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Special Education Assistant and Curriculum Developer/Writer


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. 

The Squamish culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We have two exciting opportunities for a Special Education Assistant (Term Full-time position) and a Curriculum Developer/Writer (Term Full-time position) to join our team in North Vancouver on a full-time basis. Please note that both of these opportunities have the possibility of becoming permanent positions.   

The Special Education Assistant will report to the Principal and is responsible for providing specialized teaching strategies, curriculum and physical or behavioural supports to students with designated special needs within the nursery and primary grades classroom.

In this role, you will instruct children individually and in small groups, while adapting the curriculum and creating visual supports. In addition to supervising children, you will teach life skills and work cooperatively with kindergarten/primary teachers and the school team. You will also participate as a member of the Capilano Little Ones, and Education, Employment & Training Teams, all while adhering to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices, and procedures.

The Curriculum Developer/Writer act as Language & Culture Curriculum Development Expert and will participate as a member Education, Employment & Training Teams.

In this role, you will participate in initiatives that support the revival and sustainment of the Squamish language, and you will work develop a curriculum plan and writes curriculum to help teachers deliver consistent language and cultural education programs. As such, you will be responsible for research, revision and adaptation of new and existing Squamish Language and Culture material into language immersion and nonimmersion format, as well as assessing other curriculum needs and revising/developing materials.

You will also develop process, policies, and procedures while adhering to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices, and procedures.  


For the role of Special Education Assistant, we are seeking someone with a Certificate in Special Education, Special Needs, or a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution plus of 1-3 years of related experience working in kindergarten/primary classrooms, early learning teaching or assisting, working with special needs students, or experience in child care role or as an early childhood educator. Candidates with Grade 12 plus 4-6 years of related work experience may substitute for the above education/experience.

For the role of Curriculum Developer/Writer, we are seeking someone with a Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on Curriculum Development, Education, or a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution plus 5-7 years of directly-related experience in curriculum development and writing, teaching students K-12, etc. Candidates with a Diploma plus 12 years of related work experience for above education and experience may be considered. 

Candidates with working experience with a large scale computerized database system will be highly regarded. Similarly, the ability to work independently and with the Language and Culture team is required, as is the ability to build a network of beneficial external relationships to assist research of immersion projects.

Additionally, our ideal candidates for either role will demonstrate: 

  • Proficiency of Microsoft Office Applications and the Internet
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community, particularly Squamish Nation (preferred)
  • Knowledge of Squamish language Skwxwú7mesh Snichim (preferred)
  • A valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5 (Class 7N may be considered) (asset only for Special Education Assistant, required for Curriculum Developer/Writer)
  • Access to a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance (asset only for Special Education Assistant, required for Curriculum Developer/Writer)

As your career progresses, you'll also complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Squamish language, First Nation’s education studies, curriculum development, language immersion, interdisciplinary programs, research, etc; as well as broadening their Squamish Nation culture and language knowledge. 


In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a competitive salary plus a great host of benefits for yourself and your family. Above all, you will have the opportunity to contribute at an exciting time of growth within the community, and play a part in employee initiatives, environmental protection activities, and community building. 

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your recreation experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 

For further info and to apply see:

Education and Training Government