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Student Wellness Coach

Professional/Technical

Location: Student Services

Competition #: 17571

Open To: External

Date Posted: May 10th, 2024

Closing Date: May 24th, 2024 - 4:00pm

Job Start Date: August 26th, 2024

Compensation Rate:

$58,762-$82,400

Hours Per Week:

40 hours per week plus overtime as required. 

Additional Information:

The Student Wellness Coach works collaboratively with the school leadership, instructional, counseling teams, and student services department within the context of the school to support and advocate for the physical, spiritual, emotional and social wellness of students.  The Student Wellness Coach supports a continuum of wellness initiatives within the school and is supported by the MESC Student Services team.  

As an employee in the organization, you will model the intent of the Maskwacis Declaration on Education and the core values of Wahkohtowin, Iyiniw Mamotohnehickikan, Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin, and Nehiyawewin.

Responsibilities

  1. Authority-based responsibilities
    1. Maintains an acceptable level of knowledge regarding current and developing best practices in child and youth development, as well as family systems and dynamics.
    2. Maintains an enhanced knowledge of community context, resources, services, and culture. 
    3. Meet regularly with the supervisor to discuss and record all areas of responsibility including individual student/family needs, wellness initiatives, and community resources.
    4. At the discretion of the direct supervisor assist with grant proposals or other reporting requirements for accessing funds for wellness initiatives.
    5. Assist with any board-required reporting in the area of student wellness at the request of the direct supervisor or the Director of Student Services.
    6. Following MESC guidelines and ensuring safe practices are followed; engages in mindful practices regarding boundaries and limits, as well as assessing potential risks.  
    7. Work in collaboration with the Student Services department and School leadership to roll out Student Wellness surveys, data collection and consent on wellness initiatives.
    8. Participates in crisis response and provides crisis follow-up, as requested by the direct supervisor.
    9. Provides thorough and timely data and information as requested.
    10. Enhance and encourage cultural wellness practices and access to local knowledge keepers and resources for all areas of responsibility.
    11. Maintain supportive and respectful communication with school leadership, counseling, student services, students, and parents. 
  2. Individual Student & Family Support Referral needs
    1. Partners with school and family in setting goals, as well as designing and implementing supports and/or interventions around an individual student’s wellness.
    2. Work in partnership with school leadership and home school liaisons to help families navigate community resources that can assist in supporting student wellness and removing barriers to attendance.
    3. Work as part of a Student Support team led by school administration to identify needs and supports for identified students and when appropriate assist students and families in accessing community resources.
    4. Meets regularly with counselors and other wellness coaches around specific student or family support needs and follow-up.
    5. Assist youth and their families in accessing cultural ceremonies and wellness practices.
    6. With parent consent and involvement, assist school leadership in accessing/coordinating cultural wellness supports such as elder visits, sweats, teachings or other cultural ceremonies to support student wellness.
    7. When requested, assist School leadership and Counseling in supporting Success-in-School plans in partnership with Children and Family Service agencies.
    8. Provides timely written documentation of interactions with youth and children following MESC expectations and guidelines for reporting and storage of student records.  Communicates important information to direct supervisor and school support teams (admin/counseling) while maintaining dignity and confidentiality as required.
    9. Develops relationships with children and youth that are caring, purposeful, strength-based, and restorative, while maintaining professional boundaries and limits.
    10. Adhere to MESC policies and procedures and ensure that MESC mandates are followed.  Extra attention is needed to ensure that support provided is not taking the place of parent/guardian responsibilities and/or other agencies' mandates.  
    11. Consults regularly with direct supervision to assist families in the referral and advocacy process for community-based resources and outside agencies including Health Services and Mental Health while following all MESC procedures, APs, and Guidelines.
    12. In collaboration with Counselors and Administrators,  assist in accessing the support of the Transition Advisor for any student requiring addiction treatment or early parenthood support.
    13. Participates in At Risk to Others (ARTO) or Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process, as requested by the Director of Student Services, Coordinator of Critical Response, or School Administrator.
    14. Maintain appropriate caseload notes and consents for programming and transportation,  following all MESC procedures and policies.
    15. Follow the referral process and guidelines when dealing with individual student risk assessments, including VTRA’s, individual student mental health/counseling needs and supports.  There is a formal process guiding these processes and they must be clearly understood and followed. 
    16. Assist School Leadership in maintaining and supporting the school's relationship with students on Temporary Off Campus, Suspension or Short-term Expulsion.
  3. Targeted Group Wellness Support
    1. Work in partnership with school counselors and administrators to develop and lead intervention groups with parental consent on a variety of wellness topics. 
    2. Ensure incorporation of MESC Core Values into all target group processes, procedures, and topics.
    3. Assist in accessing Maskwacis knowledge keepers or organizations around intervention programming.
    4. Ensure all targeted groups are run with proper informed consent and record-keeping aligned with processes, plans, and procedures of Student Services. 
    5. Maintain records of all targeted group sessions per MESC expectations and guidelines for reporting and storage of student records.
  1. Classroom Presentations/Whole School Wellness Support
    1. Work with the school and community partners and agencies, alongside the Coordinator of Student Wellness, to support the organization of small groups, classroom, or whole school presentations.
    2. Provides support to school leadership on accessing community resources or knowledge keepers for universal student wellness prevention initiatives including but not limited to the following:  
      1. addictions/drug use, 
      2. self-esteem and belonging, 
      3. anti-bullying, 
      4. healthy lifestyles/life skills
      5. healthy relationships
      6. Grief and loss
      7. Suicide prevention
      8. Cultural Wellness 
    3. Assist School leadership in accessing resources, knowledge keepers or community agencies for cultural wellness initiatives and activities such as dance, music, art, and traditions.
  2. Additional Responsibilities  
    1. Models and promotes continuous learning experiences through reflection, conversation, and practice. 
    2. Models Calm in times of crisis and assist in Crisis Response at times when directed by supervisor or Director of Student Services.
    3. Willing to engage in lifelong learning for professional development, training, in-services, and courses of study.
    4. Performs other duties assigned by direct supervisor
    5. Evening and weekend work may be required upon approval of your supervisor and in alignment with role expectations. 
    6. Maintain an excellent understanding of safety, risk, and responsibility of transporting students following all MESC procedures and APS including
      1. Understanding of liability in the area 
      2. Understanding consent processes and procedures for the transportation of students and families 
      3. Understanding and following limitations around transportation to limit risk to the driver, students and MESC

Qualifications

  • A degree or diploma in human/social services, a related discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience is preferred.
  • Certification as a child and youth care worker is preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience providing support to youth or teens.
  • Clean Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Clearance & Child Intervention Record Check.
  • Knowledge of the Cree culture and the traditions of the local First Nations communities.
  • Must possess and maintain, at minimum, a valid class 4 driver's license.
  • Must qualify to be insured by MESC’s insurance provider without the Commission being charged an additional premium or surcharge.

 Working Conditions

  • Interacts with students, family members, staff, government agencies, and personnel under all circumstances, which may include traumatic situations.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Competent computer skills.
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, lifting and supporting students.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Good numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Ability to work relationally with students with challenging behavior.
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills – ability to listen and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders, work effectively as part of various teams.
  • Understanding of relevant policies, ethical codes, standards of practice, and awareness of relevant legislation.
  • Proven ability to organize, evaluate, communicate and present verbal and written information.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality in all interactions.
  • First Aid qualification or skills preferred.
  • Collaboration and team player. 

Positions under this category:

  • Accountants
  • Advisors
  • Behaviour Support Workers
  • Coaches
  • Coordinators
  • Counsellors
  • Developers
  • Elders
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers
  • Student Family Support
  • Technicians