About The Job
Salary: £20,092 to £20,493 per annum
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: 1 year Fixed Term Contract
Location: Crawley Library, Crawley You will be required to travel countywide.
Interview Date: 05 October 2021(Interviews may take place via MS Teams or face to face following COVID secure guidelines)
You will need to be able to travel independently to various schools and educational establishments around the county, including to areas that may not be easily accessible by public transport.
Working for us is all about making a positive difference to the children and young people of West Sussex. This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of the team delivering effective support and intervention to meet the needs of children with social communication difficulties in keeping with Autism Spectrum Disorders across their educational setting and home.
As a Specialist Learning Assistant, you will work in liaison with the Advisory Teachers and under the direction of the Team Manager to provide advice and guidance to families and educational settings. You will confidently support school staff, parents/carers to develop their skills to ensure that the children are able to access their educational setting and are engaged in their learning.
To succeed at this role, you will an individual who has strong personal values and emotional resilience. We are looking for someone who has a knowledge and understanding of autism with a passion and commitment for inclusive practice in all areas of work.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career and specialism, please find out more and how to apply below.
Experience and Skills
- Sound communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of clients and create effective working relationships.
- Ability to respond sensitively and flexibly to diverse groups of service users whilst maintaining confidentiality.
- Ability to meet set deadlines and to understand when problems need to be referred upwards.
- Ability to work in a customer-focused way, gaining trust of customers and providing a high-quality service with a high level of attention to detail.
- Excellent literacy and numeracy skills in order to maintain financial records and ordering systems, analyse and interpret detailed information including statutory legislation, and provide written material including the preparation of data.
- Ability to demonstrate emotional resilience and respond flexibly to the emotional and practical needs of the customer and any situations which may arise.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- GSCE (or equivalent qualification or experience) in English and Mathematics.
- BTEC or NVQ (or equivalent) in educational support of children - Desirable
- Qualification in Autism, for example, CAAPSTA - Desirable
- Experience of working in early years and / or schools and working with practitioners.
- Experience and understanding of working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Experience of multi-agency working - Desirable
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
- A range of flexible working options
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
To apply, upload your CV and cover letter explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.
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