School Settlement Response Worker
If collaboration, community-building and student success is where your heart resides, consider applying your social work or settlement skills to facilitate the school orientation and family settlement experience of students at the Peel District School Board in this contract position until March 31, 2018.
As a School Settlement Response Worker with the Peel District School Board, you will provide culturally and linguistically specific, settlement and counselling support services – in their first language – to students and parents in Peel Board schools to ensure that newcomer families are aware of and enabled to access the full array of community and school services. Reporting to the Coordinator, We Welcome the World Centres through the Multicultural, Settlement and Education Partnership (MSEP) facilitator, you will work closely with the We Welcome the World Centre staff, Peel Board staff, MSEP settlement workers, partnering agencies and other community service providing organizations.
This dynamic, community-based role will have you conducting needs assessments and finding supports for parents and students who are new to the Peel Board’s over 110 schools. This will include providing information, referrals and support, overseeing short-term counselling and crisis intervention, advocating on behalf of families with school personnel and community resources, conducting follow-up with both schools and families, maintaining client files, and performing other outreach, engagement, support, communication, and translation duties, as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
As a School Settlement Response Worker, you will bring to the table two (2) or more years’ experience in settlement work or community work related to servicing newcomers and a diverse population, backed by a post-secondary diploma or degree in Social Work, Settlement or a related field. In carrying out your duties, you’ll also call upon your:
- Knowledge of the social services sector and settlement related government programs, services and legislation including the following Acts: Child and Family Services, Safe Schools, Ontario Education, Ontario Works, Employment Standards, and Citizenship and Immigration
- Experience in a school environment providing settlement needs and supporting parents, students and community partners
- Demonstrated experience providing one-on-one settlement counselling for families and young adults with mental health challenges and/or who have experienced trauma
- Effective counselling, interpersonal, problem-solving and organizational skills
- Effective presentation and communication skills; both oral and written
- Written and verbal fluency and ability to deliver services in another language, Arabic an asset
- Working knowledge of the education system and community resources and services in Peel and relevant government programs and policies
- Ability to work with a team and with school personnel in meeting the needs of newcomer students and their families
- Valid drivers’ licence to travel between Welcome Centres and school sites
- Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.
To apply for the School Settlement Response Worker position, please complete an online application through www.applytoeducation.com. Your completed application package on Apply to Education must include your cover letter, resume and supporting educational credentials. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
The Peel District School Board is one of the largest school boards in Canada, with more than 153,000 students in 253 schools.
We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be interviewing selected candidates. For the safety of students, all school board staff need to provide a satisfactory criminal record check prior to commencement of employment.
The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We will provide reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance.