Developmental Educator

Award-winning culture

Supportive team environment

Generous salary packaging options


About the role

We are seeking an outstanding Developmental Educator (DE) to work as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team that uses family-centred practice to support young people who are blind, have low vision, are Deaf or hard of hearing; or have sensory challenges including autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive impairment and/or co-morbid conditions (including mental health concerns).


The DE will work cooperatively across the team and utilise principles of case management and clinical approaches to maximise outcomes for each child and their family.

In this role you will apply clinical/therapeutic supports to children; young people and their families to promote and encourage skill development and support with the development of independent living, life and social skills through capacity building programs to individuals and groups. 


Specialisation supported

Group-based and individual programs will support clients to focus on the development of skills through the use of a range of modes including digital technology and Assistive Technology.  Experience with these specialist areas or a keen interest to develop skills  would be highly-regarded. 


Shape the future of service delivery 

Our vision is a place where shared goals bring about real improvements in people’s real lives. Where the focus is on early intervention and people are seen holistically, as individuals, as members of a family and as part of a connected, safe and healthy community. A place where we celebrate the outcomes achieved by the people we support, and you can clearly see the impact we have on the community. 


The Can:Do Group will make this vision reality through the delivery of services and supports from its new southern centre: Can:Do South, a revolutionary place and service model that provides support to people who are deaf, blind or have sensory needs – and the local community.


Whilst the position will primarily be working  with clients in the central and northern metropolitan regions there will be the opportunity to participate in the delivery of services at our new Can:Do South centre.  


About you

You will need to have the expertise and competence to perform work within the discipline of Developmental Educator without direct supervision and experience maintaining an autonomous caseload.

Our ideal candidate has;

  • Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (or equivalent).
  • Full membership of the Developmental Educators Australia Inc. (DEAI).
  • Experience maintaining an autonomous caseload;
  • Experience in working with children and their families in a family-centred approach;
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary/transdisciplinary team;
  • Skills and experience in positive behaviour support and behaviour modification
  • A keen interest in, and experience using, assistive technology and digital platforms.
  • Appropriate knowledge and experience in disability generally; human development and sensory impairments including Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Understanding of Deaf culture and the use of Auslan;
  • Knowledge of the National Standards for Disability Services, Disability Discrimination Act, and any other relevant legislation and its implications for service provision;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practice of family-centred practice.

Please see the attached Job Description for more information.


About us

At Can:Do we strive together to build inclusive communities and give people the skills to live a life without limits.  Be it through speech or sign, touch or technology, we will support every person who is Deaf, blind, hard of hearing, has low vision or other sensory needs to be the best they can be.


With over 140 years of experience, we are the leading experts in specialist sensory services in South Australia.


The Can:Do Group encompasses South Australia's two oldest charitable services, Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House and Deaf Can:Do, The Royal South Australian Deaf Society. The Group also incorporates an Audiology business, Can:Do Hearing whose profits directly contribute to our charitable services.


Caring   |   Connected   |   Courageous   |   Conscientious 


The salary for this role is commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition to the base salary, you can access generous salary packaging options that may significantly increase your take-home pay.


People from diverse backgrounds and/or with lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply.


For enquiries relating to this role please email [email protected]

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Applications close: Thursday, 1 April 2021

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