Advertised Vacancy Number SS/SS879825
Coolbellup Community School 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 the 2024 school year and up to the end of Term 1, 2025. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2024 school year, up to the end of Term 1, 2025.
Coolbellup Community School are looking for dedicated and compassionate Special Needs Education Assistants to join our team.
Suitable applicants will, under teacher direction, assist in the implementation of specialised education programs such as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy programs. You will also provide feedback on education and therapy programs and participate in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals in special education.
We are ideally seeking high-quality and qualified Education Assistants who are enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching and supporting students with Autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, and challenging behaviours.
Applicants with a Certificate 3 or 4 in Special Needs and experience working in an education support specific setting are highly desirable. Applicants should be able to work with a range of student cohorts, including homogenous ability groups and cross-set multi-age groups.
Experience in managing difficult behaviour and knowledge of Team Teach is also desirable. The ability to work with students using a range of Alternative Augmentative Communication Devices and/or AUSLAN/Key Word Sign is preferred. The ability to work effectively with a team is the key to success in this role.
Coolbellup Learning Centre is an Education Support school that provides specialist teaching and learning programs for children with disabilities and other high support needs. Catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, we provide tailored individualised educational programs for children with diverse needs such as intellectual disability, Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
We teach small classes. Our focus is on communication, academic success and providing basic functional skills to aid our student’s independence. Each class is staffed with two or three assistants, to ensure our students have the support they need. Our teachers and staff are experts in special needs education and work in partnership with families and service agencies to provide the best support possible for all students attending our school.
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 Coolbellup Community School can be found by visiting www.coolbellupcs.wa.edu.au/ or Schools Online or by downloading the relevant attachment below.
For further job related information:
Please contact Ray Knight, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9487 9500 or emailing Ray.Knight@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 two to three (2-3) 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 two (2) 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;
- consent to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and obtain a current Screening Clearance Number issued by the Department of Education’s Screening Unit 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 the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment and every three years thereafter;
- complete the Department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online course within 3 months of commencement;
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.
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 Wednesday, 21 February 2024
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.