Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistant (Term 4 replacement)

Beaconhills College, Berwick Campus


Beaconhills College Overview

Beaconhills College offers affordable but high quality education, setting it apart in the region. We are an independent, open-entry, co-educational Christian College with campuses in Pakenham and Berwick. Our strengths lie in our strong sense of community within our school, from our infants, Early Learning years and right through to Year 12. The school was founded more than 30 years ago on Christian principles and these underpin all of our College programs and how we care for our students.


At Beaconhills we aim to educate the whole child, to help them develop spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally. We challenge our students – and inspire and nurture them to achieve excellence in everything they do. Our holistic approach to education inspires excellence and nurtures confident, independent learners with the values they need to be responsible, caring citizens in their local and global communities.


Position Responsibilities

Beaconhills College is seeking a suitably qualified, dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic Learning Support Assistant, who has previously worked with students with learning disabilities. The successful candidate will be responsible for students with learning needs and work under the direction of the classroom teacher and Head of Individual Programs on the work to be delivered. The incumbent must thrive on working as part of a small team of dedicated professionals who are committed to achieving the vision of Beaconhills College.


The successful candidate will work across our two campuses, with differing responsibilities at each. Three days a week (0.42 FTE) will be spent at the Berwick Campus, working with one Year 8 student with special needs and two days per week (0.23 FTE) will be spent at the Pakenham Campus working with a range of Middle and Senior School students. If necessary, the role will be split and two applicants will be appointed.


This position reports to and takes direction from the Heads of Individual Programs at each Campus and is accountable to the Campus Principals and the Headmaster.


The position is part-time and commences in Term 4 until the end of the 2013 school year.


Specific Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Heads of Individual Programs provide support in a range of areas, with particular emphasis on:

  • Establishing good relationships and personalised support for students you are working with
  • Support students to access the individualised curriculum to the best of their ability
  • Promote independence and normalization
  • Liaise with teaching staff to ensure your assigned students are given every opportunity to achieve success and modify work where appropriate
  • Help interpret the teacher’s instruction to enable learning to occur
  • Assist with classroom communication
  • Assist students to acquire social skills
  • Attend Program Support Group meetings relevant to your assigned students where necessary
  • Undertake relevant professional development • Maintain clear and regular communication with classroom teachers and the Heads of Individual Programs.


Key Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience working with students who have high needs
  • Possess both the ability and desire to work with great attention to detail
  • Possess the ability and desire to establish good relationships with all students
  • Able to assist students in core curriculum areas
  • Highly motivated, dedicated and energetic
  • Possess high-level organisational skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Possess excellent personal and professional presentation, in keeping with the College ethos
  • Able to adapt to the changing technologies of the College
  • Able to work as part of a team or independently
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and demonstrate initiative
  • Meet and understand deadlines in a busy work environment
  • Possess a high degree of confidentiality and discretion


Selection Criteria

To be appointed into this position, a candidate would meet the following selection criteria to the satisfaction of the selection panel and the Headmaster:

1. Ability to work with classroom teacher in a congenial and professional manner

2. Possess discretion and respect confidentiality

3. Possess competent academic skills

4. Demonstrated ability to draw the best out of each student they are working with

5. Possess an understanding of behaviour

6. Possess the ability to take initiative on an appropriate level

7. Possess the ability to appreciate individual differences, behaviour and learning styles

8. Possess a discerning approach to coping with student’s emotions

9. Display a high level of communication and interpersonal skills when relating to students, parents and work colleagues.

10. Demonstrated proactive contributions to school programs.


How to apply; 


Applications should include:

  • A cover letter that addresses your suitability to the listed selection criteria
  • A curriculum vitae detailing your qualifications and experience
  • Contact details of three professional referees.


Applications should be forwarded electronically to:

The Human Resources Department

Beaconhills College

Email: jobapplications@beaconhills.vic.edu.au

Please note that only electronic applications will be accepted.

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School Details

Beaconhills College

92 Kangan Drive
Berwick Victoria 3806 (Map)
Fax: (613) 8768 1190


Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 10 September 2013.



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