School Social Worker (Temp)

Position Title: School Social Worker

Work Location: Regional Student Services (300 Harry Walker Parkway South, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8E2)

Work Schedule: 35 hours/week

Salary: $68,888 - $99,944 

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022

Number of Positions:  One (1)

Interested candidates are required to complete the following on-line application to the attention of: The Recruitment Team.  This temporary position is effective March 31, 2022 and will end on or about March 3, 2023. 

Please Note: Travel from site to site will be required. 

Thank you for your interest in the School Social Worker, Regional Student Services position with the York Region District School Board.  This position is responsible for supporting and improving the social and emotional well being of students as well as by carrying out the duties of the attendance counsellor in accordance with The Education Act and other provincial acts and regulations.


The School Social Worker is a regulated and supervised member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. The Social Worker will provide individual and group interventions to YRDSB students who are struggling with social, emotional, or mental health challenges that are impacting their ability to function in school. Additionally, School Social Workers act in the capacity of providing attendance counsellor duties and intervention in accordance with the Education Act 


  • To provide clinical  consultation, assessment, and brief counselling related to student mental health and well-being, while working collaboratively with parent/guardian(s), school staff and community partners
  • Identifying and supporting with the various ways that oppression may be operating and impacting a student’s life and school engagement 
  • To provide crisis consultation and intervention for student mental health and well-being concerns 
  • To work in collaboration with school Administration, staff and Police Services in clinically assessing and responding to Threat Assessment protocols in schools
  • To provide Traumatic Events Support (TES) to students, staff and school communities
  • To provide resource navigation to mental health and/or community agencies for students and/or their families
  • To work in collaboration with agencies e.g. child protection, healthcare, children’s mental health, etc. in supporting the mental health and well-being of YRDSB students.
  • To support  compulsory school attendance 
  • To maintain up to date records involving direct and indirect service to students in compliance with the standards outlined by the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • To contribute to the professional learning/psychoeducation of Board staff, students,  and/or families
  • Engage in professional learning development activities as requested  by Supervisor and/or the Board that is aligned with system initiatives and/or consistent with the duties of the role
  • To carry out other duties as may be assigned by the Chief of Social Work and Attendance Services, the Assistant Coordinator of Social Work and Attendance Services, and/or the Superintendent of Student Services 


  • Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work degree with registration in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Work, is required
  • Training in clinical interviewing and evidence-informed interventions with children and youth is required
  • Experience providing various treatment modalities (CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT strategies, etc.,) to children and youth is required
  • A minimum of three years of experience working with children and youth 
  • Experience adapting treatment modalities to be culturally relevant and identity affirming is required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals is required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required
  • Experience working in educational settings is an  asset 
  • Experience leading in-service training or making public presentations is an asset

Immunization Disclosure Protocol:

All newly hired staff members are required to attest to their vaccination status and follow the Ministry of Education mandated requirements prior to starting employment with the YRDSB. For more information about who is subject to the Protocol and the attestation requirements, please see the YRDSB Immunization Disclosure Protocol.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) believes in giving each and every applicant an equal opportunity to succeed on their own merit and we strive to hire staff that reflect and support the diverse perspectives, experiences and needs of our students and our communities. We remain committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments.  We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive Board-community.  Therefore, in pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across the organizational hierarchy in actualizing the Board’s priorities, goals and principles outlined in the Director’s Action Plan.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • African, Black and Black Caribbean peoples (in alignment with Anti-Black Racism Strategy);
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • persons who identify as women; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

At YRDSB, we recognize that many of these identities intersect and therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex.  We value and respect the contributions that each person brings to enriching the Board and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in communities that we serve.

Accessibility and Accommodation Statement

We also recognize our duty to accommodate and foster a culture of inclusion.  Consistent with the principles of dignity, individualization and inclusion, we will make any appropriate accommodation based on any of the protected grounds in the Human Rights Code to support candidate participation in the hiring process.  When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the hiring process, such as skills assessments, written practicum, presentation, interview, etc.  We will provide accommodations during the hiring process.  If an accommodation is required, please inform the Recruitment and Retention Team in advance of any part of the process.  All information received relating to a candidate’s required accommodation will be addressed confidentially by the Recruitment and Retention Team.