Advertised Vacancy Number: Pool Ref DOE845953
The South Metropolitan Regional Education Office are seeking to establish a pool for appointments fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2024 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2024 school year.
As a Lead School Psychologist in South Metropolitan Education Region you will be part of a self-directed, collaborative team and directly accountable to the Director of Schools. You will also be professionally accountable to the Chief Psychologist. Your practice will be guided and directed by Departmental policies and guidelines and the Psychology Board of Australia’s professional standards.
There are over 270 public schools located in the South Metropolitan Education Region, which encapsulates an area from the City of Fremantle, along the Swan River to the City of Belmont, extending to the eastern most point of the City of Armadale and south to the Shire of Waroona. It essentially covers the southern side of the Perth metropolitan area and is the largest education region by student enrolments. You can find out more about the schools in this region, via Schools Online.
In this role, you will be responsible for providing leadership and access to professional support and learning for all School Psychologists, including ensuring professional supervision for provisionally registered 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 service delivery (mental health and well-being, learning, behaviour, incident management and disability) will be required.
The suitable applicants will ensure effective deployment of School Psychologists and access to specialist school psychology resources as well as provide direct advice to the Director of Schools, Principals and the system in the assessment and response to complex issues and situations, including emergency and 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.
As the suitable applicants, you will be capable of developing a team of school psychologists, lead the professional development and ensure practice standards of psychologists with a range of experience from Advanced Skills Schools Psychologist (ASSP) and Senior Psychologist to provisionally registered and new to the Department of Education. The region supports an ongoing number of provisionally registered psychologists requiring Lead School Psychologists to play a critical role in the supervision process.
Advanced Skills School Psychologist status is highly desirable but not required for appointment to the pool.
To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work-related requirements (selection criteria):
The criteria align with Phase 3 described in the Competency Framework for School Psychologists.
- Demonstrated highly proficient skills and the application of scientific practitioner models that contribute to system-level understandings and decision making.
- Demonstrated application of exemplary specialist knowledge and skills and the provision of leadership in the development of programs and interventions.
- Demonstrated ability to clarify and communicate complex concepts and provide feedback and critical evaluation on the school psychology profession, system policy, direction and operation.
- Demonstrated leadership of strategic partnerships to build capacity, influence systemic policy and undertake interventions and prevention programs.
- Demonstrated 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 (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 Leeanne Mitsopoulos, Lead School Psychologist 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.
Your application should include:
- A five (5) 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 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 3 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 6 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 Friday, 13 October 2023
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.