Grounds Manager

Job posted: 05/08/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 03/08/2022 - 26/01/2024

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Facilities Management

Reference: 1290200

Reference: 1290200

Occupation: Facilities Management

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

1              Demonstrated ability to carry out repairs and maintenance to school facilities and other tasks required of the Facilities Maintenance position. (trade qualifications/ training is desirable but not necessary).

2              High level interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively interact and liaise with a wide range of stakeholders.

3              Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating, organising and determining work priorities required of the Facilities Coordinator with minimal supervision and experience/ ability to oversee and coordinate other staff and contractors.

4              Knowledge of OH&S management systems and Work Safe procedures to identify and manage risk within the workplace

5              Demonstrated ability to prioritises and complete scheduled tasks with the flexibility and responsiveness to undertake unscheduled or emergency works.

6             Demonstrated capacity to use IT platforms that manage a maintenance and service schedule of a large organisation


The Grounds and Maintenance Manager is required to oversee the safety and maintenance of the grounds for both staff and students.


  • Determine work priorities, with regards maintenance of facilities and grounds, with consideration of the overall school and management policies
  • Lead the school maintenance team in ensuring ‘Works to be Done’ is completed efficiently and effectively
  • Oversee building and maintenance projects, including outside contractors
  • Negotiate and manage relevant contracts and service agreements relating to school grounds, maintenance and building.
  • Manage the program budgets, including Maintenance, Grounds, PRMS, Urgent/Minor Works, Furniture/Furnishings to ensure budget targets are met
  • Lead member of OH&S Committee – ensuring all OH&S and Work Safe guidelines and policies are monitored and met
  • Member of the Facilities Sub Committee, providing the committee with accurate information and quotes regarding the state of Maintenance and Grounds
  • Responsible for ensuring the OHS Calendar of inspections and maintenance is maintained and fulfilled
  • Liaise with the Assistant Principal responsible for Operations
  • Proficient in the use of several online platforms to manage the schools maintenance and grounds programs.
  • Manage the school bus and associated duties.
  • Work with program leaders to ensure facilities are prepared for whole school and year level events
  • Support program leaders in implementing student engagement activities related to school grounds (particularly VCAL, Beyond School, Advance etc)
  • Other duties as required by the Principal

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

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

Advice to Applicants

Written Applications

Applicants are free to structure applications in any manner they choose, but must ensure that the following are included:

  • A specific response to all of the Key Selection Criteria and position details.  It is suggested that applicants limit their response to no more than 1 page (size 11) per criterion.
  • A cover letter providing contact information including email and phone numbers as well as the phone number of the work address at which the applicant can be contacted.
  • A CV with a summary of experience and qualifications.
  • The names, email addresses and contact details of three referees who can provide information regarding the applicant in relation to the Key Selection Criteria.

Please note: The selection panel may contact referees other than those listed.


The Selection Process will involve at least the following steps:


  1. Receipt of application by closing date
  2. Shortlisting of applications
  3. Interview process (applicants may be invited back for a second interview)
  4. Referee checks (these may occur prior and/or after the interviews)


Note: The panel reserves the right to contact others outside of the list of referees provided by the applicant.  On making a decision to appoint, a job offer will be made to the successful applicant.

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

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

Lalor Secondary College is a co-education school for students in Years 7 to 12. The school has provided the communities of Lalor, Thomastown and Epping with educational opportunities that prepare our students for their chosen pathway – be it tertiary study, trade or workforce.  Our mission is to provide opportunities in a caring and supportive learning environment so that our students improve their capacity to become socially responsible, caring and confident contributors to the 21st century.


Due to the high demand in our local community, in 2016, the school will continue to have a ceiling at Year 7 for 170 to 180 students. The school’s student population ranges from 1000 to 1050 students The schools core values of Pride, Achievement, Caring, Cooperation and Honesty are embedded in our wellbeing and teaching practices, as well as our Student Code of Behaviour. High expectations and well developed policy and practices ensure a calm teaching environment that allows the focus of the classroom to be centred around the teaching and learning.  The high expectations are driven by a student culture where students motivate and inspire each other to achieve excellence in the academic field, applied learning field or through the extra-curricular program.


The extra-curricular program is supported by both student and staff led clubs. Some of these include the Science and Maths clubs, Macedonian Folk Dancing Club, Art Club, Anime Club, Walking Club, Mindfullness Club, Breakfast Club, Horticulture Club, Sports Program, House Program, Music Program, Year 12 Mentor Program and Chess Club.  This also includes a unique partnership with ABCN that provides numerous leadership opportunities to our students that supports the student leadership structures of the College.  The school has an established and dedicated Wellbeing Team that delivers a coordinated approach to the Student Wellbeing Programs that have been embedded into the school curriculum and culture.  Some of these programs include Yoga Thursdays, Peer Support, After School Homework Club, Animal Assisted Therapy and the Pre-Orientation Program. The College also offers distinctive educational programs such as the Years 7 to 10 differentiated Maths program, Years 7 to 9 Literacy Support Program, High Potential Learning Program, Years 7 to 12 language program offering Macedonian, Greek, Italian and French and an extensive elective program in Years 9 and 10.


Our school community acknowledges the ability and the right of all students to learn and to experience success in the classroom. The College delivers a rigorous and comprehensive educational program built around the Victorian Curriculum in Years 7 to 10, where a challenging and diverse curriculum caters for a variety of learning styles.  The varying talents of students at years 7 to 10 are recognised and celebrated and excellence and effort are rewarded throughout the College at regular intervals throughout the year.  The program offered at Years 11 and 12 provides opportunities for students to excel in VCE, VCAL and VET, which is long established through results that are above state average.  The school has a strong pathways program that ensures a high retention from Year 7 to Year 12 and assures all students in Years 9 to 12 receive counselling in choices of study and focuses on providing an individual pathway for every child.


Our most recent building upgrades include a new Science Centre which promotes an open learning environment with the focus on independent and inquiry learning for our junior students, a new senior study centre for Year 12 students and a new administration area offering a formal environment for our administration services to function.

Information about the school, its ethos, programs and the Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan can be obtained at our website – www.lalorsc.vic.edu.au

Grounds Manager

Job type:

Full time / From 03/08/2022 - 26/01/2024

Job classification:

Not provided


Debbie Boyce | 9463 7329

Grounds Manager