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APSN

Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service organisation providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 16 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.

The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.

To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 alumni members and beneficiaries. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.

Get In Touch

Email: hq@apsn.org.sg
Phone: 65 6479 6252
Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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Be Part of APSN 

As an organisation, APSN believes in training employees and investing in their career development. We look after employees’ needs in order to strengthen morale and job satisfaction.

We benefit as a member of National Council of Social Service (NCSS) from extensive training programmes which we participate in.

Come onboard for a rewarding career that turns your passion into a profession! We welcome new members to contribute to our warm and vibrant culture, in an environment that embraces knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

Current Opportunities

APSN aspires to promote lifelong learning, drive community partnerships, and enhance the quality of life of those serve. Join us and impact lives every day!

Administrative Officer

Responsibilities:

  • Attend to enquiries to provide accurate, timely and effective processing of information of APSN and Alumni Services.
  • Update and manage resources and distribution of office supplies and stationeries.
  • Provide reception support and prepare invitations and refreshments at Alumni events to support programme implementation
  • Liaise with enquiries of students, parent, visitors and vendors to engage stakeholders
  • Record minutes of meetings on admin matters to document decision-making process for reference and follow-up
  • File and photocopy school newsletters and notifications for distribution to stakeholders  for reference and record
  • Maintain and upkeep students’ profile, details, data and information to track student movement, enrolment, attrition, transfer and graduation.
  • Manage fees, sales of items and worksheets
  • Administer the purchasing process, checking of PR, issuing of PO and ensure all invoices or claims forms are received (backup).
  • Other related administrative duties as and when required
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Requirements:

  • Minimum GCE O level, NITEC In office Skill or its equivalent
  • Organised, meticulous and good in administrative skill.
  • Attention to details, discreet, good time management and interpersonal skill
  • Experience working in Special Needs environment is highly preferred

 

Location:

APSN Alumni Services

Executive Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Provide Secretarial and Administrative support to Chief Executive Officer, Board and Committee members
  • Coordinate and organise event e.g. Annual General Meeting (Pre & Post), monthly Board and ad-hoc meetings
  • Compile and prepare Board and Committee meeting agenda and minutes
  • Ensure timely reporting and submissions to regulatory authorities for statutory compliance
  • Manage HQ administrative duties/phone enquiries, APSN membership application/ renewal with external associations, procurement, preparation and submission of HQ admin budget
  • Other ad-hoc related duties as assigned
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Requirements:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong eye for details and meticulous
  • Able to multi task and maintain confidentiality
  • Able to work effectively and efficiently both independently and in a team
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant working experience

 

Location:

APSN HQ

Job Coach

Responsibilities:

  • Actively involve trainees and caregivers to take proactive and self-determined steps in trainees’ career aspirations and development
  • Facilitate job search process between trainees, caregivers and employers.
  • Coach trainees at worksite to fulfil required job tasks, while incorporating social skills, communication skills, self-management skills and etiquette skills necessary at work place.
  • Mentor employers at different hierarchical levels to provide natural support for trainees at worksite.
  • Source for new employers and employment opportunities.
  • Manage and maintain robust collaborative relationship with database of existing employers.
  • Function as the main point of contact and service for assigned core / strategic employers.
  • Assess needs of new and existing employers, and deliver user-friendly induction and education sessions to employers.
  • Obtain feedback from employers on education and support provided.
  • Assist new and existing employers to access resources available to employers of PWDs.
  • Work closely with employers at different hierarchical levels to promote harmonious industrial relations and resolve worker-centric issues.
  • Provide consultation to stakeholders to help them gain a better understanding of different employers’ needs and expectations.
  • Work as a team with Allied Professionals such as Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Social Worker to mediate and manage expectations of employers and caregivers to meet the needs of trainees at work.
  • In collaboration with Allied Professionals, facilitate employers in modifying job tasks and processes for trainees to increase successful job placement.
  • Work as a team with Allied Professionals to develop, implement and review strategies to facilitate securing and retaining of jobs with employers.
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Requirements:

  • Degree in Social Science, Human Resources or other disciplines with minimum 2 years of relevant working experiences
  • Attention to detail, able to maintain confidentiality, good time management, interpersonal skills
  • Client service orientation, with good initiative, reliable and able to co-create new content tailored for Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) clients
  • Experience working with chronic conditions such as Special Needs and/or Mental Illness.

