back to community or other) while acting as an advocate for the child
  3. Reports notices of children in court to the Band Administrator for political notification and planning
  4. Establishes written procedures for job responsibilities, documenting dates, processes, contacts and other pertinent material
  5. Provides training to the Health and Education Coordinator for backup support and trains to provide backup support to that position
  6. Participates on the Emergency Planning Committee for HBFN
  7. 7. Other duties as assigned or required

Membership Administration

  1. Develops full understanding of Membership Code and procedures for processing applications
  2. Receives applications for membership and verifies completion and correct documentation
  3. Contacts ISC Genealogical services for family search and ancestry material
  4. Establishes meetings with the Membership Committee for review
  5. Provides Membership Committee recommendations to Chief and Council
  6. If application is approved, arranges for Referendum
  7. Provides written notice of any decisions to applicants
  8. Maintains Band list of all members
  9. Provides information to Chief and Council (i.e., minors’ lists, voters’ lists, etc.)

Injury Surveillance and Prevention

  1. Promotes the Injury Surveillance and Prevention Program to band members
  2. Gathers information on injuries (i.e., motor vehicle accidents, water/boating injuries, violence, or suicide attempts) from individuals and following up to interview and collect the data
  3. Looks at issues to identify opportunities for healing and Elder welfare
  4. Data is used to monitor injury trends, identify priorities for knowledge development and create supportive environments to reduce or prevent injuries and encourage holistic wellness approach
  5. Provide prevention education through newsletters, website and other programs
  6. Complete forms and reporting for First Nations Health Authority


The duties listed are provided as examples of area of responsibility and are not intended to create limits to responsibility but to help understand the scope of the position. All staff are expected to be team oriented and maintain confidentiality of all information gained while working with the organization.



  • Diploma in Social Services, Human Services, Anthropology, First Nations Studies, Social Work, or a related field or a combination of education and experience

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in the use of computer programs for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, email and the internet, to the intermediate level (capable of using a large number of functions and feel confident using the program)
  • Ability to work independently and build effective interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to self-regulate, meet deadlines, have attention to detail, and respect confidentiality
  • Strong communication skills, ability to demonstrate report writing and presentation skills
  • Demonstration of Secwépemc culture and legal tradition knowledge and commitment to life-long cultural learning is an asset
  • Community engagement and facilitation skills a definite asset
  • Strong logistical skills for community engagement meetings, events and travel requirements
  • Recognizes and respects all cultural diversity and has an understanding of Aboriginal culture


  • Two years experience

Working Conditions:

  • Travel to other related organization locations will be required
  • May be required to work some non-standard hours including weekends
  • Receives moderate supervision with less frequent direction and occasional review of the work performed

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Criminal Record Check
  • Must be able to possess and maintain a valid BC Driver’s License
  • Must provide a vehicle in good operating condition and appropriate vehicle insurance to meet program requirements OR access to company vehicle is provided and requires a valid Driver’s License
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

Directly Supervises:

  • None

General Category:

  • Operates as part of a team and is flexible about the boundaries and functions of the job.
  • Maintains open and professional communications with co-workers, community members and all others who do business with HBFN.
  • Ensures that all internal and external deadlines are met.
  • Travels as required in the performance of their job.
  • Serves on committees as directed by the Band Administrator.
  • Takes responsibility for identifying upgrading of personal skills necessary to perform job duties.
  • Successfully completes all training courses undertaken at the direction of Band Administrator
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information seen, heard or obtained by virtue of employment
  • Recognizes and respects all cultural diversity and has an understanding of Aboriginal culture.

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