Speech and Language Assistant

  • Seabird Island
  • Agassiz, British Columbia, V0M1A0 Canada
  • Nov 13, 2023
Contract Support Position

Job Description

Position Summary 

The Speech and Language Assistant will work directly under licensed speech pathologists, aiding them in their daily responsibilities to provide a range of clinical services that focus on promoting communication, language and speech that contributes to a client/patient’s overall cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being.


This is a Term Position with an end date of April 12th, 2024, with a possibility of extension. 


Success profile 

What does it take to be successful working at Seabird Island? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix. 


  • Frequent Interaction with Others: The job requires a strong “people orientation”, versus a task orientation. The job will comfortably deal with multiple interruptions on a continual basis, always maintaining a friendly interface with others.
  • Ethical: Maintains and promotes individual and organizational integrity and values in conduct of all activities.
  • Effective Communicator: Demonstrates open, honest, and respectful written and verbal communication.
  • Proactive Thinking: the ability to evaluate future implications of current decisions and action; the ability to mentally
    create the scenarios and outcomes of situations that could develop from decisions or plans of action.
  • Cultural Practice: take culturally informed approaches to their day-to-day work.






  1. Submit your resume and complete our Prevue Assessment simultaneously. The assessment is an integral part of our evaluation process.
  2. Allow yourself a minimum of 35-40 minutes to complete the assessment.
  3. Should you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please reach out to our Recruiting team at careers@seabirdisland.ca or call 604-796-2177 for assistance.


Follow this link to complete the assessment:  https://seabirdisland.prevuehub.com/selfregistration?url=n5%7CWm3 


Once you have completed the assessment, we will carefully review your application and results. Qualified candidates will be contacted for further steps in the hiring process. Please be assured that all assessment results will be treated confidentially and used solely for the purpose of evaluating your candidacy.


Please note that failure to complete the assessment may result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.


Work that matters 
Are you looking to start a career where you'll make meaningful connections within the community? Our team is passionate about supporting our community.


Seabird Island is located 1 kilometer from Agassiz, BC on the beautiful Fraser River, 120 km east of Vancouver. 


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Benefits and perks 


  • Extended health and dental benefits,
  • Accrued vacation and sick time,
  • Access to internal training programs, professional development and skill enhancement,
  • Collaboration with an interdisciplinary teaching team,
  • Equitable hourly rates in accordance with collective agreements, and
  • Casual dress code


What you’ll do 

  • Use screening protocols selected by the Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP).
  • Assist the SLP during assessments, including but not limited to preparing materials, and performing clerical duties as
  • Implement individual service plans.
  • Provide direct services to children, in groups or individually.
  • Prepare materials for children’s sessions, home programs and centers.
  • Document child’s performance during intervention
  • Assist the SLP in in service training, and community education.
  • Assist with departmental operations: scheduling, chart preparation, data collection, record keeping, safety precautions, maintenance of supplies/equipment and audio-visual equipment operation.
  • Attend and/or participate in any First Nations activities as requested by the Seabird Island Early Childhood Department
  • Other duties or responsibilities as assigned by your Supervisor, Manager, Director, Executive Director, or Chief & Council. 


What you bring


  • Diploma Speech and Language Assistant (SLA) or Communication Disorder Assistant or willing to obtain.


  • Demonstrated ability to work and learn in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Experience working in an Early Childhood Development Tram environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with children.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Physically able to perform all assigned tasks.


  • Proficient computer skills with the Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams.)
  • Proficient interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Ability to agree as well as adhere to Seabird Island Band Human Resources (HR), Finance, and Information Technology (IT) Policies and Procedures, etc.
  • Knowledge, respect and understanding of Stó: lō culture, traditions and language or willingness to learn.
  • Experience working with First Nations community is considered an asset.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License with a clean Driver’s Abstract within the last 5 years.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check 


Reports to: MCFD Program Supervisor 


Pre-employment screening 

  • Employment is conditional upon completing pre-employment screening to ensure a safe and secure work environment in which students, staff, members, families, community, as well as resources, and assets are protected. All background checks, reference checks and criminal record checks are performed in accordance with SIB HR Policy, protecting the integrity and confidentiality of information gathered during the evaluation.


Seabird Island is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Pursuant to S. 41 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to Applicants of Indigenous, Métis, or Inuit heritage. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in Canada; however, we are not able to sponsor visas. 


We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.