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Job Opportunity | Education And Employment Coordinator | Wasoqopa'q First Nation

Employment Opportunity

Education And Employment Coordinator

Position Title:  Education and Employment Coordinator
Department: Administration
Salary: $ 40, 000 - $ 50, 000
Term: Permanent/Full-Time
Location:  Wasoqopa’q First Nation Medway Office Box 1, Comp 2 Greenfield, NS B0T 1E0
Estimated Start Date June 2024

Wasoqopa’q First Nation (formerly Acadia First Nation) is governed as a custom band under the provisions of the Indian Act with established bylaws, policies and procedures. The First Nation's electoral system constitutes an election once every five (5) years with positions for one Chief and eight (8) councillors. Chief and Council elect, are the governing body responsible for making decisions for the overall health and well-being of communities, Elders, youth and families.

Wasoqopa’q First Nation is unique in its geographical composition, spread throughout the Southwestern regions of Nova Scotia spanning five counties from Yarmouth to Halifax, encompassing six (6) reserves - Yarmouth, Ponhook, Medway, Wildcat, Gold River, and Hammonds Plains, in both rural and urban settings.  To support administration and business operations, Wasoqopa’q First Nation, with supporting staff, provides programs and services within two (2) Health Centres, a Youth Centre, two (2) Community Centres, six (6) administration offices, and six (6) business establishments, including economic development, education, employment, fishing, forestry, health, housing & maintenance, human resources, and social.

Position Overview and Objective

WFN is currently recruiting for an Education and Employment Coordinator, reporting to the Education Director and Indigenous Employment Officer, responsible to provide support and encouragement for students and or clients, in achieving educational and employment goals, including individual assessments and building actions plans, liaising and navigating access and enrollment processes for programs, services and resources to pursue or continue in higher education, and or furthering the development of skills, training and experience for career advancement and or increased employment opportunities.

Essential Functions and Duties

  • Perform individual assessments to understand education and or employment program readiness
  • Provide education and or employment advising and planning to identify needs/barriers and support the development of short- and long-term action plans that focus on reaching educational aspirations and or career goals
  • Assist students and or clients (one on one, and or in a workshop setting) with conducting labour market information research regarding a specific career that supports WFN program readiness for higher education or career development
  • Provide guidance to students and or clients that supports access to programs, services and resources increasing success and quality of learning
  • Establish an education and employment workplan with objectives, actions, deliverables and timelines that focuses on the student and or client’s success outcomes
  • Provide a monthly report that outlines the activities of the workplan, such as number of students and or clients contacted, outstanding issues and any additional services that are required
  • Establish a database of bursaries, scholarships and other funding sources for student and or client support in continuing education or advancing a career
  • Encourage and support students and or clients in navigating and submitting applications for bursaries, scholarships and access to other funding sources
  • Conduct exit interviews with post-secondary students that have decided to withdraw from their program of studies
  • Assist with the development of proposals to access other funding sources to support education and or employment goals
  • Maintain active post-secondary files on students
  • Develop case files for students – high school and adult learners
  • Understand and learn to develop and submit monthly budgets and financial reporting requirements for METS and Education, as needed
  • Become familiar and be able to input clients in the PAL accountability system ensuring data is inputted on a timely basis, as needed
  • Collaborate and network with other First Nation organizations, community partners, Liaison Officers within educational institutions, Centres for Education, service providers and government to build access to a resources base for students and their families, and or clients
  • Organize information sessions and or workshops that provide access to post secondary information, different types of careers, and or assist in advancing the knowledge and skills of students and or clients (i.e. resume writing, entrepreneurship, trades, career fair)
  • Attend and actively participate in events, celebrations and ceremonies that promote education and life long learning, and career development and success (i.e. student awards celebrations, job fairs, WFN events and activities)
  • Capture, with photos, slideshows and videos, programs, workshops, activities, events, celebrations and ceremonies for WFN students and or clients
  • Collaborate with the Information Technology Officer to support the development of presentations that celebrates education and employment successes
  • Actively participate in METS professional development training and IEO Assistant meetings, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey monthly meetings and others as required
  • Maintain a high degree of student and or client confidentiality and professionalism
  • Adhere to all Mi’kmaq Employment and Training Secretariat (METS) policies and procedures, WFN Education Program and Policies and WFN Policies and Procedures
  • Other duties, training and activities related to the position, as required

