The We Welcome the World (WWTW) Centres play a vital role at the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in meeting the settlement needs of our diverse students and their families. As a School Settlement Response Worker, you’ll contribute significantly to this goal by using your settlement or community work experience to facilitate the smooth integration of students and parents within our school system.
Reporting to the MSEP Facilitator of the We Welcome the World Centres, you’ll provide culturally and linguistically specific settlement, referral, crisis intervention and counselling support services – in their first language – to students and parents in our schools. Covering 110+ schools, you’ll work closely with WWTW and other Board staff, MSEP settlement workers, partnering agencies, and other community service providers, to better identify and meet newcomer needs.
This collaborative, multi-faceted role will see you helping students and their parents connect with school and surrounding community services, following up with schools and families, and advocating on behalf of families with school personnel and community resources to ensure services are being rendered efficiently. We will count on you to support school staff in ensuring a smooth integration process for students and families, and increasing newcomer parent engagement, communicate students' and parents' questions and concerns to PDSB and other service providers, and represent the Board at meetings with said providers regarding their services to newcomer families. There is an expectation that applicants will have an understanding of anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination as we look to lessen the disparities in educational outcomes for marginalized students, particularly those who identify as Indigenous, Black, African and Caribbean.
On the more administrative front, you'll create and maintain client files, gather qualitative and quantitative settlement process information, provide reports, and input data pertaining to oneon-one sessions, parent workshops, information sessions and school activities into the Student Information System (SIS) and other databases.
With a degree or diploma in Social Work, Settlement or a related field, and two (2) to four (4) years' settlement work or community work experience providing services to newcomers and a diverse population, you welcome this opportunity to take on the rewarding role of School Settlement Response Worker. This solid foundation is complemented by the following knowledge, strengths and abilities:
- Knowledge of the social services sector and settlement-related government programs, services, and legislation, including Child and Family Services Act, Safe Schools Act, Ontario Education Act, Ontario Works Act, Employment Standards Act, and Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act.
- Experience in a school environment, providing settlement needs and supporting parents, students, and community partners
- Effective counselling, interpersonal, problem-solving and organizational skills
- Effective presentation and communication skills, both oral and written
- Working knowledge of the education system and community resources and services in Peel and relevant government programs and policies
- Ability to work with a team and with school personnel in meeting the needs of newcomer students and their families
- A valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle
- Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment
Salary range: $61,522 - $76,904 per annum
How to apply:
Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
The Peel District School Board, one of the largest school boards in Canada, is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse board that serves 155,000 students who have 162 different ethnic backgrounds, 87% of whom are racialized non-white. Our students have 121 different languages as a first language and are diverse in terms of their gender, gender expression, sexuality, ability, faith and cultural background.
PDSB appreciates the interest of all applicants, but will only be interviewing selected candidates.
For the safety of students, successful candidates will be required to submit a satisfactory criminal background check prior to the commencement of any employment duties. Recent changes made by the RCMP have resulted in significant processing delays for some candidates. You may wish to start the process to obtain your criminal background check as soon as possible.
The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We will provide reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance.