Special Education Adviser

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Taranaki
  • Permanent
  • Taranaki

About this role

As a Special Education Advisor/Learning Support Advisor you will play a critical role in our region's Learning Support team by:

  • supporting parents and whānau, teachers and schools to meet the learning support needs of children and young people
  • developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of professional partners, community and sector groups and support agencies to ensure that services are coordinated and effective
  • enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools, and other educational settings
  • assessing, collaboratively planning, supporting, and monitoring the implementation of individual (or group) intervention plans.

About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • Relevant professional qualification: Bachelor of Education or Teaching, Post-graduate Diploma in Early Intervention/Special Education/Educational Psychology
  • Experience working with children and young people with learning and behavioural needs in a classroom or other relevant setting
  • Experience of supporting education and other professionals to meet the needs of children and young people with additional learning needs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and teachers across a diverse range of settings
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga

What can we offer you?

We offer a competitive salary and terms and conditions. In addition, our specialists tell us they value the following:

  • 'The ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and their whānau and contribute to system-wide change is a huge plus'
  • 'The Ministry offers a strong community of practice and the support of a large organisation so I never feel isolated or alone'
  • 'I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking'

Help shape the future of education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/680127_JobDesc.pdf

If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.

For further information, please contact Renee Anderson on renee.anderson@education.govt.nz

Applications close Friday,16 April 2021.


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