15 Jan 2022

Full-Time Special Education Advisor

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationBay of Plenty, New Zealand

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Job Description

  • Based in Whakatāne
  • Permanent, full-time role

Help shape the future of Education

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.

We help shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by:

  • taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • giving priority to regional and local voice
  • delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support
  • improving feedback loops and information flows.

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Te Mahau – Te Tai Whenua (Central) is a frontline group. Our frontline groups will collectively provide leadership and integrated services to the sector and others. This includes services such as learning support and education advice, and regulation functions for schools and early learning services.

Learning Support is a critical part of the Te Mahau – Te Tai Whenua (Central) Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

Our Learning Support Specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

To learn more about Learning Support, the roles we offer, frequently asked questions, and more, click here.

Mō tēnei tūranga – about this role

As a Special Education Advisor, you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by:

  • identifying patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour
  • enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings
  • supporting parents and whānau, teachers and schools to meet the diverse learning support needs of children and young people
  • developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of professional partners, community and sector groups and support agencies to ensure that services are coordinated and effective
  • working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child’s needs are complex
  • assessing, collaboratively planning, supporting and monitoring the implementation of individual (or group) intervention plans.

A primary focus for this role is supporting learning institutions who have children that receive Ongoing Resourcing Support (ORS).

Mōhou ake – about you

To be successful you will need:

  • a Bachelor of Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education
  • experience working with children and young people with learning needs in a classroom or other relevant setting
  • experience of supporting other education professionals to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families/whānau and teachers across a diverse range of settings
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? – Are you ready to make a difference?

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector. We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.

The Ministry invites applications from fully vaccinated people or people with a valid medical exemption (under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021). We will require evidence of your vaccination status, or your medical exemption, at the pre-employment stage of our recruitment.

How to Apply

For further information, please contact Pennie Muldoon at 07 349 7464 and/or email Pennie.Muldoon@education.govt.nz Applications close on Wednesday, 26 January 2022. Position description

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 60,000 - 80,000. Job expires in 5 days.

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