Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) Program - Dari/Farsi Speaking

Job city: 
St. Catharines
Job region: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 28, 2022 - 4:15pm
Job terms: 


As a charitable organization, the YMCA of Niagara aspires to be a great workplace, committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values – caring, health, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, and responsibility - the YMCA provides our employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through growth opportunities and great benefits, and the knowledge that their day-to-day actions have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the people of Niagara.

Nature & Scope

The Settlement Worker in Schools Program (SWIS) Settlement Worker will work with designated schools throughout the Niagara Region.


  • Promote healthy school settlement process for both students, their families and their new school community for the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • Fostering student achievement by providing information and referral services to newly arrived families
  • Provide supports to school staff to create a culturally inclusive environment and build relationships with their new students and their families
  • Support the school with interpretation services where needed; reception and welcome, orientation, parent teacher interviews, homework clarification and school board policies and procedures
  • Support school based public health nurse, school assigned Child and Youth Workers, Social Workers and Educational Assistants in providing culturally appropriate services and guiding parents/students through the various processes
  • Link newcomer families and students to resources and services within the school and within the community
  • Facilitate access to services and resources where there are barriers due to language, gender, age, culture and race
  • Conduct group sessions to school board faculty, parents, students and community organizations supporting students/families
  • Represent the YMCA of Niagara in all schools within the Niagara Region
  • Conduct Case Management sessions with school Principals, ESL staff, classroom teachers, Learning Support Staff/Resource Teachers, Guidance
  • Maintain accurate records of services provided in iCARE (government supported Case management system) and support leadership team in preparing reports
  • Monitor Administration changes and work with leadership team to arrange for introductions to new Principal(s) and Vice Principal(s)
  • Conduct Needs Assessments for all students and their families accessing services
  • Other duties as required


  • University degree or college diploma in social sciences or related field
  • Must be fluent in English (reading, speaking and writing)
  • Must be fluent in Urdu (reading, speaking and writing)
  • At least one year of experience providing settlement counseling
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources
  • Good interpersonal, presentation and organizational skills
  • Must have valid driver’s license and a vehicle
  • Current Standard First Aid, CPR-C certification [within 3 years from date of issue]
  • A clear and satisfactory criminal reference check inclusive of the vulnerable sector search (CRCVSS) issued for the YMCA of Niagara
  • Successful applicants will be required to adhere to the YMCA of Niagara COVID-19 Vaccination Policy


  • Child and Youth Focused -
    Commits to assisting growth and development among children and youth
  • Diversity -
    Appreciates that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring a richness to the YMCA
  • Integrity -
    Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards
  • Relationship Building and Collaboration -
    Builds positive interactions both internally and externally to achieve work related goals
  • Self Management -
    Works independently with minimal supervision. Accomplishes critical tasks despite organizational obstacles, time pressures, role ambiguity, or limited resources

Pay $18.41 - $21.63 per hour plus YMCA Membership Benefits
Employment Type Part Time – Minimum 20 hours/week.
Days, evenings and weekends
Possibility of full time hours
Placement Date Immediately
Location YMCA Employment & Newcomer Services

How to apply:

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by 4:00 p.m. on Monday February 28, 2022 to:


Note: This process may also establish a pool of candidates used to fill similar vacancies (temporary, contract and permanent) within YMCA Employment Services over the next 6 months.

Internal applicates are encouraged to notify their supervisor before applying.

All applicants are thanked for their interest. Only those applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted by email. Please note that interviews may take place virtually due to COVID-19. In-person interviews will adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

Accessibility accommodations and materials in alternate formats for individuals with disabilities can be arranged upon request.

For more information on other opportunities at the YMCA of Niagara please visit: