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Thank you for your interest in a career with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB).

At HWDSB, we have a mission to empower students to learn and grow to their full potential in a diverse world. Each of our 7,000+ employees supports this mission in their own way.

We are proud of our staff. We celebrate their work and their personal accomplishments. We encourage staff to grow as professionals and as leaders. Our Human Resource Services division offers tremendous supports such as training, in-services and mentoring. HWDSB believes in a safe, welcoming and accepting workplace – and we are always striving to improve.

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HWDSB believes in giving each applicant an equal opportunity to succeed on their own merit and we strive to hire staff that reflect and support the diverse perspectives, experiences and needs of our students and our communities. We remain committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments.  We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive Board-community. Therefore, in pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across the organizational hierarchy in actualizing the Board’s priorities, goals and principles.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous Peoples.
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin.
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities.
  • Persons who identify as women.
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

At HWDSB, we recognize that many of these identities intersect and therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value and respect the contributions that each person brings to enriching the Board and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in communities that we serve.

To learn more about what HWDSB’s commitment to equity, please visit our Human Rights and Equity web page.

We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted at HWDSB. We truly believe that, whoever you are, You Belong at HWDSB!

Land Acknowledgement

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board acknowledges our presence on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Confederacy land as determined by the Dish with One Spoon treaty.

The intent of this agreement is for all nations sharing this territory to do so responsibly, respectfully and sustainably in perpetuity.

We respect the longstanding relationships with the local Indigenous communities, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Professionals Trained Outside Ontario

We encourage all professionals trained outside Ontario to have their academic credentials evaluated as needed prior to applying for employment, in order to accurately interpret and compare to Canadian equivalents. For an evaluation, please visit the website for World Education Services (WES), a not-for-profit organization known for quality, reliability and timely service. Learn more through the Ontario College of Teachers.

Employee Wellness

HWDSB is proud to be partnered with LifeWorks for our Employee Assistance Program. Lifeworks offers support to all our employees with their mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being. Whether employees have questions about handling stress at work and home, parenting and child care, managing money, or health issues, they can turn to LifeWorks for trusted confidential service and support.

Learn more about LifeWorks.

Professional Development

HWDSB is a learning organization that offers a complete range of programs and services with a dedication to excellence as a leading supplier of public education. Starting in Kindergarten and continuing through adult education, we are committed to the values of equity and inclusion, allowing each student to study and flourish to his or her greatest potential. There are supports in place for each employee to function in a safe and supportive work environment that inspires them to accomplish their best. We provide all schools with a comprehensive range of centralized services and assistance.

Throughout our organization, we are committed to attracting, developing, and supporting informed, experienced, and passionate school and system leaders. We aim to build leadership capability within our learning organization by providing high-quality learning and training that is collaborative with internal and external partners.

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Our HR Team

Welcome to Human Resource Services at HWDSB. Our division is comprised of five departments:

  • Labour Relations
  • Staffing and Operations
  • Employee Support and Wellness
  • Professional Development and Recruitment
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Together we provide a full-range of support services, programs and resources to support our staff in the areas of employee benefits, onboarding, accommodation services, employee relations, non-curricular professional learning and so much more.

Our team of dedicated Human Resource professionals are committed to working with communities in attracting and retaining a talented, equitable and diverse workforce. We can’t wait to work with you!

Careers Feedback

Thank you for considering employment at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. To learn more about HWDSB, please visit the About Us section of the website.

To apply, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Join the HWDSB Team View our Current Opportunities
  2. Prepare your Resumé and Cover Letter for Success HWDSB Annual Plan
  3. Submit Your Application – IMPORTANT: Monitor your email including spam folder as all interviews or job competiion updates will be coordinated through email. How to Apply through Apply to Education 
  4. Prepare for your Interview Microsoft Teams Support
  5.  Successful Interview & Reference Checking – Candidates unsuccessful during the interview will be given the opportunity to provide feedback
  6. Conditional Offer of Employment – Human Resource Services will work with you to help you complete final employment documentation requirements.
  7. Employment Testing – Some roles require additional pre-hire testing (Office/Clerical Staff, computer testing; Educational Assistants and Caretaking, physical testing)
  8. Formal Offer of Employment
  9. Onboarding & Orientation Program (Paid)
  10. Start your career journey at HWDSB – Human Resource Services is happy to help with any questions you have throughout your transition.

Candidates do not have to pay fees to Apply to Education to apply to HWDSB.

To learn more about specific job requirements, please visit our Employment Roles section of our website.

Recruitment Team

Apply to Education Customer Service Call Centre

20 Education Court
Hamilton, ON L9A 0B9
905-527-5092, recruitment@hwdsb.on.ca
Monday to Friday , 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST
1-877-900-5627, info@applytoeducation.com

Hiring Process and Practices

To promote student achievement and well-being, HWDSB aims to assure continual improvement in service delivery, program provision, and staff development. We acknowledge the importance of attracting, developing, and maintaining excellent staff members. We are committed to building and maintaining an ethical, inclusive, caring, and safe work environment by using equitable, transparent, and supportive recruitment and promotion methods that support HWDSB’s Strategic Directions.

HWDSB seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, and who will contribute to the vision of creating inclusive and equitable outcomes. HWDSB especially invites and welcomes applications from:

  • Indigenous Peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples);
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin; (e.g. Black and racialized communities, immigrant communities, etc.)
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women; and
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. (i.e. Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+)

External job postings will be posted publicly through Apply to Education. Qualifications, a job description, start and finish dates, land acknowledgement and an equity, diversity, and accommodation statement are all included in the job postings. The statement on equity, diversity, and accommodation encourages applications from equity-seeking groups and assures that job seekers are aware that accommodations would be offered based on any human rights protected ground.

Support for using digital tools

HWDSB uses Microsoft Teams when conducting online interviews with candidates. For assistance on this platform please visit Microsoft’s Teams Support Page for more information. For details about how to join a Teams meeting, please click here.

In addition, support exists for applicants using the Apply to Education service. You can find support online here.

If you require further assistance or accommodation, please connect with the HR member who scheduled your interview. We are more than happy to help.

Police Check

As a condition of employment with HWDSB, all successful candidates will be required to provide a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC), in accordance with the Education Act. Anyone seeking employment must provide an appropriate police record check from the police jurisdiction in which they reside. Please contact your police department for further information on obtaining this document and ensure that it is a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Costs incurred in obtaining this document is the candidate’s responsibility. Please note this document will only be considered valid for six (6) months after the date of issue.

A Police Vulnerable Sector Checks (PVSC) is required where an individual is in a position of trust or authority over vulnerable persons, including students. Human Resource Services will advise applicants as to the required police record check and ensure its receipt prior to employment.

Prospective employees may not commence employment until the appropriate police screening documentation is received.

Each police jurisdiction has varied time delays in processing applications, ranging from several weeks to several months.

Anyone offered a position with HWDSB will be required to successfully complete the Pre-Employment Screening Process for the Board. The Pre-Employment Screening Process includes the requirement to provide the Board with References, a Police Record Check satisfactory to the Board, and training related to Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) as well as Workers Health & Safety Awareness. In all cases, the required information and forms will be provided before the successful applicant will be allowed to assume their duties. Specific information about these requirements will provided at the time that any offer of employment is made.

Our Commitment to Accommodation

HWDSB believes that each applicant should be given an equal chance to succeed based on their own merits, and we try to employ staff who reflect and support the different viewpoints, experiences, and needs of our children and communities. Human Resource Services seeks to make all recruitment processes non-discriminatory and barrier-free, and applicants with disabilities will be accommodated throughout the process. If you are chosen to participate in our recruitment process, please let our Recruitment Team know what type of accommodations you will need. The information you provide about your applicants’ housing needs will be kept private. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), HWDSB strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require an accommodation, please advise the Recruitment Team in advance of attending an interview, testing and/or a practicum.

What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is a means of preventing and removing barriers that impede candidates with disabilities from participating fully in their recruitment and onboarding processes.

HWDSB is committed to providing accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process, based on any human rights protected grounds. If you require accommodation, please notify the recruitment contact in the job posting and we will work with you to meet your needs.

What is a disability?

  • Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device.
  • A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability.
  • A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language.
  • A mental disorder
  • An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997; (“handicap”)Ontario Human Rights Code Part 11, section 10 (1)

Asking for an accommodation will not affect the Board’s hiring decision. HWDSB is committed to fair and accessible employment and recruiting practices that attract and retain employees with disabilities. HWDSB and candidates share in the responsibility to engage in meaningful dialogue and to work together respectfully towards accommodation solutions.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, employers and unions, have a legal duty to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities who are adversely affected by a requirement, rule or standard. Accommodation is necessary to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunities, access and benefits.

Will asking for an accommodation affect the Board’s hiring decision?

No. HWDSB is committed to fair and accessible employment recruiting practices that attract and retain employees with disabilities. The principles of dignity, individualization, inclusion and full participation are to be applied throughout the entire accommodation process. All parties share in the responsibility to engage in meaningful dialogue and to work together respectfully towards accommodation solutions.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, employers and unions, have a legal duty to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities who are adversely affected by a requirement, rule or standard. Accommodation is necessary to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunities, access and benefits.

Examples of accommodations provided during the recruitment process include:

  • accessibility within the building (e.g. elevator, automatic door openers, washrooms etc)
  • scribe during practicum written process
  • Computer/technology to assist with completion of selection process
  • accessibility within the building to accommodate candidates (e.g. elevator, automatic door openers, etc)
  • use of quiet meeting room/space, if requested
  • sign-interpreter
  • practicum process (no time limit, chunking of information/questions, etc.)
  • interview process (provide a copy of interview questions, extra time, notes in the interview that are collected afterwards, etc.)
  • Microsoft Teams online interviews for candidates outside of Ontario (or in extenuating circumstances that are reviewed by recruitment prior to scheduled interview)

Can I request an accommodation for the selection process

Yes. Candidates are welcome to request an accommodation prior to any component of the recruitment process. If you require an accommodation during the interview process, please inform the recruitment team and/or hiring manager, of the accommodation needs required. The recruitment team/hiring manager will do their best to work with you in creating a plan to accommodate your needs.

Can I request an accommodation as an employee at work?

Yes. Human Resource Services assists with providing accommodation to persons with disabilities in the workplace.

They provide support to employees on sick leave, long term disability, or workplace safety and insurance board (WSIB) claim and returning to work after illness or injury (for both employee and his or her department); information on workplace injury, long term disability, workplace accommodation,  and related issues, and; information about healthy workplaces, individual health strategies, educational opportunities and health related resources and services both inside and outside of the workplace. (Please note: The level of support and sick leave may vary with the employee group and collective agreement in place). 

Each role at HWDSB supports students in unique and important ways. Please learn more about different positions below.

Caretaking

Caretakers are an integral part of the HWDSB community by contributing to the well-being of students and staff through creating a well maintained, pleasant and welcoming environments in our schools and administrative spaces. Working in a team environment, caretakers ensure the cleanliness and security of the building and grounds they work at. As a caretaker at HWDSB you will have the opportunity to accept work throughout the divers communities within our region including Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton Downtown, Waterdown, Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Mount Hope, Binbrook, Stoney Creek and Winona.

Caretaking Duties

Caretaking staff are provided with full training on their duties assigned. Duties include:

  • Garbage collection and removal – inside and outside
  • Cleaning washrooms, classrooms, hallways and offices
  • Snow removal, salting and sanding as required
  • Operation of mechanical equipment including vacuum cleaners, floor buffers, auto scrubbers, snow blowers, riding lawn mowers
  • Assisting with set-up requirements for school and administrative activities and community rentals
  • Performing minor maintenance duties eg. changing lights
  • General landscaping duties including weeding, lawn cutting and grounds clean up

Position Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Basic English verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Reliable team player with a customer service attitude
  • Safety conscious
  • Previous commercial/industrial cleaning experience is an asset
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector records check will be required before beginning this position

A condition of employment requires that you pass HWDSB’s physical testing component. Additional information will be provided through the interview process.

Living Wage Employer

As part of HWDSB’s commitment to pay equity, the board is commented to being a Living Wage Employer. Different from minimum wage (which is the legislated minimum all employers must pay and is set by the provincial government), the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN) calculates the rate based on major expenses like rent, transportation, childcare and food, as well as things like internet service and ‘modest’ recreational activities to determine the expenses to a family with two working adults and two children. The OLWN announced Hamilton’s living wage is now $17.20 per hour,

English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructors

Reporting to the ESL/LINC Program Supervisor, candidates will be responsible to instruct English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) to adult learners, from Literacy to CLB 8.  Candidates are hired into a casual teaching pool to carry out short term casual assignments and long term occasional (LTO) assignments. Classes operate Monday-Friday with day, night and summer school options.