Qualifications

  • Post Secondary Diploma in counselling, career development and or relevant experience, preferably in a Mi’kmaq or other First Nations setting
  • Demonstrated experience working with students and or clients, including an understanding of schools and or career success strategies and intervention models to support student and or client success
  • Knowledge and experience working in a Mi’kmaw community and or other First Nation, including awareness of cultural protocol is considered an asset
  • Knowledge of educational and or employment providers, including services available to students and or clients are considered assets
  • Demonstrated experience in office administration, Microsoft Office programs (i.e. excel, word, powerpoint, videos and slideshows), are considered assets
  • First Aid & CPR Certification is considered an asset
  • WHMIS Certification is considered an asset
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Criminal record check/Vulnerable Sector Check/Child Abuse Registry Check is required upon hiring

Required Abilities, Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and critical thinking skills, working with students and or clients
  • Ability to perform duties and work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to be compassionate with students and or clients, providing support during stressful situations
  • Effective time management and organization abilities to meet deadlines
  • Excellent decision making and problem-solving skills with limited resources
  • Ability to solve unique situations and problems while keeping positive attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including both oral and written communications skills, public speaking, and presentation
  • Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality, integrity and professionalism at all times
  • Demonstrated computer skills (i.e. word, excel, powerpoint, videos and slideshows)
  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion

Working Conditions

  • Hours of work are expected to occur during regular WFN office hours, Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, some evenings and or weekends may be required to support events, activities and ceremonies
  • Travel may be required to attend meetings, sessions and or workshops to support the administration of the education and employment programs and this may require driving for significant periods of time
  • Travel and meetings may fall outside of regular working hours
  • A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation is required
  • A great deal of time is spent working indoors in a well-maintained office environment with modern and up-to-date equipment
  • Long periods of sitting and working with office equipment and computer can occur

Application Requirements

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to **Please quote EEC# on your cover letter and indicate your salary expectations for this position.

WFN appreciates the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  WFN does not assume candidate expenses related to this recruitment process.

In accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, if all qualifications are equal, preference will be given to persons of Aboriginal ancestry and if a Wasoqopa’q First Nation Band member.

Deadline to Apply

May 30, 2024

Wasoqopa’q First Nation is committed to fostering a safe workplace that provides an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment, where employees are treated professionally and with dignity and respect.  We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring equal opportunity and participation as part of the WFN team.

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Job Opportunity | Retail/VLT Cashier | Hammonds Plains Entertainment

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Retail/VLT Cashier - Hammonds Plains Entertainment

Position Title:  Cashier
Department: Business Operations – Hammonds Plains Entertainment
Salary: $ 16.40 per hour/shift work required
Term: Part-time
Location:  1692 Hammonds Plains Rd Hammonds Plains, NS, B4B 1P5
Position Reports to: Manager, Hammonds Plains Entertainment

