STEP Coordinator – School Aged Children and Youth (SACY) Substance Use Prevention

School District #39 (Vancouver) - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Work in BC’s most culturally diverse and urban school district, Vancouver School District No. 39. Set in one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver is a community-minded district seeking talented educators, progressive leaders, and skilled support staff to enrich the learning experience of Vancouver’s 50,000 students.

STEP Coordinator – School Aged Children and Youth (SACY) Substance Use Prevention
(Technical & Resource Support D)

Program: SACY Teen Engagement Program (STEP)
Location: Learning Services Division - Currently located at Tupper Secondary
Hourly Salary: $35.15 + Extensive Benefits Package
Hours of Work: 7 hours per day
Working Months: September to June each year

SACY (School Aged Children and Youth) Substance Use Prevention Program is a joint initiative of the Vancouver Board of Education and Vancouver Coastal Health. The SACY Teen Engagement Program (STEP) is a structured, three-day program that incorporates education, information, visioning and skill building to help students examine and understand: substance use and youth development; the pros and cons of substance use; their own interests, values and goals; and new skills related to substance use and risk mitigation.

In this role you will:
Represent the SACY initiative and STEP program within the community and on committees as necessary
Conduct adolescent substance use prevention/health promotion, informal assessment and early intervention support to with at risk children and youth
Deliver the STEP program consistent with relevant Vancouver Board of Education policies and procedures
Collaborate and coordinate with school counsellors, admin., the SACY team and other partners to develop weekly STEP youth cohorts and manage school and parent needs and expectations
Adapt the program content when necessary to meet the individual and group needs
Engage students in activities that promote strength and resiliency
Report, monitor, communicate and evaluate STEP and SACY tasks with the rest of the SACY team
Manage the STEP budget and work plans
Develop and update STEP curriculum, policies and procedures, as needed
Act as a liaison and provide appropriate referrals within relevant networks
Work with SACY managers to develop sound policy and procedures for similar programming
Identify emerging issues and service gaps with respect to substance use prevention in the school communities
Prepare a variety of charts, records and reports and conduct basic research on relevant topics

Completion of grade 12 plus 4 years of full-time equivalent post-secondary education and/or a degree in any of the following areas: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Immigration/Migration studies, Ethnic/Cultural/Indigenous studies, Human Development and Family studies, Applied Behaviour Science or Education
6 years of experience facilitating individual and group support and brief intervention to youth specifically struggling with substance use
Formal training in child/youth care development, behaviour management and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the addictive process and substance use and the ability to assess the behavior and needs of students with substance use issues
Extensive experience in group facilitation
Ability to effectively intervene in substance use related crisis situations, to advise and support students; and make informed effective referrals to relevant substance use and mental health services and agencies
Knowledge of and experience applying motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy practices, brief intervention, stages of change theory, trauma informed practices, anti-oppressive approaches and culturally inclusive practice
Must be able to provide expert addiction support, informal assessment and advice to teachers and other staff and to effectively operationalize a district wide program as part of a team
Experience with program development, coordination and delivery required
Proficiency in MS Office programs, event management experience, excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are required
Ability to work a variable schedule to accommodate evening and weekend events is required
Must have a valid B.C. driver’s license, access to a vehicle and be willing to travel throughout the district
Experience in an educational setting an asset

Your application must include:
Cover letter
Contact information for three professional references (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) from direct supervisors

**This posting is ongoing until filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted regarding an interview**



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