APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR THE POSITION OF
GRADUATION COACH FOR BLACK STUDENTS – EQUITY, DIVERSITY,
INDIGENOUS ED & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INDIGENOUS ED & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
NON-UNION Level 9 – $73,125 – $87,750
At the Toronto Catholic District School Board, we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action. Servant-leadership that is visionary, empowering and inclusive is a fundamental characteristic of our Board. We seek colleagues who demonstrate a powerful personal mission and commitment through action to these principles. We are committed to fairly and objectively recruiting and selecting leaders and staff who are excellent role models, visionary and innovative, student-focused, committed to diversity, inclusion and equity and are also collaborative in building a Catholic community.
NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT FOR APPROXIMATELY FOUR (4) YEARS
CRITERIA FOR AN INTERVIEW:
- Minimum of 3-year college diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Counselling or related field
- Minimum of two (2) years of related experience providing comprehensive mentoring, outreach, and supportive services to students in-person and/or in a virtual environment
- Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Black/African Canadian and or who possesses comprehensive first-hand life experience deeply rooted in the local Black communities
- Understanding of the barriers and challenges faced by Black students within the communities
- Awareness of local community resources and ability to support students in accessing and navigating these resources
- Understanding of the intersections of race, gender, faith, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity
- Ability to identify systemic barriers such as anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of oppression and to propose appropriate intervention points
- Broad understanding of and an inclusive approach to relationship building with diverse stakeholders in the community and in schools
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills
- Demonstrates sound judgment and sensitivity, and ability to build rapport with various stakeholders
- Experience in handling contentious issues with sensitivity, confidentiality, tact and discretion
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to and under the direction of the Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, Indigenous Education, and Community Relations, the primary function of this position is to provide support to Black students and act as a mentor/advisor and help identify barriers, intervention points, and facilitate access and referrals to academic support and community and school resources, providing integrated support for Black student achievement and well-being. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Act as a mentor and an advisor to the students and play an essential role as an advocate for each learner
- Engage Black students by affirming the identities and culture of Black students through culturally responsive and relevant methodologies
- Work with a range of stakeholders that support the learning of Black students
- Provide professional learning to staff about anti-racism, anti-oppression, dismantling anti-Black racism, and transforming school culture
- Work with the Equity team and other stakeholders to create a long-term vision/plan for identified at-risk Black students
- Establish a safety plan during breaks in regular programming (i.e. long weekends, extended breaks, etc.) for participating students
- Build/maintain information on each individual student, throughout the year to track and monitor academic achievements and well-being (i.e., suspension/expulsion, credit accumulation, attendance)
- Create space for students to voice their experiences to enable the school board to establish trusting relationships and responsive services
- Identify and address individual barriers to student engagement, learning and well-being
- Collaborate with administrators including various stakeholders and broader community in responding to individual and systemic barriers (e.g., academic, mental health, justice)
- Facilitate access and referrals to academic support and community resources to provide an integrated support system for the students
- Perform other duties as assigned or required
Diversity and Inclusion
Consistent with the TCDSB’s Employment Equity policy and Multi-Year Strategic Plan, the TCDSB is strongly committed to fostering and creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the stakeholders and communities we serve. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from candidates who self-identify as visible minorities, persons with disabilities, aboriginal peoples and women. You are invited to voluntarily indicate if you identify as one or more of the aforementioned communities. This information will be kept confidential.
Barrier-Free Recruitment and Selection
TCDSB embraces the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and as such, is committed to creating an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please inform the Human Resources department at the time of your application of any requirement for an accommodation. The need for documentation to support the accommodation will be requested as required prior to the implementation of any accommodation measures.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a completed résumé, cover letter, and any related educational documents, and reference letters, no later than Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Failure to complete a full package may impact your eligibility for an interview.
Applications are to be submitted online through ApplyToEducation at:
We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please note, candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide original applicable education documents.