Elementary Advocate

Job No: SN190513
Location: North Vancouver


CLOSES:  JUNE 20, 2019 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government 

About the Squamish Nation

Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh

About the Opportunity

We have a great opportunity for an experienced Elementary Advocate to join our dynamic and progressive team in North Vancouver

Acts as a liaison officer between the elementary schools in District #44, District #45, Independent/Private and Parochial schools, the Squamish Nation Child & Family Services Department and the homes of Squamish Nation students.  This position counsel’s students and parents in their homes and in the school with respect to student problems, available programs and services.  Makes appropriate referrals to social services, Child & Family Services Department, tutoring services, community health representative, family counsellor or therapist.  Receives requests for assistance from families or schools and administers a $70,000 tutoring budget in the most effective way possible.

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Attends school-based resource team (SBRT) meetings and opens new cases.
  • Conducts parents meetings at an agreed upon venue.
  • Creates and implements remedial action plans for each case.
  • Receives requests, sets up support services and manages tutoring pool.
  • Acts as a liaison and builds relationships with parents and community.
  • Acts as a Squamish Nation Education, Employment & Training Department and community representative.
  • Provides necessary information for Nominal roll process for elementary schools in District #44, District #45, Independent/Private and Parochial schools.
  • Keeps records and presents reports.
  • Supports student transitions.
  • Undertakes special projects, educational, cultural and spiritual that promote success of Squamish Nation elementary students.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of Education, Employment & Training and Advocacy, Support & Assessment.

The Ideal Candidate

In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Student Counselling from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum of two (2) to three (3) years of directly-related experience including primary grade student counselling, or early childhood education is required. Background should include experience with the tracking of numbers on spreadsheets, reconciliation of accounts, meeting facilitation and advanced knowledge of available education resources in the community.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to primary classroom management, Squamish language, first nation’s child development, curriculum development, language immersion, etc.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user of the Internet, Microsoft Office Applications i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Previous experience in a First Nation’s education environment is a definite asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with vulnerable sector search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

If you are a skilled communicator and a friendly and dedicated professional this could be an ideal opportunity for you, candidates must apply online.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.


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