Educational Assistant - 2013/2014  

Educational Assistants – 2013/2014
(Permanent, Temporary, Casual Assignments)

Thank you for your interest in an Educational Assistant position with the York Region District School Board.  This application for Educational Assistants encompasses three positions:  

  • Assistant for the Developmentally Handicapped
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Special Education Assistant

Please note that there are other Educational Assistant opportunities that are posted separately on the website as needs are identified.  These positions could include; Health Assistant, Outdoor Education Program Assistant, Swim Assistant, Sign Interpreter, Communicative Disorders Assistant, etc.

We require staff with a desire to provide quality service and programs to York Region students. To support our exceptional students and their ever-changing personal and educational needs, the Board is seeking Educational Assistants experienced in working with a wide variety of exceptionalities. We require employees who are flexible, willing to take on a multitude of challenges and who are prepared to attend to the physical needs of our students, which include toileting, lifting, feeding and physical restraint.

Child and Youth Workers, Assistants for the Developmentally Handicapped and Special Education Assistants, all support students with exceptionalities such as physical disabilities, developmental delays, autism, behavior disorders, acquired brain injuries, hearing and vision loss. These services can be provided in a wide variety of educational settings such as standard classrooms, specialized facilities and work placements.

In addition, in order to meet the needs of our students, staff assignments may be divided between more than one location. Therefore, employees are required to have access to regular transportation in order to travel between sites. The Board also reserves the right to transfer support staff between locations depending upon student and system needs.

The term “Educational Assistant” encompasses a variety of positions. The largest portion of our Educational Assistant employee group is comprised of Assistants for the Developmentally Handicapped, Child and Youth Workers, and Special Education Assistants.

Assistant for the Developmentally Handicapped

Under the direction of the classroom teacher and professional resource staff, Assistants for the Developmentally Handicapped support students with exceptionalities such as physical disabilities, developmental delays, autism, hearing loss and behaviour disorders. Duties and responsibilities of this position also require supporting the physical and hygienic needs of our students.

Applicants must hold one of the following two-year diplomas or degrees from a recognized post-secondary institution, in a related field. Examples of education could include the following:

  • Developmental Services Worker (DSW)
  • Social Services Worker (SSW)
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Educational Assistant (EA)

Child and Youth Worker

Under the direction of the classroom teacher and professional resource staff, Child and Youth Workers support students with exceptionalities such as behaviour disorders; autism; developmental delays; acquired brain injuries; and physical disabilities. Duties and responsibilities of this position also require supporting the physical and hygienic needs of our students.

Applicants must hold one of the following three year diplomas or degrees from a recognized post-secondary institution or a related discipline is required. Examples of education could include the following:

  • Child Care Worker (CCW)
  • Child and Youth Worker (CYW)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW, MSW)

Special Education Assistant

Under the direction of the classroom teacher and professional resource staff, Special Education Assistants support special needs students. Duties and responsibilities of this position also require supporting the physical and hygienic needs of our students.

Applicants must possess a minimum of a Grade 12 Secondary School Graduation Diploma (S.S.G.D.) or equivalent with six months or more experience supporting students with special needs and exceptionalities.

If you are interested in an Assistant for the Developmentally Handicapped, Child and Youth Worker, or Special Education Assistant position, it will be necessary for you to complete our on-line application. Please note that other specialized Educational Assistants opportunities are posted as needs arise.

While completing the on-line application, you will be asked if you are interested in the following placements.  

Permanent Positions: These can be both part-time (17.5 hours per week) and full-time (35 hours per week).

Temporary Positions: This is a position that is available for a period in excess of 30 consecutive working days to replace a permanent employee who is absent on an approved leave of absence (e.g. pregnancy, parental, educational or medical leave).

Casual: On call, as-needed basis to cover absences of permanent employees ranging from daily occurrences up to 30 consecutive working days.

Please Note: On-line applications are collected centrally at The Education Centre - Aurora and are monitored by Human Resource Services. Only candidates who are selected to take part in our selection process will be contacted. All others applicants are thanked for their interest.