Speech Therapist (Ed Support Level 1-range 3)

Schools (Government)

Melbourne, VIC

Posted 4/16/2019

Location Profile

Manor Lakes P-12 College opened in 2009 and is located in Minindee Rd, Wyndham Vale. The college currently has an enrolment of 2200 students from P-12 and a similar enrolment is expected for 2020. The backgrounds of our students reflect both a cultural and socio-economic diversity. The college has a Student Family Occupation (SFO) of 0.552 which indicates that there is a level of disadvantage within our community. Approximately 16% of our student population come from a language background other than English.

The vision of Manor Lakes P-12 College is `Dream, Believe, Inspire'. The college aspires to create a vibrant and harmonious community of learners who have a confident belief in their ability to learn, grow and succeed.

The college is committed to providing specific programs and opportunities for learners within our Designated Neighbourhood Area. A deliberate and considered approach is taken in the development of personalised learning opportunities for all children at the college.

We are proud of the steady development of the college and the culture of learning that is being embedded. We strive to provide the best possible education for our students and support for our staff. Our philosophy ensures that our teaching practice is focussed on our students’ learning needs, and backed by current research about how students learn.

The college aims for an inclusive and welcoming culture for all families and students within our Designated Neighbourhood Area. We have established a number of programs and structures to provide appropriate learning environments and programs for all students including students with additional learning needs, complex and/or multiple disabilities.

The college has developed many strong partnerships with local and wider community agencies and organisations. We have partnerships with the Smith Family (Wyndham Community Hub & Learning for Life), Wyndham City Council (including the Wyndham Vale Community Learning Centre), and various educational settings (eg. Wyndham Community and Education Centre, Real Schools, etc.) and higher education settings (eg. Victoria University – Early University Program, AVID).

The college has and will continue to have a relentless focus of continuous improvement in all aspects of college life, particularly focussing on improving learning outcomes for all students. All staff have been involved in Professional Learning Teams and School Improvement Teams to improve areas identified through data and evidence, and will work towards achieving goals as set out in the college’s Strategic Plan.

All new staff to Manor Lakes P-12 College participate in a comprehensive induction program which clearly outlines the college vision, expectations and pedagogical approaches. Regular communication with all members of the community is achieved through keeping the college website, newsletters, Facebook, Compass, face to face meetings and information sessions and forums.

Funding for the final stage of building works to complete the college has been obtained, with work beginning early 2019. Administration and teaching spaces will be the focus of the building program. In addition to the built spaces, we have 18 relocatable buildings that house 34 classroom spaces across the college, a staff room and an office space for Senior Years staff. We currently require more sporting spaces, including another gymnasium, Senior Years classrooms, facilities and office/administration spaces. The outside areas of the college are developed in some areas, and a grounds development plan is being devised to ensure a systematic approach to grounds improvement.

Our staff are committed to enhancing their skills and developing their capacity as teachers by involving themselves in professional learning opportunities (external and internal), coaching, mentoring, and being actively involved in Professional Learning Teams and the Professional Learning Community.

Manor Lakes P-12 College is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision making.

Manor Lakes P-12 College has zero tolerance for child abuse.

Manor Lakes P-12 College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Manor Lakes P-12 College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role that they play individually and collectively to ensure that they wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.


Selection Criteria

SC1 Ability to deliver a comprehensive speech pathology service to students and families in an educational environment, including speech and language assessment, individual and group therapy, reporting and the provision of advice on program delivery.

SC2 Experience working with children and adolescents with complex communication needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder and other congenital disorders.

SC3 Capacity to work as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary professional team and contribute significantly to the achievements of the team.

SC4 Ability to design and deliver professional learning, preferably for teachers and other relevant professionals, in the area of language and communication.

SC5 Excellent communication, time management, networking and interpersonal skills.


Role

Attendance is not required during school vacation periods. You may be recalled up to 6 days as per the agreement.

Range 3 is distinguished by the introduction of management responsibility and accountability for the delivery of professional support services. The role will usually impact beyond the work area or professional field. It seeks to gain cooperation of other staff members or members of the school community to achieve specific objectives, such as in school administration, operations or educational programs.

Direction on targets and goals is provided but the position will have some degree of latitude in determining how they are achieved. This latitude will generally be limited by standard procedures and school policy. Deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

The provision of business management responsibilities becomes a feature at range 3. Management of staff to achieve the expected outcomes is a key responsibility. Staff management issues will be resolved with minimal reference to senior management, although guidance will be required in more complex cases. Senior management will be provided with timely reports and advice, although this will generally be confined to matters relating to the immediate work area, service provision or educational program and is unlikely to impact substantially on whole of school operations.

This is the minimum range for positions that carry a mandatory qualification requirement of not less than four years. Professional student support positions become a feature at range 3 (e.g. therapists, psychologists) where standard professional services are delivered. Professional support and guidance will be close at hand and deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee¿s position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.


Responsibilities

- Manage the design and production of school publications and documents.
- Provide professional student support services, e.g. therapist and psychological and counselling services.
- Provide strategic advice on specific support services and their impact on students, school curriculum and services.
- Manage the use of and access to school resource and reference material.


Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.


EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.


Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx


DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx


Other Information

- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.

- A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.

- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

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