Qualifications 

HWDSB welcomes your application to be an English as a Second Language Instructor. When applying, please ensure to include the following:

  • Submit a letter of application and resumé outlining how your qualifications, professional development and experience relate to this job opportunity
  • Must have a current TESL Ontario Certificate (OCELT)
  • Your knowledge and experience with the LINC Curriculum Guidelines and the Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Knowledge and/or application of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
  • Practice and knowledge in the principles of adult learning
  • Demonstrated experience teaching online and using Learning Management Systems
  • Demonstrated experience using information technology as a teaching and learning tool
  • Excellent communication and cross cultural skills
  • Available to work on short notice for day and evening classes.

ESL Instructors at HWDSB are a bargaining unit of OSSTF. 

Early Childhood Educators

As an Early Childhood Educator, you will work on call in short-term and long-term assignments at multiple schools throughout the diverse communities of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board including Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton Downtown, Waterdown, Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Mount Hope, Binbrook, Stoney Creek and Winona. 

You must registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators, or have evidence of initiating the registration process. 

Early Childhood Educator Duties

Collaborative role working in partnership with a teacher to plan and implement the Kindergarten Program (2016) including:

  • Observe, monitor and assess the progress and development of children
  • Provide numerous and varied opportunities for children to develop and refine their learning strategies, attitudes, skills, and knowledge
  • Engage children in critical reflection and inquiry, in testing theories, and in discussing and questioning approaches in a play-based program
  • Use a variety of instructional, assessment, and evaluation strategies to meet the needs of individual children, and to plan for next steps
  • Engage in both formal and informal collaborative inquiry
  • Create a learning environment that promotes the development of collaborative skills and critical and creative thinking skills, and support children to become thoughtful problem solvers and effective communicators
  • Maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and social learning environment
  • Support the transition of children to and from before and after-school programs
  • Develop strategies to engage families in their children’s learning

Position Requirements

  • Under the additional documents section, you must submit a one page sample of pedagogical documentation using either the Kindergarten Program (2016), or the Early Learning for Every Child Today document, or How Does Learning Happen
  • A condition of employment requires that you pass the Board’s physical testing component. Additional information will be provided during the interview process.  

Social Work

Social workers play an important role in the HWDSB school communities. They provide therapeutic interventions, guided by evidence-informed practices to enhance the overall social-emotional well-being and mental health of HWDSB students.

Social Work Duties

Providing consultation, brief service, treatment intervention and crisis support to children and youth between 4-18 years old presenting with:

  • Mental health concerns, such as anxiety or low mood
  • School avoidance and non-attendance
  • Personal and behavioural challenges such as peer relationship stress, substance use, adverse childhood experiences.
  • Family stressors that impact on the student’s functioning at school.
  • Experiencing systemic oppression and discrimination (racism, poverty, colonialization, homophobia/biphobia/transphobia, poverty etc.)
  • Urgent mental health crisis that places the child/youth at risk or poses a risk to others.

Brief Service includes:

  • Focusing on client strengths, are culturally inclusive and safe, and promote shared decision-making with the client.
  • Provision of “quick access” therapeutic encounters to address the immediate or presenting needs of a child or youth.
  • Provision of a timely response to requests for service, maximizing the child or youth and family’s readiness for change and diverting children, youth and families from waitlists whenever possible.
  • Facilitating referrals to appropriate alternate or additional services, both within the Board as well as the larger community.

Treatment Intervention includes:

  • A series of planned, interrelated interventions based on an assessment of the child, youth and family’s multiple risks, needs and strengths. A range of modalities such as individual, group and family
  • Using an evidence-informed approach that is strength-based, and culturally responsive to diverse populations, centered on the individual, considering the individual child/youth within their whole context, respecting their needs and preferences.
  • The intervention/treatment process involves clients and uses shared decision-making so that all parties understand the goals and desired outcomes.
  • The intervention/treatment plan is reviewed and recorded on a regular basis, and results are used to modify the intervention/treatment plan, if necessary.

