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Educational Assistant - John Davidson School

Temporary Full-Time Educational Assistant

Location: John Davidson School

Anticipated Start Date: November 6, 2023 (or date mutually agreeable)

Anticipated End Date: June 27, 2024

Assignment: Educational Assistant (EA)

FTE: 1.0 FTE Temporary Full-Time

The Palliser School Division is committed to engendering and supporting the values of the broader society: empathy, integrity, respect, trust, and responsibility. If the children of this community are to realize these values, the division acknowledges its responsibility to provide an exemplary education. Students come first. Learning is our central purpose. Public education serves the common good. The Palliser School Division encourages an inclusive and equitable workplace, which supports our diverse student and employee community. We encourage all applicants to join our dynamic, diverse, and collaborative culture and welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

Located in the town of Coaldale and supporting students from Pre-School to Grade 12, John Davidson School invites enthusiastic individuals to apply for the Temporary Full-Time Educational Assistant position now available. This assignment would be hybrid in nature, primarily working with students Grade 7/8 and Kindergarten supporting ELL. John Davidson School is an alternative program for Low German-speaking Mennonite children. The school teaches full Alberta curriculum in English, in a setting that respects families’ culture and language. In addition, students have German and Bible-time class. The learning environment is sensitive to the LGM culture.

When you apply to the Palliser School Division, you can feel good about serving our future leaders and contributing to student success.

This position qualifies for comprehensive paid benefits through Alberta School Employee Benefits Plan (ASEBP)

Completion of a recognized post-secondary certificate or recognized vocational certificate in child care/development or behaviour management with demonstrated successful practicum experience working with students with special needs

Other equivalent combinations of directly related education and directly related experience may also be considered

Experience in an Inclusive learning environment an asset

Current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates (Child CPR Certificate is a strong asset)

Provides educational instruction for students and supports students with accessing technology.

Provides input into planning the student’s Individual Program Plan. Participates, as required, as a member of the student’s learning team in periodic meetings with the students, parents/guardians to review goals and develop revisions. Collects data to support student growth and the IPP development.

Maintains an effective professional working relationship within the student’s learning team by providing suggestions to the Teacher based on experience and knowledge of the students, with respect to ways to help the students reach their goals, including recognition of the support a student needs to reach their unique goals.

Communicates with parents and the student’s learning team members, to provide information of interest and receive information that may impact the child’s progress.

Facilitates and encourages the development of the student’s self-esteem and independence through established programs and techniques deemed appropriate for the individual student.

Encourages students to develop and maintain positive interaction.

As required, provides personal care including toileting, diapering, feeding, dressing, grooming, etc. ensuring that student dignity is maintained. Attends to physical needs including lifting, positioning and range of motion programs as identified by appropriate personnel.

Ensures the safety of students in the school and community, which includes maintaining close supervision of students, ensuring student equipment is sanitized and put away, retrieving students who attempt to leave their learning environment; calming and/or restraining students engaged in challenging behaviours; supervising and assisting students who utilize a variety of life skills tools (i.e. scissors, cooking utensils, etc).

Maintains confidentiality, and a patient, supportive and enthusiastic commitment to students.

Maintains collegial relationships with the student’s learning team.

Works with students in a variety of settings in the school and community, including assisting in the supervision of students at breaks or on field trips as required.

Assists with and sanitizing educational tools and clean up in the classroom resulting from spills and other accidents.

Performs other related duties as required.

In order to maintain a safe and secure working environment, applicants new to The Palliser School Division must provide:

Criminal Record Check, including vulnerable sector check from Local Police Service or RCMP detachment;

Social Insurance Number (SIN) card or document issued by Service Canada; SIN card/document must be in current legal name. Name on SIN card/document must match your Government Issued ID and Criminal Record Check;

Government issued ID – valid driver’s license, valid passport or Nexus card.

To apply for this opportunity please complete an application through the Palliser School Division recruitment portal. Please ensure you attach the following documentation to your application:

Cover letter directed to Fred Jack , Principal, John Davidson School ;

Resume summarizing training and experience;

Copy of your most recent evaluation;

Minimum of three professional references.

We thank all those who apply, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

By virtue of the submission of an application, the applicant agrees that the superintendent or designate can contact previous employers for the purpose of conducting confidential reference checks whether or not the applicant has listed a reference for that employer.

Ms. Audrey Kluin, Associate Superintendent HR

Palliser School Division