Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) with Korean Fluency

School District #39 (Vancouver)

Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) with Korean Fluency
(School & Student Support B)

Temporary position ending 31 October 2024

Department: Newcomer Welcome Centre
Position Type : Temporary
Start Date : 20 July 2024
Hours : 7 hours per day
Salary : $36.94/hour + 20% in lieu of benefits
(14% in lieu if contributing to a municipal pension)

At the VSB, we are proud to provide exceptional learning experiences for students. As a large, urban school district, the VSB is one of Canada’s most diverse school systems.

With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the x?m?θk??y? ?m (Musqueam), S?wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & s?lilw?ta? (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).?We embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and learning and work to expand Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum and within our 107 schools and programs, where more than 50,000 students learn and grow.

Equity and inclusivity are at the forefront of our approach to education. More than 7,700 staff work to create learning environments where every student thrives by prioritizing students’ needs, applying evidence-informed practices and building relationships. The VSB’s culture reflects the diversity of our city. Students enrolled in the VSB come from varied backgrounds and lived experiences and are encouraged to explore and share their unique selves and gifts. Our commitment to students goes beyond academics. Students’ overall well-being and sense of belonging are equally important. We strive to build a school system where every student can be their authentic self and succeed throughout their learning journey. In doing this work, we champion equity and accountability by making evidence-based decisions. As a learning organization, humility is our guidepost as we seek to continually improve student outcomes in service to them, their families, and the broader community. Our work is guided by the?VSB Education Plan?and grounded in the embedded equity statement.? For more information about our school district, visit?https://www.vsb.bc.ca/.

Settlement Workers in Schools

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program facilitates the settlement and integration of newly arrived families. Through needs assessments of and systematic outreach to newcomer families, Settlement Workers will provide cross-cultural education, information about schools and schooling, and information about and referrals to community agencies and support programs. Settlement Workers will work with secondary students and families, families of elementary students, and, in some cases, may work directly with elementary students.

In this role you will:

Provide systematic settlement needs assessments and action planning for newcomer families
Inform and orient students and families about settlement-related issues and assists clients, to prioritize settlement needs
Provide referrals to various community services/agencies as appropriate and conduct outreach activities
Develop and distribute culturally appropriate information and material
Orient school staff on settlement-related issues
Assist school staff with establishing and maintaining contact with hard to reach families
Organize and/or facilitate settlement-related events and workshops
Encourage parent participation in education & community
Link newcomer families to resources and services in school and the community, and promote culturally sensitive links between school staff and newcomer families
Enable newcomer families to advocate for the educational needs of their children
Maintain up-to-date files and statistical information and ensure the confidentiality of client information, and submit statistical information as required
Performs School & Student to the division
Perform other work within the job band as assigned


Completion of grade 12 plus 2 years of full-time year equivalent post-secondary education and/or a diploma in any of the following areas: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Child and Youth Care or Education
Minimum of 2 years related experience, preferably in a community agency environment
Thorough knowledge of immigration and refugee issues, as well as government-related policies and community resources available to new Canadians
Sound knowledge of cultural awareness and integration issues to facilitate cultural bridging to new Canadians
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and cultures, school staff, students, families, and community agencies
Familiarity with the process of family needs assessments
Ability to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team under minimum supervision
Knowledge of educational settings is an asset
Fluency in Korean is required
Some activities may require you to work irregular hours and/or work on the occasional weekend

Your application must include:

Cover letter
Contact information for three professional references from direct supervisors

This posting is ongoing until filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted regarding an interview.
Only applicants fluent in Korean will be considered for this position.

The District welcomes qualified applicants who value equity and diversity as essential to excellence. The distinct makeup of the VSB community strives to support the inclusion of all voices. You may wish to share some lived experiences that demonstrate your connections to our diverse student community.

Itinerant Assignment :
A School & Student Support worker is hired to work throughout the Vancouver School District and not for a particular school or a restricted set of duties. Although in posted vacancies specific reference may be made to a school and to the duties associated with that assignment, Employee Services may transfer staff within the system in certain circumstances as deemed appropriate.

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