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Guidance Officer

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 26/05/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: North East Region | Albury/Wodonga

Job type: Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 09/01/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1276435

Reference: 1276435

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: North East Region | Albury/Wodonga

Selection Criteria

SC1    Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.

SC2    Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attending care to students where necessary.

SC3    Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students, parents and outside agencies.

SC4    A commitment to professional learning and growth.

SC5    Ability to demonstrate skills and knowledge in understanding and managing challenging behaviours in a learning environment.

Role

The successful applicant will work as a member of the wellbeing team in the delivery of student wellbeing services at Wodonga Primary school. They will contribute to developing a positive climate for learning through improving student engagement and connectedness by monitoring and aiding staff in providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environments. 

The School Guidance Officer will operate within the school community and with external providers, providing support in areas such as student attendance, engagement and mental health. They will provide students with support and/or appropriate referrals in difficult situations such as during times of grief, or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges. Ensuring attendance is a priority to families will support the guidance initiatives of our vulnerable students.

The Guidance Officer will work with school staff and coach them in techniques and behaviours that will bring about environmental change within classrooms which promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and wellbeing of all students.

The successful applicant will work within a team that reports to leadership which aims to conduct itself through mutual respect, and promoting an understanding of diversity within the range of cultures and demographics of our school community.

Responsibilities

  • Be part of the professional team working with the school and the community and liaise with students, teachers, parents, guidance officers, special needs teacher, administrative officers, officers of welfare agencies and other government departments.
  • Provide individual support, case management and, where appropriate, group support to students to maximise their engagement with education and training.
  • Monitoring and managing the school’s students support referral system.
  • Behaviour guidance coach at times where staff are seeking classroom assistance with student behaviour re-direction
  • Maintain records of student contact on a daily basis.
  • Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
  • Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to their needs where necessary.
  • Develop and implement programs to support social and emotional wellbeing as required e.g. addressing social skills, assertiveness or self-esteem.
  • Develop and foster relationships between the school and families of students to assist at risk students to remain engaged with education or training.
  • Identify barriers to young people achieving outcomes and referral to appropriate support services.
  • Refer at risk students to appropriate agencies and support services that will assist students to overcome barriers to education and training.
  • Monitor attendance patterns of students or groups of students and, in accordance with the school's attendance plan, implement early intervention strategies. 
  • Inform and educate parents, community members and students on relevant issues that may be impacting student engagement.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
  • Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment

Participate in team meetings.

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 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

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section
  • names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

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

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Wodonga Primary School is located in North East Victoria on the New South Wales border and is a member of the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools.  We currently have an enrolment of 929 students from Foundation to Year 6.  We have over 71 teaching and non-teaching staff.  Wodonga Primary is a proud Visible Learning school with staff, students and parents embracing the high effect elements of teaching and learning.  Education at Wodonga Primary School strives to Engage Learning and Expand Minds. Our school community believes that by providing a stimulating and engaging culture, we foster inquisitive learning and generate a 'desire to learn' in all stakeholders.

  There are five vision principles that guide our learning focus:

  • Collaboration – working together to achieve more
  • Challenge – high expectations and ambition to achieve
  • Curiosity – wondering about the world and seeking to discover
  • Community – a sense of belonging, commitment and shared responsibility
  • Culture – shared vision to achieve success

A school day at Wodonga Primary school is a dynamic learning experience for all students. Our flexible learning spaces enable students to learn in a wide variety of situations. Through a systemic instructional model, students learn from each other and build independence and collaborative behaviours. Students are challenged to expand their minds in learning and to be aware of their learning progress. Teachers are challenged and supported to be the best teacher they can be through the guidance of a year level Learning specialist.  Classes are structured into year level groups with students using our learning pods interactively in a multitude of ways. Learning continues in specialist areas of Art, Physical Education, Music, STEM, Languages (Japanese) and Computer Studies.


Keeping learning visible supports the development of our learning culture. Students use the five learner qualities of: Connect, Question, Persist, Reflect and Self-Aware to monitor their learning and to approach challenges with confidence. Our school promotes strong social and emotional skills which are vital for the development of a positive climate for learning.  Staff engage in a range of community events to build strong partnerships between home and school. We have an Educational Support dog, called Barkley who is pivotal in engaging students, providing much needed support to students who are in need. Our focus on Wellbeing is enhanced through our large Wellbeing team which consists of an Engagement Support leader, Welfare leader, Psychologist and Guidance counsellor.


Applicants should be aware that Wodonga Primary School values a collaborative teaching and learning culture which is supported by dynamic teachers. Professional Learning Communities (PLC) drive our collaborative practices, with a consistent focus on implementing PLC Inquiry Cycles. It is the school’s expectation that teachers regularly embrace change of year levels across the school and consider specialist role to continually develop an environment of strong healthy teams.


Building Practise Excellence through professional dialogue and discussion is valued in our school with staff encouraged to participate in a range of forums to share their expertise and teaching philosophies.  Staff reflect upon their teaching practice and continue to strive to provide an enjoyable, engaging and relevant learning environment for all students.  Collaborative planning is expected to support teachers and to enhance curriculum delivery.  Teachers aim to provide a structured curriculum that enables all students to experience success as well as being challenged to extend their thinking and understandings.  Student progress and development is reported to parents via Compass. Wodonga Primary commenced a new Strategic Plan in 2022 with priorities in Maths / Reading and Wellbeing/Engagement.

Guidance Officer

Job type:

Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 09/01/2023

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Damian Duncan | 040/013-3315

Guidance Officer