Job Description
Competition No.: 274 Hours Per Week: Full time
Close Date: 08/03/2024 05:00 PM Remuneration: $105,732 to $120,426
Location: ALL SCHOOLS Instructions: Via email
Duration: Full Time

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 invites applications for the following position:


Mental Health and Wellness Lead 

Serving all schools within YK1

Full time



Under the supervision of the Regional Inclusive Schooling Coordinator, this position has the primary responsibility of providing leadership and guidance to YK1’s School-Based Mental Health and Wellness Model.



  • Team Lead of Wellness Mentors.
  • Input into program, policy, and procedure development.
  • Identification of professional development required for Wellness Mentors.
  • Professional development training for school staff as needed.
  • Oversight School-Based Mental Health and Wellness projects.
  • Attend appropriate meetings which may include Regional-based Support Team Meetings, group supervision, staff meetings, networking with external stakeholders and Indigenous governments, and training.
  • Build relationships and collaborative partnerships with relevant community-based and government organizations.
  • Engage in professional development (PD) activities to ensure ongoing learning and development.
  • Adhere to all industry appropriate best-practice regulatory, mandatory and ethical guidelines to ensure professional conduct at all times.
  • Be an active part of YK1’s District Educational Services Team in terms of its responsibility for inputting to the development and implementation of the strategic plan, vision and mandate.

The Team Lead will be required to do a limited amount of individual counselling, using a variety of therapeutic modalities. Clinical supervision will be provided for these instances. 



The ideal candidate should have:

  • Must have counselling accreditation in the NWT.
  • Excellent clinical and writing skills.
  • A minimum of two years supervision experience required.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and willingness to work with interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships.
  • Ability to work independently and to work as a member of a team.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of inclusive schooling, health education, and health literacy, particularly in multiple settings or with various populations.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills.


Competencies and Knowledge:

The successful candidates should possess and/or have an understanding of the following:

  • Experience in group facilitation and mentorship

  • Crisis response and debriefing

  • Trauma Informed Practice

  • Student-centered approach

  • Ability to discuss mental health topics, knowledge and application in prevention, run group supports, work with a children to build skills around coping strategies

  • Anti-Racism/Cultural Awareness/Safety

  • Expertise in child and youth mental health 

  • Knowledge of child development

  • Understanding of educational history, context, and inclusive schooling in the NWT

  • Ability to co/self-regulate, respond vs. react, and reflect on situations

  • Strong coordination, facilitation and interpersonal skills demonstrated in a variety of diverse cultural contexts, including working with Elders and community cultural resource people

  • Ability to manage time and tasks efficiently and effectively.  



Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter, and three reference (names and phone numbers) to Landon Kowalzik, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, via email at and Iona Strachan, Regional Inclusive Schooling Coordinator, via email at, by 4:00 PM, Friday, March 8, 2024.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

All employees are required to submit a CRC/Vulnerable Sector Check that has been completed within the past 90 days of their application. 

Required Certificates :
  • Three References: email/name
  • Attach Resume & Cover letter
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
Required Education and Training :
  • none
Preferred Education and Training :
  • none