CBVRCE 2024 CUPE-0224, Casual Teacher Assistant, Various Locations

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education is responsible for the administration of the public school system within the boundaries of Cape Breton and Victoria Counties, supporting approximately 12,000 students in 38 schools. 


We foster a caring, dynamic, and creative environment that provides educational opportunities, promotes a love of learning, respect for others, and challenges all persons to develop their full potential to become confident, versatile, lifelong learners and thinkers. We are committed to ensuring the success and achievement of all students within a culturally responsive, safe, and inclusive school environment. 


The CBVRCE invites applications for the above-noted position as we work together to create success for all students in our region.  Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the students we serve.  The Centre for Education welcomes applications from Indigenous People, African Canadian and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQI++ community and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, we encourage you to apply and self-identify on your application.  Applicants with disabilities who require assistance during the application process may contact Michelle MacLeod at 902-562-6476 or michellemacleod@cbvrce.ca to request reasonable accommodations.


Application Deadline:   Applications will be accepted at any time.


 Applicants must: 
●        upload a completed resume with their application 
●        upload copies of professional licenses, accreditations and certifications supporting qualifications required for the position. You must include a copy of your related diploma/degree and/or transcript.
●       enter 3 professional/work-related references (Supervisors and/or Managers preferred) 


Applications that do not provide the information required to assess qualifications will not be considered.  If you require assistance to submit your application electronically, please contact the Human Resources Department at (902)564-8293.


All successful candidates will be required to submit a clear Criminal Record Check (with Vulnerable Sector Check) and Child Abuse Registry Check dated within the last 6 months. 


HOURS OF WORK:  Various, depending on work availability, school hours and school assignments. Day shift only, Monday - Friday. 

WORK TERM:   Casual on-call basis - 10 Month (September to June)

LOCATION:  Various schools throughout the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education.

RATE OF PAY:  $18.98 to $25.99 per hour (depending on qualifications) (rates currently under review)



  • Teacher Assistant/Educational Support Diploma or Certificate from a recognized educational institution; or Licenced Practical Nurse 
    • Other relevant diplomas, such as Disability Support/Services, Human Services, Residential Care Worker, and Continuing Care Assistant in combination with relevant experience may be considered.
  • Valid Standard First Aid.
  • Acceptable Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry Checks
  • Demonstrated ability to perform physical requirements of the positions. 
  • Reliable, dependable and conscientious.
  • Acceptable record of attendance in previous employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with and develop a positive rapport with children and youth
  • Demonstrated awareness of, and respect and sensitivity for, diverse strengths and needs of children and youth with special needs and exceptionalities, including cognitive, communicative, physical, social, and emotional needs. 

  • Knowledge of, and ability to perform, basic health, hygiene, and safety requirements for a variety of individual student needs, including students with exceptionalities, in accordance with regional policy and the Department of Education’s and Department of Health’s policies and protocols. 

  • Exceptional teamwork, communication, conflict management and interpersonal skills 

  • Must be able to work well under pressure and maintain professional demeanor in challenging situations 

  • Knowledge and experience with behaviour management strategies for children and youth would be an asset.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention will be considered an asset
  • Proof of supervised field placement (practicum), including evaluation document, would be an asset. 

  • Functional knowledge and abilities related to assistive technology in supporting student learning would be an asset. 









RESPONSIBLE TO: Principal or Principal's Designate of school of employment
ROLE: The provision of personal care, behaviour management support and/or instructional support to students under the direction of the principal, supervising teacher, and/or school team.


The responsibilities which are listed below provide an outline of the major responsibilities Teacher Assistants assume.

1. Personal Care: Under the direction of the supervising teacher and/or school team, the

Teacher Assistant will:

  • Assist students with feeding, with toileting needs and personal hygiene as required
  • Administer medication and carry out medical procedures under the direction of the school principal in accordance with Regional School Board policy and the Department of Education and the Department of Health's policies and protocols on administering medication to students
  • Assist students to move about during the school day, including lifting and positioning students, exercising and supporting as outlined in their Individualized Program Plan (IPP) or physiotherapy/occupational therapy plan, assist when embarking and disembarking from transportation vehicles, and accompany students to community based educational programs as appropriate
  • Supervise students to ensure a safe environment
  • Assist the students in the operation of support equipment as needed
  • Assist students in dressing and undressing as required.

2. Behaviour Management Support: Under the direction of the supervising teacher and/or school team, the Teacher Assistant will:

  • Assist in promoting student=s emotional growth, well-being, and independence
  • Encourage the development of student dignity and self-esteem
  • Facilitate positive interactions among all students
  • Help motivate students and encourage student participation
  • Assist in the implementation of behaviour management plans as developed by the teacher and/or school team.


3. Support for Instructional Program: Under the direction of the supervising teacher and/or school team, the Teacher Assistant will:

  • Assist students in following programs, strategies, exercises and materials identified /developed and introduced by the teacher;
  • Assist the teacher(s) in the preparation of material
  • Provide feedback to the supervisory teacher on his/her observations of students
  • Accompany students to and from community work placements and provide support within these programs, as necessary.


4. Other related duties as assigned.


Please note that these positions are subject to a Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 5050 which may be accessed at: 



We thank all applicants for your interest; however, only those chosen to proceed in the hiring process will be contacted.

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