Family Navigator

Job No: SN190761
Location: Squamish



  • Help make a difference to the Squamish First Nations community.
  • Great opportunity for an experienced professional to join our Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Department
  • Enjoy a competitive salary, plus comprehensive benefits and pension plan.


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We have a great opportunity for an experienced Family Navigator to join our dynamic and progressive team in Squamish

Squamish Nation is seeking a Family Navigator in Squamish Valley. The Family Navigator will walk side by side with families and caregivers. Family Navigation involves more than directing families to resources. They will work to develop a trusted relationship to be able to provide support and resources that the family determines important to the care of their family member. The navigator will provide technical assistance, consultation, training and direct support for families in areas of need. The navigator will work in collaboration to build a family driven plan that focuses on solutions and keeps the family member at the center. The navigator will assist in supporting the family. The navigator will connect families to each other for mutual support and to solve shared problems.

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Family Navigator(s) provides support and advocacy for families by facilitating and coordinating access to services in a timely manner.
  • Supports families while they learn to self-navigate.
  • Builds awareness of Family Navigator services.
  • Carries out administrative responsibilities.
  • Provides input and support to the Agency Liaison in shared duties such as:
  • Provides input to a communications plan that streamlines and clarifies communications to families such that messages across all agencies are consistent and culturally safe; and ensures that agencies have a list of where to share their information.
  • Encourages and supports coordinator of individual/independent practitioners in providing mobile and/or home visit services to Squamish Families.
  • Co-hosts talking circles for Squamish Nation parents to stare their experiences and access peer-to-peer supports.
  • Advocates for an integrated community health building or hub in Squamish.


In addition the ideal candidate will also have:  

  • Completion of Grade 12.
  • Certificate or Diploma in Health or Human Services Field (Social Work, Nurse, Native Family Child & Service Program) or relevant area for example child care, preferred but not required.
  • 2 – 3 years of experience work in the Squamish community.
  • Personal experience of being a caregiver for a family member or friend.
  • Previous working experience in a First Nations Community (Squamish is preferred).
  • Knowledge of Indigenous issues, education, history, cultural practices, with a sensitivity to cross-cultural issues and awareness.
  • A community member where families access services with knowledge of services and resources in Squamish.
  • Knowledge and willingness to learn about Squamish Nation services (i.e. Yuustway Health Services, Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services, Education, Recreation, etc.) and other local systems (i.e., Sea to Sky Community Services, etc.), benefits, and local supports available to families and children.
  • Proven ability to provide coordinator and collaboration with families within systems.
  • Experience collaborating between community agencies in order to meet the needs of Indigenous families (bringing forth cultural needs and perspectives in order to improve family plans and outcomes).
  • Strong inter-personal, organizational skills and team player.
  • Excellent communicator and listener.
  • Understands and demonstrates respect for the diverse values and cultures of the families being involved.
  • Computer skills including the internet and Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, etc.) and Outlook email.
  • Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive materials and information with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Ability to exercise mature and sound judgement.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must provide a valid Criminal Records Check per Squamish Nation Policy.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Salary: $39,995 to $47,053 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience , please apply online  today!

Please note that candidates must apply online by February 27, 2020.

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