Family Program Facilitator

Family Program Facilitator

Position: Family Program Facilitator

Department: Programs

Reporting to: Family ProgramCoordinator 

Location: 40 Quidi Vidi Road


The Family Program Facilitator will work closely with individuals and groups to facilitate meaningful and impactful experiences to our urban indigenous community members. Often the first face people see when they enter a friendship centre, the facilitator plays a crucial role in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. They greet new participants, introduce them to others, and help them feel comfortable and at ease. The facilitator also helps participants get to know each other and encourages them to engage in activities that promote social interaction and community building.

The Family Program Facilitator will work in programs for families with children under 6, which involves direct planning, preparation, and facilitation of weekly programs with culture, child development, and family health as the focus. 

First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Facilitate programs that provide a safe space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants to learn about Indigenous traditions and culture.
  • Plan, develop, and create curriculum for family and community programs, ensuring they are relevant and achieving desired outcomes.
  • Create a welcoming & comfortable environment for participants to learn and socialize.
  • Regularly report on program performance and evaluate effectiveness, providing recommendations for improvements.
  • Seek out new opportunities to serve families, women, youth, and the community.
  • Work flexible hours to accommodate program schedules, including evenings and weekends.
  • Provide facilitation support during First Light special events and community functions.

Core Skill Set

  • Ability to create a welcoming & inclusive environment
  • Empathetic & good with people
  • Excellent Active listening & communication skills
  • Strong program planning & facilitation skills
  • Ability to take initiative independently and in a team setting
  • Critical thinking & creative problem-solving skills
  • Positive attitude & commitment to continuous improvement
  • Knowledge of Indigenous groups in Newfoundland and Labrador, and of culture, traditions, and practices
  • Understanding of child development & family health
  • Flexibility & adaptability to work non-traditional hours and attend special events
  • Experience with basic messaging software, google docs & sheets and event software, like eventbrite, is considered an asset

First Light recognizes the importance of all types of experience; lived, education, and employment. Previous experience in program development and/or facilitation, preferably in an Indigenous community or cultural context, is an asset.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].