Behaviour Support Worker

Calgary Board of Education - Calgary, AB (22 days ago)

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Each student, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.


Students come first. Learning is our central purpose. Public education serves the common good.


The CBE strives to create a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative culture. We value diversity and welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

Competition Close Date

Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:59pm


10 Month Traditional Calendar

Weekly Hours

0.8571 FTE

30 hours per week


Staff Association Grade F

$29.20 to $38.32 per hour

About the Department

The successful candidate will have experience working with students who have severe social and emotional disabilities. The successful candidate will be required to lead lessons in social thinking and mindfulness. It is expected that the successful candidate work alongside the classroom teacher to provide support to this academically and behaviourally diverse group of students.

Students may have co-occurring diagnosis such as moderate cognitive disabilities, ADD, ADHD, FAS, OCD and ODD. The ability to build strong relationships with students and adapt to challenging situations is essential. Experience with severe behaviours and trauma-informed practice is critical to this position. The job requires collaboration wihin a team environment.

The position may require the candidate to support students in:

Supervision and support with toileting routines
Supervision and support when eating
Supervision and support with dressing (putting on coat, boots, etc.)
The ability to lift up to 50lbs

Students may demonstrate challenging behaviours:
Aggression toward others (hitting, biting)
Destructive behaviour (throwing, breaking)
Disruptive behaviour (crying, screaming)
Unsafe behaviour (running, limited awareness of surroundings and personal safety)
Requires the ability to lift up to 50lbs

Education - Classroom Support includes all positions that support student learning like Education Assistants, School Assistants, Support Workers, Instructors, Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Interpreters, Learner Assistants and Lunchroom Supervision

Purpose and Accountability

Under the accountability of the Principal and the supervision of the teacher and/or Principal this position acts as member of a multidisciplinary team to provide curriculum support, instruction and behavioral program implementation and family liaison work for students in the classroom and alternative educational settings. These students typically between the ages of 12 and 18 have severe and complex learning, medical, psychological/psychiatric and/or social-emotional disabilities.

This position is accountable for:
Participating in the design and support of the Individual Program Plan and Behaviour Support Plans for students;
Providing a broad spectrum of activities and experiences to students;
Liaison with other professionals;
Providing support to other staff; and
Supporting families.


As part of a multidisciplinary team participate in the design, assessment and support of the Individual Program Plan (IPP) and Behaviour Support Plan (BSP) by documenting behavioural issues and concerns; recording qualitative and quantitative data related to the student’s behaviour; communicating information to parents/guardians in order to assist students with the achievement of IPP goals.
Design and provide a broad spectrum of activities and experiences by delivering individual and small group instruction such as anger management and social skills development in order to address the goals of the IPP.
Perform responsibilities in a professional manner by acting in ways that are consistent with recognizing and respecting each other, working to earn and sustain trust, communicating with each other in ways that promote mutual understanding, using collaborative approaches to problem solving and decision making and giving colleagues the benefit of the doubt in order to create and maintain positive working relationships which lead to quality learning experiences for students.
Contribute proactively to the safety and security of the learning environment by implementing appropriate interventions; providing personal care as required, administering First Aid; ensuring adherence to safety standards; storing and distributing medications as per CBE policy; may be required to monitor the medical needs of the student in order to promote the safety of the child and others.
Ensure compliance with school guidelines and fulfill employment contract by performing a variety of operational functions in adherence with Occupational Health, FOIP, CBE policy, practice and procedures in order to fulfill the responsibilities and the expectations of the role.
Support professional growth by maintaining current certification, including specialized education in order to contribute to the development of supporting roles and maintain standards.
Liaison with other professionals, initiate and organize multidisciplinary meetings as required by working with internal and external professionals e.g., from community schools, CBE specialists, multidisciplinary team members, medical professionals, Calgary Health Region, Calgary and Area Child and Family Services, Youth Justice, AADAC, Youth Shelters and other resources for the child and parent in order to provide or make available appropriate resources/support for students in order to meet the goals of the IPP and BSP.
Contribute proactively to the safety and security of the learning environment by identifying and accessing resources, designing and implementing interventions in order to provide or make available resources/support for students in order achieve the outcomes of the IPP and BSP.
Support the professional growth of others by working with practicum students, e.g., Youth and Child Care, Justice, Social Work in order to share expertise and experience with developing professionals in support of student needs.
Support others, e.g., Lunch Program Supervisors, Education Assistants, Teachers, parents by providing programming recommendations for behaviour support as well as in-service opportunities for others in order to build capacity of others in support of student learning.
Provide support to families by meeting with families as needed; communicating with the parent/guardian; connecting the family with community resources, working with parenting groups; provide support to parents/caregivers regarding home based behavioural plans in order to promote student success and family wellness, giving parents an opportunity to be a part of the IPP and BSP.


Education and Experience

Two year Diploma in a related field such as Child and Youth Care, Justice, Social Work.
Minimum of two years of experience in a related field.
Current Certification in Standard First Aid.
Current Therapeutic Crisis Intervention or equivalent.
Certification as required for site-specific programs, e.g. Wilderness First Aid, WHIMIS, Valid Alberta Class 4 Driver’s license.
Certification in Child and Youth Care from Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (achieved while working) is preferred.
Outdoor education experience and achievements is an asset.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

Knowledge of related support agencies and professionals within the community.
Demonstrated ability to build relationships with emotionally disturbed adolescents (12 – 18 year old students).
Reasonably strong athletic ability and fitness level.
Demonstrated ability to maintain enthusiasm and commitment with students.
Ability to sustain physical exertion on the job.
Personal suitability.

Conditions of Employment

In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, applicants new to the Calgary Board of Education WHO ARE OFFERED EMPLOYMENT must complete and pass a police security clearance before employment is confirmed.

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Are you looking for an opportunity to join a team where your contribution makes a positive impact on the lives and learning of more than 120,000 CBE students? The Calgary Board of Education is looking for great people to join our team. Our employees are highly valued and recognized, a career with the CBE offers incredible opportunities, rewards and supports.

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Closing Statement

We thank all candidates for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.