Education Assistant On-Call Positions - School and Student Support A

Job Code: 3265074

Job Details

The Vancouver Board of Education welcomes applications for:

On-Call Education Assistant
(School & Student Support A, SSA, EA)

Hours: 6.5 hours per day

$31.67 per hour + 20% in lieu of benefits, if not contributing to MPP

$31.67 per hour + 14% in lieu of benefits, if contributing to MPP

From September to June each year with some positions available during Summer School.

For more information about the role of an EA (SSA) within the VSB see the following videos provided by Langara College: Role of an On-Call SSA, Role of an EA in a Secondary School, Secondary Life Skills

Only applicants who are fully qualified will be considered for this position

At the VSB, we are proud to provide exceptional learning experiences for students. As a large, urban school district, the VSB is one of Canada’s most diverse school systems.

With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and learning and work to expand Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum and within our 107 schools and programs, where more than 50,000 students learn and grow.

Equity and inclusivity are at the forefront of our approach to education. More than 7,700 staff work to create learning environments where every student thrives by prioritizing students’ needs, applying evidence-informed practices and building relationships. The VSB’s culture reflects the diversity of our city. Students enrolled in the VSB come from varied backgrounds and lived experiences and are encouraged to explore and share their unique selves and gifts. Our commitment to students goes beyond academics. Students’ overall well-being and sense of belonging are equally important. We strive to build a school system where every student can be their authentic self and succeed throughout their learning journey. In doing this work, we champion equity and accountability by making evidence-based decisions. As a learning organization, humility is our guidepost as we seek to continually improve student outcomes in service to them, their families, and the broader community. Our work is guided by the VSB Education Plan and grounded in the embedded equity statement. For more information about our school district, visit

On-Call SSAs must be available to work a minimum of 3 full days per week. Applicants must be available to work throughout the district and may also be required to travel to two locations on the same day (eg. one school in the morning and another in the afternoon). Once hired, you can choose to remain on the on-call list or you can apply to the VSB’s internal postings which include full-time temporary contracts and continuing/permanent positions. All permanent positions include a comprehensive benefits package (including extended health, dental and municipal pension plan) after passing a probation period of 16 weeks.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting data and tracking student progress
  • Supporting students when they display unexpected behavior
  • Fostering positive interactions between the student and their peers
  • Implement individualized programs and activities while focusing on building independence
  • Providing personal care: Dressing, toileting (including diaper changes), feeding, lifting, transfers to and from a wheelchair etc
  • Escorting student on community outings and travelling throughout the city. This may include accompanying and supporting students on work experience at various sites.


  • Completion of Grade 12
  • Completion of a Special Education Assistant program or related field and over two (2) months of experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Ability to independently lift and position students up to 35 pounds
  • Ability to run after a student to avert them from danger
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • The following areas are an asset:
  • Experience providing Intensive Behavioural Intervention on a Home Team
  • A clear understanding of the theory and principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Completion of POPARD coursework
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (CPI or MANDT)
  • Ability to speak a second language

Your application MUST include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Reports/Evaluations: Recent EA graduates must include all Practicum Reports
  • A copy of your Work Permit or PR Card (if you are not a Canadian Citizen)
  • References -name, phone number and email address of direct supervisors
    • Recent EA Graduates (5 in total):

    3 Supervisors from your practicum(s) and

    2 supervisors/managers from your last places of employment

    • Experienced EAs (3 in total): Current Principal, Vice Principal and previous Administrator and/or your most recent employer

** We do not accept friends, family or colleagues as references**

If applicants meet the following criteria they may be considered for a School & Student Support B (SSB) position, paid for 7 hours per day at a higher pay rate:

  • Completion of 2 years Post Secondary in 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.
  • 2 years experience in the following areas:
    • Directly working with children/youth who demonstrate a higher need for support in the areas of social-emotional learning, behaviour, learning disabilities, mental health, or complex trauma.
    • Assessing and supporting the social, emotional, behavioural, mental health and/or learning needs of students.
    • Implementing various behavior support and/or self-regulation programs and modifying intervention strategies for students with diverse needs.
    • Working with students exhibiting challenging behaviours, FAS, conduct disorders and implementing various learning and behavior management strategies.
    • Planning and effectively carrying out activities to promote student development.

Itinerant Assignment:

A School & Student Support worker is hired to work throughout the Vancouver School District and not for a particular school or a restricted set of duties. Although in posted vacancies specific reference may be made to a school and to the duties associated with that assignment, Employee Services may transfer staff within the system in certain circumstances as deemed appropriate.

This posting is ongoing until filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

We do not notify unsuccessful applicants or respond to inquiries regarding the status of an application.

Applicants will be contacted directly if we are interested in moving forward or if an application requires additional information.


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Posted On
March 30, 2024
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Job Type
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ECE, EA and Support Staff
Various (on-call)
$31.67/hour + 20% or 14% in lieu of benefits
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