Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE635125
This is a fifteen (15) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 4, 2020 with possible extension six (6) months and/or permanency.
The South Metropolitan Education Region is seeking to appoint a dedicated and dynamic Lead School Psychologist. In joining a large team of LSP’s who work in a collaborative, self-managing environment; the successful applicant will have demonstrated effective team work and collaboration skills across a range of settings. The successful applicant will also be able to engage with strategic planning, take a lead role in a portfolio area, and create collaborative, cross regional relationships. The position may be based at Bentley Primary School, in the LSP Hub, though other locations in the region may be negotiated.
As a Lead School Psychologist in South Metro you will be school based, part of a self-directed, collaborative team and directly accountable to the Regional Executive Director. You will also be professionally accountable to the Manager, School Psychology Service. Your practice will be guided and directed by Departmental policies and guidelines and the Psychology Board of Australia’s professional standards. The Lead School Psychologist provides leadership and access to professional support and learning for all school psychologists, including ensuring professional supervision for provisionally registered psychologists to achieve standards outlined in the Competency Framework for School Psychologists. The position assures the quality of all school psychologists’ practice meets the professional standards of the Department and the Psychology Board of Australia and also leads in the provision of contemporary psychological practices. Broad experience and capacity to provide leadership across all core areas of the service (mental health, learning, behaviour and disability) will be advantageous.
The successful applicant will ensure effective deployment of school psychologists and access to specialist school psychology resources as well as provide direct advice to the Regional Executive Director, Principals and the system in the assessment and response to complex issues and situations, including emergency and critical incident management. You will also provide leadership in the development and implementation of appropriate programs, interventions and evaluations at all levels, including facilitation of systemic change and provide critical evaluation on issues impacting on the School Psychology Service.
The South Metropolitan Education Region encapsulates an area along the coast from the City of Fremantle, along the Swan River to the City of Belmont, through the hills taking in the Shire of Kalamunda, extending to the eastern most point of the City of Armadale and southern most point to the Shire of Waroona, back to the coast in the city of Mandurah. The Regional office is located in Fremantle. The Region ranges from suburban to semi-rural and rural land and essentially covers the southern side of the Perth metro area. There are 264 public schools located in the South Metropolitan Education Region in 2020. This includes 182 primary schools, 44 Secondary Schools, 28 Education Support Centres, and 3 Language Development Centres. At times you may be required to assist psychologists and principals in locations across the South Metropolitan Education Region as the need arises.
The successful applicant will be capable of engaging collaboratively with a large leadership team, developing a team of school psychologists and lead the professional development and practice standards of psychologists with a range of experience from ASSP and Senior Psychologist to newly provisionally registered. A strong commitment to progressing regional priorities whilst maintaining flexibility and responsiveness to required tasks will be advantageous. The region supports a significant number of provisionally registered psychologists requiring all LSP’s to play a role in the supervision 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:
- Highly-proficient skills and the application of scientific practitioner models that contribute to system-level understandings and decision making.
- Application of exemplary specialist knowledge and skills and the provision of leadership in the development of programs and interventions.
- Ability to clarify and communicate complex concepts and provide feedback and critical evaluation on the school psychology profession, system policy, direction and operation.
- Leadership of strategic partnerships to build capacity, influence systemic policy and undertake interventions and prevention programs.
- Leadership and engagement in a variety of professional activities that indicate critical self-reflection, flexibility, exemplary practice and the development of learning communities.
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.
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For further job related information:
Please contact Leeanne Mitsopoulos by telephoning 0400 885 639 or emailing Leeanne.Mitsopoulos@education.wa.edu.au
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.
You are required to attach a personal resume and covering letter outlining your skills and experiences in relation to the position. 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.
Employees will be required to:
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
- obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment;
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check; and
- hold an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification which entitles general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA); and
- hold a recognised qualification in teaching (minimum one year); or
- hold a Graduate Diploma in School Psychology (or equivalent), or
- have undertaken a minimum placement of 40 days in the school education sector as part of higher degree studies in psychology; or
- have worked a minimum of three years full-time (or equivalent part-time) as a school psychologist (or equivalent position).
Employees are required to have achieved Advanced Skills School Psychologist status for permanent appointment to this position.
Information about registration with the Psychology Board of Australia can be obtained by calling 1300 419 495 or by visiting www.psychologyboard.gov.au. Please see the Department’s Careers website for the support provided to graduate school psychologists undertaking provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Employees will be required to:
- 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.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Friday, 31 July 2020
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED