Education Specialist

About Us:   Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.

 

Job Summary: If you are passionate about helping youth reach their educational goals, Aunt Leah’s has an opportunity for you! As an education specialist, you will create new culture and norms within the foster care community and beyond – that foster children can have success in their educational careers. Aunt Leah’s Education Specialist works one-on-one with youth in and from government care on their plan for high school graduation and beyond.

 

In addition, an Education Specialist will take on an advocacy role with schools, social workers, youth, as well as community partners (internally within Aunt Leah’s different programming or externally with other community partners) to resolve difficult issues and remove barriers to foster school success. The Education Specialist may also provide short term lifeskill and/or collaborative supports with internal/external partners to assist youth in overcoming barriers that prevent them from having educational success. The Education Specialist will work with all of Aunt Leah’s programs to ensure wrap around supports and services are in place for youth in and from care.

 

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years post-secondary education in Social Sciences, Social Work, Child & Youth Care, and/or a related combination of education/ experience
  • 1 year experience working with youth in or from government care
  • Advocacy background and training

 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Communication ( Verbal & Written); Analytical skill and Research ability
  • Flexibility/Adaptability in managing multiple priorities
  • Interpersonal Abilities & Team Work Skills
  • Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity
  • Crisis Management/Conflict resolution skills
  • Planning/Organizing & Budgeting Skills
  • Knowledge of BC high school system and post-secondary education options
  • Knowledge of resources available specifically for foster youth in/from care
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow and implement program policies and procedures
  • Computer/Technical Literacy
  • Reporting Writing and Documentation

Requirements:

  • Undergo & maintain Criminal Record Check
  • Standard First Aid
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Produce a clear Driver’s Abstract
  • Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training and/or equivalent
  • Advocacy training/experience
  • Agrees to the Society’s Code of Ethics
  • Other certification as required by individual programs

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

 

Direct Service

  • Work with youth to create their own plan for high school graduation and beyond
  • Build youth’s problem-solving and self-advocacy skills; support youth to navigate on their journey to re-engage with education
  • Connect to resources, like tutoring and college and career preparation, including career cruising software or equivalent
  • Build and support the team for each youth, including caregiver, social worker and school teachers, counselors, community support workers and any other significant individuals in their lives
  • Resolve educational barriers specific to foster youth: school transitions, special education needs, disciplinary actions, and obtaining transcripts as needed
  • Complete tracking information of SEFFY participants concurrently involved in multiple Aunt Leah’s programs (e.g. Branches AYA Lifeskill program, Bootstraps Employment program for young adults, Link program etc.); liaise with appropriate staff from other programs to provide wrap around support for participants
  • Liaise with Frontier College and facilitate in house tutoring or education related sessions provided by Frontier College tutors/volunteers
  • Supports SEFFY Coordinator with keeping up to date on the latest news/resources on bursaries/grants/tuition fee waivers available for current and/or former youth in care; assist in sustaining Aunt Leah’s in house funding applications for education
  • Education-related workshop facilitation as needed
  • Provide outreach support and other needed support services to participants as directed
  • Rotating attendance at Essential Skills program workshop on Wednesday evenings ( post-pandemic measure)

 

Advocacy: 

  • Help students access education-related support services, including special education and/or accessibility services
  • Identify and refer SEFFY participants who can benefit from additional internal programming supports (e.g. Branches AYA Lifeskill program, Bootstraps Employment program, Link program, wellness support with Dan’s Legacy etc.) or external resources in the community.
  • Maintain connection with external referring agencies/internal programs to ensure continuum of supports in place for participants
  • Knowledgeable and up to date with educational opportunities within the various Ministries (Ministry of Children and Family Development Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education, Ministry of Social Development etc.)
  • Researches Post-Secondary programs as well as funding resources, and develops connections and networks on behalf of Aunt Leah’s that will benefit the individuals we serve (includes bursaries, grants, scholarships)
  • Train caregivers, social workers and students themselves to advocate for students’ educational rights
  • Prevent school changes when students placements change and pave the way for seamless transitions when school changes are unavoidable
  • Minimize the effects of disciplinary actions that keep students out of school
  • Assist high school youth in making up credits when necessary and identifying alternative high school programs to stay engaged and on track to graduate

 

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that expenses follow programming budget guidelines
  • Responsible for providing receipts petty cash used for participants

 

Health and Safety:

  • Ensures that drop in/resource area is clean and tidy and maintained to Health and Safety Standards
  • Participates in annual review of Aunt Leah’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures

 

Communication:

  • Attends meetings as required
  •  Liaises and seeks direction from Supervisor in crisis situations 
  •  Attends Society Events as directed by supervisor
  •  Follows Aunt Leah’s Policies and Procedures
  • Maintains documentation standards (direct service notes, individual educational plan and service agreements
  • Maintains educational information in accessible formats for youth participants

Confidentiality:

  • Communication between Education Specialist and youth is confidential
  • Education Specialist will follow Aunt Leah’s Society Policies and Procedures and Aunt Leah’s Code of Ethics (includes Child and Youth Care Association of BC Code of Ethics, Aunt Leah’s Privacy Policy, BC Rights of Youth in care & UN Rights of the Child)

 

On Call:

  • Participate in on call as scheduled
  • While on call, is able to support and attend as required

Work Environment:

  • This position requires some lifting of heavier objects
  • Hours of work: Full time (7.5 hours a day, 37.5 hours a week)
  • This position may require working some evenings and weekends and travel to various locations within Metro Vancouver, including working out of the main office in New Westminster and/or office in Vancouver, as well as some at home work due to pandemic measure.

 

This position may be required to perform other related duties that do not affect the nature of the work be performed

 

We offer:

A comprehensive benefit package after 6 months of continuous employment that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP after 1 year, personal time package, and employee discount at our Thrift Store.

 

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications.

How to apply:

If you meet the qualifications listed, and wish to work in a collaborative and supportive environment that offers ongoing professional development opportunities, please email your resume with a cover letter to: hr@auntleahs.org. You may also apply on our website at www.auntleahs.org . Short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.  We thank all interested applicants in advance.

What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.