INDIGENOUS STUDENT SUPPORT WORKER - EDUCATION ASSISTANT
School District #60 has a position available for an Indigenous Student Support Worker-Educational Assistants II: Certified to be hired to the District and assigned to Upper Halfway Elementary School. Applications must be completed online and will be accepted until noon, August 31, 2020. If you require assistance with the online application process please contact Colleen Stewart at (250)262-6008.
Reporting to the School Principal, this position is responsible for working under the direction of the classroom teacher and various district resource personnel in providing care for students (training provided by appropriate medical personnel when required).
This position requires an individual to work as part of a collaborative team that provides assistance to teachers in the delivery and implementation of educational programs and services. The educational programs facilitate the integration, growth, learning, safety and comfort of students with a variety of educational/emotional and behavioural needs. The successful candidate will work with special needs students, youth with learning disabilities, those on modified and alternate programs (primarily in a classroom setting), as well as provide, on occasion, pull out support for individuals or small groups.
The successful candidate will assist professional staff in delivering special support programs to students of Indigenous (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) origin and will work under the general direction of the School and Indigenous Principal(s). Duties may include working with the student's families and Community Agencies. The successful applicant must be familiar with the local Indigenous culture and resources available. This individual must have the required knowledge, skills and ability to perform the assigned duties, which includes working with children with intensive and challenging behaviours.
- Provide instructional support to students to implement educational programs as determined by the teacher/resource team/administrator and provide student with feedback for completion of daily work
- Constructs/locates instructional materials/games/displays/learning centres
- Operate computers, audio-visual and various equipment as well as other adaptive technology
- Supervise the student’s completion of educational activities, as outlined in the IEP, observe and record academic and behavioural assessment data to assist teachers in the monitoring of students
- Copies, transcribes, types, files, and maintains records
- Implement behaviour management programs as determined by the teacher/resource team
- Provide personal/health care and physical safety assistance to students
- Attend team/parent/professional development meetings as required
- Assist in the implementation of programs requiring intensive behaviour interventions
- Supervise students as required in the classroom, gym, school, playground, loading/unloading of bus(es) and field trips
- Foster student independence and appropriate peer interactions
- May be required to attend specific workshops at the direction of the Principal
- Must be willing to maintain current “CPI” status
- Contacts students of Indigenous descent attending school using information provided by school. Informs each student of the function of the ISSW and encourages students to seek assistance if they are in need
- Acts as a positive role model for students and promotes pride in their culture. ISSW's may be called upon to act as a guest speaker to supplement lessons
- Provides home visits where the need has been established in order to encourage a working relationship between the school and home
- Assists teachers with providing workable solutions for improving student performance. Assist students with their school work
- Provides input on Indigenous educational materials. Assist with lesson plans on Indigenous culture
- Supervises students in groups or individually in the classroom, on school grounds or on field trips
- Facilitates the participation of various Indigenous organizations in a variety of planned activities for students
- Provides monthly reports to the school Administrative officer including information on student performance and attendance
- Exchanges information with other Indigenous Student Support Workers as well at the Indigenous Education Centre
- May be required to assist with the supervision of social, academic and self-help activities both at school and within the community
- Assists school counselor (team approach) in direct counseling
- Performs other job related duties as directed by school Principal
- Attend monthly ISSW meetings
Qualifications and Attributes:
- Educational Assistant Certificate, which includes documented training in the following areas;
- Pervasive developmental disorders, including ASD, FASD, Complex Behavioural needs
- Developmental and sensory needs and disorders
- Personal care: dressing, toileting, feeding, lifting, transferring, seizure management
- Technology assisted programs (ie. augmentative communication devices, Boardmaker, Apps & other software)
- Behaviour support: conflict resolution, anger management, non-violent behavioural intervention, behaviour/safety/crisis/emergency plans
- Learning Challenges: learning disabilities intellectual disabilities, learning challenges
- Minimum of Grade 12 or equivalency
- Level I First Aid Certificate may be required
- CPI Training
- Formal POPARD training or experience
- An excellent understanding of and ability to effectively implement strategies/approaches to support students who experience severe emotional and behavioural difficulties
- Excellent interpersonal skills are essential
- Proven ability to remain calm in difficult situations
- Proven ability to develop positive relationships with students
- Demonstrate the ability to be flexible/adaptable when faced with new or challenging situations
- Physical ability to keep up with an active child
- 1 year of training or experience working with Indigenous people would be an asset
- A Criminal Records Search must be completed through the Administration Office and results returned prior to employees starting any position in the District
Hours of work: Twenty Eight (28) hrs/week (4 day work week)
Duties to Commence: September 8, 2020
Work Year Base: Ten (10) months per year
Commencing Salary: $23.33 & Based on Certification for EA position
The successful applicant will be required to successfully complete online safety training courses as a condition of probation.
This position is available as long as the service is required and in addition, requirements will be assessed annually to determine continued need.
PLEASE NOTE: Proof of graduation and or highest level of education is required prior to commencing work.
For more information please contact:
Pat Jansen, Principal Indigenous Ed. (250)785-8324 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarrod Bell, Director of Instruction (250)262-6000 or email email@example.com
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.