Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS810358
Aveley Secondary College (SC) is seeking to establish a pool of Special Needs Education Assistants for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during Semester 1 of the 2023 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2023 school year, up to the end of Term 2, 2023.
The role of an Education Assistant – Special Needs, is to support the schools main objective of teaching and learning of students through assisting teachers in delivering planned education programs and encouraging a supportive and inclusive learning environment; to meet our school moral purpose of success for every student - every day. suitable applicants will join our dedicated team of teaching and non-teaching staff and display a high level of interpersonal skills, be willing to work collaboratively and contribute as a part of this team and have the ability to build positive relationships with students, parents, staff and the wider community to meet the needs of the students. Suitable applicants will ideally be versatile and able to work well under pressure with limited supervision. Duties may require you to supervise students within or outside the school environment without the presence of a teacher.
Aveley SC has Education Assistants in two contexts – mainstream and in an endorsed Education Support program. Education Assistants need to be able to work across both contexts as required but are usually based in one school context.
Suitable applicants should be highly organised, use initiative and have a high level of interpersonal skills to enable them to work collaboratively with staff members to meet the needs of students. They will possess the knowledge and experience of working with students with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties and the ability to support student growth, both academically and socially, within the classroom setting. There is a strong focus on providing appropriate programs, curriculum and planning to meet student needs and building staff capacity.
The Education Support Program caters for students who have moderate to severe disabilities (Intellectual Disability, physical disability, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour and Autism Spectrum Disorder) often with comorbid medical conditions. Many have communication difficulties, and all students require highly differentiated curriculum, specialist teaching and learning programs linked to their Individual Education Plan and extensive adult support to access their learning programs and may be required to assist with daily living activities, such as feeding and toileting. Knowledge of Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH), Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN), Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) would be highly desirable.
To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work-related requirements (selection criteria):
- Good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact with students with special needs, parents, and teaching professionals on the provision of educational programs, and to assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
- Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team in the evaluation of educational programs, including special education and therapy programs where these have been implemented.
- Good organisational skills that will assist in the delivery and development of effective education programs to students and subsequent feedback to teaching professionals or psychologists.
- Ability to assist teachers or therapists in implementing educational programs, including special education and, should this be a requirement of the position, occupational and/or physiotherapy programs.
- Knowledge of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
- Ability to assist with general health and well-being of students.
Applications will be assessed against these work-related requirements (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 Aveley Secondary College can be found by visiting aveleysc.wa.edu.au or Schools Online.
Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.
For further job related information:
Please contact Jennifer Hood, Deputy Principal, by telephoning (08) 6296 1004 or emailing Jennifer.Hood@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 four (4) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
- A CV of up to three (3) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
- The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably 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.
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement.
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.
- complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.
- complete the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course; and
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.
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 Friday, 24 March 2023
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.