School Support Counsellor Part-Time (Closing Date Feb 20)
UNYA has an employment opportunity for (1) part-time Aboriginal School Support Counsellor with our School Support Program. This position will work with the existing full-time Aboriginal School Support Counsellor to liaise with VSB-elementary & secondary schools and the UNYA Alcohol & Drug Counsellors to provide individual & group support/workshops on: A&D prevention, wellness and educational strategies for Native youth/students that may be experiencing non-academic issues which are affecting their success in school. The part-time Aboriginal School Support Counsellor will support both families & youth by connecting them to existing services or programs in the community and with direct referrals to UNYA A/D Counsellors or the UNYA continuum. The Aboriginal School Support Counsellor works under the direct supervision of the VCH Programs Administrator. The Aboriginal School Support Counsellors position is 20 hours per week. Regular hours are weekdays, including evenings, with some weekend work. Schedule may be adjusted to meet program needs.

Qualifications and Conditions: 1. Must possess a Substance Abuse Certificate and/or Child & Youth Care diploma, and/or post-secondary degree in a

relevant social science discipline, and/or training in cultural healing practices, and/or experience working with Native youth who are ‘at risk’, in a therapeutic setting.

2. Demonstrated experience establishing rapport and working effectively with Native youth, and youth who may be overcoming substance misuse/abuse issues. Demonstrated broad based knowledge of the family and social issues that Native youth face today, including the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system on Native families and communities.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal protocols, ceremonies, and other practices. Specifically, must demonstrate a strong knowledge of Aboriginal healing modalities and a strong working knowledge of other community resources in Vancouver, particularly Aboriginal-specific and youth A & D resources.

4. Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate workshops and other programming focused on traditional Aboriginal medicines and protocols, Aboriginal history, substance misuse, relapse awareness & prevention, self-esteem building, life skills, relationships, abuse, trauma, traditional Talking Circles, and other substance misuse issues affecting youth.

5. Demonstrated willingness and ability to participate in a variety of physical activities. 6. Must also demonstrate the ability to identify with the mandate, policies and procedures of the organization. 7. Must have strong written and oral communications skills including: the ability to maintain accurate records, compile

statistics, manage program budget and prepare monthly reports. Must also possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

8. Must have a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License (Class 4 a strong asset). A driving abstract will be required upon request. 9. Must have a personal support system and self-care plan in place. 10. Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA. 11. Given the needs of youth accessing our services, priority will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide outreach to sites in the community where Native youth frequent to increase community awareness of the program, and establish contact and relationships with Native youth who may benefit from our services.

2. Plan, implement and supervise A&D education and prevention based activities for the program. Provide brief 1:1 outreach

counselling, referrals, advocacy, and workshops/groups in order to connect youth and their families to existing services and/or programs in the community. Host spring break and summer day camp.

3. Ensure cultural integration in all aspects of programming while focusing on the family systems perspective, which addresses surrounding systems which either positively or negatively impact the health and wellbeing of youth. Educate youth in regards to safe health practices.

4. Work in cooperation with others (including UNYA programs and other community partners) as needed to plan, implement, supervise, and evaluate individual supports, daily and weekly programming, workshops, and group outings (cultural, social,

educational, and recreational). Positively participate in programming and activities in order provide a positive role model experience for youth.

5. Consult with youth and other appropriate individuals to identify the needs and goals of individual youth. Ensure that case

plans as identified are implemented effectively. Ensure the ongoing utilization of appropriate community referral networks. Transport some youth and/or their families to existing services and programs in the community.

6. Actively assist in ongoing development and review of program components. Positively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.

7. Maintaining monthly statistics, client reports and records in order to meet UNYA and VCH funding requirements. Submit

monthly, quarterly and year end reports, as well as monthly board reports, petty cash and mileage to program Administrator.

8. Attend and positively participate in staff and community/inter-agency meetings as required. Attend professional

development seminars to keep current regarding alcohol and drug misuse/abuse and other issues affecting youth.

9. Consult with and report to program Administrator on a regular basis for ongoing evaluation, clinical supervision, and adjustment of the UNYA School Support Program.

10. Attend monthly FUNYA, Ak’mn and Group Supervision meetings (Co-Vo), and other VCH program staff meetings.

11. As required, perform other duties deemed necessary by the Administrator to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operations of the program.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter (stating the position you are applying for), a resume, and contact information for (3) references via email to the attention of the VCHA Programs

Administrator at vchadministrator@unya.bc.ca. Resumes will not be reviewed without a cover letter. No

enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted. Closing date: Feb 20th, 2017. Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a candidate may be selected before the posting closes.

UNYA accepts complete applications for advertised positions, only. You must state clearly on your cover letter which

position you are applying for. All applications must be sent in electronic form, to the email address specified on the

posting. Hard copies and unsolicited applications / resumes will not be reviewed, but immediately destroyed.