Parade College is a member of the national body of Catholic schools known as Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). The College aims to help young men grow into well-rounded individuals who will make a meaningful contribution to society. In a vibrant learning community, students are encouraged to explore and develop their talents to the fullest and aim for excellence in all their endeavours.
As a long-standing Catholic school for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition, Parade College strives to be a learning community that offers best practice education and pastoral care to its students to foster fullness of life and holistic growth for all.
Parade College is the oldest Edmund Rice School in Australia, dating back to 1871, and has a proud history of excellence in the education and pastoral care of young men. Parade offers a multitude of curriculum options for boys whatever their interest may be; from academic, sporting, music, visual arts and trade options.
The professional environment for staff at Parade College emphasises innovation, the importance of lifelong learning and quality relationships between staff, students and the College community.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Psychologist, Counsellor, Social Work or Youth Work professionals to join our Student Wellbeing Support Team.
We are a passionate College community dedicated to the College’s mission of supporting and enabling excellent educational outcomes. The Student Wellbeing Support Team is responsible for supporting students with enhancing their wellbeing – personal, social, educational. This is realised through a continuum of counselling and wellbeing services designed to ensure student wellbeing and support addresses any barriers to learning, for example family and developmental issues. As such, the emphasis is on Primary Prevention, Early Intervention, Intervention, and Restoring Wellbeing.
The successful candidate will be approachable and available to students, developing and implementing programmes aimed at nurturing relationships and meeting the specific needs of students. Your experience working with students and your knowledge of trauma, mental health and social and emotional development compliments your innate ability to develop genuine rapport and authentically engage with young people.
The position includes the following responsibilities:
- Being approachable and available to students during recess and lunch breaks and out-of-classroom activities, as well as being involved in classes as negotiated with teaching staff.
- Developing and implementing lunchtime programmes aimed at nurturing relationships and meeting the specific needs of students.
- Attending and actively contributing to camps, excursions, sporting events and other extra-curricular events where appropriate and required.
- Promote and support service learning and social justice activities across the College.
- In conjunction with key pastoral staff, initiate and coordinate the engagement of guest speakers/artists aligned with the enhancement of student wellbeing.
- Collaborating with other counsellors serving in similar educational settings to develop and further the impact of the role within the College.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following Skills and Attributes:
- Holds relevant qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling or youth work.
- Demonstrated experience, skills and knowledge with working with students with trauma histories and/or are ‘at risk’ of being disenfranchised from school (desired).
- Experience in effective case management and facilitation (desired).
- Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to manage competing priorities.
- An understanding of trauma, mental health and social and emotional development.
- Capacity to make sound professional judgements with some autonomy.
- Parade College is fully committed to the protection of children. The successful applicant will be expected to satisfy child protection screening, and adhere to the School’s Child Protection Policies.
Full-time and part-time applications will be considered. This position is available for immediate commencement (or by negotiation) and is a fixed term position for the remainder of the 2023 and the 2024 school years.
Please refer to the Position Description for further information including the selection criteria.
In preparing an application, please read the advertisement and position description carefully to ensure that you can demonstrate your ability to meet the position requirements and have a good understanding of the role.
Applications must include:
- a covering letter
- a separate statement addressing the Key Selection Criteria addressing your skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the role; together with
- a current Curriculum Vitae.
Applications may be submitted directly via the College website: https://www.parade.vic.edu.au/school/employment
Parade College acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.
This community is committed to the safety, wellbeing and protection of all children in our care.