This posting is open to WRDSB employees who are members of the EA Association as well as External applicants.Paraprofessionals may be required to support students with a variety of special needs. This work includes providing support for the behavior, safety, medical and physical needs of a student.
A condition of employment as an EA/CYW with the Waterloo Region District School Board requires that one must pass a Physical Demands test. All job offers will be conditional on the candidate passing all components of this test. This applies to any EA/CYW that does not already have Permanent/Term level D hours.
Educational Assistant Qualification:
Must have an EA Diploma OR equivalent college or university degree in a Child Related field (certified teacher, Development Service Worker, Bachelor of Social Work, Social Services Diploma) along with experience working with children.
Please note that Thomson Direct correspondence, St. Louis Adult Learning EA and Stratford Career Institute courses are examples of qualifications that will not be accepted.
For further clarification, individuals who have an ECE certificate/degree do not meet the Educational qualification requirements for an Educational Assistant. Educational Assistants may be responsible for supporting students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 based on system needs which can change at any time. Under the Early Childhood Educators Act, individuals with an ECE certificate/degree are only permitted to work with children 12 years of younger. Child and Youth Worker Qualification:
Must have a CYW/CYC Diploma or equivalent College or University degree in a Child Related field (Bachelor of Social Work or a Masters in Social Work, Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Certificate-OACYC, Social Services Diploma).
Applicants must be willing and have the physical ability to support students with many diverse needs (including toileting/lifting), and have the ability to communicate effectively with staff and students.
The rate of pay is in accordance with the collective agreement between the Board and the Educational Assistants Association.Recognizing the significant impact that COVID-19 is having on our world and our ways of doing business, the Board recognizes that the recruitment/selection process may need to be modified to ensure individual and community safety. Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed for an indeterminate length of time due to the Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19. At this time, it is unknown when School Boards will resume normal operations due to the high level of uncertainty with this Public Health emergency. We are all working through what is an unprecedented time for our schools and our communities. To that end, the Board will be engaging in a different method of interviewing candidates for vacancies. This may include but is not limited to a Google Hangout videoconference interview. Hiring Teams will provide further information to candidates upon request for an interview.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Human Resources staff will only respond to inquiries from applicants selected for an interview. No phone calls please.In order to ensure equitable representation in the hiring process, your responses to the Self-Identification job posting question would be of assistance. Your participation in responding to these questions is voluntary and is not required for the completion of this application. If you do not wish to provide this information, simply select the "Prefer not to answer" option.
The Waterloo Region District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to fair and equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the diversity of the community we serve, who will foster the success and well-being of our students and who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom.
We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:
First Nations, Mtis 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.We will make any appropriate accommodation based on any of the human rights protected grounds, to support candidate participation in the hiring process.