Teacher in charge
Teacher in Charge
Southport Flexible Learning Centre in Gold Coast
School Network Southport Flexible Learning Centre, Youth+, Edmund Rice Education
Hours of Duty Full time position commencing immediately or start of the 2014 school year.
Reports To Teacher in Charge, Southport FLC, FLA Coordinator and Director, Youth+
Band Wage Scale School Officer Award - Queensland Catholic Employing Authority Single
Enterprise Collective Agreement Religious Institute Schools of Queensland
Closing Date 28 October 2013
Youth+ is an initiative of Edmund Rice Education Australia. Youth+ services including Flexible Learning
Centres (FLCs) offer a full-time and multiyear secondary education and social inclusion program for young
people who are disenfranchised from mainstream structures. Young people may express a broad range
of complex education and social needs and the Youth+ services respond with a variety of flexible and
innovative social inclusion and learning experiences.
Youth + services provide young people with a varied and holistic set of learning experiences supporting
them to identify and pursue an individual transition to adulthood, employment, further education and
training and social connectedness.
Young people include indigenous and non-indigenous young people who are disengaged from
mainstream education for a range of reasons and include:
Young people who have had contact with the juvenile justice system;
Young people in the care of the Department of Child Safety;
Young people with a history of trauma;
Young people with a history of extended periods of unexplained absences from school
Young people who are highly mobile;
Young people who may have mental health and wellbeing concerns
Young people who have been excluded or repeatedly suspended from school;
Young people who are school refusers
Young people who are homeless;
Young people who are young parents;
Young people with a generational history of early school leaving and/or unemployment
The Southport FLC will be established as a fully registered school during 2014. The service to support
and slowly grow a small enrolment of up to 30 young people will commence early 2014. This service will
include mobile education and wellbeing support based in the community. Staffing in 2014 will include:
Teacher-in-Charge; Teacher and two youth workers. The program is supported by Youth+ National team
members. It is anticipated that following 2014 the enrolment will progressively increase to up to 100
young people with concurrent staffing increase.
See www.youthplus.edu.au - Publications for further information.
See attached - Foundation Statement and Strategic Values.
The Youth Worker reports to the Head of Campus and Director, Youth+. He/she has responsibility to
support engagement, wellbeing and social inclusion responses of the campus. He or she provides
wellbeing support to the young people of the campus including engagement and program activities.
She/He works collaboratively and is supported by Teachers, Youth Workers, Teacher in Charge, FLA
Previous experience in the youth sector.
The applicant may have qualifications at Degree, Diploma or Certificate level
The employee should possess or be eligible for a Working With Children Clearance Notice.
The employee in this position is required to demonstrate competency involving self directed application of
knowledge with substantial depth in youth/social work practices.
Skills and Knowledge:
Demonstrated skills and knowledge in youth/social work theory, process, frameworks and ethics.
Ability to analyse complex situations and implementation of appropriate strategies to enhance the
professional practice of teaching and non teaching staff
Demonstrated capacity to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, to work
collaboratively and establish and maintain professional relationships with all stakeholders
Principles of Operation (Respect, Participation, Safe and Legal,
A primary responsibility for this role is to maintain fidelity to Operation by Principle and the best
practice guidelines as articulated in the Youth+ Foundation and FLC Occasional Papers
(available on the website)
Duties and Responsibilities:
Typical duties and responsibilities include but are not restricted to:
1. Develop and coordinate external support networks
Liaise and develop service referral and provision with government and non government
agencies at appropriate levels to support health, mental health and wellbeing needs of young
Develop partnerships with key agencies to support services being delivered on site at the FLC
Support young people to access support services e.g. counseling, health support, community
Work collaboratively with the team to support/develop cultural links, community and family
connections which support the engagement and connection of young people to learning and
the wider community.
2. Participates in program provision to ensure wellbeing in an inclusive learning
Collaborates with the team to support a socially inclusive program that responds to the
physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and cultural needs of young people.
Participates in the daily routines and activities of the FLC e.g. morning meetings, lunch,
electives, outings, camps.
Undertakes a direct program provision role with a focus on health, wellbeing and engagement
within the FLC.
Participates in a range of programs/activities during the school holidays to maintain
connections for vulnerable young people.
3. Team participation/multidisciplinary practice
Participate in professional supervision
Participate in regular whole team reflective practice sessions including daily staff debrief
4. Supports child protection procedures according to policy
In consultation with Teacher in Charge, FLA Coordinator and Child Protection Coordinator,
Provide a support service to staff and young people dealing with issues of child protection
Provide a referral point for young people to appropriate support services as indicated
5. Administrative Responsibilities
Maintains appropriate records and prepares reports as required.
Maintains records on the database
Support the development of personal learning plans
Participates in YP in care compliance meetings
6. Specific duties for Cultural Youth Workers: Lead and support professional practice
which is culturally appropriate
Work collaboratively with the team to ensure program provision is culturally appropriate.
Lead the team in the sourcing and provision of activities which support cultural links and
Work collaboratively with the team to develop community and family connections which
support the engagement and connection of young people to learning and the wider
7. Other identified duties specific to the role in this Flexible Learning Centre
Carries out duties and tasks that may be reasonably assigned by the Director from time
Applications should be forwarded to email@example.com by Monday 28 October 2013 and need to
A response to the selection criteria (listed below)
A current resume outlining previous experience and skills (including Teachers Registration details)
Two referees (including contact details). Please include a referee from current or most recent place of
Queries for further information should be directed to Michelle Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone 0448 335 411.
Youth+ supports the rights of children and young people and is committed to providing a safe and
supportive environment directed at ensuring their safety and wellbeing. All applicants for these positions
will be subject to EREA screening procedures.