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Hard of Hearing/Deaf Specialist
This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Reporting to the Manager, Student Support; the Hard of Hearing/Deaf Specialist (Specialist) is responsible for providing direct and indirect interventions to students and supporting teachers and other school staff with ongoing site-based support and modelling. The incumbent plays a key role in ensuring that the delivery (i.e., instruction) of Nunavut’s education program and the assessment offered in Nunavut schools are accessible to all hard of hearing/deaf students. The incumbent, through their activities, ensures that the Department adheres to / responds to the requirements outlined in the Education Act. The Specialist actively promotes awareness of and the use of evidence-informed interventions, strategies, learning and teaching approaches, resources, materials, programs, tools, etc. (which are applicable to the Nunavut context) best suited to teaching and reaching the hard of hearing/deaf students in all Nunavut’s K-12 schools.
The Hard of Hearing/Deaf Specialist is responsible and accountable for keeping current with new developments in the area Hard of Hearing/Deaf Education and Keeping current with the legislation, policies, and directives. The specialist will be responsible for Educating school personnel about language, communication, social, and educational effects of hearing loss/deafness, and about teaching strategies, technology, options and associated accommodations. The incumbent will be responsible for helping schools to support inclusive learning environments and working with other professionals to ensure schools/students have access to specialized services and equipment to meet their specific needs. In addition the Specialist must be able to monitor student achievement outcomes in student support programs to determine long-term program/project effects and implications. Knowledge of the educational theory and recent research around inclusive education, special needs, learning and brain theory, language acquisition and child development is required. The Specialist must have knowledge and be aware of bilingual/bicultural education, models of instruction, and community / culture-based education. Furthermore a Sound understanding of challenges students in Nunavut face is needed.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully fulfil the requirements of this position come from having a Bachelor of Education with specialization in Deaf Education, certification by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH). A minimum of three years of experience working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, a minimum of three years of working within a school system, and proficiency in sign language is required.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset.