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Indigenous Temporary Cultural Mentor Grad Coach, PSP 24-23-24

by Grand Erie District School Board

Reference #: PSP 24-23-24
Location: Brantford, ON
Date Posted: Apr 02, 2024
Grand Erie District School Board

Job Description

The Grand Erie District School Board is guided by our vision to Learn, Lead, and Inspire and our shared mission to build a culture of learning, well-being and belonging to inspire each learner. Grand Erie’s 2800 employees provide quality education to approximately 26,000 full-time equivalent students who attend our 72 schools.  The Board spans a geographic area encompassing the City of Brantford and the Counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.  The head office is located in Brantford.

The Board requires an Indigenous  temporary, full-time Cultural Mentor Grad Coach for Indigenous Students.

The objectives of the Indigenous Cultural Mentor Grad Coach for Indigenous Students are to:
  • Further establish trusting relationships with Indigenous students, their families, and communities, so they have a greater level of confidence in the efficacy of the student’s education.
  • Through building relationships with school staff enhance the collective knowledge of the educators to strengthen their skills and knowledge as a problem solver to facilitate the engagement, well-being and learning of Indigenous students.
  • Identify strategies, milestones, and indicators to support Indigenous students to achieve credits, graduate, and transition successfully into their chosen post-secondary pathway.
  • Provide and/or facilitate access to cultural programming for students they support.
The successful candidate will act as a mentor to Indigenous students, facilitating access and referrals to academic supports, community resources and cultural programming.  The individual plays an essential role in developing self-advocacy skills for each learner with teachers, other school staff, families, and the community. The candidate will act as a caring adult who develops positive, trusting relationships with students and understands the strengths, needs, and interests and then supports problem solving skills for student learning, engagement, and well-being. The individual will support, facilitate, and implement programs, services, and other supports to meet the unique needs of Indigenous students as well as engage with parents and communities through visits and conversations. Also, connect with students with existing Grand Erie leadership opportunities and student voice initiatives as well track self-identified Indigenous students who choose to participate in the programs.

  • University degree in Youth Work, Social Work, First Nations Family Support, Education, Health Care or a related field
  • Trauma or restorative practices training, and/or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), or a willingness to attend this training
  • Knowledge of the importance of Indigenous traditional teachings, cultures, perspectives, values, and history
  • Preference will be given to candidates with lived experiences of Indigenous issues and education
  • Knowledge of the importance of the preservation and revitalization of local languages
  • Established ties and networks within the local Indigenous communities
  • An understanding of the type of culturally relevant approaches, evidence-informed intervention strategies and tools that can be used to support Indigenous students
  • Evidence of lived experiences with and ability to work with the Indigenous community to improve the success of Indigenous students
  • Hours of work may vary in accordance with requirements and may extend into evenings and weekends
  • A valid driver’s license and a reliable means of transportation to travel for school/board related business is required
Job Specifications
Hours of Work 7 hours per day/35hours per week
Rate of Pay $50,959 to $60,130
Effective Date As soon as can be mutually arranged to June 28, 2024, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.
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by April 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

Applicants with a disability that requires an accommodation to enable their participation in the interview process should advise the Board when contacted for an interview.  Any assessment and selection materials and processes used in the interview process can be made available in an accessible format, upon request in advance.

All new employees are required to provide an original Police Record Check (which includes a “vulnerable sector screen”) acceptable to the Board prior to the commencement of employment.
We thank all applicants for their interest but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.
Grand Erie District School Board recognizes Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, as the longstanding peoples of this territory. We honour, recognize, and respect these communities as well as all First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples who reside within Grand Erie District School Board. We are all stewards of these lands and waters where we now gather, learn and play, and commit to working together in the spirit of Reconciliation.
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