Child Development Coordinator
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Corporate Services
Thunder Bay, ON


The Child Development Coordinator assists in the coordination of a NAN regional Autism/FASD strategy including facilitating the strategic planning, development and evaluation of the strategy in collaboration with NAN Regional Mamou Sakinicinitoonanoowan Network, First Nations, First Nation agencies. A key factor of this role includes community capacity development to assist families and communities gain a better understanding and skills to assist persons with ASD/FASD in all aspects of family and community life.


  • Assist the Childhood Development and Planning Manager by providing technical support and coordination.
  • Assist in political advocacy support and strategic direction by undertaking research, policy analysis, environmental scans and preparation of briefing notes, and reports for the Childhood Development and Planning Manager and Deputy Grand Chief responsible for the Health portfolio;
  • Work collaboratively with First Nations, NAN-affiliated health organizations, local and regional services to support advocacy efforts to address needs of First Nations’ children and youth;
  • Community capacity building through formal and informal means such as development and provision of workshops for families and community agencies, educating, modeling and supporting others to gain the understanding of persons with ASD/FASD and successful support approaches.
  • Liaison with external agencies and community groups to assist in development of pathways of service for NAN communities.
  • Work in coordination with other NAN departments, such as Education, Health, to coordinate strategies and prioritize issues and opportunities;
  • Monitor, and report on, the political, legal, social, economic and legislative developments affecting social and health legislation, policies and practices;
  • Prepare proposals, submissions, activity reports to carry out the functions of the program;
  • Travel to NAN communities on a regular basis;
  • Participate in regional and national meetings as required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Childhood Development and Planning Manager on behalf of the Deputy Grand Chief responsible for the Health portfolio.


  • The Child Development Coordinator is under the day-to-day supervision of the Childhood Development and Planning Manager and is further accountable to the Director of Social Services for overall performance.


The successful applicant must possess:

  • Social Sciences or Human Services degree or equivalent; Diploma in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood, Developmental Services.
  • Minimum of three years working in the field with direct experience in relation to children/youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder/FASD.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience supporting children/youth within the family and within their community.
  • Knowledge and practical experience with support approaches found to be helpful in supporting children/youth with ASD/FASD.
  • Excellent communication, strategic planning, evaluation and leadership skills.
  • Ability to organize and synthesize multiple ideas and complex information into well-composed reports within time limits.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Experience and demonstrated skills in coordinating/facilitating meetings with multiple stakeholders and comfortable with using technology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with community and regional resources and services throughout the NAN Territory.
  • Work experience with Indigenous people and communities and a demonstrated understanding regarding related issues and challenges.
  • Fluency in NAN dialect (Cree, Ojibway, or Oji-Cree) an asset.
  • Willing and able to travel to NAN communities as required.



Job Type: Full-time


  • English (Required)