Special Education Needs Coordinator

The Pebbles Project seeks to employ a Special Education Needs Coordinator to be based in Stellenbosch.

EE Candidates may be given preference in line with EE targets.

The Pebbles Project reserves the right to not fill this position. If you have not been invited for an interview after 3 weeks after submission, please consider your application unsuccessful.

 Job titleInclusive and Specialised Education Support
DepartmentSpecial Education Needs
Position reports toFirst Thousand Days (FTD) Programme Manager
Ordinary location(s)Stellenbosch Head Office
Requirements• Bachelor’s qualification in Occupational Therapy or Educational Psychology or Speech and Language Therapist
• Assessment qualification in, Infant and Child Development, Administration, Schooling, and Interpretation of Clinical Assessments
• Bachelors in Education with formal training in Infant and Child Development standardized assessment
• Registered with HPCSA
• Computer literate
• Experience in paediatrics and community work
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience
• Valid driver’s license and own reliable vehicle
• Good written and spoken English and Afrikaans
• Good interpersonal skills
• Must produce a clear criminal certificate for commencement of employment

Critical performance areas

Purpose of Position
This initiative enables multi-disciplinary interventions for the beneficiaries who present developmental and learning difficulties.

● To coordinate the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Initiatives for all the children in the Early Care and Education Programme, School Enrichment Programme (SEP) and the Academy.
● To coordinate and facilitate multi-disciplinary interventions for learners who present with learning difficulties.
● To conduct parent or primary caregiver induction interviews at induction.
● To examine and prioritise referrals related to development and learning.
● To conduct assessments and develop treatment plans, monitor treatment, and adapt accordingly.
● To liaise and consult with external service providers regarding intervention programmes for beneficiaries.
● To oversee the development and implementation of intervention programmes for individual beneficiaries and groups of beneficiaries.
● To treat children experiencing difficulty in development and learning.
● To plan and execute developmental clinics in the various regions.
● To participate in multi-disciplinary case conferences when required.
● To train parents or primary caregivers on therapeutic strategies to support the development or learning of their child.
● To train and guide internal and external staff on appropriate inclusive educational principles.
● To support and consult with the Early Adulthood Programme (EAP) Manager in assessing young adults.
● To hand over cases to the EAP Manager, (where applicable,) for work placements and ensure a care path is in place.
● To discharge cases who no longer need support and communicate this to the programme managers.
● To employ the services of external support services to provide specialised intervention treatments, as needed.
● To provide SEN support in all regions.

● To present a range of SEN topics at the bi-monthly training, when requested.
● To develop training material and train the internal/external staff on special educational needs.
● To develop intervention strategies and provide one-on-one training with the educators and practitioners, when required.

● To oversee and implement the MRC activities.
● To support the development of auditory and visual perception through home-based intervention, classroom intervention and direct individual intervention.
● To consult with and report back to the Programme Managers, Support Teachers and Educators when identifying, assessing and supporting children requiring intervention.
● To provide on-site training for practitioners and caregivers.
● To assist the Transport and Logistics Coordinator with the maintenance and upkeep of the vehicle.
● To consult with Programme Managers in order to provide classroom intervention.

● To assist with the development and implementation of effective monitoring and evaluation.
● To report any concerns with the practitioners to the Support Teachers.
● To report any programme related challenges to the Programme managers.
● To maintain case records and to ensure clinical records are timeously captured on the management systems.

● To ensure that all responsibilities and instructions are clearly understood, and to clear up any misunderstandings before the task commences.
● To follow a reasonable instruction as a contribution to the productivity of the Pebbles Project.
● To perform any additional duties, as requested by your line manager or senior management.

Protecting babies, children and young people from child abuse and neglect is integral to the work of the Pebbles Project

Protecting Children
Policy Information The Pebbles Project Trust has zero tolerance of child abuse. Protecting babies, children and young people from abuse and neglect is integral to the provision of services we deliver to these children and their families. It is a core responsibility for all Pebbles Project staff.

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