We invite applications for the position of:
September 8, 2020
This is a district itinerant position reporting to the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Student Services. The Elementary Counsellors work as a team with support staff and are responsible for providing counseling services to all elementary schools.
Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology or School Counselling
Successful experience working with a variety of learners with learning/behaviourial and emotional difficulties and other special needs designated students would be an asset.
Experience with students with ongoing and significant behaviourial challenges – both internalizing and externalizing behaviourial issues, social emotional difficulties, and mental health concerns would be an asset.
The ability to collect information as to student’s behaviourial needs as well as students with complex emotional/learning needs, typically resulting in the designation of students in a behaviour/mental health Category R and H.
Ability to work on a team providing assessment of behaviourial and emotional issues for elementary-aged students. This includes informal assessment of behaviourial issues and as well as formal assessment of behaviour and social skills – including the administration and interpretation of behaviourial assessment instruments.
The ability to case manage students with complex profiles (Category R and H) – specifically writing Individual Educational Plans (IEP), and facilitation of the Integrated Case Management Process (ICM) would be an asset.
Knowledge of Integrated Case Management (ICM) and the ability to work with outside agencies regarding behaviourial issues and issues related to social awareness.
Specific knowledge, strategies and behaviourial interventions to inform and support the School based team as well as the classroom teachers - as to the complexity of student profiles and barriers to their learning from a counselling perspective.
Experience and ability to relate and connect with high risk students in a non-judgmental patient and optimistic manner will be an asset.
Strong relationship and collaboration skills – working with school-based professionals as well as community partners, students and parents would be an asset.
Experience and proven ability to provide individual counselling support to those students designated in Category R and H as well as to coordinate counselling support with outside agencies.
Background knowledge of various initiatives towards teaching of “positive behaviour”.
Experience providing direction to support staff - such as Child Care Workers to work within the parameters of the student’s Behaviour Plan and/or IEP.
Training in the area of non-violent crisis intervention – has taken non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training or Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training.
Strong commitment to excellence in teaching and demonstrated teaching ability when working with students with diverse learning needs.
Knowledge of practical strategies to implement in the classroom to foster resilient learners and create a Trauma Sensitive Classroom.
Strategies to identify emotional and behaviourial difficulties early – to understand obstacles to learning.
Excellent written and oral communication skills an asset.
Evidence of personal initiative and strong work ethic.
Willingness to be involved in professional development with an ongoing commitment to learn and implement new methodologies and strategies.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, parents and staff to enhance the school as a learning community.
About Mission Public Schools
The Mission Public School District acknowledges that our community is located on the Traditional, Ancestral, Unceded, and Shared lands of the Stó:lō people, of Qwó:ltl’el, Leq’á:mel, Matheqwí, Sq’éwlets, who have been inhabitants of this land since time immemorial. We benefit from local knowledge keepers and thriving Indigenous communities.
Mission, British Columbia is nestled on a southern coastal mountain slope, overlooking the lush valley of the mighty Fraser River. Ideally situated, Mission is located an hour east of Vancouver and just a 15-minute drive from the U.S. border. Come see why Mission is “the Jewel in the Valley”.
We are committed to a safe, equitable, and inclusive educational system for all students. Mission students benefit from our diverse community, skilled staff, natural environment, and local history. We are dedicated to honouring student voice and empowering our students to reach their potential. We work collaboratively with all schools to ensure that Indigenous students are successful in Mission Public Schools. While promoting and respecting the traditional territory of the Stó:lo People, we help foster an awareness and respect for all Indigenous peoples for all students and staff in Mission Public Schools.
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Thank you for your interest. Please note only short-listed applicants will be contacted.