In the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, we serve just over 6300 students in 23 schools through a variety of sites located around Shuswap Lake and the North Okanagan. We are known for strong academic achievement, a thriving trades and careers program, and a rich culture of school athletics. The school district supports Indigenous learners from five distinct communities, which include the Adams Lake Band, the Little Shuswap Lake Band, the Neskonlith Band, the Splatsin First Nation, and the Salmon Arm Metis Association. A newly developed Strategic Plan prioritizes a “students first” focus on success, organizational efficiency, and a culture of health and wellness as our key goals.
With year-round recreational activities in a spectacular natural setting, we offer a small-town atmosphere with big city services. You’ll find musical and theatre performances, garden markets, wineries, and opportunities for world class boating, biking, hiking, and golf right outside your door. Add in quick access to larger centers and very affordable housing, and it is clear that the North Okanagan-Shuswap is a truly desirable place to live.
1.0 FTE Itinerant Elementary School Counsellor (Teacher) Inclusive Education
This is a temporary assignment effective September 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 or return of teacher to full contractual FTE
The successful candidate will be part of the Inclusive Education department with responsibility for collaborating with elementary schools to support students with a range of social-emotional and behavioral needs. Counselling services may be provided to individuals and our groups and may involve referral to school-based or district-based personnel, to specialized services or programs, or to community resources.
- Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology recognized by the Teacher Regulation Branch (or a related discipline with a counselling focus)
- Minimum of two years of successful classroom teaching experience
- A senior level course and experience in Level B assessment;
- Valid BC teaching certificate and current membership in the Teacher Regulation Branch
Successful applicants must also possess the following skills and attributes:
- Previous successful experience as an Elementary School Counsellor;
- Strong communication and time management skills;
- Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to establish relationships with others based on mutual respect;
- Successful experience working with at-risk children and families and facilitating access to preventive and/or intervention services
- Significant training and experience working with families and children struggling with the impact of trauma;
- Ability to build staff knowledge and skill in creating trauma-informed classrooms/schools;
- Working knowledge of identification procedures and facilitating documentation for Special Education categories – particularly Category H
- Ability to work with school-based teams to develop behavior support plans and enhance the school’s capacity for supporting students with challenging behavior;
- Support students in the development of positive social skills in small group settings.
- Work with school-based teams to develop appropriate educational and social programs to meet student needs
- Consulting with parents, teachers and administrators to clarify student expectations and goals;
- Consulting with district and community resource personnel and making student referrals as appropriate;
- Small group and one-to-one counseling (complex cases to be referred to community-based clinicians)
- Knowledge and experience in working with school-based teams to create competency-based IEPs;
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license and functional vehicle;
Questions regarding this position may be directed to Carol-Ann Leidloff at email@example.com Director of Instruction – Inclusive Education.
Please submit resume with full supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or concerns, please contract Rachel Baker, Administrative Assistant – Human Resources at (250) 804-7841.
Deadline date for receipt of application is: 4:00 pm, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020.
We thank all those who apply, however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
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