Job Posting: Education Assistant, On Call (Vancouver School Board)

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  • Completion of a special education assistant program or related field
  • 2 months experience in a relevant role or an equivalent combination of training and experience

Location: Vancouver, BC

Job Type: On-Call, in person

Salary: $31.67/hour + 20% or 14% in lieu of benefits


At VSB, we are proud to provide exceptional learning experiences for students. As a large, urban school district, VSB is one of Canada’s most diverse school systems.

With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and learning and work to expand Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum and within our 107 schools and programs, where more than 50,000 students learn and grow.

Equity and inclusivity are at the forefront of our approach to education. More than 7,700 staff work to create learning environments where every student thrives by prioritizing students’ needs, applying evidence-informed practices and building relationships. VSB’s culture reflects the diversity of our city. Students enrolled in VSB come from varied backgrounds and lived experiences and are encouraged to explore and share their unique selves and gifts. Our commitment to students goes beyond academics. Students’ overall well-being and sense of belonging are equally important. We strive to build a school system where every student can be their authentic self and succeed throughout their learning journey. In doing this work, we champion equity and accountability by making evidence-based decisions. As a learning organization, humility is our guidepost as we seek to continually improve student outcomes in service to them, their families, and the broader community. Our work is guided by the VSB Education Plan and grounded in the embedded equity statement.  For more information about our school district, visit

In this position, you will: 

  • Provide SSA support to assist school as assigned
  • Under the direction of a senior member of the team, implement individual programs and contracts for students who are unable to function in a regular classroom setting
  • Evaluate and maintain records of student progress and discuss any changes to be made to to their program
  • Support parent engagement by organizing workshops and events
  • Coordinate with community agencies as required
  • Organize and participate in a variety of field trips, sports, social, recreational and craft activities
  • Support students in community-based work experience, travel training, and relevant community outings
  • Support students with social/emotional challenges and with unexpected behaviours (physical/verbal)
  • Prepare instructional aid materials
  • Perform other work within the job band as required


  • Completion of Grade 12
  • Completion of a Special Education Assistant program or related field and over two (2) months of experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Lift and position students up to 35 pounds
  • Run after a student to avert them from danger
  • Provide personal care (including diaper changes, feeding etc)
  • Available to work full-time Monday to Friday
  • Where applicable, must possess or be willing to obtain an Occupational First Aid Certificate and will be required to perform Occupational First Aid duties if assigned by the Principal.  OFA attendants may, at the direction of Employee Services, be required to perform emergency coverage at other locations
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • The following are an asset: ​
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (e.g., CPI or MANDT)
    • An excellent practicum or work evaluation
    • Experience using techniques of Applied Behaviour Analysis
    • Completion of POPARD coursework
    • Ability to speak a second language

Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Work Permit or PR Card (if you are not a Canadian Citizen)
  • Reports/Evaluations: Recent EA graduates must include all Practicum Reports
  • References-name, phone number and email address of direct supervisors ​

Itinerant Assignment:
A School & Student Support worker is hired to work throughout the Vancouver School District and not for a particular school or a restricted set of duties.  Although in posted vacancies specific reference may be made to a school and to the duties associated with that assignment, Employee Services may transfer staff within the system in certain circumstances as deemed appropriate.

How to Apply

Apply online for the role here.

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