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Lead School Psychologist Australia

Western Australia Government

Western Australia Government Australia Australia

3 months ago

North Metropolitan Education Region

North Metropolitan Regional Education Office

Lead School Psychologist


Lead School Psychologist - $144,817 per annum (SEA GA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE806859

This is a twenty-one (21) month fixed term, full time position commencing Term 2, 2023 with possible extension twelve (12) months and/or permanency

Applicants interested in part-time work are encouraged to apply as the FTE of the role can be negotiated with the successful applicant.

The North Metropolitan Education Region is seeking to appoint a dedicated and dynamic Lead School Psychologist (LSP). In joining a team of LSP's who work in a collaborative, self-managing environment; the successful applicant will ideally have effective teamwork skills across a range of settings. The successful applicant will also be able to engage with strategic planning, take a lead role in a portfolio/s area, and create collaborative, cross regional relationships.

As a Lead School... Psychologist in the North Metropolitan Education Region, you will be part of a self-determining team and directly accountable to the Regional Executive Director. You will also be professionally accountable to the Manager, School Psychology Service. Your practice will be guided and directed by Departmental policies and guidelines and the Psychology Board of Australia's professional standards.

The Lead School Psychologist provides leadership and access to professional support and learning for all school psychologists, including ensuring professional supervision for provisionally registered psychologists to achieve standards outlined in the Competency Framework for School Psychologists. The position assures the quality of all school psychologists' practice meets the professional standards of the Department and the Psychology Board of Australia and also leads in the provision of contemporary psychological practices. Broad experience and capacity to provide leadership across all core areas of the service (mental health, learning, behaviour and disability) will be advantageous.

The successful applicant will ensure effective deployment of school psychologists and access to specialist school psychology resources as well as provide direct advice to the Regional Executive Director, Principals and the system in the assessment and response to complex issues and situations, including emergency and critical incident management. You will also provide leadership in the development and implementation of appropriate programs, interventions and evaluations at all levels, including facilitation of systemic change and provide critical evaluation on issues impacting on the School Psychology Service.

The successful applicant will be capable of developing a team of school psychologists, lead the professional development and ensure practice standards of psychologists with a range of experience from Advanced Skills Schools Psychologist (ASSP) and Senior Psychologist to provisionally registered and new to the Department of Education. The region supports an ongoing number of provisionally registered psychologists requiring Lead School Psychologists to play an important role in the supervision process.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements (selection criteria):

The criteria align with Phase 3 described in the Competency Framework for School Psychologists.
• Demonstrated highly-proficient skills and the application of scientific practitioner models that contribute to system-level understandings and decision making.
• Demonstrated application of exemplary specialist knowledge and skills and the provision of leadership in the development of programs and interventions.
• Demonstrated ability to clarify and communicate complex concepts and provide feedback and critical evaluation on the school psychology profession, system policy, direction and operation.
• Demonstrated leadership of strategic partnerships to build capacity, influence systemic policy and undertake interventions and prevention programs.
• Demonstrated leadership and engagement in a variety of professional activities that indicate critical self-reflection, flexibility, exemplary practice and the development of learning communities

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements (selection criteria) of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

For further job related information:

Please contact Sophie Farnan, Lead School Psychologist - North Metropolitan Regional Education, by telephoning 0491 212 211 or emailing [email protected].

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