Guidance Officer - Norfolk Island Central School

$126,644 - $128,884 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Darling Downs, QLD, Australia
  • 13 Jan, 2022
Full time - Permanent Student Services Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

From 2022, the Queensland Department of Education will commence delivery of educational services on Norfolk Island on behalf of the Australian Government. We are looking for experienced and highly capable school leaders and heads of program to complement the existing workforce from 2022. As Norfolk Island is a very close knit community you will not only be a critical part of the success of the school, but be able to demonstrate commitment to supporting strong community engagement activities. The successful applicant will contribute towards and be accountable for the provision of a comprehensive student support program that is responsive to the identified and changing needs of students enrolled at the school.

Position status Fixed Term Temporary
Position type Full-time
Occupational group Education & Training
Classification Stream 2 /HO1
Workplace Location Darling Downs - Maranoa,Other - Outside Qld
Job ad reference QLD/DSR402123/22T
Closing date 27-Jan-2022
Yearly salary $126644 - $128884
Fortnightly salary $4854.30 - $4940.10
Job duration Until 9 December 2022 unless otherwise determined
Contact person Andrew Brandon
Contact details (07) 4616 3768

About the school

Norfolk Island Central School is located on Norfolk Island, approximately 1400km east of Byron Bay in the South Pacific. The school is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia and has operated as a NSW Department of Education school up until the Queensland Department of Education commences delivery of educational services from 2022. There has been a high quality delivery of educational services for the approximately 300 students in P-12.

Our school motto is Play the Game, and we take great pride in delivering quality educational and wellbeing outcomes for our students. The game we play is underpinned by our school values of respect, responsibility, resilience and honesty. Our school works in partnership with our community to provide a broad ranging curriculum encompassing educational, sporting and cultural experiences. Norfolk Island's unique historical traditions are valued, and we support the maintenance of Norfolk Island culture for future generations through the teaching of Norf'k Language and Culture in K-7 and a cultural camp in Year 9.

Staff work with significant levels of dedication and commitment, to serve our students and community. The staff collectively drive ongoing improvements through a focus on leadership for collaborative practice in assessment as well as in data skills and use. We strive to embed a culture of Instructional Leadership that will assist all stakeholders in moving forward.

To join the teaching and leadership team in the role of Guidance Officer, the following knowledge, skills and attributes will be essential:

  • Advocate, provide counselling, psychoeducational assessment and individual student support, recommendations and advice to students, teachers and parents concerning educational, behavioural, career development, mental health and family issues.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build authentic connections with students, parents, and community to strengthen a culture of productive educational partnerships to enhance learning, wellbeing, attendance, and engagement for all students.
  • Provide a counselling and referral service to assist students in decision making about critical educational, personal, social, emotional and career development, and provide ongoing support during the implementation phase of their decision.
  • Conduct activities such as student observation and psychoeducational assessment in order to determine the nature of student learning difficulties, disability, developmental levels or psychological and emotional status in order to make recommendations for educational adjustments and interventions.
  • Assist schools in the implementation of student protection, gifted and talented education, behaviour support policies and risk management processes that may involve the development of individualised student plans, including Educational Support Plans.
  • Provide specific support in secondary schools that may include involvement in the process of Senior Education and Training (SET) planning, career development and future pathway options counselling.
  • Provide leadership and specialised support in response to student protection issues; critical incidents and emergencies; and the transition of students into alternative education programs, and their reintegration back into mainstream schooling.

Please review the role description for the mandatory requirements of this role.

Highly desirable: A minimum of two years full time, or equivalent teaching experience; current membership of the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association (QGCA).

Interested? To apply:

  • Attach a brief resume including contact details for 2 referees (one of whom should be your current supervisor and be in a position to provide reflections to the panel of their observation of your skills and capabilities)
  • Attach a maximum 2 page written response outlining your suitability for the role and the critical capabilities you bring to NICS. Please frame this in the context of the information including in the attached role description particularly the key capabilities under the How you will be assessed section and the Your role and Your opportunity sections. (Do not respond to individual criteria).
  • Please note: Engagement in this position is subject to the person fully satisfying the COVID-19 vaccination requirements outlined in the attached Candidate Information Fact Sheet 2022. Applicants are asked to submit evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination with their application.

Applications remain current for 12 months from the closing date and may be considered for appointment to identical or similar vacancies within the Department.

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.



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Job Closing Date

27 Jan, 2022