University of Alberta

Student Wellness Worker

Dean of Students, First Peoples' House

Competition No.  -    S114837460
Posting Date  -    Oct 24, 2018
Closing Date  -    Nov 13, 2018
 
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $58,675 to $81,208 per year
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Reporting to the Director and working in close collaboration with First Peoples’ House staff and other units within the Dean of Students portfolio, the Student Wellness Worker will provide support to First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners.  Supports will be related to providing information to help students’ wellbeing and will include offering self-care sessions, facilitating wellness activities, hosting Wellness Week, working with students in crisis, and planning activities/providing resources associated with preventing and reducing substance misuse.

The successful candidate must have knowledge in or be familiar with the traditions, values, and beliefs associated with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures.

Duties

  • Conduct thorough needs assessments from a strengths-based approach and considering diverse student experiences to develop a thorough understanding of presenting student needs
  • Engage and empower students in the decision-making process to identify and develop support or referral options based on best practices and the needs of the individual
  • Provide assistance to students in the area of adjusting to new changes and challenges like new to the university, medical disorders, relationship issues, and historical trauma 
  • Coordinate and conduct traditional healthy parenting, and healthy relationships sessions
  • Support students in receiving fundamental needs like the food bank, emergency housing, medical services, and child welfare 
  • Offer quality guidance and counseling to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students
  • Provide crisis intervention and suicide risk assessment as well as short-term client stabilization when required
  • Develop strong partnerships and positive working relationships with and acts as a liaison between many campus and greater community services to maintain direct, seamless connections to all suitable resources
  • Support and assist in creating relevant First Nation, Metis and Inuit student mental health policies and procedures
  • Liaison with campus resources and faculties to address and promote mental health amongst First Nation, Metis and Inuit students
  • Organize resources for the use of the student and introduce them to the appropriate support groups 

Qualifications

  • Social Work Degree (BSW) required with a minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Must be in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Worker
  • Experience in suicide risk assessment and prevention
  • Knowledge and understanding of the impacts of historical trauma within First Nation communities
  • Knowledge and experience relating to First Nations culture and approaches to healing
  • Experience in providing crisis and short-term counselling support, information and referrals 
  • Experience with working in Metis Settlements, First Nation or Inuit communities
  • Experience in group facilitation and support and build resiliency of students
  • Ability to seek and build relationships with families, social services systems, such as child welfare, justice, health, income supports, and education
  • Experience working with people with addictions and/or other mental health concerns
  • Experience working with victims of sexual assault 
  • Knowledge of the Indian Residential School System and the effects this system has had on former students and their families
  • Experience working with LGBTQ and two-spirit peoples 
  • Knowledge and connections with external organizations 
  • Proficient working knowledge of computers and programs
  • Ability to work with confidential information in a professional and sensitive manner

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.