Crisis Support Services include:

  • Implementing a triage protocol inclusive of prioritization criteria, type of contact and corresponding response time targets.
  • Referral to appropriate community agencies and services to support the student in developing and implementing a safety plan.
  • Supporting system wide initiatives that enhance or establish universal conditions for student wellbeing and inclusion

Position Requirements

  • A Masters in Social Work and be eligible for registration in the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Work.
  • Strong commitment to social work values, anti-oppressive/anti-racist practice, culturally safe and inclusive approaches to service delivery.
  • Knowledge and awareness of the issues that impact upon children and youth and their school experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of evidence informed therapeutic interventions with children and families, and how to apply this within a school setting. Experience in the provision of therapeutic treatment groups and an understanding of group modalities, dynamics and techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of child development, social, environmental and structural influences, cultural diversity, family systems and age-appropriate change strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability in working both within a multi-disciplinary team and/or a singular discipline team, and the ability to promote the transference knowledge across the team.
  • Experience and comfort in working independently in a fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with community agencies and partners to ensure seamless and integrated service delivery for children, youth and their families.
  • Strong documentation skills in accordance with OCSWSSW standards, coupled with solid organizational, administrative and computer skills.

Superintendent

Learn more about being a superintendent in this Superintendent Information Session flyer.

Elementary Teachers

At HWDSB, we have a mission: to provide the right education so each student grows into a lifelong learner who contributes to a changing, diverse world. We have more than 7,000 employees and every one of them contributes to our student achievement in their own way.

We are proud of our staff and we celebrate their work as well as their outside accomplishments. HWDSB is looking for staff who want to grow as professionals and as leaders. Our Human Resources Department offers tremendous supports such as training, in-services and mentoring. HWDSB also believes in a healthy workplace, and is always looking for ways to create a positive, supportive workplace.

Qualifications 

  • Candidates must be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (in good standing). New graduates pending OCT certification are welcome to apply!  
  • Professional skills and attitudes including lived experiences, skill sets, backgrounds and varied work experience that may be considered valuable to the position 
  • Ability to speak multiple languages in addition to English in French is considered an asset
  • Working with diverse communities locally or abroad 
  • Ability to lead a school band, theatre arts, lead extracurricular activities, etc. as needed 
  • Professional experience outside of the classroom 
  • Additional qualifications and experience  
  • Additional requirements that are outside of the regular OCT qualifications
  • Consideration of early career educators

What You Need to Apply

When applying to HWDSB through www.applytoeducation.com, your application package must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resumé
  • Practicum Assessments or Principal Evaluations
  • Copy of Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification (where possible).

Interview Method

Currently all panel interviews are conducted via Microsoft Teams. For support with Teams, please visit our Support for Using Digital Tools.

Secondary Teachers

At HWDSB, we have a mission: to provide the right education so each student grows into a lifelong learner who contributes to a changing, diverse world. We have more than 7,000 employees and every one of them contributes to our student achievement in their own way.

We are proud of our staff and we celebrate their work as well as their outside accomplishments. HWDSB is looking for staff who want to grow as professionals and as leaders. Our Human Resources Department offers tremendous supports such as training, in-services and mentoring. HWDSB also believes in a healthy workplace, and is always looking for ways to create a positive, supportive workplace.

Qualifications 

  • Ministry Requirements as outlined in the Education Act
  • Candidates must be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (in good standing). New graduates pending OCT certification are welcome to apply!  
  • Professional skills and attitudes including lived experiences, skill sets, backgrounds and varied work experience that may be considered valuable to the position 
  • Ability to speak multiple languages in addition to English in French is considered an asset
  • Working with diverse communities locally or abroad 
  • Ability to lead a school band, theatre arts, lead extracurricular activities, etc. as needed 
  • Professional experience outside of the classroom 
  • Additional qualifications and experience  
  • Additional requirements that are outside of the regular OCT qualifications
  • Consideration of early career educators

What You Need to Apply

When applying to HWDSB through www.applytoeducation.com, your application package must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resumé
  • Practicum Assessments or Principal Evaluations
  • Copy of Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification (where possible).

Interview Method

A traditional question and answer interview will be conducted through Microsoft Teams with a panel of Secondary and/or System Principals. For support with Teams, please visit our Support for Using Digital Tools.

