Career Opportunities

Educational Assistant - KG - Opportunity/Casual Placement

Support Staff

Location: Coalbanks Elementary

Competition #: 13348

Open To: Everyone

Date Posted: June 10th, 2021

Closing Date: June 17th, 2021 - 10:00am

Compensation Rate:

Educational Assistant - KG - Opportunity/Casual Placement

We are excited to have an Educational Assistant opportunity available at Coalbanks Elementary School, August 27, 2021 - June 28, 2021.

Lethbridge School Division embraces diversity and functions in a dynamic, innovative, and fast paced environment. To help support children/students success, we are looking for flexible, empathetic, optimistic, and patient individuals to work as part of a dynamic team. The Educational Assistant works with children/students requiring targeted and specialized supports and services in order to effectively participate in their learning community. Tasks performed are varied and dependent on children/students needs. Responsibilities include assisting with and adapting tasks, implementation of strategies intended to support socially appropriate behaviours, attending to physical needs as well as medical needs specific to individual students communication needs and monitoring progress.

Educational Assistants work under the direction of teachers, primarily with identified children/students. Successful applicants will be adept at quickly developing trust and rapport with children/students and staff. Educational Assistants work collaboratively within the school community to share information, reflect on effectiveness of strategies, suggest modifications to existing or novel strategies in order to maximize children/students success.

Educational Assistants are an integral part of a dynamic and collaborative team who work with children/students with identified needs within the Early Education Programs with behavioural issues and/or complex physical disabilities/developmental delays and will be expected to assume other duties, as required.

Please note that to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and to keep our staff, students and families safe, employees will be required to wear a mask in hallways and when working with groups outside of their assigned cohorts.

What will you work?

14.50 hours/week Monday - Friday AM's

Educational Assistant staff have a working calendar that provides time off during some non-instructional days.

What will you do?

Applicants will possess, or develop, a true working knowledge within early literacy and the speech and language acquisition process and have experience in supporting programs for children/students in their early years of development. Training and/or experience in sign language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and/or Hanen (Learning Language and Loving It/ABC & Beyond) are assets.

Duties will include ensuring childrens'/students safety at all times, implementing individualized programs and carrying out Positive Behaviour Support Plans as outlined by the child's Learning Team. Lethbridge School Division makes every effort to ensure staff and student safety; however, not every unsafe behaviour on the part of students can be anticpiated. Behaviours may include, but are not limited to, severe opposition, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting, scratching, and throwing of objects and the use of inappropriate and/or foul language. Supporting Individuals with Valued Attachments (SIVA) training is an asset.

What do you need to succeed?

Training and/or experience working with students with severe behaviour difficulties is necessary as well as an understanding of ASD, ODD, FASD, ADHD and/or other behavioural disabilities. Preference will be given to candidates with proven experience executing Positive Behavior Support Plans. Training and/or experience with speech and language, OT/PT and individual program goals would be an asset. The successful candidate must be willing to provide personal care, lifting and toileting support for children/students. An awareness of proper body mechanics when lifting and transferring children/students is mandatory. Educational Assistants may also be working with students who have recently migrated from other countries and these students may have significant achievement gaps, language barriers and/or social-emotional concerns. A strong understanding of Trauma Informed practice, resiliency, building connections, self-regulation supports and strategies, and conflict resolution skills is an asset. In addition, willingness to participate in ongoing professional learning is expected.

The successful candidate will be able to create rapport with all children/students and staff and adapt to dynamic learning environments. Being self-directed, flexible and finding creative ways to connect with and regulate children are considered to be an important skills of successful candidates. Additionally, the successful candidate must have exceptional communication skills and show initiative in solving problems and creating opportunities for children/student success.

 

Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted regarding an interview.

Requirements

Education and Experience Required:

  • Proof of Grade 12 or General Educational Development (GED). If you have obtained your education outside of Canada, the Division will require a copy of your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) confirming high school or post secondary equivalencies.
  • Post-secondary certificate or diploma in a related field such as Educational Assistant, Early Childhood Education and Child & Youth Care.
  • Combination of education and experience.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, applicants new to Lethbridge School Division who are offered employment must provide:

  • A police information check; including Vulnerable Sector Check from Police Services or an RCMP detachment that does not have any charges or convictions.
  • A satisfactory Intervention Record Check from South Region Alberta Child and Family Services.
  • Proof of photo identification, may be a valid driver’s licence, provincial identification card as issued by a licensed government registry office, valid passport or Nexus card. If one cannot be provided, a new card must be obtained and proof of application provided within three days of hire.
  • Documentation of a valid Social Insurance Number in the employee’s legal name. If valid Social Insurance documentation in the current legal name can not be provided, the successful candidate will be required to obtain a new one within three days of hire.

Benefits

The wage range for this position is $19.49 - $22.06/hour depending on education and experience.

Enjoy having evenings, weekends & school holidays off!

Make a difference in a child's life!

 

Posting will remain open until 10:00 AM, June 17, 2021

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Additional Information:

External applications will not be considered until the internal applications of employees have been reviewed.