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Educational Assistant (EA) - Developmental Support Worker (DSW) 2020/2021 (Casual Opportunities) - The York Region District School Board

Sep 19, 2020
Various Locations, Ontario

Position: Educational Assistant (EA) (Casual Opportunities)

Work Location: Various locations 


  • Developmental Support Worker (DSW) - Casual Rate: $22.00, Temp/Perm Rate: $25.92 - $27.32

 Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Thank you for your interest in a career as an Educational Assistant (EA) with the York Region District School Board. This application is for casual Educational Assistant opportunities for the 2020/2021 school year.  Please Note: You may also be considered for temporary and/or permanent opportunities as they arise throughout the year. 

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

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).

Permanent Positions: These are full-time positions (35 hours per week).

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 intervention.

Educational Assistants support students with exceptionalities such as physical disabilities, developmental delays, autism, behaviour 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. 

Developmental Support Worker (DSW)

Responsible for providing direct care of and support to students with needs including but not limited to students with physical, safety, medical, behaviour, cognitive, learning needs or concerns, in compliance with Board policies and procedures, utilizing Board approved tools and technology.

Together with the classroom teacher, team and/or resource staff take actions to improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities and ensure inclusivity with an emphasis on accommodations and practices that promote integration, acceptance and full participation.

Major Responsibilities:

  • To provide direct management and support of individual student needs through direct intervention, data collection, observation, case conferences as well as the creation and implementation of personalized resources.
  • To provide students with direct personal and medical care in accordance with their IEP, Safety Plan and Board Policy and Procedure #662.0 which may include administration of medication, feeding, dressing, toileting, clean catheterization, hygiene, lifting and positioning and assistance with mobility.
  • To maintain a safe learning environment by responding immediately with interventions in situations where a student is escalated and/or posing a safety risk.
  • To participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of student support strategies and programs, including Growth Plans, Individual Education Plans (I.E.P) and Safety Plans etc., to ensure a safe and caring school environment.
  • To provide direct intervention, in accordance with student’s IEP and Safety Plan, in managing behavioural and immediate safety needs of the students using the principles of CPI and as outlined in the Memo Addressing Unsafe Student Behaviour in Safe and Supportive Ways.
  • To develop and prepare materials of programs that promote integration, participation and successful transfer of knowledge, and work in collaboration within the team to demonstrate, utilize and facilitate strategies that will enhance student learning, all in accordance with the students’ IEP and Safety Plan.
  • To supervise, support and assist individuals or groups of students, indoor and outdoor, during but not limited to classroom activities; recess, lunch and before and after school; on field trips, including swimming, excursions, community integration, work placements; with transportation or travel needs, and other situations as required.
  • To work with regional board supports (Psych staff, SLP, PTOT, Social Worker ABAF etc.), community agencies and other school staff in a variety of areas (e.g. Mediation, Circle Solutions, Applied Behaviour Analysis, CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention).
  • To participate in case management sessions and In School Team Meetings where appropriate and collaborate with school and system staff.
  • To attend meetings, professional development and training sessions as required.
  • To cover breaks, lunches and unfilled vacancies of other non-teaching staff as required.
  • To perform other duties as assigned. 

Line of Responsibility

Responsible to the School Principal or designate for school based staff.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications: 

  • Secondary School Graduation Diploma with at least two years of post-secondary education in a related field is required.
  • Minimum one year related experience is required
  • Training in de-escalation strategies (including CPI certification, where required), feeding, toileting, lifting and positioning techniques are requirements of this position.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team are required. 

Additional Information: 

  • Employees are expected to work at least 30 days within the current school year to remain on the casual Educational Assistant list. Please note that hours of operation in our schools could start as early as 7:30 a.m. and end as late as 4:30 p.m.  The Board highly recommends that employees accept as many shifts as possible throughout the year to encourage advancement within the Board.
  • Please note that there are other Educational Assistant opportunities that are posted separately on the website as needs are identified.  These positions could include: Sign Interpreter, Communicative Disorders Assistant, etc.
  • In the application process, you will be prompted to provide at least three (3) professional, supervisory references (including full name, position title, work location/organization, and email address) in the job posting screening section of the online application. We do not contact references prior to practicum/interview. 
  • For your information, a list of YRDSB Schools is provided. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) believes in giving each and every applicant an equal opportunity to succeed on their own merit and we strive to hire staff that reflect and support the diverse perspectives, experiences and needs of our students and our communities. We remain committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments.  We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive Board-community.  Therefore, in pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across the organizational hierarchy in actualizing the Board’s priorities, goals and principles outlined in the Director’s Action Plan.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • persons who identify as women; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

At YRDSB, we recognize that many of these identities intersect and therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex.  We value and respect the contributions that each person brings to enriching the Board and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in communities that we serve.

Accessibility and Accommodation Statement

We also recognize our duty to accommodate and foster a culture of inclusion.  Consistent with the principles of dignity, individualization and inclusion, we will make any appropriate accommodation based on any of the protected grounds in the Human Rights Code to support candidate participation in the hiring process.  When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the hiring process, such as skills assessments, written practicum, presentation, interview, etc.  We will provide accommodations during the hiring process.  If an accommodation is required, please inform the Recruitment and Retention Team in advance of any part of the process.  All information received relating to a candidate’s required accommodation will be addressed confidentially by the Recruitment and Retention Team.

As a condition of employment, successful candidates will be required to submit a current original Police Vulnerable Sector Check from the police jurisdiction in which they reside prior to commencing employment with the Board. Police Vulnerable Sector Check documents are only valid if issued within the last six months. Candidates are not advised to obtain this document prior to an offer of employment.

On-line applications are collected centrally at the Education Centre - Aurora and are monitored by Human Resource Services. Only candidates selected to participate in our selection process will be contacted. All other applicants are thanked for their interest. 

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