French Teachers (Elementary & Secondary)

At HWDSB, we have a mission: to empower students to learn and grow to their full potential in a diverse world. We have more than 5,000 staff and each one contributes in their own way to student learning and achievement.

How to Apply

Why Teach French at HWDSB?

We are proud of our staff and it shows as we celebrate their work and their outside accomplishments. We encourage staff to grow as professionals and as leaders. Our Human Resources Department offers tremendous supports such as training, in-services and mentoring. HWDSB makes positive culture a top priority and is always looking for ways to foster a healthy and supportive workplace.

HWDSB is an anglophone school board that offers two French programs. Our Core French program begins in Grade 4, with approximately 40 minutes of instruction per class per day. Our French Immersion program begins in Grade 1, with students receiving a minimum of approximately 85 per cent of instruction in French. Our FI program continues into secondary at two sites, we offer a wide range of courses including Math, Science, Geography and History. The FI program at HWDSB is a growing program with sites across the district.

Find more information about our French as a Second Language program.

Online Information Sessions

We offer online sessions on a regular basis to answer questions candidates may have about the hiring process. We encourage candidates to familiarize themselves with the sections on this web page. 

Session Details

  • Online Application Process
  • French Language Assessment
  • The Interview and Selection of French Candidates
  • Professional Learning and Resources

Professional & Administrative Staff

At HWDSB we welcome a wide variety of professional and administrative staff opportunities. These roles are part of, but not limited to, the following divisions:

  • Business Services
  • Human Resource Services
  • Information & Instructional Technology 
  • Research and Analytics
  • Human Rights Office
  • Facilities Operations
  • Indigenous Education
  • Specialized Services

We encourage all interested candidates to learn more about our professional and administrative opportunities through our job postings on Apply to Education.

Educational Assistants

As a member of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, HWDSB is looking for candidates who will provide a range of supportive interventions for students who exhibit self-regulation, social, emotional, physical, and/or medical needs.  

Your diploma as an Educational Assistant, Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Services Worker, or Social Service Worker is supported by cultural and ability sensitivity, related experience supporting individuals with special needs, and the ability to perform physical tasks including dressing, feeding, lifting/re-positioning, transfers, toileting, and diapering.  You also have training in one or more of the following areas:  Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder, assistive technology, sign language, First Aid and CPR.

As an Educational Assistant, you will work on call in short-term and long-term assignments at multiple schools throughout the diverse communities of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board including Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton Downtown, Waterdown, Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Mount Hope, Binbrook, Stoney Creek and Winona. 

Qualifications 

  • Diploma as an Educational Assistant, Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Services Worker, or Social Service Worker 
  • Cultural and ability sensitivity
  • Related experience supporting individuals with special needs
  • The ability to perform physical tasks including dressing, feeding, lifting/re-positioning, transfers, toileting, and diapering
  • Training in one or more of the following areas:  Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder, assistive technology, sign language, First Aid and CPR.

A condition of employment requires that you pass the Board’s physical testing component. Additional information will be provided during the interview process.  

OCTU (Office, Clerical and Technical Employees)

At HWDSB there (number of positions) office, clerical and technical positions in our schools and administrative buildings. 

We have both 10 and 12 month roles to offer as part of casual, 10 month and 12 month contracts. 

As a Casual Clerical employee, you will work on call in short-term and/or long-term assignments at work sites throughout Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. On call assignments may involve working in schools or working in centralized departments such as payroll, human resource services, research, transportation, facilities and more. 

HWDSB is looking for the following from candidates:

  • Flexibility, adaptability, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Post-secondary education in a related field or equivalent relevant work experience is required
  • Superior written and oral communication abilities
  • Computer proficiency
  • Reliable transportation is essential.

Successful candidates become a member of union local OSSTF District 21 OCTU. This gives you access to internal job postings and opportunities for career advancement. OCTU permanent positions include a full benefits package, seniority and collective agreement protections.

