Apply today – Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS Worker)
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program offers school-based settlement services by providing newcomer students (elementary or high school) and their families with information and support on issues related to integration into their community. The SWIS Worker will support a pilot program beginning in some St. Thomas and Elgin schools in the fall of 2019. The pilot is funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
SWIS-London is a partnership between the London District Catholic School Board, Thames Valley District School Board, the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, LUSO Community Services, and South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SLNRC). SWIS-London is funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Settlement workers will follow a co-ordinated case management approach in providing direct service work with the newcomer students and their families (the client).
- Provide services in a supportive and culturally sensitive, linguistically appropriate manner.
- Participate in the school reception and orientation process for newcomer students and their families.
- Provide orientation sessions on programs and services available in the school and community.
- Inform and orient families and students about settlement related issues.
- Provide outreach services to new families.
- Facilitate access to school activities, committees, councils and associations.
- Facilitate referrals and access to available resources in the community, social services, professional services and government programs.
- Enable families to advocate on their own behalf, including for the educational needs of their children.
- Advocate on client’s behalf when appropriate and in consultation with the Manager.
Direct service work with the school staff
- Facilitate constructive and culturally-sensitive communication between the school staff and the newcomer students and their families.
- Inform and orient staff about settlement-related issues.
- Assist the school with initiating contact with all newcomer families.
- Provide cultural background information to the school staff as needed.
Presentations (in collaboration with school and community partners)
- Facilitate the communication between the client and school in group and presentation contexts.
- Assist in the preparation of workshops to increase newcomers’ understanding of the educational system and parenting issues in a Canadian context.
- Participate on any relevant committees, and in any workshops, and conferences.
- In co-operation with partners and other agencies, conduct group orientation and information sessions.
- Promote settlement-related services for individuals and groups.
- Prefer post secondary education in Social Services.
- Experience in actively supporting newcomers and referring newcomers, refugees and immigrants to needed services.
- Knowledge of current legislation and policies affecting newcomers, refugees and immigrants.
- Thorough knowledge of social services systems and complementary resources.
- Knowledge and experience of the school environment preferred and ability to work effectively and strategically in a school setting.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal, and written communication skills.
- Ability to communicate in Low German or another second language considered a strong asset.
- Organizational, time management, and leadership skills.
- Assessment and problem-solving skills.
- Knowledge and experience in using a PC and associated programs – Windows, MS Office, database, etc.
- This position requires a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a detailed cover letter by Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (4:00pm deadline) to:
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
16 Mary Street West
St. Thomas, Ontario
No telephone inquiries please.
The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. If you require accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.