VACANCY: Special Needs Assessor

Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

Job Title : Special Needs Assessor
Department : Special Education Unit
Classification : Grade 13
Reports to : Education Officer — Special Education
Supervises : N/A

RELATIONSHIPS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Works closely with agencies such as Early Childhood Services, schools, vision and hearing specialists, physiotherapists, social workers and other key stakeholders who contribute to the development of children with special needs;
  • Conducts and supervises the administration of psycho-educational assessments for
    school-aged children across Saint Lucia;
  • Designs and implements action research and intervention programmes.
DUTIES AND TASKS
  1. Administers psycho-educational assessments on students who have been identified through local examinations, referrals by schools, parents, the Multi-disciplinary Team, and other relevant agencies and professionals to provide data on the students’ psychological cognitive levels of functioning;
  2. Assists the Ministry with developing prevention and intervention programmes in schools, including liaising with teachers in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.) for students;
  3. Advises on action to be taken with regard to students with special needs for all educational functions (instruction, assessment, discipline, extra-curricular, etc);
  4. Conducts workshops with parents, teachers and principals for the purpose of appropriately supporting the successful development of the whole child;
  5. Sensitizes the public and other stakeholders on issues related to Special Education by conducting research and developing content for public consumption that will encourage changes in attitudes and perceptions, and promote advocacy;
  6. Maintains an inventory of all equipment, furniture and supplies received and submits reports at least twice per annum to coincide with the Project Management Unit’s biannual reports;
  7. Performs any other related duties as may be assigned from time to time.
CONDITIONS
  1. Accommodation provided in a general administrative office;
  2. The processes of the Unit will be done on the basis of team work. The officer will be expected to be an active team member who understands all the processes of the Special Education Unit;
  3. The officer will be required to maintain a high level of integrity, confidentiality, honesty and trust at all times;
  4. The officer will be required to visit and liaise with schools and relevant Special Education Centres throughout the island;
  5. The officer will be allowed to conduct assessments outside of the normal office setting, when necessary;
  6. Salary will be paid in accordance with the terms stipulated by the Government in
    the Estimates of Expenditure/Collective Agreement and is liable to taxation in accordance
    with the Income Tax Ordinance;
  7. Institutional support will be provided through appropriate Civil Service and Teaching Service
    Regulations, Statutory Instrument and Departmental Guidelines;
  8. Vacation Leave will be provided in accordance with existing rules and regulations governing the Public Service;
  9. Housing, free medical attention and medicine will notbe provided.
EVALUATION METHOD
Work performance will be evaluated on the basis of:
  • Arrival at work as prescribed by existing rules and regulations;
  • Commitment and drive to reach successful outcomes both at an individual and team level (taking action, showing initiative, consistently delivering against targets);
  • Demonstrated ability to assess students and keep-upto- date records on students;
  • Demonstration of intention to work co-operatively with others and to be part of a team;
  • Demonstration of a high level of confidentiality;
  • Proven knowledge, understanding of, and the effective application of current job related policies, procedures, instructions and instruments;
  • Report quality as reflected by their clarity and accuracy;
  • Impact of workshops conducted for teachers and parents of children with special needs;
  • Effective contribution to the Multi-disciplinary Team on individual case reports;
  • Effective administration of psycho-educational assessment of students;
  • Timely completion of reports and meeting of task deadlines;
  • Compliance with Departmental and Ministry’s Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Effective implementation of duties, responsibilities and assignments as defined in the Job Description.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
  1. A progressive attitude and professional demeanour;
  2. Sound decision-making skills including analytic and problem solving skills;
  3. Soundness of judgment and clarity in communicating feedback;
  4. Capacity to work well and establish good rapport with stakeholders to ensure results;
  5. Expert knowledge of the use of assessment instruments to identify special needs;
  6. A working knowledge of, and ability to interpret Civil Service and Teaching Service Rules
    and Regulations, Operating Procedures, Education Act and other operating machinery;
  7. Ability to effectively interpret assessment results;
  8. Ability to check and/or monitor work quality and process, by insisting on standards and accountability for meeting performance measures;
  9. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing;
  10. Ability to maintain a high standard of ethics, honesty and integrity and exercise good judgment in carrying out the goals and objectives of the Unit;
  11. Ability to establish and maintain effective linkages with both internal and external customers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The candidates should possess the following:

A Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or Educational Assessment PLUS experience in Educational Psychology, School Psychology or Educational Assessment in Special Education (experience as a trained teacher would be an asset).

SALARY
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

GENERAL
Quarters, free medical attention and medicine will not be provided. The successful applicant’s income will be liable to taxation in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance.

Applications must be accompanied by certified copies of all certificates and transcripts from the relevant institutions. Two confidential testimonials are required – one from the Principal of the school at which the teacher is presently employed and one from the Education Officer for the District. For applicants outside of the school system, testimonials should be from immediate supervisors.

Please note that:
  1. performance and punctuality will be used as part of the criteria for selection of persons already in the Education System; and
  2. the successful applicant may be given an acting appointment for up to twelve (12) months;
  3. applicants are required to indicate Administrative positions held and experience gained.
Applications on the prescribed forms should be addressed to:

The Secretary
Teaching Service Commission
Sir Stanislaus James Building
The Waterfront
CASTRIES

Completed application forms should reach the Office of the Teaching Service Commission on or before Friday, December 15, 2017. Application forms can be obtained from the Office of the Teaching Service Commission.