Living Wage Employer

As part of HWDSB’s commitment to pay equity, the board is commented to being a Living Wage Employer. Different from minimum wage (which is the legislated minimum all employers must pay and is set by the provincial government), the Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN) calculates the rate based on major expenses like rent, transportation, childcare and food, as well as things like internet service and ‘modest’ recreational activities to determine the expenses to a family with two working adults and two children. The OLWN announced Hamilton’s living wage is now $17.20 per hour,

Principals and Vice Principals

Principal Selection Process

HWDSB is proud to be creating a diverse leadership pool of qualified candidates for future Elementary and Secondary Principal and Vice Principal positions. We invite applications from system leaders who are innovative, collaborative and change-focused through demonstrated practice of anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive approaches to leadership and have demonstrated the will and ability to confront and dismantle all forms of oppression to ensure students who are currently and historically underserved in our system can excel. Successful candidates to these administrative leadership pools will be placed on a ready list for a two-year period and may be assigned at any time.

We are committed to our Strategic Plan, system leaders should be exemplary educators who combine excellence in communication, a commitment to quality public education and a dedication to outstanding leadership.  Your competencies in the areas of decolonization, equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression are demonstrated through your consistent efforts to create culturally safe environments, to disrupt discrimination, and to dismantle racism and oppression. You must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers and be currently enrolled in the Principal’s Qualification Program Part One (placement pending successful completion of PQP Part One).  It is strongly recommended you have, at minimum, Special Education Part 1. 

Applications to Elementary and Secondary Principal and Vice Principal positions must include the following with their application:

  • Cover letter and resumé
  • Minimum of three professional references/mentors with email contact information and permission to contact references. It is recommended your current supervisor is included
  • Current OCT qualifications
  • Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) completed within the past three years (if a TPA has not been completed within the past three years, a letter of support from the principal mentor will be accepted)
  • Completed Leadership Experience Summary document (Link)
  • Three (3) references 

Promotion Process Preparation Sessions

When Elementary and Secondary Principal and Vice Principal postings are live, candidates can expect to hear more information about the information sessions HWDSB provides. More detailed timelines will be included in the posting on Apply to Education. Promotion Process Preparation Sessions run as follows. 

  • Session #1 / Promotion Process Preparation: An online overview of the process and requirements for both internal and external candidates will be provided. Candidates and mentors are welcomed to participate, however, not required. This virtual information session will be held via Microsoft Teams and all applicants are welcome to register.
  • Session #2 / Promotion Process Preparation:  An online overview of the process and requirements for both internal and external candidates will be provided. The primary focus will be the Leadership Experience Summary.  This virtual information session will be held via Microsoft Teams. 
  • Session #3 / Promotion Process Preparation: Candidates recommended for an interview will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a mock interview process, either online or in person.

Interviews

Principal and Vice Principal interviews are conducted in person with a panel. If you require an accommodation for your panel interview, please let us know and we will work with you to create a plan to accommodate your needs.


Current Opportunities

Manager, System Library Learning Commons

Posted on Jun 21,2022

Ending: 2022-07-04 16:00 EST/EDT

ESL and LINC Program Specialist

Posted on Jun 20,2022

Ending: 2022-07-01 16:00 EST/EDT

Safe Interventions and Violence Prevention Officer

Posted on Jun 17,2022

Ending: 2022-07-08 16:00 EST/EDT

Occupational Heath and Safety Officer

Posted on Jun 17,2022

Ending: 2022-07-08 16:00 EST/EDT

Labour Relations Officer - Human Resource Services

Posted on Jun 16,2022

Ending: 2022-07-04 16:00 EST/EDT

Casual Clerical

Posted on Jun 09,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Casual Educational Assistant

Posted on Jun 09,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Elementary Occasional Teachers

Posted on Jun 04,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Qualified French Elementary and Secondary Occasional Teachers

Posted on Jun 04,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Mohawk as a Second Language Teacher- Graduating students are eligible to apply

Posted on Jun 02,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Secondary Occasional Teachers - All Subjects and Qualifications

Posted on Jun 01,2022

Ending: Ongoing

UNCERTIFIED EMERGENCY CASUAL TEACHERS (ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY)

Posted on Jun 01,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Secondary Permanent - 4 lines - Mohawk Language - LMNAO/BO - 1 line in person and 1 line eLearning (BCSS Sem 1 and SWC Sem 2)

Posted on May 30,2022

Ending: Ongoing

Casual Assistant Caretaker

Posted on May 28,2022

Ending: Ongoing
Updated on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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