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Acadia First Nation (AFN), owns and operates the Hammonds Plains Entertainment facility located in Hammonds Plains, NS.  The facility, new in its operations since December 2019, provides VLT’s for entertainment, drive thru for tobacco and ancillary services, and a store front location for products and services.  AFN is currently recruiting for Retail/VLT Cashier part-time positions to support the Manager in daily operations.  This position is responsible for supporting daily operations including greeting customers, and handling transactions, providing a fundamental role in achieving customer satisfaction.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Retail:
  • Greets customers in a courteous, friendly and professional manner within retail operations, including answering phones and addressing customer inquiries (such as products and pricing)
  • Receives and processes all retail payments including credit, debit and cash transactions ensuring to appropriately record prices, department, taxable and non-taxable items
  • Balances and reconciles daily cash ensuring cash equals receipts, responsible for shortages
  • Operates the scanning equipment, including scanning products, and troubleshooting scanning issues
  • Supports the maintenance of inventory, checking for low stock, damaged and expired products; provides updates to shift Supervisor
  • Assists in maintaining the storefront inventory and retail displays including cleanliness, and stocking inventory (lotto, tobacco, coolers, shelves and displays)
  • Maintains the coffee station for customers, including availability of coffee, products and cleanliness during shift
  • Supports the health and safety of customers and employees, conducting walkthroughs of assigned areas to guard against theft, vandalism and fire
  • Conducts the cleaning schedule assigned for retail operations during the shift, including the proper removal and disposal of garbage from containers, conducts bathroom checks, cleaning and stocking products as needed, sweeps and mops floors, cleans parking area and entrance way of debris, snow or ice, adding salt as necessary
  • Adheres to all COVID-19 cleaning guidelines and regulations as set out by AFN and Public Health, in retail operations, including but not limited to social distancing, masking, sanitizing high touch surfaces and employee areas in between customers, and as needed
  • May perform other duties as assigned
  • Adheres to all AFN policies and procedures
VLT:
  • Greets customers in a courteous, friendly and professional manner within VLT operations, including check-in upon arrival and addressing customer inquiries
  • Cashes VLT tickets, and clears VLT machines, in accordance with schedule and as necessary
  • Balances and reconciles daily VLT cash and payouts, responsible for shortages
  • Conducts shift change paperwork for VLT operations
  • Assists in the opening and closing of VLT operations including cash handling and deposits
  • Maintains the coffee station and refreshments cooler, including availability of coffee and snacks, products and cleanliness during shift
  • Supports the health and safety of customers and employees, conducting walkthroughs of assigned areas to guard against theft, vandalism and fire
  • Conducts the cleaning schedule assigned for VLT operations during the shift, including the proper removal and disposal of garbage from containers, conducts bathroom checks, cleaning and stocking products as needed, sweeps and mops floors, cleans parking area and entrance way of debris, snow or ice, adding salt as necessary
  • Adheres to all COVID-19 cleaning guidelines and regulations as set out by AFN and Atlantic Lotto, in VLT operations, including but not limited to social distancing, masking, sanitizing VLT’s in between customers, and maintaining Greets customers in a courteous, friendly and professional manner within VLT operations, including check-in upon arrival and addressing customer inquiries
  • Cashes VLT tickets, and clears VLT machines, in accordance with schedule and as necessary
  • Balances and reconciles daily VLT cash and payouts, responsible for shortages
  • Conducts shift change paperwork for VLT operations
  • Assists in the opening and closing of VLT operations including cash handling and deposits
  • Maintains the coffee station and refreshments cooler, including availability of coffee and snacks, products and cleanliness during shift
  • Supports the health and safety of customers and employees, conducting walkthroughs of assigned areas to guard against theft, vandalism and fire
  • Conducts the cleaning schedule assigned for VLT operations during the shift, including the proper removal and disposal of garbage from containers, conducts bathroom checks, cleaning and stocking products as needed, sweeps and mops floors, cleans parking area and entranceway of debris, snow or ice, adding salt as necessary
  • Adheres to all COVID-19 cleaning guidelines and regulations as set out by AFN and Atlantic Lotto, in VLT operations, including but not limited to social distancing, masking, sanitizing VLT’s in between customers, and maintaining sanitization and cleaning duties for the gaming rooms.
  • May perform other duties as assigned
  • Adheres to all AFN policies and proceduresand cleaning duties for the gaming rooms.
  • May perform other duties as assigned
  • Adheres to all AFN policies and procedures

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Grade 12 or equivalent and/or 6 months experience in retail, cash handling and customer service
  • Experience with operating electronic equipment (e.g. cash register, scanners, money counters, etc.)
  • OH&S, First Aid & CPR and WHMIS current or willing to renew
  • Criminal Record Check (condition of hiring)

ABILITIES, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent mathematical skills
  • Basic computer skills, with a common knowledge of Microsoft suite tools, and Excel
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Multi-tasking and problem-solving skills, working in a fast-paced environment

Deadline to Apply:  Open Until Positions Are Filled

Acadia First Nation is an equal opportunity employer; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to **Please quote HPCashier# on your cover letter and indicate your salary expectations for this position.

