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Generalist Teacher - Primary

MacKillop Family Services

About MacKillop Education

The central goal of MacKillop Family Services is to support, to foster hope and to promote justice for children, young people and their families, particularly those who experience distress, disadvantage and abuse. Education is central to that goal.

Children in Out-of-Home Care are a high priority client group of MacKillop Education, as are adolescents at risk of leaving school without vocational skills. MacKillop Education currently provides education support to these young people, through outreach programs from three sites: Geelong, Maidstone, and Warrnambool. We offer education support through our Children in Residential Care Programs (CIRC) and the Western Education Support Team Program (WEST).

Our schools in Geelong (Foundation – VCAL), Maidstone (Years 3-6), and Caulfield (currently focussed on the primary years), cater for students who are disengaged, or at risk of disengaging, from education. The education programs provide flexible learning pathways and they equip participants with the skills to either remain at MacKillop School, re-enter mainstream school or, for senior students, to take up employment or further education options, including traineeships and apprenticeships.

About the role

The Generalist Teacher is a member of our Mackillop Education in Maidstone and reports to the ReLATE Team Leader. This role will contribute to the development of education programs appropriate to the identified learning and wellbeing requirements of children with complex and diverse needs, who have often experienced trauma, abuse or neglect.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Model a commitment to Child Safety, unconditional positive regard and trauma informed practice at all times
  • Develop education programs for a range of students, following a rigorous assessment of their initial and ongoing educational needs
  • Work collaboratively in the development of the primary curriculum which is focussed on enhancing learning outcomes in all areas of the curriculum
  • Set and demonstrate high expectations for student learning and education outcomes. through the development of Individual Education and Safety Plans
  • Support the Primary Team to enhance capacity and implement systems and processes related to learning and wellbeing (Education and Safety Plans, Critical Incident Response, Behaviour Support, Re-Engagement, Restorative and Positive Behaviours)
  • Provide regular informal and formal feedback to family/carers, Care Teams, school and network staff on the progress of each student.
  • Support the development of transition and safety plans that cater for the learning needs of individual students
  • Participate in appropriate professional development opportunities and annual performance reviews and constructively participate in supervision
  • Supervise allocated staff
  • Maintain records and files

About you

Our successful applicant will have a passion for and commitment to working with children who have complex and diverse needs and are disengaged from learning. Experience in working with children with special needs and challenging behaviour is highly desirable.

We are seeking someone who is resilient, flexible and has the capacity to work collaboratively as a part of a committed and passionate team.

Our successful applicant will have a strong knowledge and experience of developing curriculum and supporting students with special needs.

Our successful applicant will need to be available over the school holidays to attend compulsory training.

Key Selection Criteria include:

  • A four year teaching qualification or equivalent and eligibility for Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration
  • A passion for and commitment to working with students with special needs and very challenging behaviours; experience in special education highly desirable
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in implementing highly aspirational initiatives in student learning, informed by the Victorian Curriculum
  • Experience in the design, delivery and assessment of programs that cater for diverse and complex needs of individual learners and a commitment to trauma-informed practice
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary developments in education and a capacity to engage students who have a range of learning difficulties and very challenging behaviours
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues to improve the quality of programs and enhance student outcomes
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills to develop constructive relationships with students, parents, caregivers, staff and external agencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment and capacity to actively contribute to a broad range of school activities including student excursions and camps
  • An understanding and commitment to the values and objectives of the organisation and a capacity to represent MacKillop as required by the role.
  • A knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and an awareness of the current issues faced by Aboriginal children, young people and their families

MacKillop is committed to being a child safe organisation. Applicants will be required to undergo a criminal records checks and hold a valid employment working with children check to be successful.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Burman, Principal at Caitlin.Burman@mackillop.org.au, using the subject line: Generalist Teacher - Primary enquiry via EthicalJobs, or 0427 121 270.

How to Apply

Click Apply Now where you will be redirected to sign in to our recruitment portal. If this is your first time applying for a job with MacKillop, you will need to register for an account. For a step-by-step guide, please download the guide here.

Please address the key selection criteria (as outlined above) within your cover letter, as part of your application.

Download the position description HERE.

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