Educational Assistant

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada · Paterson/Buchanan · S 17-048 EA

Description

Do you have a passion for helping children achieve?

Positions in this class provide assistance to students requiring targeted and specialized supports and services in order to effectively participate in the learning community. Tasks performed are varied and dependent on the needs of the student. Responsibilities include attending to physical needs, assisting with academic tasks and assignments, monitoring progress and implementing and monitoring established behaviour modification programs.

Employees in this class work primarily with the assigned student(s) and teachers. Successful applicants will require sensitivity and the ability to develop trust and rapport. Employees participate in Learning Team meetings to share information, receive direction and provide input into the coordination of student programing.

Posting will remain open until 8:00 AM, January 17, 2018


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Applicants will support students with behavioural challenges and/or complex physical disabilities, developmental delays and/or severe medical needs. Duties will include ensuring students’ safety at all times, implementing individualized programs and carrying out Positive Behaviour Support Plans as outlined by the student’s Learning Team. 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.

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. Candidates should have proven experience executing Positive Behavior Support Plans. Training and/or experience with OT/PT would be an asset. The successful candidate must be willing to provide personal care, lifting and toileting support for students. Incumbents may also be working with students who have recently migrated from other countries and these students may have significant achievement gaps and/or social-emotional concerns. A strong understanding of trauma and loss, resiliency, building connections and conflict resolution skills is required.

The successful candidate will possess a true working knowledge of the speech and language acquisition process and have experience in delivering such programs to children in their early years of development. Training and/or experience in sign language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and/or Hanen are assets.

The successful candidate will be able to create rapport with all students and staff, adapt to dynamic learning environments and be flexible. Additionally, the successful candidate must have exceptional communication skills and show initiative in solving problems and creating opportunities for student success.

Primary responsibilities are listed above. However, the Educational Assistant is an integral part of a team working with students with behavioural issues and/or complex physical disabilities/developmental delays and will be expected to assume other duties, as required.


Requirements

Relevant post-secondary education and related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered and completion of a high school diploma is required. Related post-secondary programs may include Educational Assistant, Early Childhood Education, and Child & Youth Care.

Conditions of Employment

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, applicants new to Lethbridge School District No. 51 WHO ARE OFFERED EMPLOYMENT must provide:


Benefits

Salary range for this position is $22,670.00 - $27,164.00 depending on education and experience.

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