Student and Family Advocate (SFA) Coordinator Full Time Position


Background: Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI), is a Toronto based non-profit established to promote early childhood care and education (ECCE) for West African children aged 0 – 12 years.

Under the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Student and Family Advocates (SFA) Initiative, ECDI will provide advocacy supports/services, capacity building, systems navigation, and other initiatives in collaboration with schools, school boards and community groups, to benefit newcomer Black West African children aged 6-12 and their families, in Toronto York South-Weston and Humber River-Black Creek communities.

ECDI is seeking to recruit a fulltime SFA Coordinator for the project.


Under the overall guidance of the CEO, the SFA Coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects of the project. This includes design and distribution of outreach materials, family recruitment, and delivery of all program components to meet the following core functions:

  1. Advocacy on Behalf of Students and Families
  • Develop and conduct community consultation activities with children and their families to identify specific needs and challenges to be addressed
  • Develop an action plan, in partnership with families to address the identified challenges with the relevant school and/or board
  • Initiate communication and attend meetings with school boards, teachers, guidance counsellors, and/or administrators (education team) to facilitate discussion of student progress or issues of concern raised by students and their families
  • Develop and implement strategies to support positive school-family communication
  • Develop and facilitate cultural safety workshops for education teams, in partnership with families.
  • Carry out other activities to fulfil core function 1
  1. Student and Family Empowerment
  • Collaborate with children and families to support the development of short and long term education goals
  • Coordinate and facilitate training opportunities to strengthen children and family’s capacity to successfully navigate the education system and processes
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships to connect children and families with community resources, supportive programs and networks to increase education outcomes
  • Establish family network groups to facilitate rapid response to situations, information sharing and intragroup supports
  • Collaborate and support family/community developed initiatives to enhance home school communication
  • Carry out other activities to fulfil core function 2


  1. Community Collaboration and Systems Advocacy
  • Organize community collaboration sessions with local schools/school boards to help build awareness of and address barriers identified by participating students, their families and communities
  • Provide leadership, advice, consultation and support to schools/school boards on anti-Black racism, systemic barriers and collaborate in the development of strategies to foster positive change for West African students and their families in the education system
  • Collaborate with community groups and agencies for ongoing information sharing and expanded systems-level advocacy
  • Organize an annual advocacy gathering for socialization and knowledge mobilization
  • Carry out other activities to fulfil core function 3
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools to measure overall program effectiveness and collate required reporting data
  • Prepare regular evaluation and general program reports
  • Collate feedback reports from stakeholders
  1. Other Duties
  • Manage and maintain confidential records and confidentiality requirements
  • Develop and maintain trusting relationships with children and their families, and education stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful experience working within the Black community in general and/or newcomer Black population in Ontario. French language proficiency is required. West African cultural and language capacity is an advantage
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Education or applicable field
  • Minimum three years’ experience working with grade 1-12 students in academic, vocational, or social programs
  • Demonstrable capacity for self-direction and organization with excellent computer skills including Microsoft 360 applications
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the functioning of school boards, preferably in Toronto
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential records and privacy regulations
  • Police record check will be required

Desired Qualifications:

  • Possess own car

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to by 18 February 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.