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Kindergarten Educational Assistant (DCE) - Permanent At Elk Island Public Schools

Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Job Description

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is one of the largest school divisions in Alberta, serving the education needs of approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. Every day, the staff and students of EIPS are encouraged to pursue opportunities to grow and to discover their passions in life. We pride ourselves on providing our staff and students with the tools to achieve success by offering dynamic programming, up-to-date resources and practical professional learning opportunities.

Davidson Creek Elementary is a K-6 school with approximately 517 students, 23 teaching staff, and 11 support staff. The school is located within Sherwood Park, Alberta. The mission of Davidson Creek Elementary is to prepare and inspire students in a diverse global community by encouraging creativity and growth.

  • Commencing August 30, 2019
  • Elk Island Public Schools offers a comprehensive benefit package with their permanent positions.
  • 32.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday, 6.5 hours per day)
  • There are two positions available.
  • Open to: Internal and External candidates

Key Duties/Responsibilities

Educational Assistants (EAs) assist teachers with many instructional and non-instructional tasks in the classroom and with other school activities. EAs work as members of the school and student support team. EAs either work with a particular special needs student or a group of students within a class or in a special program.

The EA provides routine and repetitive instructional support. Under the direction of the teacher, an EA assists the student in acquiring the education and skills necessary for advancement in the educational setting. To reach this objective, the EA follows an individually prescribed learning program, through team planning and working one-on-one with the student(s). This involves routine recording, basic charting and logging of observations. EAs may provide personal care and additional assistance for students depending on their particular needs.

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • Educational Assistant Certificate or comparable education ** new probationary employees must have or will attain within 5 years of hire date
  • First Aid certificate would be an asset
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training would be an asset
  • Courses related to working with students with special needs would also be an asset
  • Minimum of one year related experience

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • Strong oral and listening communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills combined with tact and diplomacy
  • Strong organizational skills, time management skills and pacing skills to support student scheduling
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Ability to work effectively as an active team member in cooperation with other team members and students
  • Comfort and competency working with personal computers and other technologies to support student learning
  • Ability to respect and value all individuals with sensitivity to diversity
  • Ability to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours of students
  • Ability to effectively utilize crisis intervention strategies
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in work assignments

Note: This position might require lifting and carrying demands that require the ability to bend at the waist, stoop, and twist frequently, the ability to lift between 10 to 50 lbs, the ability to carry, push and pull between 10 to 50 lbs., and the ability to stand, walk and sit frequently. The incumbent may be subject to challenging behaviours of students.

For more information, please contact Kaye Schindeler, Principal at 780-467-5557.

Elk Island Public Schools appreciates and considers all applications; however, we only contact candidates who are selected for interviews.

If you require assistance with the application system, please call Apply to Education at 1-877-900-5627 or email info@applytoeducation.com.