Assistant Principal-Range 1

Job posted: 06/05/2022
Applications close: 26/05/2022 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 10/07/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1277648

Reference: 1277648

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrate Educational leadership

  1. Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school or college.
  2. Highly developed skills in leading and managing change, including the leadership of others in the process of change.

SC2 Demonstrate Financial, managerial and administrative ability

  1. Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.

SC3 Demonstrate Planning, policy and program development and review

  1. Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
  2. Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.

SC4 Demonstrate Leadership of staff and students

  1. A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.
  2. 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 Demonstrate Interpersonal and communication skills

  1. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.
  2. Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.
  3. An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.


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

Other Information

Primary Purpose of the position

At Garrang Wilam Primary School you will like children and be expected to work collaboratively with the leadership team (Principal and two Learning Specialists) to implement a clear instructional framework for teaching and learning that improves student outcomes. You will be expected to deliver on the following:

Lead whole school implementation of Teaching and Learning

  • Lead the implementation of the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model and FISO 2.0
  • Lead whole school Teaching and Learning in either Literacy or Numeracy as per the Annual Implementation Plan.
  • Have a strong pedagogical understanding of the Inquiry Model.
  • Provide suitable professional development for all staff on high impact teaching and learning practices that are evidence based.
  • Have a strong understanding and application of student achievement and wellbeing data.
  • Lead and manage a section of the school (i.e early years, middle years or senior years) to ensure teachers are well supported in all areas of teaching and learning.
  • Ensure an appropriate annual reporting cycle that meets DET guidelines, reflects VCAA standards and meets the needs of the community.
  • Ensure our assessment tools reflect best practice and are utilised by all staff.
  • Assist with induction of all new staff.
  • Assist with School Performance review.
  • Lead and manage parent education programs/ initiatives

Lead the PLC Instructional Leaders 

  • Lead PLC Leaders and build their capacity to use collaborative practices that will have a positive impact on learning outcomes
  • Focus PLC Leaders on using an inquiry cycle to measure the impact of their teaching and identify areas for professional learning
  • Support PLC Leaders to collect and analyse multiple sources of data to assess learning impact and build capacity in curriculum and assessment, and instructional and pedagogical content practices
  • Drive a culture of trust, quality relationships and individual and collective accountability
  • Develop and embed rigorous systems and processes to support a range of collaborative strategies that focus the work of PLCs
  • Evaluate their impact by using the PLC maturity matrix to guide their next steps for learning as a team.
  • Utilise DET resources to support the work of the PLCs.

Coaching and mentoring

  • Deepen teachers understanding of how to implement effective classroom observation and feedback
  • Support teachers to build their classroom practices through modelled lessons, co-teaching and student shadowing models of practice in line with the GWPS Student Shadowing Policy
  • Lead the Career Start Pilot Initiative
  • Lead VIT processes
  • Step up as Acting Principal when required


  • Ensure practices are aligned with SWPBS framework and agreed approaches to positive education.
  • Responsible for general discipline matters related to your section of the school (early years, middle years, senior years)
  • Responsible for overall general management, when required
  • Provide support to families, and teachers with any student with learning difficulties or challenging behaviour

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

Are you agile and flexible in your thinking, have a high work ethic, great sense of humour, love to work as part of a team and willing to learn?  Then we are looking for you.  Are you driven by creating something new, leveraging the expertise you already have?

Welcome to Garrang Wilam Primary School, an exciting new school located in Truganina that opened in 2021.  Garrang Wilam (pronounced: gar-rang wil-um) is taken from the Woi-wurrung language, as spoken by the Wurundjeri people, and means ‘eucalyptus home’.  Our logo means elders and students focused together, and encourages us to ‘dream big’.


    Our students excel in the vibrant, positive and connected community we create together.


    We invite all students to come and learn, to belong and work collaboratively in their pursuit of learning.  Our people are invested in deliberate practice to create a community that truly makes a difference. Our community will develop over time through shared experiences and an aligned focus on what matters; learning.


