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APSN

Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency 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 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. 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!

Allied Professional Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Design, co-ordinate and provide efficient support and deliver administrative procedures within the Allied Professional Department at Tanglin School.
  • Keep abreast with new developments, skills and technology to ensure effectiveness on the job.
  • Imbued with personal competence/skills to initiate and respond to changes in the work environment such as data analysis, internal and external audits, personal and professional development.
  • Provide administrative support to families on financial assistance and admission procedures.
  • Support the case work of Allied Professionals particular in the areas of social work, therapy and admission.
  • Plan, organize and implement processes, work plans, events and projects on time with efficiency and effectiveness to meet or exceed the requirement of various stakeholders.

Requirements:

  • Possesses at least a GCE ‘O’ level, NITEC In office Skill or preferred with at least 1 to 2 years of experience in General Administration
  • 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 Tanglin School

Executive, Partnership

Responsibilities:

  • Build, maintain and deepen working relations with internal and external stakeholders
  • Support the planning and execution of events to meet fundraising and volunteering efforts
  • Develop prospective donor list by conducting research and data mining
  • Prepare donor appeals, appreciation letters and handle donation administration
  • Ensure all fundraising procedures comply with regulatory requirement
  • Provide communications support such as publicity, material production and event coordination
  • Perform other ad-hoc duties

Requirements:

  • Diploma in Mass Communication/PR/Marketing or related field
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Meticulous in handling assignments, able to work independently and in a team
  • Experience in working or volunteering with VWOs will be an advantage

Location:

APSN HQ

Industrial Trainer, F&B

Responsibilities:

  • Train and assess students (in collaboration with Job Coach, Instructors, Teachers and professional staff) in school and on-site to meet industrial standards for WSQ certification and requirements of work places incorporating social, communication skills, self-management and etiquette needed at work place
  • Monitor students’ performance using CATs (Continuous Assessment Tools) and SWPs (Standard Work Performance)
  • Accompany students for selection and job orientation
  • Reinforce teaching-learning of literacy and numeracy, foundational industry skills during vocational training
  • Development and Review of Vocational Curriculum and Instructional Materials to meet the unique learning needs of the Students
  • To build and maintain a functional network between school and industrial players to ensure provision of certification courses at School to meet re-assessment by WDA
  • To check and maintain vocational training gadgets and equipment to provide quality vocational training
  • Use analysis of students’ achievements of learning outcomes to improve training and instructions through joint planning of lessons, discussion and documentation of reflection with co-teacher or co-instructor on training carried out for improvement
  • Obtaining regular feedback from industrial partners, parents and students to review curriculum and resources’ effectiveness
  • Carry out external scan to enhance the vocational training programmes in alignment with industrial trends
  • Assessment and training carried out off and on site by instructors/VC teachers, ensuring that the industrial standards are adhered to (QC and audit)
  • Submit lesson reflection, students’ results and log timely to Head of Department (HOD), F&B

Requirements:

  • Degree/ Diploma related to F&B, full ACTA or DACE Equivalent
  • Training knowledge, F&B knowledge
  • Negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good Communication skills
  • Training experience for at least 2 years in F&B industry

Location:

APSN Delta Senior School

Industrial Trainer, Horticulture

Responsibilities:

  • Train and assess students (in collaboration with Job Coach, Instructors, Teachers and professional staff) in school and on-site to meet industrial standards for WSQ certification and requirements of work places incorporating social, communication skills, self-management and etiquette needed at work place
  • Monitor students’ performance using CATs (Continuous Assessment Tools) and SWPs (Standard Work Performance)
  • Accompany students for selection and job orientation
  • Provide on-site training as needed
  • Reinforce teaching-learning of literacy and numeracy, foundational industry skills during vocational training
  • Develop training package (course overview, lesson plan, participant handouts, presentation slides / resources, assessment plan with marking record sheets, and trainer guide) for each vocational focus and janitorial services to meet the unique learning needs of the students
  • To build and maintain a functional network between school and industrial players to ensure provision of certification courses at School to meet re-assessment by WDA
  • To check and maintain vocational training gadgets and equipment to provide quality vocational training
  • Use analysis of students’ achievements of learning outcomes to improve training and instructions through joint planning of lessons, discussion and documentation of reflection with co-teacher or co-instructor on training carried out for improvement
  • Obtaining regular feedback from industrial partners, parents and students to review curriculum and resources’ effectiveness
  • Carry out external scan to enhance the vocational training programmes in alignment with industrial trends
  • Assessment and training carried out off and on site by instructors/VC teachers, ensuring that the industrial standards are adhered to
  • Submit lesson reflection, students’ results and log to Principal
  • Perform any other duties as and when assigned by the Principal

