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Student Support Assistant

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This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
$61,776 per annum for 37.5 hour/week
Northern Allowance: 
$15,016 per annum
No staff housing available
Closing Date: 
02 February 2018

This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

As per HRM Directive 518, this employment opportunity is restricted to Nunavut Land Claim Beneficiaries in Iqaluit only.

Are you a caring individual who is passionate about helping? Do you want to contribute to a child’s growth and learning? Do you want experience in a classroom with training and development opportunities?

Under the direction of the classroom teacher, the Student Support Assistant (SSA) works to assist designated students individually or in small groups in an inclusive manner, fostering the greatest degree of independence possible. As a valued member of the school community, the SSA assists in program adaptations or accommodations as planned with the teacher. The SSA assists in the student’s transportation, personal care and movement and may also help with assistive communication devices.  The SSA keeps daily records of student work and behavior and provides information when participating in the preparation and evaluation of individual student support plans.  Working closely with teaching staff and other SSAs, the incumbent participates in student support team meetings and discusses student progress with teachers.  Overall, the SSA contributes to a positive and effective learning environment for the students and the school.

The SSA needs to have a patient, student-centered attitude with strong communication and numeracy skills, as well as good organization and the ability to work cooperatively in a team. Willingness to take training in the area of need of the designated student(s) and basic computer skills are required. The SSA must have the physical ability to assist in transporting student or lifting heavy aides.

Valid First Aid/CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training are considered assets.

Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatugangit is an asset.

The ideal candidate will have Adult Basic Education equivalent to Grade 12, but acceptable equivalencies will be considered.

Please outline in your resume if you have experience volunteering in a school environment, have worked with school aged youth or have experience mentoring and leading groups of youth.

The ability to read, write, understand and speak in Inuktitut and English are required to assist designated student(s). Please clearly identify in your resume if you meet this requirement.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

Tips for applicants:

Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
Do not assume that the screening panel has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Department of Finance (Iqaluit)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-6222
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