Careers

Speech Pathologist (Early Education)

Learning Links is looking for an exceptional Speech Pathologist who is highly motivated to make a real difference to the lives of children of all abilities.  In this exciting and diverse role, you will develop your skills working as part of a transdisciplinary team in our early intervention programs, inclusive preschool, clinic and school settings.

If you are looking for a challenging role to work within a collaborative, values-based organisation that is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and the community, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Learning Links has been helping families and children with learning difficulties for almost 50 years.  We are a growing organisation responding to the changing market environment to deliver evidence based high-quality services in literacy, numeracy, speech and occupational therapies, assessments, counselling, inclusive preschool and early intervention playgroups.

The Role

You will be an active contributor to our early intervention programs and teams which provide educational support and inclusive learning environments for young children and their families prior to school enrolment.

This is a part time role with the opportunity for more hours as our programs grow, working Mondays to Thursdays, 27 + hours per week. This is a unique role rotating between our inclusive preschool, NDIS playgroups, Prep for Preschool™ playgroup and education and allied health departments. The successful candidate will have scheduled days and hours, at our Learning Centres in South Sydney. The locations are Peakhurst, Oatley and Rockdale (for preschool, disability playgroups and Prep for Preschool™ – Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Peakhurst (on Wednesdays for Speech Therapy in the clinic).

In this role you will:

  • Utilise your knowledge of early intervention, evidence-based practice methodology, speech and language assessment tools/screeners and service coordination to provide a high-quality speech therapy program (clinic and play based) to children and their families.
  • Develop strong relationships with children reflecting child focussed and strengths-based practice.
  • Develop strong relationships that support and partner with families and the community.
  • Implement best practice as per the Education and Care Services National Regulation and Law and the Early Years Learning Framework curriculum.
  • Implement the policies and procedures of Learning Links at all times.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff towards continuous improvement in all aspects of the service’s operations.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with all stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in regular supervision and professional development to support delivery of quality services;
  • Conduct a variety of speech and language assessments and planning for evidence-based interventions;
  • Collaborate with and support school communities through demonstrations, consultation and professional learning;
  • Work as part of a transdisciplinary & multidisciplinary team of psychologists, education specialists, and occupational therapists;
  • Provide excellent customer service and build positive customer relationships through effective communication; and
  • Strive to achieve individual and team KPIs to support Learning Links’ strategy for growth.
  • Contribute to ongoing review and update of resources in collaboration with the therapy team.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia with Certified Practicing status (or provisional CPSP status if you are a new graduate)
  • Current NSW Working with Children Check.
  • Current Police Check (or to ability to undertake a police check)
  • Current knowledge of the issues facing children and young people with learning difficulties and an understanding of how these can be supported by appropriate speech therapy interventions.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Willingness to travel with a current driver’s license and access to a comprehensively insured vehicle.
  • A passion for working with children, families and schools to help our clients reach their full potential.
  • Understanding of current early education and care legislation and regulations including the EYLF and NQS;
  • Ability to undertake the physical requirements of the role;
  • Self-motivated and takes initiative;
  • Demonstrated strengths-based and family centred approach in working with children and their families;
  • Skilled at building and maintaining effective workplace relationships with strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Excellent computer skills.

Desirable

  • Experience working with children with additional needs in early childhood settings;
  • Understanding of augmentative communication systems including Key Word Sign, Boardmaker and Total Communication strategies.

What we offer

A competitive package based on your qualifications and experience. As a Charity you can take advantage of salary packaging where you can access up to $15,900 tax-free as part of your total remuneration package.  Other benefits include:

  • Ongoing professional development provided by experts in the field; and
  • Workplace flexibility supporting work life balance;
  • Access to assessment tools, toys, resources and a large database of electronic resources to help you deliver the best intervention
  • Access to a free Employee Assistance Program.

How to apply for this role:

Please apply via the careers page on our website or send your application to recruitment@learninglinks.org.au including:

  1. Cover Letter with written response to the selection criteria;
  2. C.V.;
  3. Copy of relevant qualifications; and
  4. Details of two current professional referees.

Anticipated Timeframe

Applications close on Thursday 10 December 2020.

Interviews for this role will take place in December 2020.

For further information and a Position Description please visit the careers page of our website www.learninglinks.org.au.  Alternatively, you can call and speak to Melissa Murphy (Manager Early Childhood) on 8525 8230.

We are a child safe organisation. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a satisfactory police background check and a Working with Children Check before we can make an offer of employment.

Learning Links is an NDIS provider.  Successful applicants must provide evidence of completing the free NDIS Worker Orientation Module available from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission website.

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