TEMPORARY EDUCATION ASSISTANT - MERRITT SECONDARY SCHOOL
In School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), we recognize that we learn, teach and work on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Nle?eKepmx and Syilx people, and we acknowledge our Métis communities and their contributions to the Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing.
Our Strategic Plan has a “Success for ALL Learners” focus, supported by a dedicated staff, engaged stakeholders and partners who share a genuine commitment to the district. The district offers rich programming to just over 2075 students, 48% of whom are Indigenous. We are proud of our work towards Truth and Reconciliation.
The district serves the two communities of Merritt and Princeton, six First Nations Bands, the Métis and the Conayt Friendship Society. The mountains, lakes and valleys within the district make it a natural setting for fabulous, year-round outdoor activities. We offer a warm small-town atmosphere where relationships are fundamental to our success.
At this time, we invite applications for the position of: Temporary Education Assistant - Merritt Secondary School
The successful candidate will work with students with exceptionalities, youth with learning disabilities, those on modified alternate programs, using sound judgement in dealing with a variety of situations under the general supervision of the classroom and support services teacher(s).
To confirm required skills and ability, shortlisted applicants will undergo an academic assessment in the following areas:
Preference will be given to those candidates successful in all of the above areas.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
Applied knowledge of the methods and practices related to the learning style and other needs of students with exceptionalities.
An understanding of the academic course content and non-academic programs as required for assigned students.
Applied knowledge of behavior theories, behavior intervention strategies, anger management/conflict resolution techniques and situational safety assessment may be required.
Ability to implement student Individual Educational Plan (IEP), Individual Care Plan, academic and other individual programs.
Provide instructional support to students by implementing educational programs as determined by the teacher/resource team/Principal.
Operate adaptive technology, computers, audiovisual, and other various equipment.
Implement behavior management programs as outlined and determined by the teacher/resource team.
Foster student independence and appropriate peer interactions.
Maintain, copy, transcribe, files records on students and liaise, when required, with counsellors, social workers, parent/guardians and teachers as part of the school-based team.
Provides personal/health care and physical safety assistance to students.
Works collaboratively and professionally as a member of the school-based team; and
Performs other job related assigned comparable duties as directed.
Qualifications and Attributes:
Grade 12 or equivalency
Must be willing to maintain current CPI status
Level 1 First Aid Certificate may be required
Successfully completed or currently enrolled in the Education Assistant Certificate program, which includes documented training in the follow areas:
Pervasive developmental disorders, including ASD, FASD and complex behavioral 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 and other software)
Behavior support: conflict resolution, anger management, nonviolent behavioral interventions, behavior/safety/crisis/emergency plans
Learning challenges: learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning challenges
Formal POPARD training or experience - when available
Proven ability to remain regulated in challenging situations
Proven ability to develop positive relationships with students, staff and families
Demonstrated ability to be flexible/adaptable
Physically able to participate in a dynamic classroom environment
Ability to work under direction of a team and also to work independently
WHMIS Certificate and other online safety training provided by the District to be completed within the probationary period
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to be an integral part of a team
Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License
This temporary position is 5.5 hours per day on school days only. (The exact timing of the hours will be determined by school the school administrator) starting immediately up until June 29, 2023. Salary and benefits will be in accordance with the C.U.P.E. Local 847 Collective Agreement.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply online complete with cover letter and resume outlining relevant background and work experience, three (3) professional references and copies of certifications.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.