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Education and Employment Counsellor

The Tla’amin Nation is a modern, forward thinking, self-governing nation located on the beautiful upper Sunshine Coast (qathet Region). 

Position Summary

Job Type:                     Full-time, permanent

Hours of Work:            Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Reporting to:                Director of Education

Department:                Education

ɬaʔamɩn Nation is a modern, self-governing Treaty Nation which takes an active role in shaping the future of education for its people through the five portfolios of its Department of Education: Early Childhood Learning, K to 12, Post-Secondary, Training & Employment, and Language & Culture. The Education and Employment Counsellor is a key member of the Department of Education, with a shared responsibility to contribute to ɬaʔamɩn Nation’s effective delivery of services, to help identify further opportunities and supports needed, and to determine avenues for stronger Nation impact on positive outcomes for ɬaʔamɩn people.

Reporting to the Director of Education, the Education and Employment Counsellor is responsible for providing comprehensive educational and employment counselling services to ɬaʔamɩn Nation citizens, from Grade 7, throughout high school, and into adulthood. They help people in building a career based on their interests, abilities, and skills, and serve as a support to enhance people’s growth both as individuals and as professionals.

Key Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Education and Career Counsellor include, but are not limited to:

  • Counselling ɬaʔamɩn students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, class scheduling, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
  • Meets with students to prepare their transition into high school
  • Observes students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Meets regularly with each student to evaluate current school engagement and performance
  • Prepares students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Refers students to educational and work programs based on interests, aptitudes, or educational assessments.
  • Meeting with parents/caregivers to discuss their children’s progress, to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs
  • Ensures students and parents/caregivers understand high school credit system, course selection considerations, graduation requirements, and pre-requisites for post-secondary programming

Counselling individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.

  • Works with parents/caregivers, school staff and administrators, and Nation staff to resolve individuals’ behavioral, academic, and other problems.
  • Provides crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at school.
  • Identifies cases involving family problems affecting students’ development and working with those involved to provide needed supports and services.
  • Helps students, parents, and adult clients access support from mental health professionals when necessary.

Providing students and adults with information on such topics as post-secondary programs and admission requirements, financial aid opportunities, scholarships and bursaries, trade and technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.

  • Evaluates individuals’ abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using interviews, and professional sources.
  • Supports individuals with various application processes.
  • Reviews transcripts to ensure that students meet graduation or post-secondary entrance requirements and writes letters of recommendation.

Providing students and adults with employment/vocational counselling services

  • Conducts initial intake and assessment by interviewing clients to obtain information about employment history, educational background, and career goals, and to identify barriers to employment.
  • Facilitates client goal setting and action planning in the areas of job search, career planning, and training access.
  • Conducts orientations to client self-help services and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of these services and how to support clients in accessing them.
  • Supports individuals in career development techniques such as job searching and application strategies, resume writing, and interview skills.
  • Supports individuals with various application processes.
  • Assesses needs for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid, or additional vocational training, and refers people to the appropriate services.
  • Informs clients about opportunities for skills enhancement.
  • Refers qualified people to employers or employment services for job placement.
  • Establishes and conducts regular follow-up procedures with each registered client.
  • Provides services during scheduled meetings and through regular community drop-in times.

Working as part of the ɬaʔamɩn Nation team as well as in collaboration with other key partners (ie. Brooks High School staff and administration, Vancouver Island University staff, North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society, Work BC staff, etc.) to support the students and adults needing their services

  • Meets with other professionals to discuss individuals’ needs and progress.
  • Works collaborative to ensure students and clients gain access to assistive devices and supportive technology as needed.
  • Prepares reports on students and adult clients and activities as required.
  • Follows all administration policies and rules governing individual privacy and data collection and sharing.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Attends staff meetings and serves on committees as required.
  • Follows internal office/clerical procedures such as keeping appointment calendar updated.

Overseeing the Nation’s Summer Student Employment Program with the support of many others.

Planning and facilitating/co-facilitating community workshops or information sessions on subjects related to education and career planning.

  • Conducts orientation programs to promote the adjustment of individuals to new life experiences such as starting high school, moving on to post-secondary education, or moving away from home for work or studies
  • Addresses the community and various groups to explain available counseling services.

Compiling and studying occupational, educational, and economic information to assist people in determining and carrying out vocational and educational objectives.

Attending professional meetings, educational conferences, and training workshops, in order to maintain and improve professional competence.

Performing all duties and responsibilities in accordance with ɬaʔamɩn laws, regulations, policies, practices, and procedures as directed by the Director of Education.

Performing other related duties as required.

Maintaining confidentiality as required, pertaining to ɬaʔamɩn citizens, clients, employees, as well as general matters of the Nation.

Qualifications

Training, Education, Experience

  • A post-secondary degree in career or employment development, education, social work, counselling, or another relevant field.
  • Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) training, or willingness to do some explicit training in first year of employment.
  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience in a related role.

*Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

  • Experience working with high school students and/or unemployed adults would be an asset.
  • Experience with case management; counselling, coaching and mentoring people; and/or working with individuals with complex barriers would be an asset.
  • Successful Criminal Record Check, with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Class 5 Driver’s License and acceptable Driver’s Abstract.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Good researching and documentation skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, clients, community members, employers, and other partners
  • Ability to support individuals in developing realistic and achievable goals
  • Ability to work independently and to contribute effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing demands
  • High level of motivation to help people
  • Thorough knowledge of the ɬaʔamɩn Nation community, its practices, and its resources

Working Conditions

Work will be split between the school and office environment. 

This position may sometimes be required to work outside normal office hours depending on the needs of the families.  Home visits and some travel may be required. 

The employee may occasionally be exposed to moderately undesirable working conditions in the form of unpleasant dealings with individuals who are upset, uncooperative, or through the sharing of difficult personal experiences.

  • Adherence to all WorkSafe regulations and safe work practices
  • Follows the Nation’s Covid-19 Safety polices and protocols which may be amended from time to time
  • Competitive pay offered commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter by email to: jobs@tn-bc.ca, and Sophie Call, Director of Education at sophie.call@tn-bc.ca, noting “Education and Employment Counsellor” in the subject heading of your email, or drop-off/mail to c/o Human Resources Department, Tla’amin Nation, 4779 Klahanie Rd., Powell River, BC, V8A 0C4

Closing Date:   August 5, 2022

Thank you to all applicants, only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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