Educational Assistant (Instructional)-IDEA Lab

  • Stratford Hall
  • START DATE: 26/08/2019
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Full-Time (Permanent)
  • North America
K-12 School

Job Overview




Date: May 2019     
Position: Educational Assistant (Instructional)-IDEA Lab 
Department: Faculty
Division: Junior or Senior School
Reports to: Principal
Interfaces with: Students, teachers, and the entire school community


Stratford Hall, an independent, K-12 IB World School, invites applications from individuals who wish to join our dynamic team. Located in Vancouver, BC, the School is home to 530 students and a faculty and staff of over 85 teachers and support staff. Our graduates attend the top post-secondary schools in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Stratford Hall was the first IB continuum school in BC and has a rich tradition of educational excellence in the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Position Rationale

Working collaboratively with teachers and other support staff, and under the management of the Principal, Educational Assistants support teachers by assisting students with learning tasks, organizing the learning environment, providing pastoral care for students, and/or performing other duties as assigned by teachers or the Principal. As key members of the staff, Educational Assistants contribute to the development and overall improvement of the School. Educational Assistants see themselves as an important part of the school community, interacting with colleagues from across the school. As Stratford Hall has a strong focus on information and communication technologies, Educational Assistants are competent and confident users of computer applications relevant to both classroom administration procedures and the instructional program.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Teaching and Learning

  • Work directly with students in small groups or one to one in order to reinforce concepts and skills introduced by the teacher and implement instructional programs designed by the teacher
  • Ensure students are actively engaged in their own learning
  • Empower students to feel responsible and take action
  • Support students in the pursuit of open-ended inquiry and real-life investigations
  • Accommodate the individual needs of students as directed
  • May be required to administer medications and carry out emergency procedures


2. Management

  • Assist in organizing events specific to a grade/class/subject area
  • Provide meaningful and timely communication to teachers
  • Assist in monitoring student attendance, behaviour and progress
  • Inform the appropriate ‘person of responsibility’ of concerns regarding parents, staff or students
  • Take responsibility for classroom displays as directed
  • Create and prepare teaching resources as directed
  • Maintain resources and storage areas as directed
  • Actively supervise students during recess, lunch break, or at other times as required


3. Professional Appraisal and Development

  • Engage in professional development
  • Actively participate in constructive professional appraisal
  • Seek and act upon constructive feedback and advice


4. Involvement in the Wider School Community

  • Take an active role within the school community by making a conscious effort to interact with all staff and be aware of current school events and initiatives
  • Positively support school initiatives organized by staff, students or parents through active participation and promotion within classrooms
  • Promote school unity by attending staff social functions when possible
  • Attend special events such as Meet the Teacher Night, concerts, sports day, etc., as required
  • Attend school camps, experience trips and field trips as required
  • Assist in the preparation of assembly presentations
  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled meetings
  • Take an active involvement in committees and co-curricular activities
  • Take positive action to ensure the school is clean and well maintained, classrooms are neat and attractive and displays in classrooms and general purpose areas reflect the pursuit of excellence
  • At times Educational Assistants may be requested to take on further duties as requested by their supervisor or the school administration.


Preferred attributes
Strong communication skills in English
Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills
The ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
Ability to operate a variety of office and school equipment, including equipment specific to the needs of the students
Ability to use judgment when providing information


Education: require a high school diploma; prefer undergraduate degree; additional qualification or training in education is an asset
Work experience: previous work experience with children, preferably in a school setting


Terms of Employment
An Educational Assistant will work full time on all days in which school is in session and on professional development days for teachers. Annual salary will be determined by the Head of School in conjunction with the Director of Finance and Operations and will be commensurate with the employee’s experience and training. All other terms of employment not covered in this position profile are outlined in the Employment Agreement.


Hours and Duties

Under the Educational Assistant category of employee, there are various roles available. The hours and duties vary depending on the position.


EA - IDEA Lab (Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurial and the Arts)

  • Hours of work: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • The allocation of time in this role is divided equally into:
  • Supporting students as required within a classroom setting
  • Supporting teachers with instruction and with the organization of the classroom and instructional materials (set up and/or take down)
  • Co-curricular duties: sponsor or assist with two clubs/activities (two out of three terms during the year), which will meet after school or during lunch
  • The ideal candidate will have experience and interest in any of the following: woodworking, coding, small electronics, interactive digital arts, robotics and design thinking
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite Apps (e.g. Indesign, Illustrator) is preferred


Application Process:
All applicants should submit a current CV/résume and cover letter, attention Principal, to careers@stratfordhall.ca

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