Speech Language Therapist

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Manawatū-Whanganui
  • Permanent, full-time
  • Whanganui

About this role

As a Speech Language Therapist you will play a critical role in our region's Learning Support team by:

  • working with a team around the child, including educators, parents, caregivers and whānau, to enhance understanding about the chid and their behaviours, and to collaboratively develop, implement and monitor an effective personalised learning plan
  • helping the adult network around the child to make changes to the learning environment so that their behaviour can be more effectively managed and the situation can be stabilised/made safer. This includes supporting the child to develop more pro-social ways of responding, and improve their participation, wellbeing and learning outcomes
  • facilitating access to wider services and support, which can include a universal, targeted and/or individualised response.

About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Speech-Language Therapy or an equivalent that meets the requirements of the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association
  • Specialist knowledge of theory, research and practice related to speech-language, child and human development, and learning and behaviour
  • Ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information
  • Ability to co-ordinate service provision in a multi-agency, trans-disciplinary setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young peop le 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 a flexible work environment. 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'

Whanganui has an abundance of excellent cafes with boutique stores to explore. There is a vibrant arts community and stunning heritage architecture which gives Whanganui a unique look and feel to the CBD.

The Whanganui river, once one of the country's leading commercial waterways, is a focus for river-based activities including Waka Ama, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, yachting, motor boats and the Sea Fishing Club.

For skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, Whanganui boasts picture perfect, snow-capped mountains which are less than two hours' drive from the city centre.

If you want a temperate climate with affordable housing, a good hospital and first-class schools and civic amenities then Whanganui is the place for you.

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 who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

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.

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

For further information, please contact Karen Keene at Karen.keene@education.govt.nz

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/658904_JobDesc.pdf

Applications close Sunday, 23 August 2020.

 

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