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Relief Support Assistant

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: South Slave Divisional Education Council
Job ID: 19668
Wage: See "Salary Information" below.
Employment Type: On Demand, Regular
Closing Date: Jan 27, 2021

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within 25 kilometres of Fort Smith, NT.

Job Information

The Support Assistant (SA) is responsible for assisting with instruction and providing support and encouragement to students diagnosed with special needs and/or who require additional attention in order to ensure all students have the opportunity for a successful and meaningful learning experience. The SA operates under the Education Act and the policies and procedures established by the district, region and school.

At the discretion of the Principal, the Support Assistant reports to the Principal, Program Support Teacher and/or Classroom Teachers. He/she is responsible for assisting with implementing specialized and modified learning and education activities in order to provide a positive learning experience for students with special needs or students who require additional support.  The SA is responsible for working with special needs/additional needs students and assisting with implementation of Student Support Plans so that students are provided with a learning environment that promotes a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

The incumbent must have the ability to provide instruction in core academic subjects (reading, writing, mathematics) to special needs/additional needs students in a wide range of grade levels. He/she must have knowledge of the goals and objectives of inclusive schooling. The incumbent requires a basic understanding of teaching, instruction and classroom management techniques. An ability to speak the local Aboriginal language and knowledge of sign language is considered a strong asset for this position.

The incumbent would normally acquire the required knowledge and skills through completion of Grade 12 combined with related training in working with special needs students and experience in an educational environment.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
83 Breynat Street
Box 876

More Information

Relief Worker

This job opening is for a Relief position where there are no established hours of work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and may be required to report to work on an as and when required basis for facilities where services operate on a daily basis throughout the entire year.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 19668      

Closing Date: January 27, 2021 @ 23:59 Mountain Standard Time


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $33.20 per hour plus an annual Northern Allowance.