Department of Education
Student Support Services - Statewide Services
School Of Special Education Needs: Sensory
Youth Transition Officer - Alternative Learning Settings
Pool Ref SS/SS647329
Level 4, $75,305 - $79,358 per annum (DOE (SSO) CA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number SS/SS647329

Appointment Pool

Are you a passionate team player who strives to enhance student educational outcomes?

Are you looking for a rewarding challenge supporting students at educational risk?

The Alternative Learning Settings is seeking to establish a pool of Youth Transition Officer for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2021 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2021 school year, up to the end of Term 1, 2022.

Alternative Learning Settings is a new program established in early 2019 targeting a specific cohort of students, those who have demonstrated signs of physical aggressions and will benefit from a short term intervention program. The Alternative Learning Settings deliver specialised educational activities and learning programs that build students’ social skills and self-regulation. The program will have the capacity to provide access to specialists such as clinical psychologists or consultation with paediatricians and psychiatrists.

As a youth transitions officers your demonstrated communication skills and ability to work as part of a cohesive team to support the transitions of students will be highly valued. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated professional work ethic and the ability to connect with youth at risk while maintaining professional boundaries when providing individualised case coordination and access to support service. Demonstrated experience in student case brokerage and referrals for 10 to 18-year-old students transitioning to and from schools, alternative education programs and outreach centres will be highly desirable.

Suitable applicants will possess knowledge and understanding of youth, education and training services, particularly in relation to at risk 10 to 18 year olds. Suitable applicants will demonstrate the ability to research, develop, implement and monitor high quality plans to allow young people to access appropriate pathways to a range of training and employment options where appropriate. Alternative Learning Settings staff benefit from working in a collaborative team environment, sharing common goals and resources in supporting students, schools and parents across a state-wide service, therefore it is essential be able to demonstrate your ability to be a functional team member.

The Alternative Learning Setting will provide Youth Transition Officers with the excellent opportunity to be part of a multi-skilled team focused on a student centred model of support.  Successful applicants will work as part of a team in locations throughout North Metropolitan, South Metropolitan and Southwest Education Regions with possible expansion during 2021. Each setting will be staffed by a team of teachers with support from a youth transition officer, a student support officer and a school psychologist.

It would be desirable for successful applicants to have experience and credibility in student engagement and transitions, case management, a background in student support and current professional learning, or the capacity to undertake targeted professional learning, in areas such as de-escalation, team teach, circle of courage, functional behaviour analysis and trauma-informed practice.

All functions of Statewide Services support successful outcomes for all students. This is achieved through a focus on better integration of services with schools, students, families and external service providers; supporting schools and networks of schools to deliver high quality teaching and learning in every classroom; and creating expanded opportunities for students to develop the academic, personal and social competencies they will need to participation in the workforce and society of the future.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements (selection criteria):

  • Knowledge and understanding of youth, education and training services, particularly in relation to at risk 10 to 18 year olds.
  • Well-developed conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to identify and clarify issues and problems and generate strategies to address them.
  • Well-developed organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines and work autonomously and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Skills and experience in working with individuals or small groups of students experiencing difficulties.
  • Well-developed oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, negotiate and resolve conflict.

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 SSEN: Sensory can be found by visiting or Schools Online.

For further job related information

Please contact Dave Dennis, Associate Principal by telephoning 0449 278 889 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 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 (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:

  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.


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; and
  • 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, 16 October 2020



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 0.2-1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2020-10-16 4:30 PM