Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS588341
This is a six (6) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 3, 2019 with possible extension (12 months) and/or permanency
Durham Road School is seeking to appoint an Education Assistant – (Special Needs – Lead) to join their friendly team.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who will support teachers and/or interagency specialists to educate students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and sensory impairments. Education Assistants support the Department of Education's main objective of teaching and learning of students by assisting the teacher when delivering planned education programs and encouraging a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Education outcomes are determined by the teacher, or other professional, with the employee performing tasks which require discretion in problem solving, decision making, and choosing methods and processes to achieve outcomes. Performance of these tasks may require activities within or outside school that result in supervision of students without the presence of a teacher. It is desirable for applicants to be familiar with the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis and/or other relevant instructional methods.
The Education Assistant Special Needs - Lead ideally will perform the following duties; provides support and advice to schools and teachers on the management program of students at risk under supervision of the School Psychologist or relevant professional, assists teachers in delivering planned education programs, including the operation of computers and digital technologies, and implements individual student or small group programs or demonstrations, contributes to the design and implementation of documented plans in consultation with teachers, parents and School Psychologist or relevant professionals,
Other responsibilities includes maintaining records regarding implementation of documented plans in order to assess how educational programs fit in with the overall educational outcomes of the student, assists in the implementation of specialised education intervention programs such as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy, assists the teacher or therapist in understanding when there is communication difficulty between them and a student , provides feed-back on education and therapy programs and participates in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals in special education, assists with training students in the acquisition of self-management; for example, life-skills.
Durham Road School is located in Bayswater, with four off-site classrooms located in Embleton. We are a large education support school that caters to students aged between four and eighteen years. Our curriculum focuses on the areas of communication, human relationships (social skills, independent living skills and protective behaviours), functional academics, and preparing for life post-school. We actively engage our parent group in determining their child's priorities, through the Individual Education Planning process.
This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.
To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements:
- considerable knowledge and understanding of the delivery of education programs and/or behaviour management plans; and ability to identify problems and assist teachers and other Education Assistants in the development of strategies and solutions.
- well developed oral communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to lead, mentor, coach, induct and train other Education Assistants and professional teams, including providing advice and evaluating education programs.
- well developed written communication skills, including report writing, and the ability to coordinate, collect and present student data at a whole school community level in a meaningful way.
- well developed organisational skills, including the ability to coordinate staff rosters and relief to assist in the delivery of effective education programs.
Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.
The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.
Further information about Durham Road School can be found by visiting Schools Online.
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For further job related information
Please contact Sharon Whiteford, Manager Corporate Services by telephoning (08) 9271 0422 or emailing Sharon.Whiteford@education.wa.edu.au.
During the vacation period please contact Sharon Whiteford on 0419 951 941.
All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.
Your application should include:
- A page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements, in context of the role and business needs of the school;
- A CV of up to outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position; and
- The contact details for two (2) work related referees (one being your current line manager).
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.
You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.
After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.
If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.
Eligibility and training requirements
Employees will be required to:
- obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment;
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
- complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.
Education Assistants working with Kindergarten students may be required to have, or be actively working towards, a Certificate lll in Education Support (or approved equivalent) in order to meet the educator-to-student ratio outlined in the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care.
Approved equivalent qualifications are published by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Monday, 22 July 2019
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.