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Ed Support Level 1-Range 4 Student Wellbeing Advisor

Job posted: 24/06/2022
Applications close: 16/07/2022 (Midnight)
16 days remaining

16 days remaining

Job Description

Location: North West Region | Bendigo

Job type: Full time / From 01/08/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1284920

Reference: 1284920

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: North West Region | Bendigo

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues, and providing evidence-based direct counselling for a range of mental health issues.
  2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with complex needs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
  5. Ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.
  6. Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information.

Role

The Student Wellbeing Advisor is responsible for providing counselling, support and information for students, parents/carers and staff regarding student wellbeing issues.

All Education Support staff members contribute to the successful operation of the College through sharing of their expertise and undertaking duties across a range of areas consistent with their classification level. The core responsibilities of this role are defined below and these may be varied through negotiation as College structures change from time to time.

Range 4 is distinguished by broader management responsibility, particularly in the areas of finance, human resource and other support functions.  Range 4 is responsible for managing a range of functions under a wide range of conditions, subject to the size and complexity of school operations. Objectives will, generally, be clearly defined; guidelines will be broad and day-to-day direction minimal.  Management responsibility extends to ensuring appropriate support levels are maintained across the school.  Range 4 generally provides key support and timely advice to the leadership team and school council and liaises with the general school community, the Department and other government agencies and service providers. Specialised professional roles will carry a high level of independence and accountability where suitable scope is provided to achieve objectives. 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

Student and/or Staff Support

  • Provide short term solution focussed counselling, support and information to students, parents and staff regarding student wellbeing matters.
  • Contribute to the college’s wellbeing education program
  • Be responsible for providing financial support assistance to students in line with college guidelines.
  • Contribute to the professional development of college staff in relation to student wellbeing topics.

Staff Management

  • Communicate and liaise effectively with Department of Education support staff, and community agencies and services.
  • Share representation of the college at Bendigo Secondary Education Wellbeing Network and other relevant meetings.

Accountability

  • Perform allocated tasks for ES1-4
  • Report to Assistant Principal: Engagement and Wellbeing
  • Participate in the College’s Performance and Development process.

Other

  • Demonstrate and model a strong commitment to personal leadership growth.
  • Employees are expected to perform at a level consistent with the performance standards (as below) relative to the duties and accountabilities of their position.
  • Participate in relevant professional development.
  • Any other duties as directed, within the scope of the Education Support Agreement applicable for the staff member’s classification level or below.
  • All duties are to be carried out in accordance with Occupational Health & Safety guidelines.

Performance Standards

  • Be acquainted with, and effectively carry out, the responsibilities of the position as set out in the relevant position description.
  • Seek feedback on, and improve their knowledge and skills.
  • Act in a professional manner with colleagues and, where appropriate, with students and parents/carers.
  • Promote a safe and supportive school environment.
  • Be acquainted, and act in accordance, with the goals and priorities as set out in the school’s strategic plan.

Who May Apply

Required

  • Applicants must be qualified as a psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse or occupational therapist. Specifically:
    • For Psychologists, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA
    • For Mental Health Nurses, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA and hold a postgraduate qualification in mental health
    • For Social Workers, applicants must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers
    • For Occupational Therapists must hold full registration with AHPRA
  • Have demonstrated direct counselling experience
  • Have a current Working With Children Check

Desirable

  • For Psychology applicants, specialisation in education and/or developmental psychology.
  • For Mental Health Nurse applicants, hold a Mental Health Nurse Credential and membership with the Australian college of Mental Health Nurses.
  • For Social Work applicants, hold membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers and an Accredited Social Worker Trade Mark.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  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 enquiries should be directed to Michael Morrissey, Assistant Principal Wellbeing and Transition on 0400 871 679 or morrissey.michael@bssc.edu.au.

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

Location Profile

Bendigo Senior Secondary College (BSSC) is a Year 11 and 12 school located in one of Victoria's strongest and fastest growing regional areas. With an enrolment of 1800 students, we are the largest provider of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) in the state.

Our ROLE at BSSC is to empower learners for individual, community and global leadership, underpinned by the values of Respect, Optimism, Learning and Engagement. We are proud of the significant role we play supporting young people from the Greater Bendigo community to access high quality education programs, tailored to meet the individual needs and pathway goals of every student.

BSSC is located within the Rosalind Park precinct in the centre of Bendigo and has enjoyed an unrivalled picturesque location on this site for more than a century. The entire college site is on the Victorian Heritage Register. Staff, students and the broader community value the history of the college, and the contribution it has made to the city and to state education.

The college provides an inclusive learning environment which supports students to develop attributes and behaviours necessary to be respectful community members, independent and resourceful learners and to achieve success within and beyond school. We foster a strong study culture with high expectations around student effective use of private study time in the various study spaces around the college. Year 11 students are supported to develop their study and independent learning skills through enrolment in Study Centre classes. Staff are committed to supporting the academic progress and wellbeing of students where strong, respectful relationships are the basis for all communication. Students are encouraged to interact closely with their teachers and seek help at any time.

