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School Officer

Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education - Southern Cross, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Position: School Officer - Assistant to the Curriculum Leaders (Secondary) and Assisting Student Learning
Commencing Date: As soon as possible
Salary Range: $27.46 - $28.14 per hour pending experience
Classification: Part Time, Term Time, 1 Year Fixed Term Contract
Hours: 25 hours per week, 5 days per week
Closing Date: Wednesday, 10th February 2021

Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale is a co-educational college that offers classes from Prep to Year 12. The College values effort, commitment and support and challenges students to become their best selves. In doing so, a college environment is provided in which students can grow holistically and promote activities, processes and structures that enhance a love of life.

Townsville Catholic Educationsupports a diverse region extending from Townsville to the Burdekin and Whitsunday regions in the south, and north to Ingham and Halifax, south-west to Winton, and west to the border with the Northern Territory, encompassing Mount Isa and several small, isolated western towns and east to Palm Island.

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos. We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff is recognised as being central to achieving our mission.

Southern Cross Catholic College is seeking applications for the dual position of School Officer - Assistant to the Curriculum Leaders (Secondary) and Assisting Student Learning. As the name suggests - this position is split between two roles within the school, 15 hours a week will be in the role of School Officer, - Assistant to the Curriculum Leaders (Secondary) and 10 hours a week will be in the role of School Officer - Assisting Student Learning. This role will commence as soon as possible, on a Fixed Term Contract for the duration of the 2021 Teaching year.

About the role

In the role of School Officer - Assistant to the Curriculum Leaders (Secondary), the successful candidate will provide administrative support to the Curriculum Leaders, demonstrating a degree of self-initiative, flexibility and dependability. The School Officer - Administration will be required to be required to liaise with visitors, parents, staff and students to the school. The incumbent will present a professional image and create a welcoming, warm and positive impression.

In the role of School Officer - Assisting Student Learning the successful candidate will work in collaboration with the teachers to provide support and guidance to assist students with learning and development. The School Officer – ASL ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Subject Teacher and Assistant Principal and Principal.

Key Accountabilities

School Officer - Assistant to the Curriculum Leaders (Secondary)

The Assistant to Curriculum Leaders will be highly organised and demonstrate diligence and attention to detail.

  • Provide efficient and effective administration support to the Curriculum Leaders:

    • Manage diary/commitments
    • Monitor staff access/telephone calls/correspondence, as required
    • Assist the Curriculum Leaders with school activities including, but not limited to assemblies, leadership meetings and interviews
    • Develop (as required) and adhere to administrative processes to enable efficiencies.

    Assist with other duties that meet the day to day requirements of the school including:

    • Assist in the production of internal and external documents ensuring attention to detail
    • Coordinate, prepare and file documents as required, ensuring a commitment to compliance and confidentiality
    • Respond to incoming telephone/email enquires/communications
    • Respond professionally with and direct enquiries of parents, visitors and contractors as necessary
    • Assist with the preparation of meetings, functions and associated tasks.

    Any other duties as reasonably requested to support the functionality of Southern Cross Catholic College.

School Officer - Assisting Student Learning:

Assist the student’s learning and participation in the College:

  • Assist teachers in preparing, implementing and supervising learning programs
  • Be aware of the Classroom Teacher’s expectations of the students in the class and work with the teacher, actively participating in activities, intervening and encouraging students where appropriate
  • Under the direction of the teacher assist individuals or small groups, with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required
  • Respond to all students in the classroom in a warm and encouraging manner and build collaborative relationships with the students and respond to individual learning needs

Learning and Teaching:

  • Provide support to teachers in the classroom
  • Under direction assist the teaching team with classroom resources
  • Work collaboratively with teachers to support student learning which may include:
    • General support to a group of students while the teacher is engaged in focussed teaching
    • Provision of personalised support e.g. mobility or communication support, where required
    • Assisting students to complete tasks designed by the teacher
    • Preparation of support materials and resources
  • Support identified students with learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities
  • Collect data for analysis by the teacher - anecdotal notes on performance of task, work habits, behaviour etc., provided to the teacher.

Inclusive Education:

  • Assist individuals or small groups with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices,
  • Support the Classroom Teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required.

Small Group and Personalised Support:

  • Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
  • Inform the Assistant Principal on any welfare issues that may arise with students
  • Develop professional relationships with students based on trust and respect, which utilises a strengths based approach
  • Provide general formative feedback to students on performance during the teaching session
  • Role model behaviour in line with the College’s mission
  • Work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans, as identified by the teacher, for groups of students including:
    • Work with the student, under the direction of a teacher, to support the implementation of particular learning goals as identified in the Student’s Learning Plan.

Pastoral Care:

Under the direction of the teacher:

  • Proactively monitor and support student wellbeing issues under the guidance of the pastoral care team
  • Work to promote self-esteem and assist with student social interactions by teaching them social skills and discussing with them their social behaviours as required
  • Provide assistance with personal care as required which may also include mobility and personal hygiene
  • Provide assistance with communication – including notetaking, taping material and using ICT to optimise the student’s learning experiences.

About You


  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and embrace new ideas
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of customer service.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to the learning needs of students.


  • Ability to develop productive working relationships
  • Good oral communication skills, especially in relation to staff, students and parents
  • Good written, verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills to ensure positive engagement with staff, parents and visitors
  • Computer literacy across various programs
  • Alibility to manage time and set priorities to meet deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate a proactive mindset
  • Ability to engage and work in partnership with teachers.


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude
  • Confident, well-presented and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with staff, parents and visitors
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the school community and driven to achieve the best outcomes
  • Willingness to learn and develop in a supported environment
  • Motivated with a “can do’ attitude.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government
  • Year 12 certificate
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.

Desirable Criteria

  • Some employees may be subject to pre-employment medical assessments during the selection process. Depending on the nature of the position, it may be necessary for successful applicants to be immunised against certain preventable diseases in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary starting: $27.46 - $28.14 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email of two professional referees

Please see the Position Description for more information.

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 10th February 2021.

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Southern Cross, WA

Education, Childcare & Training


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