POSTED: September 14, 2020
CLOSING DATE: October 14, 2020
EDUCATION ASSISTANTS – CASUAL/ON CALL
Apply to this posting if you are interested in Casual/On-Call work as an Education Assistant
Salary starts at $26.74/hr at Step 1, plus 12% in lieu of benefits
Why West Vancouver Schools?
West Vancouver Schools, the premier place for learning, has a long-held reputation for excellence and innovation. Our motto endorses our vision that we aspire to provide the finest educational experience in the country – for our children, our employees, our community and our world. We support this vision in the work we do, and the drive to be the first and best is clear, both inside and outside the organization.
Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Principal/ Designate, the Special Education Assistant-Individual(s) participates as a member of a team and assists in the ongoing planning, organizing, adapting and implementing of special needs programs, under the direction of the classroom/ resource program teacher. These positions require the maintenance of a constant state of vigilance in order to ensure the personal safety of student(s) and/ or staff. Certain positions may also be required to provide personal assistance and care and/ or lift, transfer and provide emergency restraint. The requirements will vary depending on the individual student(s) assigned.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Participates in planning and organizing learning experiences and classroom materials to suit the special needs of student(s)
- Participates in the planning and implementation of appropriate learning and behaviour management strategies
- Works from Individualized Education Plan(IEP) and adapts schedules/materials as needed, after consultation with staff
- Assists with the full range of classroom support duties as required
- Maintains regular communications with team
- Monitors child's learning in order to identify required program adjustments
- Assists the teacher with the preparation of lesson materials; classroom and field trip supervision; record keeping and communications
- Facilitates and encourages positive interactions between special needs students and others in the school and community
- Provides information to teachers for home/ school, formal/ informal reporting to parents
- Assists the teacher in communicating with parents
- Participates in professional development courses and other school functions, as requested
- If designated, provides personal assistance and/or medical care such as toileting, mobility, lifting, transferring, authorized medical/emergency procedures (including restraint when a critical incident or emergency arises)
- May be required to assist with general playground supervision
- May be required to transport student(s)
- May be required to operate certain standard school and office equipment including personal computer applications in addition to special individualized equipment (e.g. standing frames and touch windows)
- Performs other comparable duties as assigned which are within the area of knowledge and skills required by the job description
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Post-secondary training such as Special Education Assistant certificate or related courses
- Individual postings may require specialized courses or skills
- Proven success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with parents, teachers and special needs students
- Ability to operate various types of special equipment and work with minimal supervision
- Individual postings may require ability to lift, carry and position student(s)
- Valid B.C. Driver's licence
- Flexibility to undertake a variety of assignments
- Good organizational, interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
- Some knowledge of standard office equipment including personal computers for instructional use
OR an equivalent combination of training and experience
Desirable Qualifications and Experience:
- St. John's Ambulance-Emergency First Aid Certificate or SOFA with CPR
Site Specific Considerations:
The successful applicants will have training and experience working with a wide variety of children with special needs including those with learning disabilities, multiple handicapping conditions, challenging behaviours and autism. Personal care may be required. May be required to support community services (eg swimming, bowling, etc). May be required to drive.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume via www.makeafuture.ca under West Vancouver Schools. Please note that email and fax applications will not be accepted. Please visit the Job Opportunities page onwww.westvancouverschools.ca for more details on the application process.
We thank all interested applicants; however, only short listed candidates will be contacted. Please contact HR via HR@wvschools.ca for access to the full job description.
Successful applicants not currently employed by West Vancouver Schools are required to sign a “consent for Criminal Record Search” to permit a criminal record review.