Physical Literacy & Nutrition Specialist


Job Title: Physical Literacy & Nutrition Specialist Department: EarlyON
Status: Permanent Full-time (35 hours) Number of Positions: 1
Hourly Rate: $21.33/hour

Posting Date: January 25, 2019

Bargaining Unit: Unionized, CUPE Local 5239

Posting Close: February 8, 2019

East York/East Toronto Family Resources (EYET) is a non-profit multi-service agency providing a range of services, resources and supports to individuals, families and the community in key areas: early learning and child care, housing, outreach and community services within a community development and capacity building framework. EYET is committed to accountability, responsiveness, inclusion, innovation and collaboration.

Position Summary

EYET is currently accepting applications for the position of Physical Literacy and Nutrition Specialist from qualified and motivated candidates. With direction from the Early Years Supervisor, the Physical Literacy and Nutrition Specialist works across all EYET EarlyON Child and Family Centre (EarlyON CFC) sites, as the lead staff for implementation of physical literacy and nutrition programs, activities and practices that promote child and family physical well-being and gross motor skills development. The Physical Literacy and Nutrition Specialist will incorporate evidence-based information, strategies, models, programs, activities and practices that promote child and family physical well-being and gross motor skills development. As a member of the EarlyON team, the Physical Literacy and Nutrition Specialist works collaboratively with other program staff in the delivery of all EarlyON CFC’s programs and activities as well as other Family Support programs operated by EYET, partner agencies, volunteers and student placements to ensure meaningful responses to the needs and issues of participants within the context of the department’s outcomes and deliverables as well as EYET’s Mission, Values and Strategic Plan.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Integrate physical literacy and nutrition components that are aligned with the Ministry  of  Education EarlyON CFC vision, core services and How Does Learning Happen (HDLH) pedagogical framework;
  • Identify and actively engage in work related staff and volunteer training and development opportunities;
  • Design inclusive child and family program service model/s, activities and practices that promote physical literacy and nutrition activities and practices that support child and family physical well- being and gross motor skills development;
  • Evaluate program related data and statistics to support reflective programming that meets population health approach principles;
  • Participate actively in regular needs assessments, planning, implementation/delivery, and evaluation of culturally competent, inclusive and developmentally appropriate programming that achieves departmental outcomes and deliverables;
  • Maintain a positive early learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe and respectful;
  • Provide intake and referral including information and supportive counselling, facilitation of workshops and development and acquisition of resources for participants;
  • Interact and participate in a constructive, collaborative and cooperative manner within the staff team and other partnership

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Must be a current member in good standing of Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators (RECE)
    • Possess the following academic qualifications:
      • A minimum 2 years College Diploma in Early Childhood Education with at least 2 years advanced level training in health science, health promotion, physical education or kinesiology from a recognized post-secondary institution; or
      • A Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology or Health Sciences; or
      • A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and 1 year advanced level training in health science, health promotion, physical education or kinesiology from a recognized post- secondary
    • Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse families and/or caregivers and their children in a community based setting;
    • Knowledge and understanding of Family Support Principles;
    • Proven skills in program planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation;
    • Knowledge and understanding of the issues facing culturally diverse relevant populations with a focus on health promotion and accessibility;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting
    • Demonstrated group facilitation skills;
    • Knowledge of services and community organizations for relevant population group;
    • Knowledge of physical literacy and nutrition resources available for families related to ;
    • Good English language writing and verbal skills;
    • Demonstrated commitment to social change;
    • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends;
    • Basic computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheets, email) and able to troubleshoot basic computer issues/problems;
    • Demonstrated commitment to anti-oppression principles

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter as a single MS Word or PDF formatted document saved using a file name that includes your last name and first initial to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 8, 2019. Please include “Physical Literacy and Nutrition Specialist Hiring Committee” in the subject line of your email.

Only e-mailed applications will be accepted. No telephone enquiries, please. Individuals from equity- seeking groups are encouraged to apply.

Interviews may be scheduled prior to the closing date of the job posting. Only candidates selected  for interview will be contacted.

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