Education Assistant - Special Needs

$31.50 - $33.09 hourly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Maddington WA 6109, Australia
  • 06 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Department of Education
South Metropolitan Education Region
Maddington Education Support Centre
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Pool Ref SS/SS674773
Level 3, $31.50 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)
Advertised Vacancy Number SS/SS674773
Appointment Pool

Maddington Education Support Centre (ESC) is seeking to establish a pool of dedicated Education Assistants – Special Needs 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 2, 2022. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2021 school year, up to the end of Term 2, 2022.

As an Education Assistant – Special Needs you will assist the teacher with the implementation and delivery of specialised educational programs. You will also assist with implementing individual student or small group programs. You may also be required to provide feedback on education and therapy programs and participate in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals in special education. Suitable applicants should demonstrate initiative and the ability to take small groups of children for explicit instruction to scaffold or extend their learning.

The ability to be flexible, exercise initiative and work as part of a team is highly desirable. Suitable applicants should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to collaborate with teachers to create and maintain a supportive, inclusive education program to meet the specific needs of the students. A clear understanding and knowledge of behaviours associated with autism; anxiety disorders and ADHD is also highly desirable.

Experience in working with primary students with challenging behaviours, as well as current Team Teach qualifications to assist with these behaviours, is highly desirable. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with the teacher to create and maintain a supportive, inclusive education program to meet the specific needs of the students. You will need to be organised and able to use your initiative to assist the teacher with the general care and well-being of students and maintenance of the learning environment. It is desirable for applicants to have knowledge of or experience working with students with special needs in a mainstream environment.

Maddington Education Support Centre (ESC) demonstrates a calm, warm and caring environment where every child is valued and treated as an individual. We are a small, but growing school, sharing a site with Maddington Primary School.

We enrol Kindergarten to Year 6 students who have a diagnosis of an intellectual or intellectual/ physical disability and inclusive of Students on the Autism Spectrum or Global Development Delay with High Educational Needs. All students have been placed into Maddington ESC in accordance with Schools Resourcing procedures.

All our staff are highly specialised in all areas of education support. They design and develop various programs that cater for all our students' needs throughout the centre, including the implementation of programs from outside agencies. All our classrooms are set up in a highly structured and rotational routine to implement a modified TEACCH program. This program is highly beneficial for all students regardless of their diagnosis and is implemented four mornings a week for numeracy and literacy.

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 wellbeing 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 Maddington Education Support Centre can be found by visiting Schools Online.

For further job related information:
Please contact Joanne Markovic, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9205 5950 or 0417 173 485 or emailing Joanne.markovic@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 two (2) 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 two (2) 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.

ELIGIBILITY
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; and
  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.

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 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 Monday, 19 April 2021.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

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

ATTACHMENTS:

  • applicant resource - how to write a cv and covering letter nov18.pdf
  • applicant resource - information for applicants mar2020.pdf
  • jdf - education assistant - special needs - level 3.pdf

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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 0.1 - 1.0
LOCATION: Maddington
CLOSING DATE: 2021-04-19 4:30 PM