Guidance Officer - Norfolk Island Central School

$126,644 - $128,884 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Norfolk Island
  • 04 May, 2022

Job Description

From 2022, the Queensland Department of Education commenced delivery of educational services on Norfolk Island on behalf of the Australian Government. We are looking for an experienced and highly capable Guidance Officer to complement the existing workforce from 2022. As Norfolk Island is a very close knit community you will not only be a critical part of the success of the school, but be able to demonstrate commitment to supporting strong community engagement activities. The successful applicant will contribute towards and be accountable for the provision of a comprehensive student support program that is responsive to the identified and changing needs of students enrolled at the school.

Position status Permanent
Position type Full-time
Occupational group Education & Training
Classification Stream 2 /HO1
Workplace Location Other - Outside Qld
Job ad reference QLD/DSR418215/22P
Closing date 18-May-2022
Yearly salary $126644 - $128884
Fortnightly salary $4854.30 - $4940.10
Job duration  
Contact person Debbie Hails
Contact details 0409 498 662

About our school:

Norfolk Island Central School is located on Norfolk Island, approximately 1400km east of Byron Bay in the South Pacific. The school is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia and has operated as a NSW Department of Education school up until the Queensland Department of Education commences delivery of educational services from 2022. There has been a high quality delivery of educational services for the approximately 300 students in P-12.

Our school motto is Play the Game, and we take great pride in delivering quality educational and wellbeing outcomes for our students. The game we play is underpinned by our school values of respect, responsibility, resilience and honesty. Our school works in partnership with our community to provide a broad ranging curriculum encompassing educational, sporting and cultural experiences. Norfolk Island's unique historical traditions are valued, and we support the maintenance of Norfolk Island culture for future generations through the teaching of Norf'k Language and Culture in K-7 and a cultural camp in Year 9.

Staff work with significant levels of dedication and commitment, to serve our students and community. The staff collectively drive ongoing improvements through a focus on leadership for collaborative practice in assessment as well as in data skills and use. We strive to embed a culture of Instructional Leadership that will assist all stakeholders in moving forward.

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.

Please note that this position will be a permanent position in the Darling Downs South West Region, with a Relieve at Level at Norfolk Island Central School for the remainder of the 2022 school year, unless otherwise determined.

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:

To join the teaching and leadership team in the role of Guidance Officer, the following knowledge, skills and attributes will be essential:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build authentic connections with students, parents, and community to strengthen a culture of productive educational partnerships to enhance learning, wellbeing, attendance, and engagement for all students.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Highly desirable: A minimum of two years full time, or equivalent teaching experience; current membership of the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association (QGCA).

A mandatory requirement of this role is:

  • Current full registration or current provisional registration with eligibility for 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.

Interested? To apply:

  • Attach a brief resume including contact details for 2 referees (one of whom should be your current supervisor)
  • Attach a maximum 2 page written response outlining your suitability for the role and the critical capabilities you bring to Norfolk Island Central School. Please frame this in the context of the information included in the attached role description particularly the key capabilities under the "How you will be assessed" section and the "Your role" and "Your opportunity" sections. (Do not respond to individual criteria).
  • Please note: Engagement in this position is subject to the person fully satisfying the COVID-19 vaccination requirements outlined in the attached Candidate Information Fact Sheet 2022. Applicants are asked to submit evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination with their application.

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.