New job Assistive Technology Support Worker West Hants Area Schools in Nova Scotia
Assistive Technology Support Worker West Hants Area Schools
Company : Nova Scotia School Boards (NSSB)
Salary : $21.21 an hour
Location : Nova Scotia
Assistive Technology Support Worker - West Hants Area Schools
Assistive Technology Support Worker
Serving the West Hants Area Schools
Worksite: To be determined
Vacant Position - Full Time
Wages starting at $21.21/hour, 7 Hours per day - 195 days per year
Closing date for applications - September 3, 2021
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. Consistent with policies of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the regional education entity, the Assistive Technology Support Worker will work within the Inclusive Education Policy and MTSS framework for the delivery of services to students. The Assistive Technology Support Worker will support the appropriate use of student equipment, technology, and applications (hardware and software). The Assistive Technology Support Worker will work with students individually and in small groups within the school setting to teach students how to use assistive technology efficiently and effectively for increased well-being and student achievement. Working collaboratively with educational professionals and specialists the Assistive Technology Support Worker will demonstrate a strong commitment to the school improvement process in support of student learning and reports directly to the Student Services Coordinator.
The Assistive Technology Support Worker shall have the following competencies:
- The ability to 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.
- The ability to troubleshoot, problem solve and upgrade equipment and technology, make installations, and track AT inventory in schools, as required to keep devices current.
- The ability to assist the AT Specialists, teachers, and school teams in selecting and adapting environments, tools, and resources to meet the needs of students with Assistive Technology and/or Augmentative Communication.
- The ability to provide support and on-going training for students, teachers, Teacher Assistants, and other staff as required on the use of various forms of assistive technology and the integration of accessible educational materials to support student learning.
- The ability to provide input to teachers to monitor and evaluate students use of AT and make recommendations for change as required.
- The ability to maintain accurate records and write reports
- The ability to communicate effectively with children and youth with various strengths, challenges, and interests.
- The ability to evaluate the effectiveness of technology intervention tools and strategies.
- The ability to utilize effective problem-solving and communication techniques.
- A demonstrated understanding and commitment to inclusive education.
- The ability to apply knowledge, experience, and commitment in the areas of culturally responsive practices.
- The ability to maintain knowledge and understanding of provincial and regional centre polices, guidelines and procedures relating to this area of specialty.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- The ability to work successfully in a team environment and independently with minimal supervision
- The ability to apply knowledge and experience in the areas of race relations, cross cultural understanding, human rights, and diversity.
- The desire and ability to engage in continuing education and professional development.
- The ability to maintain and promote confidentiality.
- A Degree or Diploma in Disability Supports and Services, or acceptable equivalent
- Demonstrated competency using Google Read and Write and Google suite of applications.
- Valid Driver’s License and daily access to a vehicle.
- 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.
Specific Job Components
The Assistive Technology Support Worker shall perform tasks as are assigned by the Student Services, Facilitator. These tasks may vary from time to time with the evolution of the organization and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Work as a contributing member of the regional/board Assistive Technology Team.
- Commitment to using research and evidence-based practices for school aged children and youth in the area of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication.
- Assist with maintaining student data and prepare reports to document student progress.
- Provide, develop, and deliver professional development opportunities as determined by the Student Services Team.
- Assist with developing and providing students, teachers, Teacher Assistants and other staff, as required training for using AT and AAC
- 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.
- Utilize 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.
- Provides technical support to assist staff with trouble shooting and problem solving as required.
- Keep AT and AAC devices in good repair, upgrade devices, make installations.
- Track and manage devices and licenses across the region.
- Other duties as assigned.
Applications will be considered:
First, in accordance with the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 73 Bargaining Unit.
Second, to applicants who self-identify and are members of the identified peoples in accordance with AVRCE's Employment Equity.
Third, if there are no successful candidates from the Employment Equity applicant pool, then other external candidates will be considered for this position.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.