Speech and Language Pathologist
- Appointment type: Full-time, Fixed Term (3 year appointment)
- Salary Package: HEW Level 7 (from $99,739 - $108,139 p.a.) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
- Location: Macquarie University, Wallumattagal Campus (North Ryde)
- Start date: January 2023
Applications are warmly invited for the position of Speech and Language Pathologist at the Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC). Reporting to the Principal of MUSEC School, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing classroom speech and language support, working collaboratively with the Special Educators to develop and implement communication programs.
This may include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for students with a range of communication difficulties. A further focus of the role is supporting the development of students' language to enhance their participation in literacy and numeracy programs. Students' language needs may range from children who have limited verbal communication, to those who communicate verbally but have language difficulties.
- Plan, develop, deliver and report on small group communication programs within the classroom
- Support the development of students' language to enhance their participation in literacy and numeracy programs
- Contribute to the planning, development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- Monitor and collect data on students' progress towards communication and relevant literacy goals
- Liaise with parents and external speech pathologists to support the implementation of communication strategies relevant to the school environment
- Provide advice and support to staff and parents on evidence-based speech and language strategies including alternative and augmentative communication
- Mentor students on practicum to optimise the learning experience and to align with best practice special education and speech pathology principles and methodology
- Supervise and support students in the classroom, playground and on excursions to help them develop independence and social skills
- Comply with relevant EEO and WHS regulations
- Perform any other duties as required and as appropriate for this classification level
You will have experience working as a part of a team to support students K-6 with a range of special learning needs. You enjoy working collaboratively with teachers and have experience working in a classroom setting. You will have demonstrated experience in using data to assess students learning needs and to monitor student performance. You will also have experience teaching children to use alternative and augmentative communication. If you are a strong communicator, reliable and flexible in your approach, this is a position you will thrive in and a School where you will enjoy working.
Within the Faculty of Arts, the Macquarie School of Education aspires to be a leader in education across the lifespan. Our mission is to be a global leader in education and an institution of service and engagement which delivers a transformative learning experience and impactful research. We are committed to maximising opportunities for children, families, schools and communities through research, teaching, learning and advocacy. MUSEC is an independent school within the Macquarie School of Education, that caters for primary aged students with special learning needs, including mild or moderate intellectual disability, autism, and/or a language disability. MUSEC aims to support the development of each child to their maximum potential in both academic and classroom self-management skills.
Key features of the MUSEC program include:
- Intensive small group instruction in literacy and numeracy by specialist teachers
- Program adjustment based on progress monitoring, ensuring individualised programs
- Assistance with learning classroom self-management skills
- Assistance in the development of speech and language skills
- Collaboration with parents
- Assistance for student's transition to their next educational setting
Working within a supportive and collaborative teaching environment, the MUSEC classroom team structure comprises of Master Special Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Classroom Assistants, a Speech and Language Pathologist, and a Visual Arts Teacher.
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To be considered for this position, please submit your CV and a cover letter (not exceeding 3 pages) that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:
- A recognised qualification in speech and language pathology, eligibility for membership of Speech Pathology Australia
- Experience in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of a range of communication, language and speech delays or disorders
- Knowledge and experience in supporting staff and children to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) within the classroom
- Knowledge and experience in evidence-based practice for children with special education needs
- Experience supporting the development of communication skills in children with autism an advantage
Note: The position of Speech and Language Pathologist requires the successful candidate to comply with occupational screening assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie Universities health requirements. The position also requires a current and valid Working with Children Check Clearance for NSW. Macquarie University must be satisfied that all background checks, including a criminal record and qualification check are completed.
Position Enquires: Dr Sally Howell, MUSEC School Principal at email@example.com or (02) 9850 8316
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday, 16 January 2023 at 11:59 pm (AEDT)
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