    A respect of all cultures and beliefs is an essential characteristic of global citizens, thus we live by a set of values that underpin this.  We want our students, staff, parents and community members to show;

    • Together
    • Focus
    • Strength
    • Lead

    The success of our outcomes is due to our collective approach to

    • Positive education 
    • High expectations
    • Clear instructional framework for teaching and learning
    • Using evidence and research to make decisions 
    • Partnerships

    Our goals

    • Building practice excellence
    • Setting expectations and promoting inclusion
    • Connecting schools

    Our imperatives are 

    • Safety, people, culture
    • Organisational capacity and capability
    • Consistent teaching and learning framework

    Our Metrics

    • Student achievement, student voice, goal development and wellbeing outcomes
    • Parent opinion and contribution
    • Staff development and wellbeing

    Teaching and Learning

    The instructional framework at Garrang Wilam Primary School is informed by the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model Fisher & Frey. Framed around the Workshop Model and consistent with the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Duke and Pearson 2002), the work of Cris Tovani and Lucy Culkins builds a structured evidenced-based approach for teaching and learning. 

    The Pedagogical Model is

    • aligned with the Victorian teaching and learning model that incorporates the vision for learning, practice principles and HITS 
    • focused on teacher practice as the main contributor to improved student learning outcomes
    • improvement-focused to assist teachers with their professional learning, including designing their PD goals
    • adaptive and can be modified to fit subject contexts
    • implemented together with the practice principles, the pedagogical model enables teachers to maintain a line of sight between their own professional development and school-wide improvement based on FISO.

    Pedagogical approaches include: 

    • Readers workshop model
    • Writers workshop model 
    • Numeracy proficiencies
    • Inquiry approach to integrated learning

    For more information please see our website http://garrangwilamps.vic.edu.au/

    A focus on Digital Learning, The Arts (Visual and Performing), STEM and Physical Education is integral to the additional learning provided for our students.  Students have access to the latest technologies; including iPads.

    Teams of teachers are given time to work and learn together focused on student data and high impact teaching strategies during weekly Professional Learning Community cycles of inquiry. The focus on professional knowledge and practice through feedback and goal setting during the performance and development process ensures all members of staff are continually growing and learning.  We have a range of expert, accomplished and graduate teachers who deliver a challenging and stimulating curriculum.  

    A positive nurturing environment which cares for each student and adult, matters. It impacts on our behaviour, our academic success and future mental and physical health. All community members of our school behave in ways that build a positive and vibrant school culture that focuses on wellness and learning.  We use the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework to drive our approach to positive education.

    Learning Spaces

    The school includes an administration building, two learning neighbourhoods (19 classrooms), a gymnasium complex, outdoor courts and sports fields.  Inside the administration building houses a large library, first aid facilities, visual arts space, space for science/ technology and food technology space,titled the ‘Culinary Haven’.  

    There is enough room to accommodate between 480- 520 students in these buildings.  The site has also been planned to accommodate a peak enrolment larger than 525 and have allowed for portables to be onsite without compromising any dedicated play spaces.

    The gymnasium complex includes a stadium quality basketball/ netball sized gymnasium with tiered seating, an outstanding music facility which doubles as a stage for the gymnasium. There is also a canteen and change room facilities and an extensive foyer.  It is anticipated that these facilities will be utilised for community usage including a shared arrangement with local sporting clubs to ensure sport can be accessed onsite after school. 

    Teaching spaces at Garrang Wilam Primary School allow learning communities to teach in a variety of ways to ensure peer to peer student and adult learning, as well as a high level of student voice and agency.  Spaces have been designed to ensure a mix of explicit, collaborative and independent learning opportunities occur on a daily basis.  Some spaces are built fit for purpose; for example the storytelling and presentation area, where others are flexible in design to meet the needs of the inhabitants. 

    The extensive outdoor spaces include hard courts, full sized grassed football oval, outdoor stage, nature play with a dry creek bed, agility playground and an extensive carpark.

    Our community will develop over time through shared experiences and an aligned focus on what matters; learning.  

    We welcome you to come and join us to build an extraordinary educational experience for all.  

    To find out more about Garrang Wilam Primary School please contact the Founding Principal, Natalie Nelson on 0401 054 038 or at natalie.nelson@education.vic.gov.au

    *A Webex information session for potential applicants will be held on  Thursday 12 May and Thursday 19 May @ 4:30pm https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/nelson.natalie.j

    Assistant Principal-Range 1

    Job type:

    Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 10/07/2027

    Job classification:

    Not provided


    Natalie Nelson | 73017000

    Assistant Principal-Range 1