JOB POSTING: Assistive Technology Support Worker – 4 Positions (including one Designated position)
WORK TERM: 10 Month Regular Position
RATE OF PAY: $23.16/hour
HOURS OF WORK: 35 hours/week – 7 hours/day
PLEASE NOTE the following important instructions when applying:
1. ALL CUPE employees are eligible to apply for these positions. Positions will be filled on the following basis:
- Firstly, qualified regular employees on the basis of seniority, subject to employment equity designation (**see below)
- Secondly, other qualified applicants
** Please note that one of the available positions is a designated opportunity for applicants who identify as a member of an employment equity group. The Centre for Education welcomes applications from Indigenous People, African Canadian and other racially visible persons, Members of the 2LGBTQI++ community, and Persons with Disabilities. Applicants should self-identify in their resume/cover letter and ensure the resume/cover letter is uploaded with their application.
2. Any Applicants seeking to change classifications must meet all posted requirements for the position. Testing will be required for applicants seeking to change classifications. More specifically, testing for these positions will be administered to assess candidates’ skills and competencies with respect to the posted position responsibilities which may include, but is not limited to: programming for students, assistive and augmentative technology including voice to text/text to voice, and delivery of professional learning to groups and individuals. Applicants must meet a threshold mark of 60% on testing to be considered for positions.
3. Your resume and/or Education and Experience must clearly indicate how you meet the requirements for the positions. You can update your Education and Experience and upload your resume by clicking on the Modify Your User Account button on the Home page. Copies of all required certificates/diplomas must be provided. Please note that applicants who do not provide a Resume and/or information on their Education and Experience will not be considered for positions.
It is anticipated that these positions will be subject to a Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 5050 which may be accessed at:
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- A Degree or Diploma in Disability Supports and Services; or acceptable equivalent is required.
- Demonstrated experience with and proficiency with voice to text and text to voice programs is required.
- Knowledge, understanding and demonstrated aptitude in Assistive Technology and software used in schools for students is required.
- Experience working in school settings with children and youth is required.
- Experience delivering professional learning to groups is considered an asset.
- Valid NS Driver’s License and daily access to a vehicle is required.
TITLE: Assistive Technology Support Worker
RESPONSIBLE TO: Coordinator of Student Services (or designate)
ROLE: Working collaboratively with the school team, the Assistive Technology Support Worker is responsible for providing specialized knowledge and skills in the use of accessible education materials and assistive technology for students with disabilities and others experiencing barriers to learning.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The tasks may vary from time to time with the evolution of the organization and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Support the appropriate use of student equipment, technology, and applications (hardware and software) and will work with students individually and in small groups within the school setting to teach them how to use assistive technology efficiently and effectively for increased well-being and student achievement;
- Apply knowledge and experience in the field of accessible education materials and assistive technology to effectively support learning opportunities for students with disabilities and those who face other barriers to learning;
- Troubleshoot, problem solve and upgrade equipment and technology;
- Monitor the use of Accessible/AT/AAC software and devices by students and others who interact with them in education environments to ensure appropriate, effective and efficient use and provide additional training as necessary;
- Assist the AT Specialists, teachers, and school teams in selecting and adapting environments, tools, and resources to meet the needs of students through the use of Assistive Technology and/or Augmentative Communication;
- Provide support and on-going training for students and staff as required, on the use of various forms of assistive technology and the integration of accessible educational materials to support student learning;
- Provide input to teachers in relation to students’ use of AT;
- Maintain accurate records and write reports as required;
- Communicate effectively with children and youth with various strengths, challenges, and interests utilizing a variety of communication tools to assist students and others who interact with them in the education environments using Assistive Technology including on-line, e-mail, resource development and in-person support;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of technology intervention tools and strategies.
- Deliver services to students consistent with policies of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the education entity;
- Participate in continuing education and professional development.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to the school improvement process in support of student learning
- Commit to using research and evidence-based practices for school aged children and youth in the area of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication; and
- Other duties as assigned.