Bundoora Secondary College is a year 7-12 College in a quiet residential area of Bundoora, a northern suburb of Melbourne. We are an innovative, caring school and take great pride in knowing every member of our community (both staff and students) as individuals and as learners.
The school is set on a well-developed, picturesque site adjacent to Gresswell Forest. The spacious grounds include a variety of playing fields and as our school farm continues to develop, a range of animal paddocks, productive gardens and indigenous flora plots. Our school is accessible by foot, bike or car and is well serviced by our school buses and public transport. Our school enjoys a strong partnership with our neighbours including Melbourne Polytechnic, Latrobe University and RMIT Bundoora Campus as well as other universities further afield. BSC is a Child Safe school and expects all employees to be cognisant of the expectations upon them to contribute positively to our child safe environment.
1. A relevant qualification such as a degree in Youth Work or Social Work and/or extensive experience in the position.
2. Demonstrated skill understanding of Youth engagement and participation 3. Demonstrated ability to assess student needs and to develop case plans/behaviour support plans and appropriate interventions for young people.
4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers and other professionals to improve the attendance/behaviour of students and their engagement into the classroom.
5. Demonstrated skills and experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with students, setting limits and assisting young people to meet behavioural expectations.
6. Demonstrated capacity and experience to develop and implement targeted group interventions (including therapeutic) to identified students.
The primary role of the Positive Behaviour Specialist is to implement Tier 2 practices and systems to provide targeted support for students who are not successful with Tier 1 support alone. The focus is on supporting students who are at risk of developing more serious unwanted behaviour before they start.
The Positive Behaviour Specialist duties may include:
Co-ordinate Tier 2 Behaviour Support:
Examples of Tier 2 supports are:
· Check-in/out process to provide increased opportunity for positive reinforcement.
· Facilitating individual or group sessions to develop self-regulation and social skills.
· Investigating incidents of concerning behaviour and balancing consequences with education, all within the principles of School-Wide Positive Behaviour.
· Act as a resource for teachers to build their capacity in the identification and development of educational, social and emotional supports to assist students who experience barriers to learning.
· Adopt a functional approach to behaviours of concern by helping students find more acceptable alternatives to their unwanted behaviour Lead and develop programs.
· Promote and facilitate pro-social activities and services, both within the school and in partnership with wider community agencies and support services, including:
· Lunchtime activities
· Celebration days/events
· Information sessions
· Assembly presentations
· Develop and implement targeted group interventions (including therapeutic) to identified students
· Organise and help facilitate group programs to students based on the needs of the cohort at any given time.
· Provide and run programs to promote, health education and support to students through relevant group programs
· Lead and develop whole school and level specific Wellbeing/Inclusion programs to enhance general student wellbeing/inclusion e.g., R U OK day, Mental Health Week, etc.
Case Manage Students:
Student case management at Bundoora Secondary College is primarily a collaborative process intrinsic to the delivery of quality services designed to meet the needs of school students who have support requirements. Mindful of including the views of students, it is student focused and aims to develop, monitor, disseminate, and evaluate a plan of action to enable these students to function to the best of their ability.
Case Management at BSC has seven core aims:
. To enable students to function to the best of their ability and circumstances within and beyond the school system despite having support needs.
. To contribute to engaging students in meaningful learning, this would include in classes supporting students (includes setting firm limits with students and following through with consequences).
· To develop, monitor, disseminate, and evaluate a plan of action.
· To achieve a seamless service delivery through the coordination of and collaboration between external service providers.
· To actively involve and empower the student(s) and their parents/caregivers in decision-making processes.
· To assist teachers and school staff in their work with students who have support needs.
· Act as an advocate for students or ensuring that students have advocacy within the school or with outside agencies when needed.
Resource to College Leadership and Staff:
· Assist in the development, implementation and review of student wellbeing/management policies.
· Network with external agencies and act as a College contact for external agencies.
· Actively participate in professional development activities and programs and share knowledge and expertise with other staff.
· Provide school level advice related to areas such as mental health, mandatory reporting, critical incidents, and suicide prevention.
· Ensure teachers are provided with appropriate information regarding students and their wellbeing and support teachers in the teaching and management of students at risk, and implementation of Special Provision for relevant students.
· Liaise between the College and community agencies including facilitation of referrals to community agencies, psychologists and educational psychologists.
· Act as a resource for staff working with students at risk and assist with the provision of secondary consultation for staff working with students at risk.
· Provide support for Critical Incident management.
· Provide a communication link between the school, its community, agencies and networks.
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
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
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
The Positive Behaviour Specialist is a full time ES1-3 position commencing 29 January 2024.
Please submit application including CV and response to Selection Criteria via Recruitment Online at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/schooljobs – Job Opening ID 1365118.
For further information, applicants are encouraged to contact:
Travis Clark, Assistant Principal, Bundoora Secondary College.
Email: [email protected].
Telephone: 03 9467 1511