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Are you interested in working with our dynamic and progressive school division to pursue excellence in education for students, professional learning opportunities, a flexible health benefits package, and a workplace that embraces diversity? Then we are the place for you! Who we are and what we value: Parkland School Division (PSD) is a large progressive school jurisdiction serving Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Fort Chipewyan and Parkland County. PSD meets the diverse educational needs of over 12,000 rural and urban students among 23 sites, including outreach schools and alternative education programs. Our values are what guide us. We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success for both staff and students.We are currently seeking candidates to apply for our Full-Time School Counsellor position as follows:Connections for Learning... (1.0 FTE)This posting is open to all employment groups who meet the requirements of the position. The School Counsellor is responsible for providing collaborative services to support students that are experiencing social/emotional difficulties that are impacting the student’s ability to learn, as well as their overall wellness. These services are provided through intervention counselling, individual counseling, targeted counselling, and universal programing. The Counsellor liaises between the school, the family, and the community, to provide the most effective services for the students. Primary Responsibilities: Counselling Services Maintains a high level of knowledge regarding current and developing best practices in the field of student wellness, trauma-informed and restorative practices, assessing and managing risk of harm, and creating a safe school culture. Enhances the profile of the School Counselling Program and accessibility of services. Ensures that all services provided are guided by the division-determined counselling Code of Ethics. Ensures that all responsibilities and guidelines outlined in the Counselling Handbook are followed. Develops and implements a yearly counselling plan, in collaboration with school Administration and the Division Psychologist, that is reflective of the needs of the school. Ensures that a continuum of preventative, developmental, remedial, and intervention services are provided to students and their families to support student learning and wellness. Provides individual and targeted counselling services to students who are exhibiting emotional, behavioural, and social needs. Provides informal assessment and intervention that may include individual, targeted and/or universal strategies, referral and follow up. Develops, conducts, and supports workshops, training, and in-service presentations on various approaches, strategies and techniques to support students exhibiting emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties. Supports administration and school staff in planning, implementing, and responding to events through a trauma-informed lens. Supports students and parents/guardians in identifying, planning for, and accessing professional services to support student wellness needs. Builds and maintains strong relationships with parents/guardians of students with wellness and/or counselling needs. Fosters relationships and builds partnerships with community supports (hospitals and clinics, medical professionals, mental health and addictions, community agencies, LGTBQ+, RCMP School Resource Officers, etc.). Demonstrates strong problem solving and coping skills, and is competent and flexible in intervention strategies. Consults with the Division Psychologist and engages in the ethical decision making process when encountering ethical concerns. Consults with other school counsellors in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Counselling Handbook. Prioritizes and organizes their schedule to meet the needs of families/students including community, school and home based visits. Works a flexible schedule which may include occasional evenings and weekends to ensure that crisis and requests for support are addressed. Ensures that all professionall registrations and certifications are valid and up-to-date.Crisis Intervention Support Provides crisis intervention support and services to students. In consultation with the Division Psychologist, school Administrators, school staff, community agencies, and other professionals; assesses crises as they arise and develops an appropriate plan for supporting those impacted by the crisis. Participates in the Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process. and is responsible, along with the team, for assessing the level of risk of a student harming themselves or others. Assesses the level of risk and provides intervention for students showing signs of suicidal behaviour, implementing the guidelines outlined in the division-appointed suicide risk assessment model. Models calmness in times of crisis. Advocacy and External Engagement Acts as an advocate for students and their families and is active within the school and community to increase education and awareness of health and wellness. Knowledgeable of community agencies, their mandates, and referral procedures. Assists in the referral and advocacy process for community based resources and outside agencies.Other Responsibilities Models and promotes continuous learning experiences through reflection, conversation, and practice. Willing to engage in lifelong learning with respect to professional development, training, in-services and courses of study. Provides thorough and timely data and information as requested. Qualifications: Has completed a Masters degree in Counselling or related field (with clinical and practicum component). 2 to 5 years of experience in providing counselling services with extensive clinical experience, preferably within a school environment. Registered or certified member in good standing with a professional governing body, or willing to pursue registration/certification. Extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, families and social service agencies. Tiered Response Model Training (i.e., Response to Intervention, Collaborative Response Model) is an asset. Equivalencies will be considered.Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes 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 a variety of teams. Aware of and able to appropriately interpret all applicable legislation, standards of practices, relevant ethical codes, and division policies and procedures. Personal integrity regarding the confidentiality of students, parents, and staff. Skilled in organization, time management, problem solving, and prioritizing tasks. The ability to take direction, work independently, and meet deadlines. Knowledge of office equipment and technology.Working With Others Respectfully accepts feedback from various external and internal clients Work is performed under the direction of the Division Psychologist (clinical supervision) and School Administrator(s) (site supervision). What PSD has to offer: Pension plan Competitive benefit package and health spending account Flexible and fun work environment Professional Development opportunities Clinical Supervision to support Counselling in schools by the Division Psychologist Counselling cohort meetings throughout the school year bringing School Counsellors together to support skill development and workplace wellnessPlease include the follow as part of your online portfolio:• Cover Letter and Resume• Three Professional References• Copy of relevant registrations and certifications.• Philosophy of School Counselling. This is a one to two page document where you describe your philosophy of working with children who have emotionally and psychologically diverse needs in a school setting. Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualificationsThis position requires an original copy of a current clean criminal record check with vulnerable sector and an original copy of a child intervention record check. How to Apply: Applying is a two-step process. First you must register and create a portfolio, then you must apply to the job posting by following the steps below: Click the position title of the job that you wish to apply to and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'APPLY'. Jobs that you have applied to will appear under the ‘Jobs Applied To’ tab in the Job Postings section. You will also receive a confirmation email.For technical support while applying to a position online, please contact our service provider for assistance:Apply to Education Phone: Email: Hours: 5:30am-5:00pm, Monday through FridayWe thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted


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