Aboriginal Education Assistant
Career Opportunities
Job Code: 3027926 Closing Date: Ongoing
Employer: School District #36 (Surrey) Posted on: Jun 13, 2021
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Job Type:
Part Time
Job Category:
ECE, EA and Support Staff
Mandatory Document:
Cover Letter
Start Date:  Sep 01, 2021
End Date: 
Salary:  $29.15/hr.
Job Description & Requirements


Surrey Schools, recipient of BC 's Top Employers and Canada's Greenest Employers awards, serves the City of Surrey, the City of White Rock and the rural area of Barnston Island. It is the largest and fastest growing school district in British Columbia with approximately 74,000 students, 20 secondary schools, 104 elementary schools, five learning centres and a variety of satellite programs, as well as an online school. A rich mosaic of cultures is represented within the student population. Surrey Schools has more than 12,000 employees, including 6,400 teachers. The district’s vision is to prepare our learners to think creatively and critically, communicate skillfully, and demonstrate care for self and others. 


Aboriginal Education Assistants participate within a collaborative, strength-based model together with district educators, parents and the local Aboriginal community to assist Aboriginal students in achieving academic success.

Aboriginal Education Assistants collaborate with teachers who have the responsibility for the educational progress of all Aboriginal students. The educational planning and implementation addressed academic, social and/or emotional need(s).

Implementation of IEP strategies and other education programs may be done one-on-one or within a small group setting.  Aboriginal Education Assistants may support Aboriginal students in specific curricular areas. They provide academic assistance through coaching,  explaining,  and/or enhancing a student's learning experience.

The Aboriginal Services District Principal or designate supervises, provides direction and assigns all Aboriginal Education Assistants to schools. Site-based administrators provide direct supervision at the school.


  • Work collaboratively with the teacher to provide enhanced academic, cultural, social and/or emotional support for Aboriginal students
  • Assist in the development of IEP's and participate in School Based Team (SBT) meetings
  • Provide classroom assistance in implementing IEP's including reinforcement of teacher lessons, supervising tests and reading or scribing for exams.
  • Assist Aboriginal students in achieving success in specific curricular areas through coaching, explaining and/or enhancing their personal learning experience
  • Work collaboratively with the classroom teacher to support students individually or within

    small group settings

  •  Motivate and challenge individual students using their strengths and passions

  • Work with district program staff (e.g. BASES, Aboriginal Programs, SLD, Gifted, etc.) where appropriate
  • Encourage and assist Aboriginal students to research and locate learning resources for home study and to complete assignments and exercises in a timely manner
  • Advocate for and liaise with students on behalf of the school, home, and local Aboriginal


  • Work collaboratively with teachers in the organization, implementation, supervision, and record keeping of student programming
  • Participate in staff, parent, school based team, and Aboriginal community meetings as required
  • Assist students in transitioning from: grade to grade, elementary to secondary, program to program, school to work experience, and secondary to post secondary experiences
  • Assist secondary students in researching post secondary opportunities including appropriate institutions, application deadlines, scholarship/Aboriginal/Government funding sources, course requirements, and tuition costs
  • Assist students in researching job opportunities and submitting employment applications
  • Participate in meetings with parents to discuss individual student progress
  • Make home visits as necessary to discuss/encourage student growth in program attendance and/or academic achievement
  • Regularly monitor student strengths and needs and adjust scheduled support and/or discuss course selection with staff/students/parents where appropriate
  • Maintain files and records regarding enhanced services provided to students
  • Monitor Aboriginal student attendance
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Collaborate with teachers to provide Aboriginal Leadership and/or Academic Support Programs that relate Aboriginal culture to the educational environment
  • Distribute information re special events (e.g. summer camp, leadership workshops, art programs, etc.) that promote Aboriginal content as requested
  • Provide leadership and demonstrate enthusiasm for working in a climate of change and growth
  • Assist in setting clearly defined limits of acceptable behaviour for students while encouraging academic success on their behalf
  • Perform other related duties as assigned




  • Demonstrated ability to successfully support teachers in academic coursework for the particular position

  • Ability to understand and work with core curricula at the appropriate grade level(s)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and oral English
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history, traditions and culture
  • Training in or motivation to gain skills in behaviour management, leadership, interpersonal and problem solving sufficient to perform the duties of the position
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain respect for and from students
  • Ability to use classroom and office technology
  • Knowledge of BC Provincial acts, laws and legal obligations that protect children
  • Demonstrated ability to work at a level of independence and with the degree of initiative appropriate to the position
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and positive relationships with students and staff



  • Education and Experience

    • Successful completion of an Education Assistant Diploma/Certificate program from a recognized institution or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Please provide all relevant credentials with application



  •  Valid class 5 B.C. Driver's License

Qualified and interested applicants can apply by clicking "apply online" below.  Please be sure to upload your resume and cover letter.

Documents to Include:

  •  Cover Letter
  •  Resume
  •  3 professional references (name, telephone number, email address, and a description of your relationship)
  •  Practicum reports
  •  All relevant certificates for this position

***Once you have applied to this competition through Make a Future, any additional documentation you would like to add to your application will need to be submitted directly to the Human Resources' office (ie. Certificate/Diploma/References/etc).***

Note: In accordance with the Criminal Record Review Act, all successful applicants will be required to consent to a Criminal Record search prior to employment. Faxed or emailed resumes will not be accepted. The Surrey School District thanks all those who apply, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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