Career Opportunities
Youth & Family Support - Excellence in Social Emotional Learning (ExSEL Program)
Job Code: 2787083
School District #39 (Vancouver)
Closing Date: Ongoing
  Posted on: Nov 27, 2019 
Job Type:
Full Time
Job Category:
ECE, EA/TA/ERW, Clerical, Secretarial, Administrative, Custodians, etc.
Mandatory Document:
Cover Letter
Nightingale Elementary 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: 
Youth & Family Support - Excellence in Social Emotional Learning (ExSEL Program)

Term Continuing Position (Working months: Sept - June each year)
Location: Florence Nightingale Elementary
Hours of Work: 6.5 hours per day
Salary = $31.97/hour + Comprehensive Benefits Plan Including:
MSP, Extended Health, Dental, (100% premiums paid by VSB), and Municipal Pension Plan


Program Description: 

The ExSEL program serves the needs of students who exhibit a significant need for additional support and instruction in the areas of social-emotional learning, behaviour, mental health and/or learning difficulties (up to 15 students per classroom).  The class is staffed with a teacher, an SSB and an SSA.  Students in this program are placed there from schools throughout the Vancouver School District.


In this role, you will: 

  • (under the direction of and liaising with the classroom teacher) Implement individual, small group and class-wide programming
  • Support the implementation of student’s IEP goals and assist in documentation of progress
  • Collaborate with classroom teacher to teach and implement a variety of self-regulation, social skills and/or social communication programs
  • Support students and collaborate with staff to support transitions in educational placements
  • Liaise with families, involve support agencies, social workers, medical/clinical practitioners and district staff
  • Supervise students, as required, and support students during times when problematic behaviour is more likely to occur
  • Prepare instructional aid material; set up and operate instructional aid materials
  • Provide school and student support to assist the school as assigned
  • Perform other work within the job band as required



  • Completion of grade 12 plus 4 years of full time equivalent post-secondary education and/or a degree in any of the following areas:  Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Immigration/Migration studies, Ethnic/Cultural/Indigenous studies, Human Development and Family studies, Applied Behaviour Science or Education
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience
  • CPI/NVCI training required
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain an Occupational First Aid Level 2 Certificate and will be required to perform Occupational First Aid Level 2 duties if assigned by the Principal.  OFA2 attendants may, at the direction of Employee Services, be required to perform emergency coverage at other locations



  • Direct work experience with children or youth who demonstrate a higher need for support in the areas of social-emotional learning, behaviour or mental health, particularly in an educational setting
  • Sound knowledge of evidence informed practice for supporting students with a wide range of social emotional, behavioural or mental health needs
  • Experience working with students with learning disabilities, who are at risk or have experienced complex trauma
  • Experience in implementing various behaviour support and/or self-regulation programs and modifying intervention strategies for students with different needs or who are ESL
  • Experience working with integrated children in multiple classrooms
  • Ability to work effectively as a team, under the direction of the teacher, as well as the ability to relate well with students and other interested parties such as families, foster parents, social workers, mental health teams and clinical practitioners
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, collaboration, and organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of computers and special education programs an asset
  • Training and/or experience supporting students who are emotionally fragile is an asset


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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