newAlternate Program Assistant

Date Posted: Just posted
Maryborough VIC

Job Description

Job Description

Location: North West Region | Maryborough

Job type: Full time / From 28/10/2021

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1248809

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.

SC3 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.

SC4 Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.

SC5 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC6 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.


[7.6 hours per day - Monday to Friday]

Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards. Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.

Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2. Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.

Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1. Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role.

Undertakes medical intervention support tasks or other specialised student/teacher support roles that require specific training that must be updated from time to time. The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.

Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options. Routine technical support in libraries, science and information technology laboratories would be typical examples.

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.

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 values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. 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

DET Values

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

Other Information

  • 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

Location Profile

Maryborough Education Centre is a school where the children and the youth of this community can learn and grow in a supportive, respectful and inclusive environment, where everyone is on a strong learning journey, and where positive and supportive relationships form the basis of all our work. We consistently empower students to strive for challenging aspirations. Students are supported in following their interests and passions through multiple pathways that will successfully lead to positive outcomes in further education, training or employment. The school has a key role in supporting, and working with the wider community in meeting the challenges faced by Maryborough and district. We have a commitment to Collective Impact and the empowerment of the community to re-define its destiny in a positive way.

Vision – to be an inclusive connected flourishing learning community.

Our school values have been developed in consultation with the whole community. They are:

  • Aspiration
  • Kindness
  • Respect

Social – community and demographics

  • On a single site the school comprises facilities for primary, secondary and special needs education
  • The school is highly integrated with a common set of values and behavioural and learning expectations for all
  • Overall enrolment numbers are reflecting the demographics of the Maryborough community
  • Strong and supportive School Council and parent involvement is encouraged.
  • Committed Student Representative Council and a strong student leadership structure
  • Enthusiastic, professional staff team consisting of 76 effective full-time teachers and 41.37 school support staff.
  • Productive partnerships with Central Goldfields Council through the Go Goldfields initiative, University of Melbourne Network of Schools, Central Goldfields Linking Learning Project, service clubs and community groups, Goldfields Schools Network, and Goldfields Business Group
  • The school has a School Family Orientation of .6856


  • Provision of a vibrant and productive education, Foundation to 12 and Specialist Education.
  • Implementation of Professional Learning Teams to enhance staff effectiveness in best meeting the learning needs of all students
  • VCE, VET and VCAL courses
  • Trade Training Centre
  • Excellent further education pathways established and successful tertiary placements for students.
  • Many enhancement and enrichment opportunities for students such as art, music, instrumental music, musical productions, competitions, after-school activities, and sporting activities.


  • Bring Your Own Device computer provision is being phased in from 2015
  • Provision of computer suites and notebook trolleys are established throughout the school.
  • Internet and intranet use is supported
  • Data projectors in all learning areas

Environmental – grounds and facilities

  • Classrooms modern and are traditional in their layout
  • Grounds improvements have included the construction of a new oval, primary playspace, Centre Heart development and extensive landscaping in recent years. Additional playground equipment, landscaping and outdoor enhancements are planned for


  • Work with Alternate Programs Leader in the referral process and selection of students including uploading any relevant administrative plans to Xuno
  • Work with Alternate Programs Leader to implement meaningful tasks and individual work programs to engage students
  • Management of student timetables and regular review, to accommodate student needs and review scheduled attendance for these students
  • Work with Alternate Programs Leader and mainstream teaching staff to create personalized programs and individual education plans for individual students
  • Work with Alternate Programs Leader, wellbeing and careers team and other resources within the school
  • Run small group programs for students that are suitable to their needs
  • Implement appropriate management strategies to meet the complex range of student behaviours
  • Participate in Student Support Group meetings each term with stakeholders that include staff, student, parent/guardian and other stakeholders as required
  • Update the student management system (XUNO) regularly
  • Participate in the induction process with students and their families to foster partnerships that assist student learning growth
  • Communicate regularly, either via telephone or face to face, with parent/caregiver to maintain relationships, and ensure ongoing commitment to and from the family
  • In consultation with the Alternate Programs Team, make referrals to external agencies and liaise with local support agencies and health services to address the complex range of student needs to further support students and families
  • Work with Alternate Programs Leader to manage other ES 1-1 staff involved
  • Support teachers and students with integrating students into mainstream formal classes and on-campus activities wherever possible
  • Engage students in activities with the wider community
  • Be a member of the 7-10 Alternate Programs team
  • Assist in the organisation of excursions as required
  • Support the Family Liaison Officer, Student Services team and staff to support school refusers
  • Attend weekly meetings with Alternate Programs Leader
  • Attend regular PLC meetings and all relevant meetings regarding Literacy and Numeracy programs
  • Other duties as directed by the principal

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