Assistant Principal - Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)

Job posted: 20/06/2022
Applications close: 03/07/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: North West Region

Job type: Full time / From 22/08/2022 - 23/08/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1283914

Reference: 1283914

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: North West Region

Selection Criteria

SC1. Educational Leadership

(i) Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school.

(ii) Highly developed skills in learning and managing change including leadership of others in the process of change.


SC2. Financial, Managerial and Administrative Ability.

(i) Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.


SC3. Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review

(i) Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.

(ii) Demonstrated ability to implement departmental policies to a high level.

(iii) An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning.


SC4. Leadership of Staff and Students.

(i) A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.

(ii) A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.


SC5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills.

(i) Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.

(ii) Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.

(iii) An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.


SC6. Community.

(i) Demonstrated capacity to develop strong relationships with the school community to build and support aspirations for all.


The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.

Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program.  In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget.  Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.

The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.

Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.


Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:

  •    supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;
  •    allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;
  •    supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;
  •    management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;
  •    responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;
  •    contribute to the overall management of the school;

Who May Apply

Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) opens in January 2023 and is located in Mickleham, approximately 39 kilometres north of Melbourne.

In its first year of operation, Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) will be able to enrol up to 800 students. The school will open to Year 7 students only, and progress by year level thereafter. Once all stages are completed, the school will accommodate 1,200 students.


Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) is located in a new residential estate on an expansive 20 hectare site, next door to the newly opened Merrifield Recreation Reserve. Our school is surrounded by an engaged, vibrant, supportive community. Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) will develop close ties to the local community, with strong support from local organisations and community services.



At Merrifield West our vision is to co-create an inclusive, supportive learning community where students strive to achieve their best. 



Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)’s mission is to make a difference to each individual and provide them with the best opportunities for their future.



Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)’s values are Achievement, Respect, Community, Honesty

Achievement reflects the purpose of education in that, all students should be aiming to achieve their personal best. Recognising that our own achievement will look different to others. Achievement means that students maintain a focus on their learning, improving their skills and knowledge and achieving their personal best. 

Respect means being respectful to ourselves and one another. We value individual differences. Maintaining a positive attitude and behaviour towards others also allows us to become role models. 

Community is built through everyone working together to support one another. We value our school community and the wider community. We aim to build a sense of belonging, pride and positivity within our community.  

Honesty is important to develop and ensure we are truthful, trustworthy and live with our values in mind. This involves being responsible and having integrity. 


When the first stage of the school opens in Term 1, 2023, it will include:

  • an administration building with a library, staff offices and amenities
  • a learning neighbourhood building
  • a science building
  • a materials technology building
  • a community hub building with a competition-grade basketball/netball court, canteen, music, drama and food technology teaching spaces
  • 4 outdoor hardcourts
  • a sports field.

Funding for a second stage of the school depends on future state budgets, but plans include:

  • another learning neighbourhood building
  • a visual arts building.

When the second stage is built, the school will be able to grow to 1200 students

Assistant Principal - Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)

Job type:

Full time / From 22/08/2022 - 23/08/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Lian Davies | 043/239-1074

Assistant Principal - Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)