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Education Assistant (Special Needs) - School and Student Support A - ASL Fluency Required
Job Code: 2787039
School District #39 (Vancouver)
Closing Date: Ongoing
  Posted on: Dec 27, 2019 
Job Type:
Full Time
Job Category:
ECE, EA/TA/ERW, Clerical, Secretarial, Administrative, Custodians, etc.
Mandatory Document:
Cover Letter
Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary School
Lord Byng Secondary School
Start Date:  Immediately
End Date: 
Job Description & Requirements

Work in BC’s most culturally diverse and urban school district, Vancouver School District No. 39. Set in one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver is a community-minded district seeking talented educators, progressive leaders, and skilled support staff to enrich the learning experience of Vancouver’s 50,000 students. 


The Vancouver Board of Education welcomes applications for the position of: 
Education Assistant (Special Needs) - School and Student Support A - ASL Fluency Required

Term Continuing Position (Working months: Sept - June each year)
Location: Byng Secondary & Mackenzie Elementary
Hours of Work: 6.5 hours per day
Salary = $27.38/hour + Comprehensive Benefits Plan Including:
MSP, Extended Health, Dental, (100% premiums paid by VSB), and Municipal Pension Plan


**Only applicants fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) will be considered**


In this role, you will: 

  • Provide school & student support to assist the school as assigned
  • Under the direction of a senior member of the team, implement individual programs and contracts for students who are unable to function in a regular classroom setting
  • Evaluate and maintain records of student progress; discuss with team members any changes which may be made to an individual student's program
  • Support parent engagement by organizing workshops and events
  • Coordinate with community agencies as required
  • Organize and participate in a wide variety of field trips, sports, social, recreational and craft activities
  • Support students in community based programming such as work experience, travel training, and relevant community outings
  • Provide support to students with respect to their social and emotional problems
  • Manage verbal and/or physical “acting out” behaviour
  • Supervise students, as required, and deal with disciplinary problems as they occur
  • Prepare instructional aid materials; set up and operates instructional aid equipment
  • Perform other work within the job band as required



  • Completion of Grade 12
  • Completion of a recognized Post-Secondary Special Education Assistant program, or a Degree/Diploma in a related field, and/or extensive experience in an equivalent field
  • Ability to lift and position students of varying weights
  • Where applicable, must possess or be willing to obtain an Occupational First Aid Certificate and will be required to perform Occupational First Aid duties if assigned by the Principal.  OFA attendants may, at the direction of Employee Services, be required to perform emergency coverage at other locations
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • The following are considered to be an asset:
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (e.g., CPI or MANDT)
    • An excellent practicum or work evaluation
    • Experience using techniques of Applied Behaviour Analysis
    • Completion of POPARD coursework
    • Ability to speak a second language
  • Must be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)


  Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three supervisor references (phone numbers and email addresses)


**Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted regarding an interview**
**This posting is ongoing until filled.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible**



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