Occupational Therapist

Job posted: 24/06/2024
Applications close: 21/07/2024 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Geelong

Job type: Full time / From 26/08/2024

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1417905

Reference: 1417905

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Geelong

Selection Criteria

SC1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing student learning needs and providing evidence-based support for a range of students with learning challenges. 


SC2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for young people with complex needs. 


SC3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures relating to young people with alternative learning needs. 


SC4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people. 


SC5. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the support of young people with specific learning needs. 


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.



The Occupational Therapist will work primarily withing the Program for Students with Disabilities Team and our Well-Being Team to support a range of students in our school including: students with identified disabilities, ASD students across the school, trauma affected students and students with mild mental health concerns. 


The MFG Occupational Therapist will work with students, drawing on a range of psychological and occupational therapy strategies to assist young people to help understand and cope with their daily function and learning, taking a holistic, person-centred approach. 


We are seeking someone with the expertise and experience to: 

  • Assist ASD students to further develop their social skills and emotional intelligence 
  • Develop and implement programs for students with alternative needs in the school, by facilitating therapeutic activities / targeted student support groups 
  • Support the mental health and wellbeing of our students 
  • Facilitate workshops for the MFG community on sensory needs / strategies of students 
  • Support and collaborate with families and MFG staff to assist young people with learning challenges and to help them find suitable programs to support their needs now and in the future 
  • Initiate and implement programs or strategies to assist young people with learning challenges to become more independent learners 
  • Run friendship groups with students in Years 7 -9  
  • Participate in Student Support Group Meetings and in the development of Individual Learning Plans  
  • Work with the DIS team on applications with Student Support Services  
  • Collaborate with the DIS and Well-Being teams  


Part-time applications are encouraged to apply.

Who May Apply

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

EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for any teaching service position and, if they are the successful candidate, request a reduced time fraction. Such requests will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the operational requirements of the school.

The Department of Education 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. It is our policy to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability (see Workplace adjustment guidelines).

Additional support and advice on the recruitment process is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders from the Koorie Outcomes Division (KOD) via marrung@education.vic.gov.au

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:


DE Values

The department's employees commit to upholding the department's Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department'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 department values is available at:


Location Profile

MFG is a vibrant learning community that nurtures and serves the aspirations of girls. ¿We create lifelong learners who live the MFG traits as positive members of their communities.¿ 

In 2018 we consulted with the school community ¿ students, staff, and parents/carers - to develop a set of eleven traits, behaviours, and dispositions that we, as a school community, believe are important to foster in our students. These 11 traits are: 

Kind, compassionate and trustworthy 

Caring and respectful of others and themselves  

Knowledgeable about learning and self-aware  

Deep thinkers who are curious and creative 

Problem solvers 

Resilient, adaptable, and able to learn from mistakes  

Hard-working, ambitious, and confident 

Able to respect and celebrate difference and diversity 

Optimistic about the future  

Responsible and active local and global citizens 

Flexible collaborators, leaders, and team members 


Surrounded by a supportive `sisterhood,¿ our young people aim to achieve excellent learning outcomes and develop qualities of character that will enrich their own lives and impact positively on the lives of others. 

Matthew Flinders Girls (MFG) has a long and proud history. The original foundation stone was laid in 1856 when there were few other schools in Geelong. We are one of eight girls-only state educational providers (since 1940) and the only girls-only provider outside of the metropolitan area. 

A group of ex-students, currently aged in their 70s and 80s, meets twice a year. Some students in the school are third generation members of the school community. There is an ever-growing Facebook presence of past student groups, and a College Alumni Facebook Page has been established to reconnect alumni and allows them to share stories. Our alumni are important to our school and return to share their learnings and stories 

Our school is centrally situated within the business, arts, and sporting precincts of Geelong.  It has excellent access to public transport (buses and trains). A proportion of students are from the immediate locality, but a considerable number come from outside the City of Greater Geelong, from areas such as Colac, Barwon Heads, Indented Heads, Lara, Inverleigh, Bannockburn, Werribee, and Anakie. There are more than 50 feeder Primary schools from where the students have been drawn over the past 5 years. 

Our student population incorporates a diverse range of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and family blends. 

In serving the aspirations of students, our curriculum provision and quality of teaching are fundamental. Curriculum in Years 7-10 is based on the Victorian Curriculum and is framed by challenging and provocative `essential questions.¿ A balance of explicit teaching and Inquiry Based Learning to Teaching and Learning is at the heart of learning in Years 7 ¿ 9. Our Teaching and Learning Model underpins the work and learning of our teachers with a distinct emphasis on differentiation, high impact teaching strategies, the power of formative assessment and the development of intellectual character.  

A wide range of options is made available to Later Years students, including the opportunity to accelerate into VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) studies. Our school offers a range of VCE units, access to some Vocational Education and Training Programs and Vocational Major. 

MFG is an accredited member of The Academy of Select Entry Accelerated Learner Program (TAASS), the only one in the State which is in an all-girls¿ setting. This program gives students the opportunity to be selected at Year 7 according to academic and leadership potential to undertake an alternative curriculum for Years 7 to 9. 

All students in Years 7 ¿ 12 participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students are encouraged to purchase the technology which best suits their needs for learning. The school outlines minimum specifications and recommended devices to support parents when making decisions. 

Instrumental Music is a key component of our school¿s co-curricular Program. Students can learn voice, percussion, drums, singing, woodwind, brass, guitar, and keyboard at school. MFG is also the educational home of the Sweethearts, an exceptionally talented and well-known neo-soul all-girls music group that performs frequently in professional contexts, nationally and internationally. 

A community garden has been established and exemplifies our school¿s permaculture focus of ¿earth care, people care and fair share.¿ A key component of the garden is the construction of an urban agricultural garden where students can grow healthy organic food and share this with people in our local community. It has also been the focus of a few environmental engineering. In addition, we have also started constructing tiny houses using recycled products. 



Who May Apply

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

Occupational Therapist

Job type:

Full time / From 26/08/2024

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4


Michelle Crofts | 03 4243 0500

Occupational Therapist