The college has a reputation for exemplary use of ICT and delivery of online learning. Students have high level access to ICT and the college operates a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model where students provide their own laptop or other device to support their learning. There is an emphasis on the use of blended delivery, which allows students to access digital curriculum resources to support the classroom instruction provided by teachers. This is enhanced by access to digital content developed through the Victorian Virtual Learning Network, a BSSC initiative where the college provides VCE online to students in schools around the state in a range of VCE studies.

An online portal is available which allows parents to monitor attendance, work completion and achievement in real time and provides for the approval of absences. Teachers upload key assessment outcomes and comments in a progressive reporting model.

A strength of our college is the expertise and commitment of our dedicated staff. Teachers at BSSC play a leading role in state wide curriculum development, subject associations, VCAA assessment processes and in the professional learning of teachers across the state. All staff are expected to demonstrate the highest professional standards and a commitment to excellence. The college has a culture of self-reflection and continuous improvement, which is supported by a rigorous performance and development process, allowing recognition of outstanding work and identification of areas for further improvement.

A wide range of VCE studies is offered and students can select units in Business and Information Technology, English, Health & Physical Education, Languages & EAL, Humanities, Mathematics, Performing Arts & Media, Science, Technology and Visual Arts.  An accelerated learning program operates in conjunction with Bendigo’s four government 7-10 colleges where students are able to undertake some VCE studies whilst in Year 10 and are then encouraged to undertake a Unit 3/4 study in their first year at the college.

The college has previously offered pathways in VCAL at Intermediate and Senior levels to support students with an applied learning preference, and from 2023 students will have access to the VCE’s new Vocational Major offering and the Victorian Pathways Certificate. Students have access to Head Start school based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Student programs are tailored to meet the learning, wellbeing and pathway goals of each student. Programs can include combinations of studies at Unit 1/2 and 3/4 level, completing the VCE over three years or negotiating a program to meet individual student health, school-based apprenticeship or elite sport training commitments. We have a close relationship with the four government Year 7-10 colleges in Bendigo and work together around orientation activities and pathways advice to support students in making informed program choices and a positive transition to our college.

The college is a Registered Training Organisation with many Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs on its scope of registration. Strong relationships with other training providers in Bendigo and our Trade Training Centre provides our students with access to excellent vocational training facilities and opportunities.

As a senior secondary education provider, we specialise in assisting students to make a positive transition to the next stage of their lives, whether that is to University or other study, apprenticeships or traineeships or directly on to employment. Extensive careers and pathways advice is available to students and is complemented by the individual support each student receives from their Advisor who closely monitors their wellbeing and progress. Additional support to assist students to stay engaged with their learning is provided through our Wellbeing Team. Students can access support from our Student Wellbeing Team and other visiting department staff.

NETschool is a second campus of the college, providing curriculum access for 15 to 18 year old students who have been outside mainstream schooling or training. NETschool provides both online and face to face delivery of VCE and VET units from its central city location.

The college provides outstanding facilities to support student learning in a combination of historic and modern facilities. More recent modernised or new building projects have included the Ulumbarra Performing Arts Centre which incorporates a 1000 seat theatre, café and foods/hospitality facilities, and a new Student Services Centre. A new library, VCAL learning centre and modernised learning spaces and other recent building projects include refurbishment of the Multimedia Centre and a new outdoor recreation area. A major project to renovate and extend the historic Maths building will be completed in 2023. Other purpose-built facilities include our Language Centre and our Trade Training Centre. Each of these areas contain casual student study spaces and high-level access to ICT.

One of the features of the college for many years has been the presence of students from other countries, including many from China, who come to study as fee paying students or through exchange programs. International students are supported in homestay arrangements with local families who provide cultural and language enrichment experiences. We are proud of the work we do to support New Arrival and refugee students. Intensive EAL support is provided and a homework club operates to serve these students from the college and other Bendigo secondary schools.

The college highly values the presence and contribution of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student population. These students are assisted by a range of additional support services which are closely linked to families and Community.

The international focus of the college is wide ranging and includes sister school relationships in China, France, Germany and Indonesia. When travel conditions allow, students can participate in curriculum and intercultural learning exchanges to these countries, and also to Italy and Greece. College curriculum has also developed a focus on the building of student global perspectives.

The college runs a very successful Confucius Classroom program in partnership with the Chinese government agency, Hanban, and a Chinese sister school. This program attracts high quality Chinese teachers to Bendigo who deliver Chinese language and culture programs into over twenty Bendigo primary and secondary schools, and evening classes for the broader Bendigo community. This program is supporting young people from around the region to access an additional language and build their intercultural competence.

At BSSC we believe that every child is capable of achieving and has a right to a high-quality education which will empower them with the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary for success in life and work beyond school.

For further information about the College visit www.bssc.edu.au

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4 Student Wellbeing Advisor

Job type:

Full time / From 01/08/2022

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Michael Morrissey | 0400 871 679

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4 Student Wellbeing Advisor