Department of Education
Independent Public School - North Metropolitan Education Region
Alkimos College
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Level 2/3, $28.00 - $32.50 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS645432

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2021.

Alkimos College is seeking an experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic Education Assistant - Special Needs - Specialised Learning Program, to assist with developing and supporting our students living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The successful applicant will support a Specialised Learning Program for students with ASD and as such will have a sound understanding of ASD; combined with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with teachers, parents/carers and fellow Education Assistants. You will support teachers to implement evidence-based practice and pedagogy, to meet the needs of students with ASD (without an intellectual disability), in the program, as well as assist teachers in mainstream classes.

In collaboration with teachers, the suitable applicant will implement highly personalised learning plans to facilitate access to age-appropriate curriculum. Under limited direction, you will implement evidence-based individualised programs that improve academic engagement, organisational skills, social thinking, peer relationships and self-regulation skills.

About Us

Located in the northern suburb of Alkimos with sweeping ocean views, Alkimos College opened in 2020 with our foundation Year 7 cohort of 176 students, providing local intake area students with access to an exceptional secondary education in world-class learning facilities. Each year we will add an additional cohort, until we reach our full complement of Year 7 - 12 in 2025.

Stage 1 buildings include administration, student services, library, gymnasium, staff fitness centre, food studios, cafeteria, technologies, general classrooms, specialist science laboratories, nature play area and the Specialised Autism Program classroom and Homeroom. Shared oval and community facilities with the City of Wanneroo will be available via the adjacent Halesworth Park precinct in 2021.

Stage 2 will include a performing arts centre, dance studio, media studio, music studio, lecture theatre, additional student services and general classrooms.

The college places a high priority on professional learning, with a focus on a whole of college instructional framework as part of our ‘Alkimos Approach.’ A commitment to self-reflection and growth is vital. The college uses a coaching framework for all planning, review, performance development and classroom observation and feedback.

Staff are expected to embrace technology and innovation and enhance their skills with technology to improve work practices. Teaching staff are provided with a college iPad for use. The college has a current device ratio of 2:1 for students with a range of devices available to suit the learning required. This includes Surface Go laptops, iPads, Macs, PCs.

Alkimos College has high expectations of the student cohort to ensure all students are well prepared for their future, and have the opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to achieve their potential. This is complemented by a strong focus on student engagement and mental health and wellbeing.

Alkimos College is only one of eight secondary schools chosen to have a Specialised Autism Learning Program. The college also has an academic extension pathway and a bespoke, explicitly taught wellbeing program.

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):

  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including report writing and the ability to effectively interact with students with special needs and liaise with parents, teachers and community members and assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute to a professional team and provide advice and evaluation in the development of education programs, including special education and therapy programs, where they have been implemented.
  • Ability to assist professionals in the implementation and evaluation of education programs, including special education and, if required, occupational health and/or physiotherapy programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
  • Effective organisational skills that will assist in the delivery of effective education programs and subsequent feedback and evaluation to teachers or psychologists.
  • Ability to assist with the general health and wellbeing of students.

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 Alkimos College can be found by visiting  or Schools Online  

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information

Please contact Mauveen Titlestad, Program Coordinator Specialised Autism Learning Program, by telephoning (08) 9561 7300 or emailing  

During the school vacation period please contact Nancy McNally, Principal by telephoning 0416 078 550 or emailing

Application Instructions

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 maximum 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 four (4) pages 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
  • 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
  • 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) on Friday, 9 October 2020



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2020-10-09 4:30 PM