The Tsawout First Nation located on southern Vancouver Island is pleased to invite qualified applicants to apply to the position of Head Start Coordinator.

Reporting to the Education Manager, the Head Start Coordinator develops, plans, coordinates and implements the required components of the Head Start program.  This position plays an important role to promote the early childhood stages of growth and development of the preschool children within the Tsawout First Nation.  The Head Start Coordinator also supervises employees within the Head Start program.

The successful applicant will have significant and proven skills and abilities creating and coordinating the development of program goals, objectives, curriculum, budgets and work plans.  Additionally, respect for and working knowledge of the W̱SÁNEĆ culture and SENĆOŦEN language is a requirement for this position.

The successful applicant must provide proof of having received two doses of a COVID 19 vaccination.

Closing date for applications is 4:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2022.



  • Diploma or certificate in Early Childhood Education; and 
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a daycare or other ECE environment;
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience managing, directing and leading employees, and liaising with various regulatory agencies; 
  • Experience developing, interpreting and monitoring budgets and statistics; 
  • Experience planning and implementing programs and achieving outcomes;
  • Experience creating and preparing a variety of written reports, proposals, spreadsheets, presentations, replies to inquiries and other documentation in accordance with organization directives and/or regulatory guidelines;
  • Experience utilizing Strength-based client centered planning and home visitation theory and skills;
  • Clean criminal record check with Vulnerable Sector required;
  • Valid standard first aid and CPR certificate;
  • Valid Food Safe certificate is required;
  • Proof of a positive tuberculosis (TB) test and proof if immunizations are required;
  • Class 5 driver’s license, reliable vehicle and a clean driver’s abstract is required.


  • Plans, develops, and supervises program components/curriculum and delivers program deliverables as required by the Education Manager;
  • Creates and coordinates the development of program goals, objectives, budgets and work plans;
  • Controls expenditures of the program within budget parameters;
  • Ensures monthly evaluations are conducted on various program activities and prepares monthly reports regarding program statistics;
  • Demonstrates appropriate and effective teaching strategies which will support the learning of children involved in the program;
  • Informs parents on program goals, objectives, programs and activities; and shares the vision, and educational philosophy of the program;
  • Monitors daily program attendance and maintains individual files and reports on each child; 
  • Plans and implements activities/interventions for each family/child including referrals to specialized services
  • Conducts home visits to build, strengthen and support relationships with children and their families; 
  • Keeps records regarding access to provincial services and wait lists;
  • Facilitates and assists with the delivery of the SENĆOŦEN language and W̱SÁNEĆ cultural values.
  • Maintains a safe learning environment in the work area, fieldtrips or other school-sponsored activities; 
  • Orders instructional equipment and supplies for classroom use and maintains an inventory when required;
  • Resolves conflict with program participants or parents; 
  • Develops, implements, or facilitates education related workshops or information sessions for families;
  • Promotes community wellness and acts as a liaison for the specialty services for the community;
  • Executes human resource related initiatives for supervised staff including staff selection, setting strategies and objectives, prioritizing work, ensuring proper training, completing annual performance plans, encouraging employee professional development, discipline, and resolution of labour relations issues;
  • Monitors areas of responsibility for opportunities for improvement and innovation and works proactively to implement these;
  • Attends departmental meetings and events as required;
  • Participates in relevant training and workshops identified by the Education Manager to enhance program services;
  • Ensures that service quality standards are maintained and consistently delivered in all areas of responsibility;
  • Develops effective working relationships with clients, families and co-workers by assisting in the resolution of issues and complaints and refers them to the Education Manager when required;
  • Maintains strict confidentiality and exercises sound judgment and discretion when dealing with sensitive issues;
  • Presents a professional, positive and helpful attitude at all times when interacting with children, families, community and co-workers;
  • Presents a clean and professionally dressed appearance while conducting business, in or outside the office;
  • Promotes a safe work place; ensures that all established safety, sanitation and hygiene procedures are followed;
  • Carries out other duties essential to the position as directed by the Education Manager


  • Thorough knowledge of activities/interventions to enhance child development;
  • Thorough knowledge of budgets and program administration;
  • Advanced interpersonal and organizational skills and extremely detail-oriented;
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills;
  • Advanced computer skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint etc.;
  • Ability to provide, obtain or follow clear, concise and accurate information orally and in writing (including spelling, grammar, context and structure);
  • Ability to connect and build relationships with children in a positive way to encourage engagement and participation and have fun;
  • Ability to establish and maintain respectful, cooperative and productive working relationships with a variety of individuals, including parents, co-workers and community agencies, to complete work assignments;
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction, act on own initiative, set own priorities and meet tight, changing or concurrent deadlines;
  • Ability to deal effectively and efficiently with occasionally aggressive or demanding individuals to provide or obtain information to clarify or resolve issues;
  • Ability to following safe work procedures;
  • Strong work ethic including the ability to take initiative; to attend work on a regular and consistent basis, and to demonstrate a collaborative approach to problem solving

The Head Start Coordinator is considered a position of trust; therefore, a Criminal Record check will be conducted on the proposed employee.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Position will be open until filled.

The successful applicant must provide proof of having received two doses of a COVID 19 vaccination.



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Please direct applications to:

Ellie Bartleman
Education Manager
Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd. Saanichton, BC
V8M 2C3

Email: educationmanager@tsawout.ca
Phone: 250-652-9101 ext. 319
Fax: (250) 652-9114

Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

We thank all interested applicants, however, only those short-listed will be contacted for an interview.