Speech Pathologist Level 3

This is a full-time, ongoing job for a dynamic Speech Pathologist with extensive expertise and experience providing reading, spelling, speech and language assessment and intervention and related speech pathology services to school-aged children and teenagers.

About the workplace

Join Speech Pathologist Alison Clarke and her six wonderful colleagues (a full-time office coordinator and five part-time speech pathologists) in our busy Spelfabet practice in a large, quiet, well-equipped office in North Fitzroy. This role would also involve one or two days’ work at a northern suburbs secondary school with students with significant language, learning and other difficulties, and highly supportive staff and school leadership.

About the job

Due to the 9/7/20 stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, this position will now commence on Thursday 1st October 2020.

You would provide assessment and therapy (face-to-face and via telehealth) to a full-time caseload of mainly school-aged children and teenagers with reading and/or spelling difficulties, mostly at our office, but with one or two days at a secondary school. Many clients also have Autism Spectrum disorders, Developmental Language Disorders, attention or other developmental difficulties, so you would need a calm, friendly, flexible approach, a thick skin and a good sense of humour.

You would assess speech, language, phonological processing, spelling/writing and reading skills, and where relevant pragmatics and play skills, writing these up promptly in succinct, jargon-free reports. You would work as a team with us on clinic days, providing groups when it is safe to do so, and work as a team with school staff and our other therapist based at the school on your school day(s).

Usual hours of work would be 10.30am to 6.36pm on clinic-based days (as most school-aged clients prefer afternoon appointments) and 8.30am to 4.30pm on school-based days. Some flexibility in hours is negotiable. Assessment and group therapy sessions in the clinic are usually one hour, and individual therapy sessions are usually 40 minutes. Maximum client load would be based on qualifications and experience.

The North Fitzroy office is highly accessible by train, tram, bus and bike, and on-site parking is available. Great cafes and shops, a supermarket and park are all nearby.

You would be expected to attend and help provide professional development, help create therapy resources, participate in supervision/mentoring and quality assurance and assist with student supervision.

About you

You need:

  • A tertiary qualification in Speech and Language Pathology.
  • Current Certified Practising Membership of Speech Pathology Australia, and eligibility for a Medicare Provider Number.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (you will be reimbursed).
  • A current Working with Children Check.
  • Training and experience using one or more explicit, systematic synthetic phonics programs, preferably Sounds-Write, but others like Little Learners Love Literacy, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc, Get Reading Right or MultiLit would also be relevant.
  • At least three years’ paediatric speech pathology experience, including experience working in schools and with small groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding spelling skills and knowledge of English word structure.

About the pay

This position is classified at Level 3 under the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010. The salary range is $69,882.80-$79,476.80 per annum plus 9.5% superannuation, depending on qualifications and experience. Working conditions and leave are as per the Award and National Employment Standards. Annual leave during school holidays is encouraged.

What else do you need to know

This is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background, the GLBTIQ community and those living with a disability. VAHPA membership is encouraged, and environmentally sustainable work practices are expected. Job-share requests will be considered, especially from speech pathologists working part-time in schools. A three-month probationary period applies.

Revised date for close of applications due to the new COVID-19 restrictions: 21st August 2020.

Please email for the selection criteria and position description, or contact Alison on 0402 075 306 for more information.