Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS677455
This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 2, 2021
Are you passionate about supporting students with special needs?
Kenwick School is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Education Assistant – Special Needs - Lead to join their team of dedicated staff.
The successful applicant will be a highly competent and experienced Education Assistant with a passion for working with students with special needs. The priorities and goals of this position are to assist students to reach their full potential through the development of their academic, physical and social skills. As the Education Assistant – Lead you will lead, mentor, coach and model good practice to other Education Assistants. The successful applicant will be required to work under limited guidance and is expected to participate collaboratively within a team environment, offering advice and expertise in the support of students presenting with educational risk.
Applicants that are highly experienced in consulting with teachers, parents/caregivers and school psychologists or relevant professionals to contribute to the design and implementation of behaviour management plans and other documented plans will be highly regarded, as will applicants that are proficient with the Disability Resourcing System and can work closely with the school to submit applications for eligible special needs students. Key responsibilities will include assisting in the performance development and operational management of Education Assistants.
Kenwick School is a government Level 4 Education Support School serving approximately 90 students. The school serves a large catchment area from Byford to Kenwick and from Roleystone to Thornlie.
The school purpose is to ensure that all Kenwick School students develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to achieve their potential and contribute to society. Students are aged from 4 to 18 years, from Kindergarten to Year 13, and have a diverse range of support needs and abilities. Students have mild/moderate to profound intellectual disabilities. Some students have severe and multiple disabilities, challenging behaviours, while others have vision and hearing impairments.
The school has an oval, a new playground for different age groups and several toilets designed to meet the needs of students, including those with multiple physical handicaps. The school also has a basketball/volleyball court, a fenced garden for student gardening projects and an indoor heated swimming pool. Other school facilities include a teacher resource room, a physiotherapy treatment room/mini gym for use by students, a fully equipped kitchen for student cooking sessions, a laundry for home care skills, an indoor/outdoor recreation room which is used for motor programs and school assemblies, a Multi-Sensory Environment Room for sensory activities and a nurses' office and treatment area.
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 (selection criteria):
- 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 (selection criteria) 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 Kenwick School can be found by visiting Schools Online.
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For further job related information:
Please contact Deborah Teakel, Manager Corporate Services, by telephoning (08) 6216 4100 or 0414 400 232 during school holidays or emailing Deborah.Teakel@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.
Your application should include:
- A statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
- A CV outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
- 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.
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; and
- Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.
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) Thursday, 22 April 2021.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.