Youth & Family Counsellor - C2122/079
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Job Code: 3066937 Closing Date: Aug 25, 2021 4:00 PM PDT
Employer: School District #63 (Saanich) Posted on: Jul 14, 2021
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Job Type:
Part Time
Job Category:
ECE, EA and Support Staff
Openings: 1
Mandatory Document:
Saanichton BC
Start Date:  2021-09-07
End Date:  2022-06-30
Salary:  $31.01 per hour
Job Description & Requirements







District Overview

Driven by our desire to help students thrive in their academic and personal lives, the Saanich School District provides quality educational programs and a safe and nurturing learning environment for the over 7,000 culturally diverse students within its 18 schools.

Posting #:




Hours per week:

30 hours


Monday to Friday

(10 months a year)

Start Date:

Sept. 7, 2021

End Date:

June 30, 2022


This YFC position supports Indigenous students from the W̱SÁNEĆ community and in the neighbourhood schools within the district.  Successful applicant must have experience working at elementary, middle, and secondary levels as they could be supporting all three levels.

Successful applicant must have experience working with Indigenous youth, develop a rapport with at-risk Indigenous children and youth, and assess high-risk situations. Works closely with Indigenous Education Program staff, Learning Services, counsellors, and school-based administration. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation who represent the learners. Deep and sound understanding of local Indigenous culture is important.

Under the direction of the School Administrator and working as part of the School Based Team, provides assessment, case planning, and intervention for students at risk or experiencing severe social, emotional behavioural, mental, and/or developmental disorders and/or difficulties. Acts in a non-teaching capacity as a consultant to staff, students, parents, the school district and members of community agencies. Works in a variety of settings including school, client family home or appropriate community location.


  • Designs, implements, and monitors interventions and provides counselling to students and their families (may be individual, family and/or group counselling for identified students)
  • Recognizes the legislated responsibilities that are required in the capacity of a Youth and Family Counsellor
  • Assesses student’s family, school, and community functioning and determines how it affects the student and vice versa
  • Responds to emergent issues and concerns by assessing the situation, identifying the most appropriate response and recommending resources and assistance where necessary
  • Intervenes in crisis situations, determines, develops and implements appropriate management strategies
  • Develops and facilitates workshops, lectures and/or presentations for students, staff and/or parents
  • Determines working relationships with school staff, community agencies, and appropriate ministries based on individual student needs
  • Establishes regular communication with families and/or guardians
  • Establishes direct lines of communication and maintains effective liaison with community agencies, including MCF, Probation and Police Services, Mental Health and community based youth serving organizations
  • Consults and liaises with school, family and community resources as determined in collaboration with the School Based Team (school based team meetings may be initiated by the Youth and Family Counsellor)
  • Acts as a consultant/team member to school and community based committees/teams (i.e. staff meetings, Student Reviews, IEP reviews, case management updates, critical incident teams, risk assessment, intake, forensic, and probation conferences)
  • Acts as a referral source to and for the school, family and/or community services
  • Prepares written reports, forms, documents and reports as needed

*   Performs other assigned duties which are within the area of knowledge and skills required by the job description


  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care or Social Work, Master’s in Counselling or Psychology)
  • Three years’ experience in school or community environment
  • Basic knowledge of psychiatric and developmental disorders affecting children and adolescents
  • Knowledge and ability to counsel students and/or families individually and in groups (small or large)
  • Knowledge and ability to respond to multicultural and ethnic sensitivities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to gather and assess information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to assess a situation and determine appropriate action
  • Ability to organize and participate in activities with students
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s license

* Or an equivalent combination of training and experience


  • Sound knowledge of current community and agency resources
  • Familiarity with School Act, Community Services Act, and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Working knowledge of the medications prescribed to identified students 

Pursuant to the District's Special Program approval, section 42(3) of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry who can demonstrate knowledge of, and commitment to Indigenous culture and ancestry. (Such individuals are strongly encouraged to self-identify on their application)

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