(Employment & Training Program)
Musqueam Indian Band
The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca.
Musqueam’s Employment & Training Department is undertaking an exciting new project – the Skills Partnership Fund – and is hiring Mentors to support the project activities. These positions will be on-call, working from 5 – 25 hours/week, and may be up to 40 hours per week, depending on program/client activities and demands.
Mentors are vital to the Musqueam Skills Partnership Fund (SPF) project and will serve as advisors, educators, role models and leaders giving back to participants in the Musqueam community, and contributing knowledge and skills through the sharing their professional and personal experiences (e.g. carpentry, piping, electrical, office administration, tourism/hospitality, archaeology, environmental monitoring) with multi-barrier client group. Our mentors are to build strong and stable mentoring relationships through trusting, respectful, honest and genuine relationships. These relationships are created to support the personal and professional growth and development of achieving individuals and assisting them to achieve their career goals. The primary functions of our mentors are to build a strong mentor relationship through listening, guidance, advice, teaching, and professional support.
- Provide one-on-one mentoring to clients via face-to-face, telephone and email meetings.
- Meet with the client on a regular basis as per an agreed schedule, to review program progress and plan future activities, including areas for improvement.
- Assist the client in setting developmental goals and plans to achieve them
- Discuss work related concerns impeding performance or career growth
- Share organizational knowledge gained from personal experience
- Provide objective honest feedback
- Attend mentor training program to learn mentoring and communication standards.
- Work with the Mentor Coordinator and the Job Coach to ensure the participants are working on Development Plan activities and goals and what they can expect on the job.
Knowledge and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the English language with verbal and written skills at a level usually associated with Secondary School completion, and a business program certificate, counseling degree or economic development training; or an equivalent combination of skill, knowledge, and experience.
- Foster Care and Big Brother experience
- Knowledge and understanding of Residential School Syndrome
- Able to demonstrate a clear and solid understanding of a specific topic, subject, or area that can assist the personal and professional growth and development of the project participants.
- Able to work independently, with minimal direction and oversight. Strong organizational skills and punctuality to scheduled meetings with project participants. Proficiency required using Microsoft products, the Internet, and email.
- Superior communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with individuals and groups. Demonstrates a high level of ease and professionalism to work with a diverse group of management-level and executive-level business professionals.
- Previous experience with First Nations organizations preferred.
- Cultural competency and knowledge of the MIB’s cultural traditions is preferred
- Knowledge of the local labour market, resource agencies, education and training institutions that may be accessible to project participants
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to drive and provide a licensed vehicle for work purposes.
- Valid BC Driver’s License
- Successful criminal background check
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Mentor Coordinator
Please apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to Musqueam Indian Band to
Please write “Mentors” on the subject line.
Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.
Posting will remain open until filled.
We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those short-listed will be contacted.