Career Opportunities
Youth Prevention and Engagement Worker – School Aged Children and Youth (SACY) Substance Use Prevention
Job Code: 2784652
School District #39 (Vancouver)
Closing Date: Ongoing
  Posted on: Nov 19, 2019 
Job Type:
Full Time
Contract / term
Job Category:
ECE, EA/TA/ERW, Clerical, Secretarial, Administrative, Custodians, etc.
Mandatory Document:
Cover Letter
District Based Position
Start Date:  Immediately
End Date: 
Job Description & Requirements


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. 


Youth Prevention and Engagement Worker 
(School and Student Support B)
**Temporary Position - Jan 2019 to June 2020**

 Program: SACY (School Aged Children and Youth) Substance Use Prevention
Location: Learning Services Division
(currently located at Tupper Secondary)
Hourly Salary: $31.97
Hours of Work: 7 hours per day


SACY (School Aged Children and Youth) Substance Use Prevention Program is a joint initiative of the Vancouver Board of Education and Vancouver Coastal Health.  SACY has four inter-related streams of activity: youth engagement, parent engagement, STEP (3 day suspension alternative) and school environment/teacher training. The job of the SACY Youth Prevention and Engagement Worker is school-based and duties include being a resource and support - primarily to students and staff but also to parents - regarding substance use related issues and raising awareness, knowledge and skills of youth regarding substance use, health promotion and early intervention.


In this role you will:

  • Assess and enhance current school based activities with regard to substance use prevention/intervention
  • Identify emerging issues and service gaps with respect to substance use prevention in the school communities
  • Plan and provide a range of student engagement activities such as classroom activities, drug education, student support actions and brief intervention counselling to assist students who are at risk of drug related problems
  • Apply progressive and age appropriate approaches to substance use prevention/health promotion with school aged youth
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and an ability to foster leadership potential within youth
  • Engage youth to establish school based youth action teams who will then implement school based prevention activities in consultation with school staff and program stakeholders
  • Assist with the implementation and follow up of the STEP program and collaborate with other members of the SACY team
  • Assess drug use related behaviours
  • Support and encourage youth to voice their perspectives regarding substance use issues through activities such as parent and student workshops
  • Work collaboratively with youth, parents, Prevention Specialists, school staff, police and a variety of youth service providers
  • Facilitate dialogue with and provide education to youth, teachers, parents and the wider community on youth substance use related issues
  • Expedite and encourage partnerships with community agencies, business and community groups
  • Assist students who require developmental, behavioural and/or multicultural support
  • Contribute to report writing and research
  • Perform other work within the job band as assigned



  • 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
  • 3 years’ experience conducting substance use education and prevention
  • Sound knowledge of developmental psychology and the ability to assess the behaviour and needs of school students with substance abuse, behavioural and/or personality issues
  • Ability to effectively intervene in crisis situations relating to students, especially regarding substance use and to advise and support students both individually and in groups
  • Must possess the ability to provide expert addiction advice as a resource person to teachers and other school based staff and to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team with minimal direct supervision
  • Knowledge and experience in delivering information on substance use prevention/intervention activities and strategies required
  • Ability to develop and implement strength-based client-centered prevention programs
  • 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
  • Resume
  • 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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