 

Location:

APSN Alumni Services

Occupational Therapist

Responsibilities:

  • Provide assessment and treatment plan to cater to individual student’s occupational therapy needs and implementation of treatment programs to enhance their skills including proper documentation of their progress
  • Review treatments periodically, evaluating students’ progress and making changes to treatments as needed
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Requirements:

  • Recognized diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy with minimum 2 years clinical experience
  • Good team player with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Relevant work experience with children and young adults with intellectual disability would be an advantage
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Relevant work experience with children and young adults with intellectual disability is an advantage
  • Preferably with industrial knowledge in Work, Health and Safety
  • Valid practising certificate with Allied Health Professional Council (AHPC)
  • ACTA certified would be highly preferred.

 

Location:

May be posted to any APSN School

Program Executive, Off-site Partnership

Responsibilities:

The potential incumbent shall work closely with the stakeholders that include the trainees, their families, Off-Site Partner (OSP), Alumni Allied Professional, Job Coaches, Instructors and Alumni Team to:

  • Plan and run Off Site Partnership (OSP) courses with partners
  • Sign-up process to all OPS course by APSN Students/Trainees/Alumni
  • Provide support to a class of special needs until OSP courses
  • Marketing and Branding for OSP courses
  • Work with Alumni Team to facilitate training/job placement if needed
  • Meet OSP course partner’s expectation
  • Assist in the OSP Programmes Projects
  • Assist in assessment of the trainees
  • Prepare for audits, inventory management and continuous improvement projects
  • Ensure administrative duties for OSP courses are discharged
  • Submission of monthly reports to the Senior Instructor


Requirements:

  • Minimum Diploma with minimum 2 years of similar working experiences
  • Passionate about making a difference to improve the lives of others in the community
  • Take initiative and believe in creative thinking
  • Good communication skills, team player and presentation skills
  • Able to work independently and as a team
  • Experience in Special Educational sector is a plus
  • Patient, team player and able to co-create new content tailored for Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) clients

 

Location:

APSN Alumni Services

Psychologist

Purpose of this Role

Provide psychological, educational and behavioural assessment and services to address students’ needs in APSN through collaboration with various stakeholders, MOE, teaching staff and parents/caregivers. Review and admit suitability of individuals seeking admission to the school and provide structured and on-the-job training, guidance and advice to teaching staff.

Responsibilities:

Admission & Review

  • Review and admit students seeking admission to assess their suitability
  • Provide relevant recommendations on AR to fulfil appropriate admission status set by the AR team
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to provide expert knowledge in meeting student’s learning needs within the SPED sector

Case Management

  • Provide psychological assessment, intervention, consultation and training services to APSN students and their families/caregivers to address students’ learning/emotional/ behavioural issues
  • Consult and conference with professionals from other agencies to monitor and ensure interventions are align to the welfare of our students
  • Liaise with parents, school authorities and other interested parties to design, develop and implemented educational and behavioral management programmes
  • Conduct classroom observations and track students’ progress to work with teacher on intervention measures
  • Provide structured and on-the-job training, guidance and advice to teaching staff to improve student performance
  • Manage cases under Conditional Placement to provide appropriate recommendations

Vocational Assessment

  • Conduct vocational assessment of secondary students to facilitate vocational training, education and job placement opportunities
  • Source vocational training opportunities and performing referral services to support placement of graduating students
  • Review and monitor assessment tools and procedures to keep pace with the latest development

Others

  • Conduct psycho-educational workshops to guide parents and teachers in managing the child
  • Conduct public talks to increase awareness of the school and/or client profile
  • Conduct research in the area of mild intellectually impaired children and related fields to inform practices
  • Participate in relevant committees and workgroups to give professional input


Requirements:

  • 3 years of working experience in the field
  • Degree in Psychology
  • Strong in verbal and written English. Conversation proficiency in second language and dialects preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills, presentation skills, public speaking, takes initiative, effective communication.

 

Location:

APSN Katong School

Psychologist, Alumni

Responsibilities:

  • Provide counselling, instruction and mentoring to students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural problems.
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication, social, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination and optimism skill.
  • Sharing of information / strategies with Alumni and / or caregivers, conduct treatment programmes for selected students, and proactively address potential risk factors with regards to their academic, emotional and social development.
  • Outreach & home visits
  • Discharge planning prior to case handover or termination
  • Referral services by linking alumni and caregivers to community resources
  • Conduct assessment to ascertain suitability for enrolment into APSN course/centre
  • Coordinate case management with other stakeholders
  • Planning and running events
  • Volunteer management
  • Assist in the Alumni Digitization Project
  • Submit monthly reports to Alumni Manager and assist in other duties as and when assigned


Requirements:

  • Degree in Psychology with at least 2 years of experience working with persons with Special Needs.
  • Attention to detail; maintaining confidentiality; time management; interpersonal skills; client service orientation; takes initiative; reliable tolerant to stress.
  • Able to co-create new content tailored for Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) clients
  • Passionate, able to work both as a team and independently

