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Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Education Assistant (High Needs) – Supply List

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Education Assistant (High Needs) - Supply List

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board with a total student population of 38,000, provides services to students in 50 schools (Kindergarten to Grade 12) across the Waterloo Region.

The Board conducts intentional recruitment and selection as it seeks to achieve a state of greater equity for employees and students and to diversify its workforce.

All qualified applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply and applicants may choose to indicate if they are from a group who has experienced racial or social discrimination. Self-identification data will be used as a consideration in this posting. Aggregate data will be stored anonymously to support improvements to the Board’s hiring processes.

General Description of Duties:

To assist with the implementation of Individual Education Plan/ Behaviour Support Plan under the direction of the Classroom teacher and Special Education teacher.

To assist students with hygiene and personal care such as toileting, feeding, dressing and mobility devices.

To assist students who are experiencing behavioural difficulties.

To assist students who may be physically and verbally aggressive.

To assist with mobility and transferring from various positions (this may require lifting).

To assist operation of specialized equipment.

To assist in occupational and physiotherapy strategies as directed by school personnel in consultation with School Health Services.

To assist with the supervision of in-school and out-of-school activities for students with challenging needs.

To assist students with challenging needs in meeting/boarding the bus/taxi.

To assist with data gathering under the direction of the Classroom teacher and Special Education teacher.

Regular consultation/meeting with In-school team members.

Minimum Requirements:

Minimum an Educational Assistant/Support Diploma; or 1 year related experience working with children.

A college diploma/certificate in the following areas will be accepted: Developmental Services Worker/Social Services Worker Diplomas; or

Early Childhood Education college diploma with a Resource Teacher certificate or Personal Support Worker certificate*, along with related work experience with children with special needs.

The WCDSB will provide BMS (Behaviour Management System) training. If candidates have this training, it is considered an asset.

*Note: The Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate is recognized for the Educational Assistant (High Needs) Supply List, but not for permanent Educational Assistant (High Need) positions.

Location: Various Schools Throughout Kitchener, Waterloo Cambridge, and Elmira

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

All successful candidates will be required to pass a physical prescreening test as a condition of employment.

Application Process:

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:

ApplytoEducation assistance, contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 7:00 pm EST.)

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience, to perform the duties of this job. Include your Diplomas/Certificates in your application.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Detailed information on the application process can be found at:

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

To request this file in large print, please email If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code. Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours.

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Screening Record Check. For further information, refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.


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