Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS824021
This is a permanent full time position commencing ASAP
Looking to make a difference in the lives of young people? Seeking diversity in your role as a psychologist? Want to join an enthusiastic and supportive team? Looking for adventure and an amazing lifestyle? Make the move to the Pilbara and join our established team of school psychologists.
The Pilbara Education Region seeks a highly motivated and committed school psychologist to deliver psychological services and support to schools and students in and around the town of Port Hedland. The successful applicant will join a dynamic and vibrant regional team, ranging from early career psychologists through to highly experienced psychologists and supervisors. This position will work with our Hedland team of psychologists to provide services to the Hedland network of schools, which includes Hedland SHS, four town primary schools, three remote primary schools and one school of the air.
In 2023, we welcomed four new psychologists to the Pilbara team, and you could be the fifth. You'll be part of the team based in the second largest town in the region - Port Hedland, famous for its massive resource industry, but just as well known for its rich Indigenous culture, pioneering history and wildlife, with whale watching and observing turtle-nesting common past times. The team is professionally supported by two lead school psychologists, Stephen Galbraith and Claire Lea.
The Pilbara Education Region covers the Indian Ocean coastline through the Hamersley Range and out to the Great Sandy Desert, with an expansive and varied landscape that includes the amazing Karajini National Park, Dampier Archipelago, Millstream National Park, Point Sampson Peninsula, Mount Jarndunmunha, Mackeral Islands, Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve, and 80 Mile Beach. The Pilbara team is spread over four locations - Karratha, Hedland, Newman and Tom Price, and are in place to meet the needs of 9,643 students across 29 public schools.
The school psychologist is responsible for delivering direct psychological services to identified clients, applying psychological skills and knowledge to improve mental health, learning and behavioural outcomes for students in collaboration with school personnel, parents, caregivers and other agencies. They will assist with the development and implementation of school-based support services and planning and operate as a member of a collaborative regional school psychology team.
The successful applicant will have strong organisational, communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with staff, students, parents and the wider community. They will ideally have a commitment to their own professional growth and development, and the ability to work together with the school administration to develop whole school initiatives to enhance the wellbeing of all members of the school community.
Benefits and support
Based in the town of Port Hedland, this position attracts a range of professional and personal benefits including:
- salary range between:
- $83,312 - $92,272 (provisional)
- $96,747 - $134,404 (general registration)
- Additional financial incentives:
- Locality allowance of $3,976
- A school psychologist attraction and retention incentive of $10,210, approved to 31 December 2024
- Note that these additional payments are gross, per annum amounts, and will be adjusted for tenure and work fraction.
- eight weeks’ vacation leave (aligned with school holidays)
- 10.5 percent employer contributions to superannuation
- up to 15 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave
- subsidised accommodation
- air-conditioning and gas subsidy
- two annual travel concessions (return to Perth or equivalent)
- relocation support (intra and interstate).
- Psychology Board of Australia approved supervision (if required) and access to our highly regarded Induction Program over two years
- professional leadership and support
- an opportunity to work with culturally diverse populations
- the chance to be part of your local community and make a real difference in the lives of young people
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):
- Ability to implement school psychology services and programs in an educational environment to maximise student learning outcomes.
- Knowledge of the implementation and evaluation of a variety of psychological approaches appropriate for individual, group and system-level intervention.
- High level written and oral communication skills, demonstrating the capacity to produce correspondence, reports and case notes, and interview and training (facilitation) skills.
- Highly developed interpersonal skills, which demonstrate an ability to function in a self-directed way, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, working with a range of clients across the lifespan, Department personnel and inter-agency partners across a variety of contexts.
- Ability to apply analytical and conceptual skills to issues identification, risk assessment and analysis, intervention and evaluation.
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.
For further job related information:
Please contact Stephen Galbraith, Lead School Psychologist – Pilbara Education Region by telephoning 0436 679 058 or emailing email@example.com
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 two (2) 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:
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
- hold or be eligible for provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
- 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 and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online course within 3 months of commencement
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.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 20 June 2023.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.