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Developmental Assistant Needed – GRIT – Edmonton, AB

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JOB POSTING: GRIT is looking to hire a contract (part to full-time) Developmental Assistant (DA) for their inclusive early childhood program in Edmonton, AB. GRIT has been helping young children with development disability since 1982 and is funded by Alberta Education through Program Unit Funding (PUF). The DA will support learning, participation and overall development for kids aged three to grade one.

About the Position:

  • 10-month position that follows the school year from September to the end of June.
  • Paid vacation is set according to Edmonton Public Schools calendar including 2 weeks at Christmas and 1 week at spring break.
  • Salary range is from $20.87- $26.85 and will commensurate with experience and education.
  • Benefit package for staff working over 20 hours per week.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement a program for a child with a disability under the guidance of a trans-disciplinary team through active participation in team meetings (IPP), preparing for educational team member visits, and collaboration with community professionals (i.e. playschool teacher).
  • Actively promote family centered practice by strengthening parent’s critical role as an active participant, learner, and decision maker regarding their child’s educational program.
  • Support and advocate for the child to be fully included in natural learning opportunities at home, community and school.
  • Provide learning through play opportunities to build on the child’s strengths / interests and support the integration of individual learning goals identified on the IPP.
  • This integral role holds a place as an ambassador of GRIT in the community and develops and maintains collaborative relationships.


Job Requirements:

  • Education: Completion of post-secondary education in related area of: Child and Youth Care, Disability Studies, Early Learning and Child Care, Educational Assistant, Therapy Assistant or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Physical demands are unpredictable and include sitting, standing, kneeling, pushing, pulling and lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Potential to work with children with medical needs (ie; G-tube, tracheostomy)
  • Current Certification in Level C First Aid / CPR
  • Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector and Children’s Intervention Record Check.
  • Vehicle required- 2 million automobile liability insurance / Drivers Abstract in accordance with Program policy.

This position requires working 2.75+ hours per day up to 5 days a week in either home, community/classroom programs with various levels of support from others ranging from none to moderate.

CONTACT: To apply, please email your resume to [email protected]

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