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Special Education Needs Coordinator

Job No: 112529
Location: Melville Island

  • Are you ready for a career that inspires?
  • Join a dynamic, well-resourced boarding school providing quality education for young Tiwi
  • Primary and Secondary Teachers welcome to apply!
  • Highly attractive remuneration package circa $73,000-$105,000 plus super & salary sacrificing
  • Fully paid accommodation, phone, internet and utilities PLUS relocation assistance, flights and more!

About Tiwi College and Melville Island

Located at Pickataramoor on Melville Island, Tiwi College is an exciting and dynamic secondary boarding school initiated and governed by the Tiwi people to provide quality education for the young Tiwi. The college caters for holistic learning; helping the young Tiwi become "work ready". At Tiwi College, the life skills learned in the Family Group Homes are valued as highly as the academic programs.

A weekly boarding school, where students are dropped off on a Monday and picked up on a Friday, the school IS the community of Pickataramoor. The school currently has over 100 students and 50 staff consisting of Teachers, Tiwi Assistant Teachers, Tiwi Academy staff, Family Group Home (boarding) Parents, Hospitality staff, a Fleet Manager, Farm Manager, Maintenance Manager and Groundsman. It is a very close-knit community and as a relatively new school, Tiwi College is well resourced for both staff and students.  

Melville Island, part of the Tiwi Islands, lies in the eastern Timor Sea, off the coast of the Northern Territory, Australia. It is west of the Cobourg Peninsula in Arnhem Land and north of Darwin, with a tropical climate. Second only to Tasmania in area, it has a population of just 800 people. As a result, the tropical wilderness and secluded beaches are readily accessible, with most staff enjoying weekend camping and fishing.

Are you ready for a career change that inspires?

Tiwi College now has a rewarding opportunity for a Teacher to join their staff as a Special Education Needs Coordinator. This is a full-time role with an immediate start - initially this is being offered as a 12 month contract, however extension to a permanent role is highly likely for the right person. 

Working closely with the Academic Coordinator and teaching staff, the Special Education Needs Coordinator is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy, including administration, classroom support and small group withdrawal. This position is also required to provide relief cover for teaching staff on a needs basis. 

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Attending classes to observe and assess the individual needs of each child;
  • Developing individual and personalised education adjustment plans for children who require additional support;
  • Working collaboratively with the leadership team;
  • Overseeing the curriculum and making suggestions for potential changes;
  • Liaising with external agencies and organisations as required; and
  • Managing all administrative duties including extensive data collection, report writing and ensuring all required paperwork is achieved.

What you need to succeed

To be successful in this position, you will need to be a tertiary qualified primary or secondary trained teacher with registration to teach in the NT and/or the ability to obtain this registration prior to commencement. Post-graduate qualifications in special education will be highly regarded, but are not mandatory. 

You will have demonstrated experience developing individualised plans for children who require additional support and/or assistance, ideally with students who have come from difficult backgrounds. In addition, you will have a proven understanding of the obstacles and difficulties that children may face when they require additional support in terms of their education and be skilled in report writing and data collection. 

This role will not suit someone with a disciplinarian approach. Rather, Tiwi College is looking for an empathetic, resilient and caring person who is flexible in their thinking and approach and who can adapt to changing circumstances. You will have a genuine desire to listen to and build real relationships with the young people in your care and the greater community, ensuring parents feel welcome and involved in their children's progress.

As you will be required to drive a 4WD at times, an open, manual driver's license will also be highly regarded.

Please note: Tiwi College is not in a position to sponsor overseas candidates for visa purposes and as such only Australian/NZ residents are eligible to apply. Prior to commencement you will need to obtain a current First Aid Certificate and OCHRE card. 

A remote teaching opportunity with a difference

Tiwi College prides itself on its strong community culture which has evolved over the last 5 years to result in excellent student attendance and retention rates. As a relatively new and well-resourced facility, staff have excellent conditions as part of their work entitlements and due to all of these factors, staff satisfaction levels and retention rates are extremely high. 

For your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded will an attractive salary package circa $73,000-$105,000 plus super. In addition, you will have access to a host of other benefits including:

  • Salary sacrificing of $15,993;
  • Fully paid accommodation, phone, internet and utilities;
  • Free weekly food freight from Darwin;
  • Immunisation and health care entitlements;
  • Social Club entitlements;
  • 4 x free flights per annum; and
  • Relocation assistance.

If you are an empathetic educator looking for a new adventure and an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the young Tiwi, then this could be the role for you! Apply now and become part of the "Picka Family". 

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