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Ag Earcú CRS/Recruiting for SNA position

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Chun iarratas a dhéanamh ar an bpost seo, lean an nasc/To apply for this position, please go to

Spriocdháta an iarratais ná 23 Meitheamh 2022 @ 4in/Applications must be received before 23rd June @ 4pm

Job Details

  • Primary Location: Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Grange Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13
  • Geolocation: 53.3979136 -6.1501978
  • Reporting to: Principal
  • Start date:
  • Job category: Other
  • Job type: Temporary/Contract/Project
  • Employment type: Fixed Purpose Contract
  • Employment time: full time
  • Career level: See Description
  • Salary: See Description for Details
  • Department: N/A
  • Status: N/A
  • Priority: N/A
  • Skill Assessment required : No

Hiring Requirements

Must Have:
Nice to Have:

Job Summary

Primary Function:

The SNA provides the necessary non-teaching services to pupils with assessed educational needs. The SNA acts in a care and support role that is non-teaching in nature and works under the guidance and supervision of the Principal and class teacher. The SNA’s primary function is to ensure the care and support needs of the students are met on a daily basis.

Candidate must have qualifications and or experience in:

•ASD experience

•Experience of working with a child with behavioural and emotional difficulties

Working Relationships:

•Principal and school management team.

•Members of the teaching staff

•Other members of the support staff

•ETB Administrative Head Office



•External Support Agencies

Salary Grade:

Special Needs Assistant

€25,102 p.a. to €39,587 p.a.

Long service Increment 1, €42,190 after three years’ satisfactory service at the maximum.

New appointees to any grade start at the minimum point of the scale. Incremental credit is normally granted on appointment, in respect of previous experience in the Civil Service, Local Authorities, Health Service and other Public Service Bodies and Statutory Agencies.

Job Objectives

Key Tasks (Circular 12/05 and 30/2014):

The duties involve tasks of a non-teaching nature such as:

1.Preparation and tidying up of classrooms.

2.Assisting pupils to board and alight from school buses. Where necessary travel as escort during school hours on school buses may be required.

3.Special assistance as necessary for pupils with particular difficulties e.g. helping special needs pupils with typing or writing or computers or other use of equipment.

4.Assistance with clothing, feeding, toileting and general hygiene and being mindful of health and safety needs of the pupil.

5.Assisting on out-of-school visits, walks, examinations and similar activities.

6.Assisting the teachers in the supervision of pupils during assembly, recreation and dispersal from the classroom for one reason or another.

7.Accompanying individuals or small groups who may have to be withdrawn temporarily from the classroom for one reason or another.

8.General assistance to the class teachers, under the direction of the Principal, with duties of a non-teaching nature. (Special needs assistants may not act as either substitute or temporary teachers. In no circumstances may they be left in sole charge of a class or group of children).

9.Participation with school development planning, where appropriate, and co-operation with any such changes with policies and practices arising from the school development process.

10.Engagement with parents of special needs pupils in both formal and informal structures as required and directed by school management.

11.Other duties appropriate to the grade as may be determined by the needs of the pupils and the school from time to time. Special Needs Assistants may be re-assigned to other work appropriate to the grade when special needs pupils are absent or when particular urgent work demands arise.

Required Skills

Person Specification/Profile:

Essential Requirements:

•Good communication and interpersonal skills.

•The ability to build good relationships with pupils and colleagues/adults.

•Excellent organisational and planning skills.

•A passion for working with children and the ability to manage groups of pupils.

•Ability to manage difficult behaviour effectively.

•Flexibility and creativity.

•Ability to work as part of a team.

•Good record-keeping and report-writing skills, with ICT skills an advantage.

•Shows discretion in sensitive situations.

•The minimum standard of education for appointment to the post of SNA is FETAC Level 3 major qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications, OR a minimum of three grade Ds in the Junior Certificate, OR Equivalent. [Circular 0021/2011]

  • Ability to communicate through Gaeilge or willingness to learn

SNA Competency

SNAs require specific knowledge and a high level of competence in the areas of:

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

•Is an excellent communicator who is able to motivate, encourage and instil confidence.

•Has the ability to quickly build rapport.

•Is respectful and displays high emotional intelligence.

•Is resilient, has patience and energy to persevere. Maintains composure in stressful situations.

Teamwork, Cooperation and Flexibility

•Creates team spirit, develops good working relations with others (SNAs, teachers and school management team).

•Co-operates with others, shares useful and relevant information and experience.

•Is flexible in approach, adaptable in working style, and open to change.

•Is punctual - shows up to work on time, and follows instructions, policies and procedures.

•Is able to work alongside and take direction from colleagues in a busy environment.

Planning and Organising

•Plans ahead and organise work in an effective manner.

•Manages own time and priorities and re-prioritise where necessary.

•Takes follow up actions with required.

•Monitor work activity against plan and take remedial action when necessary.

•Keeps accurate and detailed records of student’s needs and progress.

Commitment to Learning/Professional Development

•Evaluates own behaviour regularly with a view to continuous learning and development.

•Is open and responsive to constructive feedback regarding their work.

•Shows willingness to learn and seeks appropriate support, advice and guidance.

•Takes initiative to seek out training and development opportunities.

•Attends and/or actively participates in seminars and conferences, or any other training which may be beneficial to their role.

Internal Notes

Application Additional Questions

  1. Do you hold PF1 (Panel Rights) form?
  2. Communication and Interpersonal Skills - Outline, in no more than 150 words, one relevant example of how and where you have displayed this competency.
  3. Teamwork, Cooperation and Flexibility - Outline, in no more than 150 words, one relevant example of how and where you have displayed this competency.
  4. Planning and Organising - Outline, in no more than 150 words, one relevant example of how and where you have displayed this competency.
  5. Commitment to Learning/Professional Development - Outline, in no more than 150 words, one relevant example of how and where you have displayed this competency.
  6. Describe your experience working with children with additional needs in an ASD class. (No more than 150 words)
  7. Describe your SEN experience. (No more than 150 words)
  8. Outline your experience of working with students with behavioural and emotional needs (No more than 150 words)
  9. Describe your experience working with children with servere Learning Difficulties(No more than 150 words)
  10. Describe your experience with the use of one-to-one technology(No more than 150 words)
  11. Please rate your level of Irish
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