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February

Job Title : Education Assistant - Special Needs

STATE GOVERNMENT OF WA - Warnbro, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
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JOB DESCRIPTION

Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS662707

Appointment Pool

Koorana Education Support Centre (ESC) are seeking to establish a pool for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2021 school year and up to the end of Term 1, 2022. 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.

We are looking for extraordinary people who are keen to join a dedicated and passionate team who put the needs of students with disability first. As a team player who embraces hard work and collaboration you will create the required learning environment to encourage all of our students to reach their potential as embodied in our school motto, “Koorana Kids Can!”. In consort with the classroom teacher, our Special Needs Education Assistants are highly trained and skilled to design, implement and evaluate programs for students with intellectual disability, sensory impairment, physical disabilities, challenging behaviour and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The ability to demonstrate knowledge and applied experience in the use of evidence based programs to support learning for students with disability including the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Discrete Trial Training, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), Team Teach, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related Handicapped Children), Sounds Write, Sensory Diets and Augmentative and Alternative (AAC) systems is highly desirable.

Skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) would be preferred and the physical capacity to work in a play based environment and undertake supervision of students with challenging behaviours is an integral part of the role.

All of our teaching and learning programs focus on a functional, relevant, engaging curriculum which improves students' independence skills in preparation for high school. Our high ratio of staff to students ensures that teaching and learning is highly individualised. The student is at the centre of all we do, we aim to work with therapists, families and caregivers to provide a balanced program which focuses on the whole child, meeting their academic, social and emotional needs.

Suitable applicants will recognise the importance of building relationships, with their students and their families, their school colleagues and leadership. They will be motivated and supported at all levels to achieve excellence in their role with self-reflection and self-improvement a priority of the school.

The school is situated in Warnbro in the City of Rockingham, approximately 55 kilometres from Perth and caters for students with special educational needs and disabilities from Kindergarten to Year 6. Koorana ESC is co-located within Koorana Primary School and shares a P&C, library and whole school events.

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 the education program, 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 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 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 Koorana Education Support Centre can be found by visiting www.kooranaesc.wa.edu.auor Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:

Please contact Melissa Sarich, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9523 7999 or emailing Melissa.Sarich@education.wa.edu.au.

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 statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
  • A CV 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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

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.

TRAINING

Employees will be required to:

  • Complete the Department’s induction program within three (3) 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 (6) 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 Wednesday, 24 February 2021

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.