Grade 12 education supplemented with a minimum of 30 credits of post-secondary education in First Nations/Indigenous studies or a Human Services Worker program certificate and valid Food Safe Level 1 is required; three years of recent experience working with Indigenous students, parents/guardians and the community (e.g. First Nations, Metis or Inuit/Indigenous Youth programs, school-based Indigenous support programs, Indigenous cultural camps, work at friendship centres); indigenous ancestry preferred; knowledge of First Nations culture, heritage, customs and values as it pertains to the local Indigenous community and social structures; successfully demonstrates a working understanding and knowledge of Indigenous culture, heritage, customs and values with the school community; ability to perform a variety of record keeping tasks, including the collection and monitoring of data in order to help coordinate the students' programs with other staff, professional personnel and parents/guardians; demonstrated ability to plan and present group and individual cultural activities which support learning outcomes for students; ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with school staff, students and their families; knowledge of the needs of Indigenous students and their families and the resources available to them; valid Class 5 B.C. driver's license and license appropriate to the type of equipment/vehicle being operated and a personal vehicle available for use on the job; meets the physical requirements of the position; ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties are performed under the supervision of the school Principal, Vice Principal, District Principal of Indigenous Education or designate; participates and attends meetings/events as a member of the School District Indigenous Education Services team under the direction of a supervisor; assists with academic, behavioural and cultural support to individual or small groups of Indigenous students; acts as a role model for students and promotes by various means, including study programs and personal support, a high regard for Indigenous culture among students; maintains liaison with teachers, counsellors, administrators, Indigenous students and their families, and community agencies as an advocate for Indigenous students; provides support to students based on the current goals from the local Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement; participates in local Indigenous cultural events, workshops and traditions; facilitates and/or presents cultural presentations to individual or small groups of students; consults with a school based team and itinerant staff as required; serves as a resource person in Indigenous cultures; proposes ideas to supervisor regarding the spending of site-based funds and keeps track of expenditures; completes record tracking and creates communications such as accountability surveys, correspondence to parents, service plans and schedules; follows proper work procedures, observes all regulations pertinent to the work, maintains a good working relationship with other employees, and cooperates in maintaining a healthy learning and working environment; performs other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor; student supervision as required by the Principal or Vice Principal.
Consideration can only be given to qualified applicants who provide concise yet thorough responses to the following questions within their on-line application:
1. Please share your experiences of Indigenous values, culture and customs.
2. Provide examples of how you have successfully worked with Indigenous students to meet the goals from the local Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement.
3. Please share how you have been a positive role model, or successfully advocated, for Indigenous students and their families in overcoming challenges at home and at school.
4. Do you have Indigenous ancestry?
*Please note the Indigenous Support Worker locations are subject to change. Locations are determined by the Indigenous Education Department.
*This position ends June 29, 2022 or upon return of incumbent.
We can only consider qualified applicants who submit a complete application package including:
Full completion of the Portfolio sections labelled: Personal Information, Language Skills, Experience, Education and References
Copy of certificate/diploma
Letter of application / chronological résumé (optional)
Successful applicants will be required to successfully complete the district’s medical form and criminal background check as a condition of employment.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
We thank all applicants for their interest in School District 71 (Comox Valley).
An Equal Opportunity Employer.