Education Assistant (Special Needs) - School and Student Support A - Various Permanent Positions
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Job Code: 2280001 Closing Date: Ongoing
Employer: School District #39 (Vancouver) Posted on: May 26, 2021
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Job Type:
Full Time
Job Category:
ECE, EA and Support Staff
Mandatory Document:
Cover Letter
Certificates & Diplomas
Vancouver BC
Start Date:  Immediately
End Date: 
Job Description & Requirements


  Learning Support Programs and Services

The Vancouver Board of Education welcomes applications for:

Permanent/Continuing Education Assistant
(School & Student Support A)

Location: School site TBA
Position Type: Permanent
Working months: September to June each year
Hours: 6.5 hours per day
Salary: $27.93 per hour
+Extensive Benefits Package including Municipal Pension Plan


For an overview of the role of an Educational Assistant in the school system, watch this 6 minute video from the Durham School Board in Ontario.  

The District welcomes qualified applicants who value equity and diversity as essential to excellence. The distinct makeup of the VSB community strives to support the inclusion of all voices.  You may wish to share some lived experiences that demonstrate your connections to our diverse student community.

In this position, you will: 

  • Provide school & student support to assist 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


Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Reports/Evaluations: Recent EA graduates must include all Practicum Reports
  • References-name, phone number and email address of direct supervisors 
    • Recent Graduate: Supervisors from all practicums and your most recent employee (5 in total)
    • Experienced EA: current Principal, Vice Principal and previous Administrator and/or your most recent employer

      ** Wdo not accept friends or teaching colleagues as references**


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




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