AFN reserves the right to refuse any and all applications for employment and does not assume candidate expenses related to this recruitment process.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Opportunity | Cook | Winner's One Stop

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Cook  - Winners One Stop Restaurant

RATE 16.00 per hour
POSITIONS Multiple Positions Available
DURATION Part-Time
LOCATION Winners One Stop Restaurant, Yarmouth NS
ESTIMATED START DATE November 2022

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Acadia First Nation (AFN), owns and operates the Winner’s One Stop Restaurant located in Yarmouth, NS.  The restaurant is an upscale licensed sit-down restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a take-out menu, specialty coffee drinks, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, also servicing the Tru Hilton Hotel with room service and catering.  AFN is currently recruiting for a part-time cook that is responsible for working as part of a team, in a fast-paced work environment to prepare quality food in accordance with the menu, to customers, with strict adherence to all health and safety regulations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Follows health, safety, and sanitation guidelines for the preparation and service of all menu items, specials and related products
  • Establishes daily cook stations (hot and or cold side) and stocks them with the necessary supplies to prepare menu for service
  • Prepares a variety of foods, grilling, frying, chopping, sautéing, broiling meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables, sauces and cold food items to standardized recipes
  • Takes inventory counts before and after shifts, completing daily and weekly food inventory or storage sheets
  • Estimates expected food consumption, based on demand and inventory counts to determine the requisition of supplies; may place orders for inventory
  • Maintains the work area throughout the shift, keeping preparation and service areas clean and sanitized in observance of safe, sanitary food handling practices
  • Adhere to all cost control guidelines that have been established, monitoring stock and utilizing products prior to expiration date to minimize waste
  • Ensures the highest standards to ensure consistency in food quality and speed of quality service
  • Establishes and maintains well stocked inventory of Your Winner’s World C-Store, preparing and packaging products for sale
  • Keeps equipment operating by following operating instructions. troubleshooting breakdowns, maintaining supplies, performing preventative maintenance, calling for repairs
  • Maintains daily temperature logs, checking freezers, refrigerators, or heating equipment (and record in log) to ensure proper functioning
  • Creates signage for daily specials and or special occasions and events
  • Prepares orders for catering services
  • Adheres to all Acadia First Nation Policies & Procedures
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Culinary arts diploma and or culinary skills certification from a recognized educational institution
  • Previous work experience in hospitality and or catering sector
  • Food Hygiene or Food Handlers Certification
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR and WHMIS
  • Working knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety standards and restaurant regulations
  • Detail oriented and highly observant
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to manage a fast paced, highly stressful work environment

Deadline to Apply:  Open Until Positions Are Filled

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to **Please quote WOSCOOK# on your cover letter and indicate your salary expectations for this position.

AFN reserves the right to refuse any and all applications for employment and does not assume candidate expenses related to this recruitment process.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Opportunity | Wait Staff | Gold Bean Cafe

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Wait Staff - Gold Bean Café

RATE 15.00 per hour
POSITIONS Multiple Positions Available
DURATION Part-Time
LOCATION Gold Bean Café, Chester NS
ESTIMATED START DATE November 2022

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Acadia First Nation (AFN), owns and operates the Gold Bean Cafe located in Gold River, NS.  The café is an upscale licensed sit-down restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a take-out menu, specialty coffee drinks, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.  AFN is currently recruiting for part-time wait staff that is responsible for working as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment, providing excellent customer service, and adhering to all health and safety regulations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides excellent customer service, understanding menu items, specials and other related products available for customers
  • Follows health, safety, and sanitation guidelines for take away and sit-down service table side
  • Maintains front of house service and eating areas throughout the shift, in accordance with health and safety regulations
  • Places and delivers customer orders for take away and sit-down service
  • Processes transactions with POS including cash, debit and credit card sales and balances till at end of shift
  • Places, delivers and conducts POS transactions for customer room service and catering orders for the Tru Hilton Hotel
  • Assists in preparing and serving menu items including desserts and beverages
  • Addresses customer inquires and or concerns, involves Management as appropriate
  • Maintains front of house inventory, including the restocking of service stations and coolers with products during shift, communicating low product inventory to Management
  • Adheres to all Acadia First Nation Policies & Procedures
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma with knowledge and experience with electronic equipment (e.g. cash register, scanners)
  • 6 month’s minimum experience in customer service industry
  • Previous work experience in hospitality and or catering sector is considered an asset
  • Cash handling experience preferred
  • Food Hygiene or Food Handlers Certification
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR and WHMIS
  • Working knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety standards and restaurant regulations
  • Detail oriented and highly observant
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to excel in a fast paced, highly stressful work environment

Deadline to Apply:  Open Until Positions Are Filled

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to **Please quote GBWAITSTAFF# on your cover letter and indicate your salary expectations for this position.

AFN reserves the right to refuse any and all applications for employment and does not assume candidate expenses related to this recruitment process.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.