Associate Director

Posted on September 22, 2022. Primary Region: Dryden, ON

Anishinaabe Abinoojii
Family Services

Associate Director
Full-Time Regular
Location – Kenora

The Associate Director is a full-time permanent program position. This position reports to the Executive Director and assumes Acting Executive Director role during any period of absence for the Executive Director.

The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing Directors of Service, service delivery, effective management of programs, provides leadership in identifying organizational priorities and objectives, leads and mentors staff and advises on organizational viability.

The Associate Director develops and maintains services and programs to achieve quality community-based and agency-based Child Welfare Service programs congruent to First Nations traditional beliefs, values, customs, and practices.

The Associate Director is responsible for continuing development and coordination of the Prevention and Protection Services Program pursuant to community needs and expectations within the approved budget; oversight of the development, implementation, and coordination of the Family Preservation Model; maintaining effective liaison with each of the First Nation communities and ensuring comprehensive, relevant, and quality culturally appropriate services to their children and families.

• Master of Social Work Degree with a minimum of five years applied practice with children, adolescents and families, including financial and human resources management experience in a social service agency setting; a combination of related education, experience and skills may be considered;
• Expert knowledge of Protection and Prevention Services and thorough knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act and Regulations, particularly in the application relating to Customary Care; Child Protection Standards, Foster-Care Licensing Standards, and the Funding Framework; commitment to ensuring services are provided in the Anishinaabe context of extended family and community involvement;
• Strong commitment to the philosophy of service development and delivery, local customs, traditions, and family structure and the children and families we serve by ensuring services respect Anishinaabe cultural and spiritual practices;
• Working knowledge of the structure and operations of AAFS including the Prevention and Protection service delivery models, finance, personnel, policies, procedures, guidelines, and protocols;
• Understanding of and ability to translate relevant legislation into agency-based policies and procedures; demonstrated ability to develop and implement policy and ensure it’s consistent and appropriate application;
• Demonstrated ability to research community needs and service expectations and prepare comprehensive detailed reports;
• Proven ability to work collaboratively with Elders, leadership, First Nation organizations, and community members; knowledge of the First Nations including tribal and external service and service agencies;
• Proven ability to consult productively with internal and external representatives to effectively convey Protection and Prevention Services programs to secure necessary support and resources;
• Proven ability to establish and maintain purposeful relationships with AAFS staff and management, clients, community members, and external organizations;
• Excellent supervisory, leadership, communication, organization, planning, coordinating, analytical, evaluation, negotiating, problem-solving and decision-making skills; working knowledge of group dynamics, consultation and conflict resolution techniques;
• Demonstrated ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality;
• Must possess a valid Ontario G Driver’s License, be willing to travel and provide a Driver Abstract; and
• Ability to speak Anishinaabemowin is preferred and a definite asset.

The work will be normally performed in a typical interior and office environment located in the offices of AAFS. The position will require the incumbent to sit for a long period of time at a desk. Travel to semi-remote Anishinaabe communities on rough and winding class “C” roadways in various weather conditions, be exposed to diverse living conditions, community environments and different sociocultural milieus.

AAFS requires all employees, contractors, students, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, absent of a valid medical exemption or other reasonable consideration pursuant to the Human Rights Code of Ontario.

Salary Range: $114,152 - $140,000 per annum

We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the First Nations communities that we serve. Preference will be given to Internal and/or Indigenous applicants. Please self-identify upon applying.

AAFS welcomes and encourages applications from peoples with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request.

Applicants resumes may be used to create a qualified candidates list for recruitment of other positions within our organization.


Manager of Human Resources by Email:
or c/o 20 Main Street South, Kenora, Ontario P9N 1S7 Fax: (807) 548-1345



20 Main Street South
Kenora, ON

Job type: Full-time

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