EDCATIONAL ASSISTANT, VISUAL LANGUAGE SUPPORT
Position: Education Assistant – Visual Language Support
Rate: $27.95 per hour (current rate)
Hours of: 32.5 Hours per week, School Term
Location: Seycove Secondary School
Effective: January 8, 2018
NOTE: Training and experience with supporting students in community activities, swimming and lengthy walks is desired.
NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK:
This is specialized work of a student assistance and teacher support nature attending to the learning needs or students requiring sign language support. An employee of this class provides assistance by performing a variety of tasks. Employees will be required to bring specialized skills to assist students who are deaf/hard of hearing. The work requires considerable initiative, emotional stability, empathy and understanding of the many and varied issues these students face. This position requires sound judgement in dealing with a variety of situations under the general supervision of a teacher(s). Work performance is reviewed and evaluated by an administrator in terms of effective services rendered to students and staff.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and work collaboratively as a member of the educational team.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
• Ability to establish trust and rapport with students and staff.
• Knowledge of the basic aspects of children’s educational, physical, social and emotional development.
• Knowledge of the basic principles of educational practices, the function of support services, and the role of visual language support staff as part of an educational team.
• Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices related to the learning style and other needs of students with hearing loss.
• Considerable knowledge of American Sign Language.
• Considerable knowledge of behaviour theories, behaviour intervention strategies, conflict resolution techniques and situational safety assessment.
• Considerable knowledge of the academic course content and non academic programs as required for assigned students.
• Considerable knowledge of a wide range of equipment including adaptive technology. Examples may include, but are not limited to: computers, iPads, computer software and Smart Boards.
• Working knowledge of child development.
• Working knowledge of basic first aid.
• Ability to implement student Individual Educational Plan (IEP), Individual Care Plan, academic and other individual programs.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students with special needs.
• Ability to perform a variety of record keeping tasks, including the collection and monitoring of data.
DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Completion of the 12th grade or equivalent, plus basic first aid, supplemented by a Special Education Teaching Assistant certificate, or equivalent training. Completion of an ASL program; Level 6 or higher. Preference will be given to those with a Deaf Studies Diploma.
Please submit resumes to http://www.makeafuture.ca/north-vancouver
We appreciate your interest in applying; however, only those candidates selected to move forward in the application process will be contacted.