- Sydney > Alexandria
- Job posted on: 10th May 2022
- Applications close:
The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a national charity dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia for vulnerable Australians.
To meet growing demand, ALNF has an exciting opportunity for an educator with experience working with remote communities.
ALNF’s flagship Early Language and Literacy (EL&L) program draws on best practice from speech and language pathology and education. It provides knowledge and practical strategies to support the development of foundational language and literacy skills to early childhood and early primary educators, allied professionals, parents and community members in remote, regional and urban communities.
EL&L is offered in English and also Two Ways, in English and First Language. The Two Ways approach sees the Trainer working in close collaboration with senior First Language speakers.
Our goal is to create communities of practice for those who work for children, with common skills, knowledge, resources and expert support to interrupt intergenerational educational disadvantage in vulnerable communities.
“In over 25 years of teaching I have found this course
one of the most practical and beneficial experiences both for student and teacher learning.”
— Classroom Teacher, Mid-North Coast NSW
“I am alive again. Listen! Language is life.
You have given me Language. You have given me life. I am alive again.”
— Warumungu Elder, Tennant Creek, NT
The program includes the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy, with educators mentored to integrate the EL&L strategies into programming and curriculum in response to children’s growth needs. It includes:
It also includes the digital Living First Languages Platform. The Platform provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the technology to record, display and teach language and literacy in their own First Languages (see video here).
Language content is approved by Language Advisory Groups comprised of Elders and others nominated by the community, with the resultant Language Space owned by an appropriate community organisation.
In 2019, ALNF’s place-based EL&L instruction for children in Indigenous communities saw ALNF awarded at MIT Solve in the category of Early Childhood Development.
Primarily responsible for training and mentoring, you will also conduct parent/carer workshops, support with the administration of formative assessment interviews and their interpretation and nurture community networks to facilitate positive language and literacy outcomes for children.
ALNF will provide on-the-job training and mentoring to support your qualification as an EL&L Trainer. ALNF will also provide access to training in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment if required. We are looking for a long-term engagement and ask for a minimum commitment to the role for 2-3 years.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from other diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. ALNF is an equal opportunity employer.
ALNF’s office is in Sydney, however ALNF will consider candidates from interstate or regional areas who would work from home when not travelling for work. This position involves extensive travel to remote, regional and urban program sites around Australia, 20-24 weeks per year.
In this role, you will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable Australians.
Facilitate whole-of-community strategies to achieve oral language and early literacy growth for children across a number of vulnerable communities across Australia. Responsibilities include:
To submit your application, click Apply Now.
Please direct enquiries to Philippa Pryor, ALNF Programs Manager at Philippa.Pryor@alnf.org, using the subject line: Early Language & Literacy Two Ways Community Trainer enquiry via EthicalJobs.
A position description is attached.