Breaking Free From Family Violence Parenting Across the Lifecycle Development Coordinator-FULL TIME Contract Until March 31, 2023

Community Development · Within Ontario, Ontario
Department Community Development
Employment Type Full Time Contract
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $56,400K - $69,405K DOE

**Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply. First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?


Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change. ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:


  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid vacation time
  • Paid time off at Christmas above paid vacation time
  • Additional paid stat and civic holidays
  • 35-hour work week 
  • Comprehensive benefits program including health, paramedical, dental, vision and EAP. All premiums covered by the employer.
  • Healthcare Spending Account and Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Competitive Retirement Savings Plan up to 16% with organization match pending position
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid cultural/personal wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions



At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally and internationally for generations to come.


The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario.  ONWA encourages the participation of Indigenous women in the development of Federal, Provincial, Municipal/Local government policies that impact their lives and ensure issues affecting Indigenous women and their families are heard at key government tables.

ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language, and heritage.  Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health, environmental stewardship, and economic development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization.  ONWA insists on social and cultural well – being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.


The Parenting Across the Life Cycle Development Coordinator will focus on the development of a parenting program, spanning the lifecycle from infant, to child, to youth and beyond. The Parenting Across the Life Cycle Development Coordinator will support a wholistic approach ensuring Indigenous women and their families are in the driver’s seat, and are meaningfully engaged to use their voices to co-develop a parenting program that encompasses parenting skills This position will facilitate the BFFV Parenting Program Worker training and education and co-develop trauma informed resources and supports as well as develop a Parenting Program Manual that will focus on the development of parenting skills for all ages including the process of reunification.


The Development Coordinator will coordinate, build capacity, and support the Breaking Free from Family Violence Support Workers to ensure effective services are provided to Indigenous women and their families, in a culturally rooted, holistic way, to assist them in navigating through the complex systems encountered when experiencing violence and when involved in child welfare matters.  The programs intentions are to fill the distinct gaps and work to meet the unique needs identified by Indigenous women, families, and communities throughout the province in the areas of child welfare, supporting parenting skills across the lifecycle, and addressing family violence using a wholistic and Indigenous gender-based approach (I-GBA+) to reduce the number of Indigenous children in care through consistent investment in Indigenous community-based preventative programs and services



  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies with a minimum three (3) years’ work experience in community service delivery in a project coordination role.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and/or communities.
  • Extensive knowledge and working experience on issues related to Child Welfare Systems and Violence Against Indigenous Women Sectors and child development.
  • Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and their families and awareness of Community resources provincially.
  • Strong communicator – with excellent written, oral, and facilitation skills.
  • Solution oriented with proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with other service agencies, ability to network and create/maintain these relationships.
  • Experience coordinating workshops, engagements and/or conferences.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and improve performance through management feedback.
  • Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
  • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to plan and follow through on assigned duties independently with strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Not-For Profit Organizations
  • Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Reliable vehicle, appropriate vehicle insurance coverage and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required. This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements. This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • ONWA is committed on implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required.



  • Cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness, and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.

  • Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.


  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.


  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.




  1. Coordinate and implement office administrative procedures.
  2. Carry out administrative activities associated with the position.
  3. Assemble data and prepare periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence as required.
  4. Provide direct assistance to support staff to increase and maintain capacity and competence in service delivery, program administration and reporting.
  5. Provide orientation and training to new program employees and facilitate or provide ongoing professional development.
  6. Report to and collaborate with the ONWA Management team to successfully implement the program.
  7. Develop a Parenting Program Manual that will focus on developing parenting skills for all ages and the process of reunification.
  8. Facilitate the BFFV Parenting Program Worker training and education
  9. Co-develop trauma informed resources and supports.
  10. Assist with set up and build capacity in site offices.
  11. Design and finalize data collection, reporting and accountability processes including the performance measurement plan.
  12. Collect, compile, and analyze program and Community Member data from Family Support Workers.
  13. Work within a designated budget.
  14. Other duties as assigned.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The Breaking Free From Family Violence Development Coordinator will be directly accountable to the Community Development Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.


We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, providing all training, onboarding and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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  • Location
    Within Ontario, Ontario
  • Department
    Community Development
  • Employment Type
    Full Time Contract
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $56,400K - $69,405K DOE