Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing and Engagement

Job posted: 04/08/2022
Applications close: 17/08/2022 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

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Job Description

Location: Western Region | Horsham

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1288842

Reference: 1288842

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Horsham

Selection Criteria

Educational Leadership

  • Highly developed skills in leading, managing and monitoring school improvement through innovation and change processes in a special setting.
  • Outstanding capacity to lead school-wide improvement of student learning outcomes.


Financial, Managerial and Administrative Ability

  • Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.


Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review

  • Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, deliver and evaluate strategies for school improvement.


Leadership of Staff and Students

  • A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.
  • Clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students (particularly students with special and additional needs) and helps students to develop their abilities and talents.


Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment


Disability Inclusion

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement evidence-based intervention strategies for students with special needs and work with staff and parents to implement them.
  • Demonstrated high level of understanding of the PSD/Disabilities and Inclusion program and policy framework, and the ability to identify and manage the assessment process of students who may be eligible for Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)/Disabilities and Inclusion funding or other support.


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

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Principal, Mr Benjamin Tait (5381 1475).

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A CV including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • The name and contact details, including mobile phone numbers and email address, of three referees should be included with this application. 
  • No longer than one page is suggested for each Selection Criteria.

Job Description available on request.

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

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Horsham Special School was established in 1988, moving to its current site in 2013. It has a wide enrolment base, drawing from the local area to as far as the South Australian border including Nhill, Dimboola, Kaniva, Goroke, Edenhope and Serviceton. Horsham Special School provides educational programs for students aged 5-18 years displaying mild; moderate and severe diagnoses associated with cognitive, physical, social, emotional, behavioural, sensory and multiple disabilities. The school’s overarching purpose is to encourage and enable all students, staff and the school community to achieve their full potential. The safe, caring and stimulating school environment focuses on our key values of Respect and Responsibility, Doing Your Personal Best, Supporting One Another, and Staying Safe and Healthy.

 The school’s dedicated staff provides a highly individualised educational program for each student. This is not confined to the classroom and physical building, but extends into outdoor play spaces and indeed the local community in which we live. The individual programs are prepared and delivered by teachers, along with their assistants and are reviewed regularly to ensure student needs are being met. Integral to the Horsham Special School Curriculum is the programming provided by specialist and therapy staff. The school offers focussed support in the areas of Art, Physical Education, Swimming, Welfare & Speech Therapy. The physical environment complements the programming, with a state of the art purpose built special school. It comprises a fully equipped commercial style kitchen and café area, open art workshop, sensory courtyard, open learning spaces, sensory room, therapy rooms, kitchenettes and architecturally designed playgrounds.


Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing and Engagement

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 26/01/2026

Job classification:

Not provided


Benjamin Tait | 03 53811475

Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing and Engagement