 

Location:

APSN Alumni Services

Senior Psychologist

Focused on supporting trainees’ vocational training and employment needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Must be a team player and able to work closely with the other Allied Professional disciplines in a hybridized multi-trans disciplinary approach.
    • As part of APSN CFA’s right siting efforts, psychologists must be able to work collaboratively and consultatively with our Occupational Therapist, and where relevant, our Job Coaches, by providing recommendations based on your assessments of APSN CFA’s applicants’ and trainees’ motivation, cognitive abilities, limitations and socio-psychological assets.
    • Must be willing and able to work closely with our instructors and Job Coaches in supporting the needs of our trainees and help shape their behaviour in real-life situations (e.g., in training environment).
    • Must have working knowledge about motor planning and sequencing in task performance to be able to evaluate work tasks’ suitability, trainee’s physical limitations and safety concerns.
  • Must have a very sound working knowledge of the latest version of the DSM as more than 40% of persons with Intellectual Disabilities would develop a serious mental health condition in their life time and many have co-morbidity with other developmental concerns (e.g., ASD, rare genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, trisomy 21).
    • Must be able to plan timely periodical information collection of our trainees’ progress through various sources (e.g., observations, report by instructors, etc.) and able to analyse the information to provide current, succinct, valid and meaningful impression of relevant trainees.
    • Must be able to quickly formulate and deliver appropriate evidenced-based, data-driven intervention strategies for mental health and behavioural issues.
    • Must be familiar with the commonly used mental health medications and their possible side effects.
    • Must have a strong foundation on behaviour-based intervention that is dynamic, robust and practical (talk therapy alone does not usually work for people with MID).
    • Must be familiar with commonly used standardized assessments and able to meaningfully interpret medical and psychological reports in forming a clinical impression of the applicant/trainee.
    • Must be familiar in managing aggressive and/or potentially aggressive behaviour.
  • Must be a strong communicator with clear professional boundaries
    • Able to communicate with caregiver with empathy and able to instill hope without distorting expectations regardless of the situation.
    • Able to communicate key clinical information to facilitate professional communication with our partners (e.g., IMH, MSF, other disability care SSA).
    • Sensitive to the needs of the fellow colleagues and able to advocate for the trainees’ needs in an amiable manner.
    • Able to conduct outreach to partners (e.g., employers, medical resident students) and public in an authentic manner to create awareness, promote inclusivity and facilitate appreciated integration of person’s with mild intellectual disabilities in the community.
  • Must have strong leadership qualities
    • Strong ethical practices
    • Able to think holistically and always mindful of the organizational vision and the role that CFA plays in the lives of our trainees.
    • Is updated on and must be able to contribute to discussion the current local and global issues/research/publications/laws/policies related to special needs.
    • Able to provide supervision on clinical and case management work.
  • Good to have abilities to do clinical research.

Requirements:

  • Possess a Masters in Clinical Psychology from an accredited university and be registered/eligible for registration with SRP or an equivalent professional body.
  • Possess 2-3 years of work related experience with relevant exposure in the area of intellectual disability or other related disabilities.

Location:

APSN Centre for Adults

Partnership Executive

Key responsibilities:

  • Build, maintain and deepen working relationships with various stakeholders and sponsors
  • Spearhead fundraising outreach efforts to meet the Association’s fundraising target by working closely with the respective committee chairpersons.
  • Develop and enhance donor engagement program.
  • Prepare and present fundraising proposals to corporates, government agencies and other community partners to educate and secure their interest.
  • Ensure all fundraising procedures comply with regulatory requirement
  • Assist in annual budgeting for fundraising projects

Requirements:

  • Degree in Mass Communications, PR, marketing or equivalent with min 4 years’ of relevant experience.
  • Passion and hands on experience in fundraising is crucial
  • Able to work well independently and in a team.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

 

Location:

APSN HQ

Social Worker, Alumni

Responsibilities:

The potential incumbent shall be responsible to provide support to Alumni and their families inclusive but not limited to the following:

  • Crisis de-evaluation & advocacy
  • Set goals and develops case plans to address concerns
  • Facilitate access to resources
  • Outreach & home visits
  • Discharge planning prior to case handover or termination
  • Referral services by linking alumni and caregivers to community resources
  • Conduct assessment to ascertain suitability for enrolment into APSN course/centre
  • Coordinate case management with other stakeholders.
  • Assist job coaches handling job placement and support of Alumni at their workplace
  • Planning and running events
  • Volunteer management
  • Submit monthly reports to Alumni Manager and assist in other duties as and when required
  • Assist in the Alumni Digitization Project
  • Update and maintain Alumni database on Student link

Requirements:

  • Degree in Social Work with at least 2 years of experience
  • Singapore Association of Social Worker (SASW) accredited
  • Patient, team player and able to co-create new content tailored for Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) clients
  • Experience working with chronic conditions such as Special Needs and/or Mental Illness.
  • Passionate, well organized, able to work both in a team and independently.

