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Employment Opportunity: Jordan’s Principle Coordinator at the Winnipeg School Division – SCOINC

Press Release

April 5, 2022

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a Jordan’s Principle Coordinator to support First Nation children and families attending schools within the Winnipeg School Division.


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations and more than 80,500 citizens in southern Manitoba.  SCO was established 22 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

Jordan’s Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation. Jordan’s Principle is a child first initiative intended to ensure that First Nation children do not experience denials, delays, or disruptions of public services ordinarily available to other children due to jurisdictional disputes. SCO is building a network of Jordan’s Principle Coordinators to support improved educational, health and social outcomes for First Nation children and currently has Jordan’s Principle Coordinators at the Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre and the Children’s Hospital (January 2022).

The SCO Jordan’s Principle Coordinator at the Winnipeg School Division is a valuable member of the SCO Team and works with educators and families at the Winnipeg School Division to access programs, services and supports to increase educational success for First Nation children. This role will ensure First Nation children and their families have access to the educational, health, and social programs and services they require. The successful candidate has knowledge of and a genuine interest in helping children and families to navigate and connect with the programs, services and supports to which they are entitled.

SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment!


Utilizing a strength-based approach to build confidence, focus on solutions and engage the family, the SCO Jordan’s Principle Coordinator will work with educators and families to support First Nation children at the Winnipeg School Division.

  • Working with children, families, and educators to identify the resources needed to address gaps and ensure positive educational outcomes.
  • Assisting with the application and appeals process to access federal Jordan’s Principle funding for children who require educational, health and social support.
  • Providing navigation to appropriate programs, services and/or agencies and work with professional supports in a responsive and coordinated manner.
  • Attending appointments and/or case conferencing with families as required.
  • Providing culturally safe drop-in and/or meeting space for First Nation families so they are properly informed and engaged in their child’s educational progress.
  • Collaborating with appropriate service providers and/or programs to provide wraparound services for the child.
  • Assisting families to access Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) such as medical transportation, vision, dental services, prescription drugs, and medical supplies as needed.


  • Provide navigator services to families of First Nation children referred by Winnipeg School Division educators.
  • Provide high quality comprehensive, competent, and culturally appropriate services that are responsive to needs.
  • Develop Jordan’s Principle program informational materials, and encourage families to access programs, services and supports to meet their child’s needs.
  • Build and nurture relationships across community-based programs and services, service providers, and First Nations, federal, and provincial programs, and services.
  • Identify service providers to support children’s access to quality and culturally appropriate educational, health and social services.
  • Provide student support and advocacy.
  • Identify barriers to First Nation children in achieving educational success and develop a plan with educators and families to overcome barriers.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret program statistics and data for reporting purposes.
  • Adhere to SCO and Winnipeg School Division policies, procedures, and professional standards.


  • Post-secondary degree such as a Bachelor or Master’s in education or a degree or diploma in a related discipline such as social work or health.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the education sector.
  • Experience working with multi-sectoral partnerships within and beyond the educational services sector.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of colonialism, Indian Residential Schools, intergenerational trauma and systemic racism on First Nation education and children.
  • Team player with a “families first” approach who can work collaboratively with a variety of people within complex systems.
  • Exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively with families, colleagues, supervisors, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to independently manage a wide range of tasks, often within short timelines and with precision.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when developing and handling sensitive information.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write clear, concise documents and reports with a high degree of accuracy and for a variety of audiences.
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
  • Ability to speak Anishinaabe or Dakota languages an asset.


  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Clear Children and Adult Abuse Registry Check.
  • Clear Vulnerable Persons Registry Check.
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License as travel will be required.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • If the candidate is a member of a registered profession, candidate must be a member in good standing of their regulatory body.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS: Monday, April 18, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | [email protected]

*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.


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