Temp PT (.6) Indigenous Counselor (2019-20)

School District #60 (Peace River North) - Fort St. John, BC (30+ days ago)

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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.

A temporary part time (0.6) Indigenous Counselor is required by School District No. 60 (Peace River North) effective September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The assignment will be at the Indigenous Education Center.

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)


$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

Please note:
All applications with relevant documentation must be made through

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About School District 60

School District 60 is noted for innovative educational practices and excellent cooperative relationships between all educational partners. Our district is made up of dedicated, energetic professionals for whom the achievement and well-being of their students is a first priority. Together we challenge, encourage and support all learners to be responsible for developing their abilities with respect for self, others and the environment.

School District 60 is progressive and growing. There are 22 schools in School District No. 60 (Peace River North). The district's schools provide education services to approximately 6000 ethnically and demographically diverse students.

School District 60 is located on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the northern tip of the Canadian Prairies in beautiful Fort St. John, BC. Fort St John is 478 km northeast of Prince George and 1,237 km north of Vancouver, situated near the border with neighbouring Alberta, 214 km west of Grande Prairie, Alberta. The region's economy is prosperous and expanding. Fort St John is a city for all seasons and year-round playground for those who like pristine wilderness, an active lifestyle, cosmopolitan city life and the enthusiasm of an energetic community.