CBVRCE 2022 CUPE 2522 Student Support Worker (African Canadian and/or Indigenous)

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education is responsible for the administration of the public school system within the boundaries of Cape Breton and Victoria Counties, supporting approximately 12,000 students in 38 schools. 


We foster a caring, dynamic, and creative environment that provides educational opportunities, promotes a love of learning, respect for others and challenges all persons to develop their full potential to become confident, versatile, lifelong learners and thinkers. We are committed to ensuring the success and achievement of all students within a culturally responsive, safe and inclusive school environment. 


The CBVRCE invites applications for the above-noted position as we work together to create success for all students in our region.  Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the students we serve.  The Centre for Education welcomes applications from Indigenous People, African Canadian and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, we encourage you to apply and self-identify on your application.


Application Deadline:   Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis.  The posting will remain open until the earlier of March 31, 2023 or until all positions are filled. 


 Applicants must: 
●        upload a completed resume with their application 
●        upload copies of professional licenses, accreditations and certifications supporting qualifications required for the position. You must include a copy of your related diploma/degree and/or transcript.
●       enter 3 references, one of which is the applicant's immediate supervisor.   


Applications that do not provide the information required to assess qualifications will not be considered.  If you require assistance to submit your application electronically, please contact the Human Resources Department at (902)564-8293.


All successful candidates will be required to submit a clear Criminal Record Check (with Vulnerable Sector Check) and Child Abuse Registry Check dated within the last 6 months. 



1. Indigenous Student Support Worker - Memorial Composite High School base (circuit position) 

2. Indigenous Student Support Worker - Rankin School of the Narrows (circuit position)

3. African Canadian Student Support Worker - Sydney River Elementary base (circuit position)

4. African Canadian Student Support Worker - Shipyard Elementary base (circuit position)

5. Student Support Worker - African Canadian and/or Indigenous - Base location to be determined (circuit position)


HOURS OF WORK:  Monday to Friday, 6.5 hours daily (flexible schedule including some evening and weekend hours may be required)

WORK TERM:   Permanent 10-month regular positions

RATE OF PAY:  $22.91per hour 



  • A minimum of 2-years post-secondary education in a related program (diploma/degree program in education, social services, psychology, social work, criminal justice, African or Mi'kmaq/Indigenous Studies, or equivalent) 

    • An equivalent combination of related education/training and related experience may be considered in lieu of a diploma/degree program 

  • Candidates for African Canadian Student Support Worker positions must be a person of African descent;
  • Candidates for Indigenous Student Support Worker positions must be a person of indigenous descent; knowledge of the Mi'kmaq language would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with children and youth, particularly “at-risk” students in African Canadian or Indigenous communities, is required;
  • Experience in community-based work, particularly in relation to African Canadian or Indigenous communities/populations is required
  • Demonstrated ability in working collaboratively as part of a team involving students, teachers, parents/guardians;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability in assisting children and youth in reaching their potential;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • Candidates must have a vehicle and a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license;
  • Candidates must be willing to work a flexible schedule, which includes some evening and weekend hours.



The Student Support Worker - African Canadian and/or Indigenous will be available for students who are racially, culturally and socially “at risk”. Their primary role will be to monitor and provide support to these students and their families, as well as be the liaison between the school and the African Nova Scotian or Mi'kmaq community.  The overall objective will be to help these students achieve positive educational experiences, experience success and remain in school. The Student Support Worker reports to the Principal and either the Coordinator of African Canadian Education/Services or the Coordinator of Mi'kmaq Education Services who will organize regular meetings and coordinate ongoing professional development for the Student Support Worker.



  • Become familiar with students' needs, and in cooperation with staff, establish a method for monitoring progress and relaying appropriate information home;
  • Monitor students' attendance;
  • Assist students to access supports within their local community;
  • Maintain ongoing journals for all students;
  • Promote increased contact between the students, parents, and teachers;
  • In co-operation with guidance counselor, students and parents, discuss options of educational goals and appropriate course selection;
  • Act as an advocate when necessary;
  • Perform other duties/activities as deemed appropriate by the Principal, in consultation with the Co-ordinator of African Canadian Education/Services and/or the Coordinator of Mi'kmaq Education Services
  • Participation in Parent Teacher Conference days; 
  • Other related duties as assigned. 



Please note that these positions are subject to a Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 5050 which may be accessed at  https://cbvrce.ca/home/cupe.


We thank all applicants for your interest; however, only those applicants chosen to proceed in the hiring process will be contacted.