Education Officer – Aboriginal Education K-12, Newcastle West

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Catholic Schools Office Maitland- NewcastleNewcastle West
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Contract type: Full Time
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Location NEWCASTLE WEST Catholic Schools Office Vacancy TypeContract Description The position of Education Officer - Aboriginal Education K-12 is located within Teaching and Learning Services of the Catholic Schools Office. The appointment of a second Education Officer - Aboriginal Education K – 12 clearly identifies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education as a system priority.

The role has responsibility for coordinating and supporting the Aboriginal Education Teachers and Aboriginal Education Support Assistants (Workers) working in all Diocesan schools. Developing effective collaborative and mentoring relationships with these Aboriginal Education staff and their Principals is a key aspect of the role.

The role holds responsibility for collaboratively developing and overseeing the implementation of policies and procedures that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education across the system of schools. Whilst the role essentially supports the learning and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, there are complementary responsibilities for promoting collaborative relationships with Aboriginal Elders and Communities and for promoting greater respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and culture across the entire Catholic school system.

This is a 35 hours per week temporary position for 2020. Position Requirements Role Purpose:

• To improve faith, learning and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students across the system of schools

• To promote and provide effective Aboriginal education and support for primary and secondary schools within the diocese

• To establish partnerships, links and networks among Catholic Schools, Catholic Schools Office, Aboriginal Families, Elders and Communities

Key Responsibilities:

1. Community Engagement

2. Policy

3. Personnel Management

4. Representation & Networking

5. Student support

6. Cultural Competency Essential Criteria • This position is targeted to be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification for this position as described under section 14 (d) of the NSW Anti-discrimination Act, 1977. In order to ensure this qualification is considered, submission of corroborated acknowledgment of Aboriginality is essential.

• Clear understanding of and personal commitment to the mission of Catholic schooling in the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle. Sound understanding of a Catholic perspective across the curriculum

• Be eligible for accreditation under the Catholic Schools Office Work Teach and Lead policy.

• Be appropriately qualified as a 4 year trained teacher with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience. Successful applicants must have current accreditation to teach with NESA, which includes successful clearances in regards to Working with Children and Criminal background checks.

• Ability to engage in substantive professional dialogue about curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

• Qualifications and/or experience (see below) relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and/or cultural settings. This is inclusive of being able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and contemporary educational issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

• Demonstrated understanding of current syllabuses and national and international perspectives on curriculum.

• Capacity to provide advice relating to Aboriginal issues, studies, perspectives and languages across the curriculum

• Demonstrated leadership, initiative, communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to develop cooperative working relationships with a wide range of people and stakeholders

• Commitment to ethical and professional practice

• High level communication, ICT and organisational skills

• Current unrestricted Class C Driver’s Licence. Desirable Criteria • Post graduate qualifications in Aboriginal Education or willingness to undertake further study

• Demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of training programs for adult learners

• Current Senior First Aid Certificate


• Experience and expertise working in educational settings with a focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

• Established and ongoing links with the local and/or wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

• Evidence of working as an effective team member in an educational setting. CommencementStarts28/1/20 Finishing Date18/12/20 Conditions of EmploymentSalary will be as per the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Catholic Schools Office Employees Enterprise Agreement 2017. Applications Close Wednesday 05 February, 2020 InstructionsForward your Curriculum Vitae together with a covering letter addressing selection criteria via email (preferred) as one pdf to the contact person. Contact Name Telephone   Suzanne Fern ( 02 4979 1246 Applications to:

By email (preferred):

Suzanne Fern

By post:

Catholic Schools Office
PO Box 714

Specific School Requirements/ Additional Info Benefits including:
• a corporate fitness program;
• employee assistance program (EAP);
• paid parental leave;
• training and staff development programs;
• access to long service leave after just five years;
• opportunity for leasing motor vehicles; and
• 9.5 per cent superannuation. To apply: Letters of application addressing the essential criteria, together with current curriculum vitae and contact details for three referees, should be emailed as one PDF document (Ref 9114) to:

More about Catholic Schools Office Maitland- Newcastle
Address: PO Box 714, Newcastle, New South Wales, NSW 2300, Australia. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +61 2 4979 1200