Position Title: School Social Worker - Community Care Team (Indigenous), Regional Student Services
Location: Regional Student Services (Education Centre, Centre for Leadership and Learning, 300 Harry Walker Parkway South, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8E2)
Salary: $66,862 - $97,004
Work Schedule: 31.5 hours per week
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Additional Information: The incumbent will provide School Social Work duties as well as itinerant social work support to students of Indigenous ancestry. Please note that Indigenous ancestry is required.
Length of Assignment : The position in the School Workers part of the Community Care Team (Indigenous) is a two year pilot. The itinerant support to Indigenous students will be provided in 2 year term cycles, or pending available vacancies.
Interested candidates are required to complete the following on-line application to the attention of: The Recruitment Team. This term position is effective immediately and ending on or about June 30, 2023.
The School Social Worker - Community Care is a regulated and supervised member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. The School Social Worker (Community Care) will work from Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive lens to help reduce barriers affecting student engagement and mental health, and support system level mental health initiatives. The School Social Worker (Community Care) will provide psychoeducation to staff, students and families, and where indicated, direct interventions for students struggling with social, emotional, or mental health challenges that are impacting their ability to function in school.
Culturally relevant and identity affirming consultation, assessment, and, where determined appropriate, brief individual or group counselling related to student mental health and well-being
Support pathways to care with Identity affirming and culturally responsive community agencies
Identifying and supporting school communities with the various ways that oppression may be operating and impacting a student’s mental health, and school engagement
In collaboration with the Board mental health Lead, develop and facilitate culturally relevant and identity affirming psychoeducation for school communities including students, families and staff
In collaboration with the Board mental health Lead, contribute to and facilitate professional learning with Board mental health professionals to enhance evidence based practice approaches
Support with the development and implementation of culturally responsive and identity affirming initiatives within the Mental Health and Addiction Strategy
To work in collaboration with school Administration, staff and Police Services in clinically assessing and responding to Threat Assessment protocols in schools, where involved in a case
To provide Traumatic Events Support (TES) to students, staff and school communities
In collaboration with the school social worker or psychology staff, 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 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
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
Experience and Qualifications:
Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work degree with registration in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Work, is required
Excellent understanding of Anti-Oppressive Practices and Interventions
Experience advocating and supporting children, youth and families experiencing barriers
Experience providing culturally relevant and identity affirming psychoeducation and professional learning
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals is required
Experience leading in-service training or making public presentations is an asset
Experience working in educational settings is an asset
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
Experience adapting treatment modalities to be culturally relevant and identity affirming is required
A minimum of three years of experience working with children and youth
Experience with liaising with community partners
Strong verbal and written communication skills are required
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.