Systems Navigator/Advocate Position – title to be determined

Systems Navigator/Advocate Position - title to be determined

  • March 2023 – March 31, 2024
  • Full-time position | 35 hours/week
  • 1.5 year term | 1 year exploratory period (probationary)
  • Salary: $85,000 – $100,000 annually – or – $46-$54/hour depending on experience (inclusive of Northern Living Allowance)
  • Extended health & dental benefits and sick leave provided
  • Iqaluit, NU

– This position is for Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement only –

To apply send resume to:

A combination of education, professional and lived experience will be considered for this position. Piruqatigiit Resource Centre is an inclusive employer. If you are successful for an interview, please advise of any accommodations required.

Position Description

Piruqatigiit Resource Centre provides culturally safe and Inuit informed information, programming, advocacy and support to people and families who may have FASD/ confirmed FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). Piruqatigiit Resource Centre recently received funding to facilitate a Pediatric FASD Assessment Clinic for Nunavut children/youth and their families living in the Kivalliq and Qikiqtani Regions. We also provide support and mentorship to the Kitikmeot Friendship Society and their FASD Assessment Clinic in Cambridge Bay.

The Systems Navigator/Advocate position with Piruqatigiit will become an integral part of our lifespan programming and support for people and families in Nunavut. This role will include providing individualized supports, programming and advocacy for children and youth and their families. It is essential that everyone on the team respects and promotes the dignity and well-being of all people accessing Piruqatigiit Resource Centre’s services including the FASD Assessment Clinic. While all front-line positions on our team include advocacy work and directly supporting families at school meetings, medical assessments or other; writing letters of support and advocacy to uphold children/youth/adults rights with suspected/confirmed FASD, this role will specifically focus on advocacy and systems navigation. This position, like all Piruqatigiit positions is rooted in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice and will strive to counter and identify/call out harmful practices and experiences families endure. This position will be an additional ‘buffer’ for families who are already facing additional marginalization, barriers and stigma as a result of being affected by FASD. This position is intersectional in its advocacy for the rights, inclusion, access and safety of all persons. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide continuous case and file management
  • Support families/individuals by phone, email or in-person/video meetings to identify and be responsive to their advocacy and system navigation needs
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Pirquatigiit clinical and programming team to advocate for the rights and specific interventions/accommodations/assistive devices or approaches required on behalf of the client/family to service providers ie) Dept of education, DFS, DOJ, and Dept of Health. (training will be provided to you)
  • Make necessary referrals to programs and services within the home community.
  • Work in partnership with community agencies
  • Provide individualized and/or group programming and support to child/youth and their family who do not pursue the FASD Assessment Clinic (Training will be provided. As the role reaches capacity of client, we will ensure another position is created to share the growing caseload)
  • Share and utilize Piruqatigiit Resource Centre educational materials and programming (training will be provided and said resources will be clearly identified to you)
  • Build positive relationships with clients and families
  • Ensure confidentiality and manage client information and files
  • Respond to emails and items for review in a timely manner
  • Be an ambassador for Piruqatigiit and uphold the integrity of our organization by adhering to our policies and model of service provision when networking and working with all stakeholders
  • Other duties may be assigned 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge, skills and abilities must include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lived experience as an Inuk with understanding/experience of life in Nunavut
  • Proficiency in Inuktitut – spoken and written proficiency necessary as we serve clients from across Nunavut.
  • Knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Principles, Inuit Societal Values and Inuit cultural practices; willingness to incorporate Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit into work and workplace
  • Comprehensive understanding of the history of the impact of colonization and forced changed across Nunavut, as well as respect for the resilience, cultural revitalization, and capacity of Nunavut Inuit 
  • Excellent computer skills; ability to learn/navigate communication systems ie) Zoom/ Microsoft Teams/Google Meets, etc.; ability to use typical office equipment including printers.

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Practices Inuuqatigiitsiarniq (Respecting others, relationships and caring for people) and Tunnganarniq (Fostering good spirit by being open, welcoming and inclusive) to all people interacting with Piruqatigiit Resource Centre; Possesses a commitment to treating all individuals with kindness, dignity and respect

  • Is willing to work from a trauma and FASD informed approach with clients and colleagues (training provided); is a team player 

Highly Valued Experience

  • Previous experience and knowledge of supporting people with FASD and/or disability related professional experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of caregiver and family needs and strengths
  • Experience with medical records would be an asset.
  • A certificate, diploma or degree in a related field would be an asset.

Additional Information

  • Orientation to Piruqatigiit Resource Centre and essential knowledge of FASD and being trauma-informed will be provided
  • Ongoing education and training opportunities will be provided
  • The person in this position will work a 35 hour (FT) work week with opportunity for some flexibility with times of day hours are worked
  • Additional hours to deliver programming to children/youth/families are available outside of this salary and 35 hours/week
  • Possibility for extension of this position beyond 2024 is a possibility.

* The successful candidate must pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening*