Guidance Officer - Cairns School of Distance Education

$126,644 - $128,884 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Cairns QLD, Australia
  • 13 Jan, 2022

Job Description

An exciting opportunity exists for a temporary Guidance Officer, to join the team at Cairns School of Distance Education. This opportunity will allow the successful applicant to provide professional expertise, leadership and support to the school community, while tailoring programs and plans for students, with a focus on preventative and early intervention strategies.

Position status Fixed Term Temporary Position type Full-time Occupational group Education & Training Classification Stream 2 /HO1 Workplace Location Cairns region Job ad reference QLD/FNR401531/22T Closing date 26-Jan-2022 Yearly salary $126644 - $128884 Fortnightly salary $4854.30 - $4940.10 Job duration Until 24 June 2022, unless otherwise determined Contact person Andrew Oliver Contact details 0467 773 345

About our school:

Catering for both home and school based learners from Prep to Year 12, Cairns School of Distance Education's culture is characterised by its diverse community, flexible curriculum and focus on innovation. We are committed to excellence in education for all students and have a strong focus on individualised learning, giving each student the opportunity to accelerate, be challenged and find a pathway to ensure their future success.
Cairns SDE provides a flexible teaching and learning environment where each student is supported to achieve their best. We offer academic programs based on the Australian Curriculum with lessons delivered through digital materials, phone lessons, web conferencing and face to face field opportunities.

Your opportunity:

As the Guidance Officer you will:

  • provide professional expertise, leadership and support to school communities and networks in the development and implementation of plans, programs, and procedures to assist students in achieving positive educational, developmental and lifelong learning outcomes
  • collaboratively negotiate, develop and implement programs for students that have a focus on preventative and early intervention strategies; are responsive to identified personal, social, emotional and educational needs; and aim to foster resilience and personal skills development.

Guidance Officers contribute towards, and are accountable for the provision of a comprehensive student support program that is responsive to the identified and changing needs of students. The program will be negotiated with and authorised by a line manager, usually the Principal.  Guidance Officers are required to provide this service in collaboration with other school based personnel and external support providers in a variety of educational contexts, including schools and alternative education programs. 

Guidance Officers are required to participate in regular clinical and technical supervision with a Senior Guidance Officer or their nominee, to ensure the provision of ongoing professional support and development.

Your role:

As the Guidance Officer you will have responsibility for the following:

  • Advocate, provide counselling, psychoeducational assessment and individual student support, recommendations and advice to students, teachers and parents concerning educational, behavioural, career development, mental health and family issues.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team and facilitate effective working relationships and partnerships with parents, school personnel and external support agencies in order to provide a comprehensive support, case management and referral service that optimises students' access and engagement in educational programs.
  • Provide a counselling and referral service to assist students in decision making about critical educational, personal, social, emotional and career development, and provide ongoing support during the implementation phase of their decision.
  • Conduct activities such as student observation and psychoeducational assessment in order to determine the nature of student learning difficulties, disability, developmental levels or psychological and emotional status in order to make recommendations for educational adjustments and interventions.
  • Assist schools in the implementation of student protection, gifted and talented education, behaviour support policies and risk management processes that may involve the development of individualised student plans, including Educational Support Plans. 
  • Provide specific support in secondary schools that may include involvement in the process of Senior Education and Training (SET) planning, career development and future pathway options counselling. 
  • Balance the ethical issues of privacy and confidentiality for each student with the appropriateness of sharing information with others, and maintain a comprehensive and professional record keeping system that complies with policy and legal requirements of parental and legal access to official records.
  • Participate in relevant professional development, and prepare and implement professional and personal skill development programs and in service activities for administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Provide leadership and specialised support in response to student protection issues; critical incidents and emergencies; and the transition of students into alternative education programs, and their reintegration back into mainstream schooling.
  • Guidance Officers (Intensive Behaviour Support) work collaboratively with other school based support personnel to assess and address the needs of students requiring the most intensive behaviour support

What you need to succeed:

The ideal applicant will be someone who has the following key capabilities:

  • Capacity to provide leadership that enables the effective delivery of whole-of-school educational programs and services that support the inclusion of all students.
  • Capacity for effective counselling and individual case management involving a multidisciplinary approach, within an environment of competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to develop and sustain productive relationships within and beyond the school community.
  • Capacity to develop and implement student support programs and services for students with high support needs that reflect best practice and that align with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively respond to sensitive and complex student issues within an ethical framework.

A mandatory requirement of this role is:

  • Current full registration as a teacher in Queensland. For more information please CLICK HERE.
  • Teachers working in Education and Care Services (including State Delivered Kindergarten programs) require an exemption card issued by Blue Card Services. For more information please CLICK HERE.

AND one of the following:

  • Completed coursework Masters, majoring in guidance and counselling, or an equivalent completed coursework Masters including study in the areas of psychoeducational assessment, counselling and mental health. OR
  • General or provisional registration as a psychologist through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Psychology Board. OR
  • an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four or five year qualification in psychology that will enable general registration as a psychologist following completion of a board approved internship or accredited sequence of study.

To apply please attach the following:

  • A brief resume including contact details for 2 referees (one of whom should be your current supervisor)
  • Using the ideal applicant information as a guide, applicants are to demonstrate their capacity in this role in no more than 2 pages.

Applications remain current for 12 months from the closing date and may be considered for appointment to identical or similar vacancies within the Department.

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Workers in education settings, including schools, early childhood and care services (such as kindergartens and childcare centres) or Outside School Hours Care, will need to have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 17 December 2021, and the second dose by 11:59pm on 23 January 2022.

To ensure the Department of Education is complying with this requirement applicants may be required to supply supporting evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination for employment to any roles in the designated categories. Please visit the Department of Education COVID-19 website for further information. Department of Health information page for further information about obtaining your COVID-19 vaccination certificate.