African Liaison Support Officer (Ed Support Level 1-Range 2)
Salary Range: Salary not specified
Work location: Western Region | Melton
Applications close: 01/10/2018 (Midnight)
We exist to support the community through the provision of positive, consistent educational opportunities. Staughton College is a beacon in the western suburbs for providing a disciplined learning environment for all students enabling teachers to provide focused and engaging learning experiences.We set high expectations on effort, perseverance and achievement. Motto; Try Persevere Achieve.
Staughton College is located in Melton South and has over 1000 students enrolled from years 7 to 12. We are located in a growth corridor.
The College has excellent facilities, well maintained buildings and established well treed grounds. Facilities include a performance auditorium and 60 seat restaurant and a new TTC facility delivering VET Building and Construction.
Pathways for bright and talented students at the College are enhanced by SEAL stream (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) at 5 levels. The College also provides a range of VCE subjects, VET subjects and a VCAL pathway. The College has successful established programs in Science, Instrumental music, sport, debating and public speaking.
The College has a strong commitment to providing the best education and maintaining our image in the local community. We set expectations for students staff and parents as enshrined in our motto Try Persevere Achieve.
SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.
SC2 Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.
SC3 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.
SC4 Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.
SC5 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.
SC6 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.
Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards. Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.
Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2. Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.
Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1. Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role.
Undertakes medical intervention support tasks or other specialised student/teacher support roles that require specific training that must be updated from time to time. The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.
Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options. Routine technical support in libraries, science and information technology laboratories would be typical examples.
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.
Assist in the exchange of information between the community and the school.
Assist with the liaison and communication between parents, teachers, other staff and members of the wider school community.
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
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
Base hours required at the school would be 8.15 – 4.36pm (start and finish times may be negotiable) and may require attendance at homework club.
Monitoring the mental and physical health of African students within the school and home environment. The ALO would provide one on one mentoring with each student to allow open and honest discussions on how they are coping in the school environment. Providing pastoral care for all African students and their families.
To attend the homework club and ensure that students attend and follow up those who are absent.
Work closely with staff to monitor the progress of African students in all subjects provide additional help where required
Monitor students uniform, academic progress and lateness on a daily basis.
Understanding relationships between African students and the school population. To be alert to any potential risks and issues that students may have with others. Work in conjunction with the school welbeing officers to ensure students are connected to appropriate services
Educate students and staff about how African students traverse cultural and social spaces and how they balance this at school and in society.
Recognising the concerns that African students have within the school environment. Develop a monthly reference group with students, parents and other staff members to allow feedback about the program.
Providing opportunities and experiences to African students that will allow positive education choices by creating clear educational pathways that students can follow and feel are attainable.
Create Links for part time work with local businesses in the area and monitor and support African students progress. This would require a close working relationship with the careers counsellor.
Create links with the careers centre within the school to develop career resources such as resume development, interview techniques and career strategies
Act as a mentor and advocate in parent meetings and to ensure translating services are available.
To develop strong positive relationships with parents or guardians by inviting them to the school monthly for issues that are concerning them, learning about school online processes such as reports and attending events.
Participating in yard duty throughout the year
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