Education Officer Gifted Education (K-12)

Catholic Schools Office - Diocese of Maitland/Newcastle

Newcastle West, NSW 

Curriculum / Learning

Contract Type: Contract Position Full Time

Applications Close: 23 January 2022

The Director of Schools invites applications from suitably qualified, experienced and highly motivated personnel for the position of Education Officer – Gifted Education (K-12). This position is full-time (1.0 FTE) commencing in Term 1, 2022 on an initial (2) year temporary contr...

The Director of Schools invites applications from suitably qualified, experienced and highly motivated personnel for the position of Education Officer – Gifted Education (K-12). This position is full-time (1.0 FTE) commencing in Term 1, 2022 on an initial (2) year temporary contract or secondment for a teacher who holds a substantive position within a school in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) is responsible for the leadership, operation and management of systemic schools that educate more than 19,000 students in 46 Primary schools, 12 Secondary schools and one K–12 school in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. <p> The Education Officer – Gifted Education: Works closely with the CSO Teaching and Learning Team to support Principals, school leadership teams and Gifted Education Mentors in: <br>• Building knowledge and shared understanding about gifted education <br>• Analysing student data to identify student, cohort and school strengths and areas for improvement and use this data to inform improvement strategies for gifted education <br>• Maintaining expert knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and student engagement and leading others to develop exemplary teaching and learning strategies for gifted students <br>• Supporting schools in the implementation of CSO policy and procedures regarding gifted education <br>• Facilitating the establishment of Gifted Education Lead Schools (GELS) including structure of program, appropriate resourcing and budgeting, ongoing professional learning opportunities, and identification of gifted and talented students <br>• Ensuring the implementation of identification processes for gifted students as outlined in the CSO Identification Resource Package <br>• Building capacity of teachers in the collection, analysis, and use of data and evidence to inform pedagogical practices <br>• Working with schools to deliver targeted professional learning focusing on areas to improve teaching and learning of gifted learners in schools linked to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers <br>• Embedding and integrating a sustainable, system-wide approach to gifted education We are seeking to appoint a highly proficient and experienced educational leader to work within a Team supporting the implementation and sustainability of the system wide approach to gifted education. The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - particularly those who participate in the life of the Diocese. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check and, where legislated, hold a Working with Children Check. Diocesan workers are expected to personally adopt and enact the Diocese’s Safeguarding Commitment Statement. </p> <h3>Essential Criteria:</h3> <p> • Ability to articulate a clear understanding of and a personal commitment to Catholic education and the mission of the Church through Catholic schools <br>• Four-year trained teacher classification with at least five years successful teaching experience and accredited at proficient level. <br>• Have completed Mini Certificate in Gifted Education (Mini COGE) or equivalent or postgraduate studies in gifted education <br>• Demonstrated capacity as an effective, skilled classroom practitioner who routinely works independently and collaboratively to improve their own practice and the practice of colleagues. <br>• High level interpersonal skills with the capacity to develop and sustain constructive and respectful relationships within and beyond the community <br>• Demonstrated excellent organisation and communication and ICT skills. <br>• Demonstrated ability to effectively utilise data to optimise organisational and educational outcomes <br>• Demonstrates an understanding of how gifted education programs can be embedded in the curriculum K- 12 <br>• Models and shares an understanding of current research in gifted education and how it applies to the learning of students <br>• Ability to initiate strategies and lead colleagues in the implementation of sustainable gifted education programs; <br>• Demonstrated ability to initiate and drive change and ensure a culture of continuous improvement <br>• Demonstrated capacity to think and act strategically; to exercise sound judgement <br>• An awareness of cross curricula units of work for gifted students using the conceptual framework <br>• Willingness to comply with the CSO Accreditation to Work, Teach and Lead Policy. Category C - Accreditation for Leadership The applicant must provide evidence of the following: <br>• Qualifications as a four year trained teacher; <br>• Current NESA Accreditation; <br>• Current Paid Working with Children Check (WWCC)number; <br>• Completion of Anaphylaxis training <br>•Proof of Covid vaccination status. </p> <h3>Desirable Criteria:</h3> <p> • Experience in a formal leadership position in a school <br>• Experience as a Gifted Education Mentor <br>• Postgraduate qualifications at Masters level </p> <h3>Renumeration:</h3> <p> Conditions and salary commensurate with the Education &amp; Professional Officers Agreement Maitland-Newcastle at level 3.1 - 3.3 depending on qualifications and experience. An initial contract of 2 years. </p> <h3>Additional Info:</h3> <p> Applicants are expected to provide : • A covering letter outlining reasons and suitability for the application • Details addressing each of the criteria as listed for this position • A Curriculum Vitae outlining how current and previous experience aligns with this position • Names and contact details of three referees, one of whom should the applicant’s immediate supervisor. Note: The role is based at the Catholic Schools Office, Hunter Street, Newcastle. If this is a secondment, support from the Principal needs to be sought before applying. Applications should be emailed as one PDF attachment quoting Reference 11914 to by Monday, 24th January 2022 at 4.00 pm </p> <a href="" target="_blank">More Information</a>
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