Special Progams Coordinator

Special Progams Coordinator

Scotch College in Adelaide


POSITION: Special Programs Coordinator
STATUS: Permanent teaching position with 3-year tenure as Special Programs Coordinator
TIME: 1.0FTE, includes 0.5FTE teaching
LOCATION: Torrens Park Campus


Scotch College Adelaide is an Early Learning to Year 12 co-educational day and boarding school affiliated with the Uniting Church of Australia. The College has a balanced enrolment, with up to 975 students, including a maximum of 108 boarders and 50 international students. The College is organised into three schools; the Junior School located on the Mitcham campus and the Middle School (Years 7 to 9) and Senior School (Years 10 to 12), both located on the Torrens Park campus. The College also owns and operates an environmental educational facility (Kyre Campus) on Kangaroo Island, a remote Outdoor Education facility (Goose Island) and two off-campus rowing facilities (West Lakes & River Torrens). The College has a well-established ICT focus with all students from Years 7 to 12 using notebook computers in the classroom. The College has a focused program of Positive Psychology.



  • Reports to the Assistant Head of Torrens Park Campus
  • Ultimately responsible to the Principal, as CEO of the College



  • Liaises closely with the Junior School Special Programs Coordinator, Yalari Coordinator, College Psychologists, and Heads of Faculty.
  • Interaction with all other College Employees.



The Special Programs Coordinator is responsible for the coordination, management and delivery of programs for students who require learning assistance from Year 7-12, including special needs and the Curriculum Extension Program, including:

  • Providing leadership in the coordination of programs for students with learning needs and the related professional development of staff.
  • Establishing policies and procedures for the identification of students with learning needs
  • Supporting staff to differentiate their teaching programs to cater for the learning needs of all students.
  • Attending AISSA Key Teacher Days
  • Undertaking relevant professional development in line with the College’s Educational Vision to ensure Scotch is a leader in this area
  • Liaising with the School Psychologist when appropriate
  • Applying for funding and managing funds accordingly
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Summarising psychologist and specialist reports and ensuring that recommendations are implemented
  • Writing formal reports to parents each semester and conducting parent interviews
  • Attending meetings with parents where appropriate
  • Conducting ability and achievement testing and interpreting and disseminating results for students
  • Coordinating the testing of all students moving into Year 7 (and other new students) early in 2014 Special Programs Coordinator Term 4 so that class groupings, education programs and resources can be established
  • Advising staff and making recommendations for special provisions for students
  • Establishing and monitoring Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students
  • Teaching small groups of students identified as needing support with basic literacy, numeracy and the development of appropriate organizational skills
  • Establishing and managing effective processes for identifying students
  • Liaising closely with the Junior School Special Programs Teacher to allow for smooth transition of students
  • Liaising closely with Heads of Faculty to ensure that all students with learning needs are being catered for in their regular lessons
  • Coordinating and work closely with staff about other enrichment programs
  • Working closely with the Heads of House to monitor students’ involvement
  • Establishing online learning programs
  • Liaising with the Careers Futures Centre to identify and establish pathways for students requiring special programs
  • Working with the SACE coordinator in identifying Special Provisions for students at Year 12
  • Coordinating meetings with parents and teachers of students with learning needs
  • Communicating closely and in a timely manner with the parents of students with learning needs
  • Be a House Mentor


Qualifications, Training & Experience

  • Qualified Secondary Teacher, with current registration to teach in South Australia (or the ability to obtain registration prior to the start date).
  • Relevant qualifications in Special/Gifted Education.
  • Relevant teaching experience.
  • Recent National Police Check (with results considered satisfactory by the College).
  • Completed training in Childsafe Environments (formerly known as Mandatory Notification).
  • Apply First Aid (formerly Senior First Aid).
  • Current Driver’s Licence.


Attributes and Skills

  • Proven record as an outstanding educator.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with students, staff and parents from diverse backgrounds.
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary student welfare and wellbeing practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and communicate effectively across all areas and levels of a school community to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Ability to contribute to the College’s co-curricular program.
  • Superior organisational ability with demonstrated self-motivation and initiative in goalsetting, prioritising work and managing multiple tasks.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills and proven experience in creating solutions.
  • Ability to translate strategic plans and thinking into operational plans and priorities
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated personal resilience, including the ability to work in a demanding role, often outside of normal hours, and to manage stress effectively.
  • A high degree of professional judgement and confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of budgetary and financial management processes.
  • Ability to develop, promote and implement new and creative initiatives.


How to apply; 


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Scotch College Adelaide
Postal Address: PO Box 271, Mitcham, SA, 5062
Tel  +61 8 8274 4333
Fax +61 8 8274 4247


Applications Close: 9am, Monday 26 August 2013


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