 

Location:

APSN Alumni Services

Speech & Language Therapist

Responsibilities:

  • Provide professional inputs to support understanding of clients’ speech, language and communication difficulties to teachers, parents/caregivers, professional staff, administrators and the public.
  • Participate in collaborative problem-solving to assist teachers, parents / caregivers, professional staff and administrators with practical ideas and recommendations in the setting of goals, selection and design of intervention programs, etc.
  • Provide screening, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up services for people with speech and language disorders.
  • Measure outcomes of treatment and conduct continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of practices and programs to improve and maintain quality of services.
  • Maintain efficient client records and documentation. i.e. Assessment reports filing in students’ confidential file.
  • Evaluate and document speech therapy needs of the clients and their progress at regular intervals, monitor training programs and review their effectiveness
  • Engage in administrative duties relevant to department work
  • Evaluate effectiveness / relevance of speech therapy programs to ensure its up-to-date
  • Conduct in-house training programs for relevant staff / parents / caregivers / volunteers in the organisation.

 

Requirements:

  • At least bachelor’s degree speech pathology from an accredited college or university.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and Outlook. Organizational, verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail; Confidentiality’ Time management; Interpersonal skills; client-service orientation; takes Initiative; Reliability; Stress tolerance.
  • Strong in verbal and written English. Good listener
  • Knowledge of disorders and aetiology, auditory, training, swallowing disorders, AAC, oral myodysfunctional disorders
  • At least 3 years of speech therapy experience

 

Location:

APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School

Teacher Aide

Purpose of this Role

Assist teachers with classroom instructions as well as assessments to meet the learning needs of students. Monitor and record the progress of the students. Liaise and network with other professionals, parents and care-givers to meet the pastoral and cognitive needs of the students.

Responsibilities:

Academic Leadership

    • Plan and organise learning experiences to achieve student learning outcomes  
      • Plan and organise and reviewing student-centric lessons with engaging approaches, in consultation with the teacher, to accommodate individual learning styles
      • Review and reinforce learning activities using lesson plans and teaching strategies, in consultation with the teacher, to help students to master concepts and skills
      • Select and use a range of different learning resources and equipment, including interactive whiteboards in teaching to engage learners.
      • Assist students with hardware and software use in Computer Labs to engage learners.
      • Tutor and assist students individually or in small groups to help achieve mastery of skills and reinforce learning concepts presented by the main teacher.
      • Facilitate the main teacher to teach such skills as sports, dancing, and handicrafts and PE lessons to support teaching and learning
      • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities to assist them to integrate into the classroom.
      • Carry out therapeutic regimens such as behaviour modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of educational psychologists or speech-language therapist to improve student performance.
      • Perform CCA duties and support teachers leading the assigned CCA to support student needs.

      Assess, evaluate, report and record student progress

      • Observe students’ performance, and record relevant data to assess progress in specified subjects assigned.
      • Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results to track students’ performance
      • Take class attendance, and maintain attendance records in the absence of the Form Teacher to track students’ attendance issues

      Develop supportive environments for school, students, families and community :

      • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, canteen, special rooms and learning journeys during recess and outings to keep a safe and conducive school environment
      • Organize and label materials and display students’ work to create a conducive teaching and learning school environment
      • Participate in departmental meetings, parents’ evenings and school-wide training events to promote school improvement initiatives and home-school partnership
      • Perform school duties such as supervising students before assembly, during recess and on dismissal to promote a safe and secure school environment
      • Participate and contribute to book reading in Booktalk for staff learning and development.

Others

  • Maintain proper record of books borrowed and returned in Resource/Library for record keeping, including cataloguing.
  • Update data of new purchases in the databank and assign code numbers to establish a proper recording system for inventory purpose.

Requirements:

  • Possesses a GCE ‘O’ Level. Specific subject knowledge, Microsoft Office. (Excel, Powerpoint, Word)
  • Strong in verbal and written English.
  • Good interpersonal skills, classroom management skills, takes initiative, effective communication.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in organising, problem solving and supervising a team.

 

Location:

APSN Katong School, APSN Chaoyang School

Interested applicants please share your details below or write in to recruitment@apsn.org.sg



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