Student Wellbeing Officer – Raymond Terrace Campus Atwea College

JOB DESCRIPTION

Are you looking for a career that really makes a difference.

Due to organisational growth we have an exciting opportunity for passionate Student Wellbeing Officers to join our growing team.

If you don’t tick every box, we still want to hear from you. We prioritise hiring on attitude and competency that we can support with mentoring.

About Us

We are a progressive NFP successfully unlocking the potential in transforming lives through education for over 100 years. We have grown by 900% in just the past 20 yrs with planned growth for the future, we are indeed proud of this continued development coupled with sustainable practices in the service and difference we make to the community.

Our values of Inclusion, Integrity and Innovation shine through our people.

Year on year we continue to grow by being agile, positive, and a hands-on team.

We are seeking equally passionate people who are aligned with our values, invested in their roles, and the success of others.

‘Why’ this role makes a difference

Our organisation is genuinely committed to our values of Inclusion, Integrity and Innovation, not just in our strategic plan, yet in our day to day business as usual deliverables to our company, people and students.

About the Role

Located at our Raymond Terrace campus, The Student Wellbeing Officer role designed to support and assist the students of Alesco Senior College to manage their life/school balance and continue their education. The SWO is focused on student welfare and creating a source of support for students so that they may form meaningful and engaging relationships with the school and other staff. The role of the SWO at ASC is to work closely with the Head of Campus to drive the balance of the welfare/academic model.

In this full time role, successful applicants should be able to confidently:

• Lead formal and informal meetings related to the welfare/wellbeing needs of the students/school e.g. weekly welfare meetings, regular meetings with the Head Teacher as well as ongoing communication with staff and students.

• Participate in all school leadership meetings to ensure the program maintains the welfare / academic balance.

• Make recommendations regarding the full range of practical services or program delivery solutions which may assist in dealing with student needs.

• Undertake other duties as requested by supervisors or management.

• Act as an advocate for students both internally and to external agencies.

• Assist students in the development of goals, strategies, and planning to assist with their school/life balance.

• When needed, refer students on to other agencies and supports.

• Implement a student centred case management model.

• Management of critical incidents on site including immediate risk assessments, contacting emergency services, and contacting guardians as necessary.

• Design and implement individual or small group interventions.

• Liaise and involve parents, carers and any support people/agencies in the development and wellbeing of the student, where appropriate and with the student’s permission.

• Provide secular pastoral care in accordance with the student’s development using a young person

centred framework, therapies, techniques and interventions.

• Understand and comply with legislation and guidelines in accordance with professional and ethical standards of practice as an SWO.

• Participate in the pre-placement interviews of new students to assist in selection for program participation as well as assist in maintaining students in completing the school program.

• Participate in and facilitate wellbeing focussed school activities such as: school excursions and wellbeing week.

• Professionally and ethically complete administrative tasks and reporting requirements.

• Maintain privacy and confidentiality and ensure your role meets duty of care obligations.

About You

• You already live by the values of Inclusion, Integrity and Innovation.

• Minimum 2 years’ Experience in individualised or group support and case management with young people.

• Mental Health First Aid Certificate and or training.

• Diploma or higher qualifications in Human Sciences, Welfare, Youth Work, Social Sciences or Social Work.

• Effective high-level communication, interpersonal, advocacy and conflict resolution skills

• A demonstrated interest in student wellbeing with experience working with disadvantage and at-risk young people.

• Knowledge of behaviour, psychological and wellbeing theories, and practices relevant to young people.

• Proven innovative and imaginative problem-solving skills

• Excellent collaboration and organisational skills

• Knowledge of secondary schooling sector and adherence to all required current legislative instruments and guidelines including child protection and safety.

• Experience in an alternative or independent education setting is desirable.

In addition to Atwea’s values, we foster our great culture through Intentional Leadership, managing consciously by Tone and Pace.

Tone Positive, Balanced, Professional

• Infuse positivity and participation

• Extend trust

• Supportive and constructive

• Consolidate and continuously improve

• Extending grace and tolerance

• Invested in the success of self and others

Pace Energetic Rhythm

• Agile and responsive

• Generate ideas

• Proactively prioritise

• Time conscious

• Considerate of volume capacity and skill capability

• Measured and deliberate planning

Your values align ours

Inclusion

Collaborative – Uses empathy to build trust and nurture lasting relationships.

Communication – Seek and respond positively to constructive feedback and guidance.

Values Diversity – Be responsive to diverse cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, values and beliefs.

Innovation

Vision – Demonstrates forward-thinking and awareness of the consequences of own actions.

Adaptability – Actively seeks, reflects, and integrates feedback to enhance own performance, showing a strong capacity and willingness to modify own behaviours.

Critical Thinking – Constructively questions and challenges the way things have always been done to identify opportunities for improvement.

Integrity

Resiliency – Proactively manages career and professional development in a mutually beneficial partnership with the Organisation.

Professionalism – Sets realistic goals, prioritises work, follows through on tasks, and reports on progress.

Accountability – Holds self and others responsible for achieving results and agreed upon targets.

About our PERKS!

At Atwea College we offer extra cherries on top including:

• Competitive Remuneration.

• As a Not-for-Profit organisation, ability to salary package up to $15,899 tax free per FBT year.

• 2 Mental Health Days.

• 1 Board Bonus Day.

• 1 Birthday Bonus Day.

• Confidential 10 Paid Family and Domestic Violence days if required.

• Company paid parental and adoption leave; top up parental leave for those eligible.

• Paid Employee Assistance Program.

Atwea College requires:

• Valid vaccination or medical exemption for workplace mobility between sites.

• Valid NSW Working With Children Check and current National Criminal Police Record Check prior to the commencement of employment.

• Child Protection Training, or willingness to obtain.

• Drivers Licence.

Join a progressive NFP where you can make a difference. A company that is authentic in their values of Innovation, Integrity and Inclusion!

If you are interested in all the amazing things we do at Atwea College, check out our website https://atwea.edu.au/

Atwea College’s value of Inclusion, underpins our commitment to equal opportunity employment.

Applications close on 10th November 2023.