Indigenous Counsellors

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Position Description

 

 

Fort St. John is located in beautiful northeastern British Columbia. The Indigenous Education Centre provides “Enhanced Service” to approximately 20% of the whole school population, Indigenous students, in School District No. 60 (Peace River North) in approximately fifteen schools. 

 

Qualifications and Experience            

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Masters degree in counseling psychology or a related field from an institution recognized by the BC College of Teachers, with training in school counseling theory/techniques (or working towards) with an emphasis on Indigenous social issues
  • Excellent skills in individual as well as group/classroom instruction on: anger management, suicide, relationships and other relevant topics
  • Knowledge/experience in working with critical incident responses, safety plans, crisis prevention, emergency plans, risk and threat assessment
  • Interest and willingness to co-ordinate student leadership programs
  • Knowledge and familiarity of Indigenous culture and history will be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practices
  • Counselor will have a broad based knowledge of the family and social issues that Indigenous students face today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on their families and communities, and a good understanding and practice of Indigenous Cultures and traditions.
  • As a member of the staff team of the Indigenous Education Centre, the counsellor will actively engage in events, other related school and community work
  • Counsellor will utilize Indigenous traditions, healing practices, customs, protocols and provide support and counselling for Indigenous students and their families
  • Ability to help students navigate the unique educational, social and behavioral obstacles related to students attending middle and secondary school
  • Strong communication skills that incorporates technology
  • Skills/ability to lead workshop sessions for students on a variety of different skills (i.e. Anger Management, Suicide Awareness, and Strength-based Approaches)
  • Ability/experience in behaviour support and intervention (Functional Analysis of Behaviour, Behaviour Intervention Planning)
  • Ability to work with teachers, students and/or parents in a problem solving capacity
  • Working knowledge of ethical procedures and guidelines
  • Ability/experience to contact and liaise with outside agencies
  • Must possess a Valid Class 5 Driver's license, provide clean driving abstract and a reliable vehicle
  • Valid BC Ministry of Education Teaching Certificate

Interested applicants are required to supply

  • Three (3) references
  • Verification of qualifications (BC Teacher Certificate)

Compensation

  • $1400 relocation allowance for teacher from BC, AB and Yukon and up to $2000 for teachers from other areas
  • $2,520.09 recruitment allowance (paid over 10 months of the school year, based on the FTE)
  • Salary as per collective agreement.  Current salary grid is $48,657 - $91,278
  • Benefits as per collective agreement with option to enroll in medical, dental, extended health, and group life insurance.  Benefits are employer paid based on FTE

For more information please contact:

Pat Jansen, District Principal, Aboriginal Education Centre 250-785-8324 or pjansen@prn.b.ca

 

These postings are ongoing until filled, however; qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.