Requirements:

  • Diploma/Degree related to Horticulture, full ACTA or DACE Equivalent
  • Horticulture Training knowledge, Knowledge in Horticulture
  • Negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Horticulture Training experience for at least 2 years

Location:

APSN Delta Senior School

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

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

Programme Executive, Student Care Centre (3 months Temp)

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the activities of special needs students and/or child in the Centre
  • Support and supervise the student’s activities in the Centre and engage them actively during the SCC operating hours
  • Assist to upkeep and maintain the SCC facility
  • Conduct weekly inspection on the premise and ensure that that it is compliance with existing APSN/regulatory (MSF) requirements
  • Assist and recommend instructional materials and teaching aids needed to facilitate the teaching of our students
  • Ensure that food are administer to the students in accordance to proper food handling and hygiene practice in accordance to HACCP requirements
  • Observe children to detect signs of ill health or emotional disturbance and to evaluate progress
  • Maintain an appropriate atmosphere of safety, learning, and fun
  • Engage the children under the Centre care and perform classroom-teaching duties in accordance to the curriculum developed by APSN
  • Provide and update internal and external stakeholder with students’ progress and learning

Requirements:

  • Degree or Diploma with minimum 2 years of relevant working experience in the social service sector
  • Diploma in community and social services (or any other equivalent or higher certification)
  • Applicants with WSQ certification is of an added advantage (WSQ Introductory Student Care Centre)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An innovative team player that is dynamic, self-motivated, pro-active, and mature
  • Those without relevant experience but with a passion to work in student care environment are welcome to apply
  • Able to commit minimum of 3 months
  • Possibility to convert to permanent depending on Operation Needs.

Location:

APSN Chaoyang 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 Director, APSN Training Hub

Responsibilities:

  • Chart the strategy and devise strategic plans to ensure the timely delivery of the Training Hub’s products and services.
  • Seek out collaborative business (private & public sector) partnerships to enable the appropriate level of funding of the Hub’s business & operations, including promoting its brand name.
  • Mentor and supervise business operations to ensure the delivery of their respective financial targets and work plans.
  • Manage and allocate resources to enable the optimal efficiency of business operations.
  • Ensure that curriculum and programmes are relevant and inclusiveness to meet industry demands and employment standards.

 

Requirements:

  • Masters/ Degree in Business Administration/Business Management or its equivalent.
  • Minimum 12 years of working experience at the leadership/senior management capacity leading cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated results in business and management capabilities with working knowledge in financial management, business scenario planning/modelling and building collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Candidate with Change Management experience is highly preferred

 

Location:

APSN HQ

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

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

 

Location:

APSN Chaoyang School

Teacher

The incumbent will be responsible for planning, developing, delivering and evaluating appropriate individualized educational services, learning programmes and instructions for special needs students in both self-contained and integrated settings in consultation with other school personnel.

Responsibilities:

  • To prepares lesson plans that are well organized for the year yet varied according to the needs of the students and with well selected instructional materials (IM) to achieve specific instructional objectives consistently
  • To deliver effective and interesting lessons with good use of varied teaching techniques to stimulate learning and with very good time management consistently
  • Commands the respect of the class and maintains good discipline while remaining approachable and warm and organizes class activities and materials appropriately.
  • Consistently and effectively monitors the pupils’ performance and takes appropriate follow-up action.
  • To provides good guidance and motivates students to give of their best and establishes good parental communication consistently.
  • Planning and Implementing Educational Goals (Ed-goals)
  • Consistently able to plan and implement appropriate Ed-goals effectively

Requirements:

  • University degree or equivalent preferably specialising in special education
  • Appropriate Special Education endorsements
  • Experience in diagnosing and assessing learning disorders
  • Experience in educating special needs students
  • Proven effective classroom and student behaviour management skills
  • Knowledge of current special education practices and methodologies
  • Working knowledge of educational technology applications
  • Student management skills
  • Good instructional skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Location:

APSN Tanglin 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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