Seabird Island Community School is seeking to fill a position of Student Mentor and Counselor for K-12 students. Essentially, your responsibility is to equip students with a variety of strategies for coping with life’s challenges: help students establish their personal goals, guiding and helping children make action plans, motivate and inspire children, identifying and providing resources, referrals and follow-ups and providing assistance in crisis situations. This will be a part time position requiring the person to work upto 5 hours on school days.
Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or Child and Youth Care, or equivalent.
Experience counseling children and youth from diverse backgrounds, including cross-cultural sensitivity.
Prior experience working with young male students in a school setting.
Ability to balance competing priorities and to work under pressure.
Flexibility and creativity.
Communicating from a bias-free perspective.
Effective Interpersonal Skills focused on: conflict resolution, maintaining confidentiality, active listening skills, maintaining commitments, setting emotional boundaries, and remains un-biased.
Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Internet, and Email).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to adhere to Oath of Confidentiality and Seabird Island Band Policies and Procedure.
Knowledge and respect of Stó:lō culture, traditions and language is considered an asset.
Experience working with First Nations children and community is considered an asset.
Valid BC Driver’s License, Class 5.
Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
Provides counselling support and education to children and youth.
Assists students in methods of coping in relation to their mental health, including stress management, problem solving, conflict resolution, effective communication, social skill enhancement, and other systems of care.
Maintains and promotes working relationships with community professionals.
Promotes positive self-identity by reinforcing the value of First Nation languages and cultural practices.
Participates in the ongoing planning, development and evaluation of services such as prevention programs.
Provides direct clinical services such as intake, assessment, treatment, and crisis intervention; consultation/liaison with community agencies and other ministry programs.
Collaborates with teachers to develop more effective strategies to work with special needs students.
Conducts suicide assessments and crisis interventions.
Ethics: treats people with respect; keep commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically, upholds organizational values.
Help guide students through the numerous difficulties of adolescence by helping them make good choices.
Be a support for students: give feedback and guidance to students and work consistently to enhance mentees self-esteem through supportive, nonjudgmental discussions. Promotes students’ self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Providing teen and peer mentoring programs to all students.
Other duties or responsibilities as assigned by your supervisor, Director, or the CAO
Community School Principal
From time to time you may be required to provide relief or back up to other employees with in your department, or within other departments as your training and experience makes appropriate.
Seabird always encourages life time learning. Professional development is one tool to achieve this. You are encouraged to discuss professional development opportunities with your immediate supervisor. Further, additional training requirements may be added by your supervisor to ensure your skills meet the current or expected organizational needs.
Adjustments to Job Descriptions:
Seabird retains the right to make necessary adjustments or amendments to job descriptions to meet current or expected business needs provided that the appropriate notice is provided. Seabird also retains the right to temporarily reassign employees to another program or department for projects or assignments at any time.
Valuing Cultural Diversity
Work Ethic and Values