Early Childhood Territorial Licensing & Program Support Coordinator

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Closing date: Mar 5, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: ECE Early Chilhood Development

Job Code: 15150

Wage: See "Salary Information" below.

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provides the residents of the Northwest Territories with access to quality programs, services and support to assist them in making informed and productive choices for themselves and their families with regard to education, training, careers, employment and labour, child development, languages, culture and heritage.

Job Information

Reporting to the Early Childhood Development and Learning (ECDL) Director, and located in Yellowknife, the Coordinator is responsible for leading and managing the monitoring and inspections of territorial licensed early childhood facilities in the NWT in accordance with the NWT Child Day Care Act and Standards Regulations, Departmental philosophy, guidelines, curricula, Early Childhood Development (ECD) Action Plan and Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 12 Education Renewal (ER) initiatives.  The Coordinator also provides leadership and supervision to the Early Childhood Consultants (ECC) located at the ECE Service Centres in the North Slave, South Slave, Dehcho, Sahtu and Beaufort-Delta regions, and to community groups across the NWT.  The Coordinator leads the planning and delivery of effective programs and services that align with the Right from the Start: ECD Framework and Action Plan.

The Coordinator also works closely with colleagues in other GNWT departments to accomplish their work, including the Fire Marshall (MACA) and Environmental Health Officer (HSS Population Health), often in a team-based approach.  Based on the evolving context of early childhood in the territory, the Coordinator makes recommendations for ongoing improvement to the early childhood sector.

The Department of ECE is currently undertaking a process of renewal both in the early childhood sector and Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (JK - 12) schools.  Substantial changes to curriculum, program and assessment approaches may result from this work.  It is anticipated that this Coordinator position will require substantial inter-disciplinary theme and project-based work and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders, including federal, provincial and territorial partners, to effect positive change within the early childhood sector in the NWT.

The Coordinator is expected to work collaboratively within the Education Operations and Development (EOD), Teaching and Learning (TL), Health, Wellness and Student Support (HWSS), and Culture and Heritage (CH) divisions, and the Aboriginal Languages and Learning Secretariat (ALLS), in addition to other GNWT departments, and colleagues and educators from across the NWT, Yukon, Nunavut and other jurisdictions in Canada.  This work is often done using a team-based approach following current foundational frameworks and their corresponding action plans, and directives including:

  • Right from the Start: Early Childhood Development Framework;
  • Directions for Change: Education Renewal Framework;
  • the Inclusive Schooling (IS) Ministerial Directive;
  • A Shared Responsibility: NWT Aboriginal Languages Plan;
  • the Aboriginal Language and Culture-Based Education (ALCBE) Ministerial Directive;
  • Skills for Success: 10-Year Strategic Framework; and
  • Strong Cultures, Strong Territory: GNWT Culture & Heritage Strategic Framework.

The Coordinator leads the activities of eight (8) Regional Early Childhood Consultants, controls a budget of up to $500,000, with a spending authority of up to $20,000 and contract authority of up to $200,000.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education or equivalent, and five (5) years of related work experience in an early childhood setting is required.  Preference will be given to a candidate who has specific experience in planning and coordinating Early Childhood Development programs in an NWT setting.  A minimum of one year of experience in a supervisory position within an early childhood program is required.  Proficiency of the incumbent in at least one NWT Indigenous language or French would be an asset.


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Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Salary Information

Salary for this position is currently Under Review.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15150         

Closing Date: March 5, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


GNWT Inquiries

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Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445