CBVRCE 2024 CUPE-0424, Child & Youth Care Practitioner (7 positions) Various Sites


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: This posting will remain open until all positions are filled.  We anticipate an initial round of hiring will be conducted in April 2024.  Interested applicants for this initial round should apply before March 25th at 11:59 pm.


 Applicants must: 
●        upload a completed resume with their application 
●        upload copies of professional licenses, accreditations and certifications supporting qualifications required for the position. A copy of your related diploma/degree and/or transcripts will be required as a condition of hire, and may be uploaded with these documents.
●       enter 3 references, (current or recent supervisors preferred).   


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. 


The following permanent positions are available:


1. Base Location: Dr. T.L.Sullivan School

2. Base Location: Glace Bay Elementary

3. Base Location: Glace Bay Elementary

4. Base Location: Memorial High School

5. Base Location: Sydney River Elementary

6. Base Location: Brookland Elementary

7. Base Location: Whitney Pier Memorial Middle School


This posting may also be used to recruit candidates interested in casual work as a Child and Youth Practitioner.


Please note all positions require travel to other schools and/or other families of schools.  A driver's license and daily access to a reliable vehicle are required for these positions.


HOURS OF WORK:  Monday to Friday, 7 hours daily

WORK TERM:   Permanent 12-month regular positions (Casual work may also be available.)

RATE OF PAY:  $30.71 (effective March 31, 2024)



  • Completion of a related post-secondary diploma or certificate such as Nova Scotia Community College Child and Youth Care Practitioner Program
  • A minimum of two-years successful work experience with school-aged children and youth in positions that demonstrate the required competencies is required.
  • An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Membership in the NS Child and Youth Care Workers Association is an asset
  • Experience working with children and youth in an educational setting is preferred.
  • Direct knowledge and experience of the community served is an asset.
  • Valid driver's license and daily access to a reliable vehicle (daily travel throughout the area served by CBVRCE is required).
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Nonviolent crisis intervention.


Required Competencies

  • The ability to establish proactive relationships with and provide appropriate interventions for vulnerable children and youth impacted by developmental trauma and/or behaviour, social and mental health challenges.
  • The ability to apply evidence-informed interventions related to social-emotional learning and culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of early childhood development as it relates to academic and social success through a multi-tiered support system (MTSS).
  • The ability to collaboratively program plan to support academic and social success for students.
  • The ability to apply effective mediation and conflict resolution strategies.
  • The ability to work effectively in flexible work situations; i.e. visit homes when required to provide the link between the school and the home to support student success.
  • The ability to utilize current technologies to support students experiencing self-regulation and communication challenges.
  • The ability to work & communicate effectively with students.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • The desire and ability to engage in continuing education and professional development.
  • The ability to maintain and promote confidentiality as the norm.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, specialists and others to support the implementation of appropriate interventions and programming for assigned students.
  • Provide support to teacher assistants who work with students with identified needs.
  • The ability to use approaches such as functional analysis of behavior.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the effective implementation of strategies and good practices, such as a positive reinforcement system, visual schedule, movement breaks, etc.
  • Contribute to building a healthy and safe school environment by supporting positive behaviors
  • Maintain progressive files and notes for identified students.
  • The ability to complete other duties as required.



Position Description

Working under the direction of the School Principal and/or the Schools Plus Facilitator/Coordinator of Student Services, within a needs based and inclusive approach, the Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYCP) works with assigned students in schools and is responsible for collaborating with school teams to help design and carry out proactive, evidence based programming for students who have social, emotional and behavior issues. This may include:


•  working with students directly in education settings, identifying services for students who have difficulty coping in school/education settings

•  Engaging in, and supporting effective connections and communications between the school, the families and other appropriate community agencies to meet student needs.

•  Working collaboratively with families, administrators, classroom teachers, teacher assistants, SchoolsPlus, specialist staff, community based agencies, programs, services and supports.

•   Assisting students to develop social skills and self-regulation through community based, recreation, summer and after school programs.


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.