Leading Teacher Range 3 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader (MHWL) (Leading Teacher Range 3)

Job posted: 15/05/2024
Applications close: 28/05/2024 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 15/07/2024 - 26/01/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1415749

Reference: 1415749

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1      Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage the implementation of school priorities, and the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

SC2      Demonstrated ability to lead the planning and implementation of high impact teaching strategies that respond to student learning needs. Demonstrated ability to support teachers to evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3      Demonstrated exemplary ability to monitor and assess student learning at a class, cohort or whole-school level and use this data to lead improvement initiatives. Demonstrated ability to support others in using data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4      Demonstrated exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community focused on student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5      Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values and support colleagues to adopt these behaviours and attitudes. Demonstrated ability to reflect upon their own, others and whole-school practice and contribute to the provision of whole-school professional learning.


Leading teachers will be highly skilled classroom practitioners and undertake leadership and management roles commensurate with their salary range.  The role of leading teachers is to improve the skill, knowledge and performance of the teaching workforce in a school or group of schools and to improve the curriculum program of a school.

Typically, leading teachers are responsible for coordinating a number of staff to achieve improvements in teaching and learning which may involve the coordination and professional support of colleagues through modelling, collaborating and coaching and using processes that develop knowledge, practice and professional engagement in others.

Leading teachers are expected to lead and manage a significant area or function within the school with a high degree of independence to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program.

Leading teachers will be expected to make a significant contribution to policy development relating to teaching and learning in the school. A leading teacher has a direct impact and influence on the achievement of the school goals.

Leading teachers are usually responsible for the implementation of one or more priorities contained in the school strategic plan.


In recognition of the importance of leadership and management combined with exemplary teaching practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key roles of the leading teachers may include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole-school improvement initiatives related to the school strategic plan and school priorities
  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery;
  • Leading and managing the provision of professional development and developing individual and team development plans for teaching staff within the priorities of the school;
  • Leading and managing staff performance and development (review of staff);
  • Teaching demonstration lessons;
  • Leading and managing the development of the school's assessment and reporting policies and practices;
  • Leading and managing the implementation of the school operations and policies related to student welfare and discipline;
  • Leading the development of curriculum in a major learning area and participating in curriculum development in other areas;
  • Responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers;
  • Contributing to the overall leadership and management of the school;
  • Contributing to the development of proposals for school council consideration;
  • Developing and managing the school code of conduct.

Who May Apply

Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for this position. Should you be successful, you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your preferred time fraction as part of the recruitment process.

The Department of Education (the department) 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. It is our policy to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability (see Workplace adjustment guidelines).

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants can contact Brett West, Yamatji man, in the Koorie Outcomes Division to talk about the recruitment process, the department and supports for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the department. Mobile: 0477 726 801 or email on: brett.west@education.vic.gov.au

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:


DE Values

The department's employees commit to upholding the department's Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department'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 department values is available at:


Other Information

  • 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


Please ensure that your application includes:

  • A resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • A section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section
  • Names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees who are able to attest to the claims made in your application.

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

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.

Location Profile

Seabrook Primary School is an internationally minded community that provides a supportive, nurturing and challenging environment that encourages high expectations for success. Our aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are lifelong learners by providing for individual differences and learning styles. We are committed to providing a safe, secure and harmonious school, where each student's self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with students, staff and the wider community. We share our cultural diversity to nurture growth, responsibility, and productivity within a positive school-wide atmosphere. We promote sportsmanship, school spirit, and pride in ourselves through our academic, physical, social and emotional accomplishments.

Seabrook Primary School has over 930 children, approximately 100 staff (teaching and non-teaching). Seabrook is a multicultural community where we value and promote international mindedness throughout our school programs that value a positive climate for learning.

Great emphasis is placed on creating a caring environment for students, staff and parents by:

  • encouraging open communication
  • building links between home and school
  • developing a school culture that promotes equity for all members
  • fostering mutual respect
  • promoting self-esteem
  • seeking community opinion
  • promoting personal qualities of honesty, thoughtfulness, politeness and consideration for others  

Our staff offers a wide range of expertise and a diversity of skills in curriculum. Specialist programs include Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education, STEM and Italian.

We aim to build strong relationships amongst students, staff, parents and the wider community. We respond to the diverse learning needs of students by encouraging continuous improvement across our learning community and regular evaluation of our school programs. 

Other Information

This Leading Teacher position is tenured for 18 months. Successful applicants will be employed on an ongoing basis. Applicants seeking a time fraction less than full-time should discuss this if shortlisted.

At the completion of the period of tenure, the principal will determine whether a leading teacher tenure is to be renewed or the position abolished or advertised in accordance with Departmental policy. Where tenure is not renewed, the employee will continue to be an ongoing employee at the school.

The Leading Teacher (Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader) will predominantly be out of the classroom. Classroom duties may be required based on school needs, such as releasing a Learning Specialist for one day each week or very occasionally taking a grade when there is no CRT available. 

The Leading Teacher (MHWL) will be a key addition to our growing wellbeing team, working closely with our current Leading Teacher (Inclusion and Wellbeing) and supported by one of our Assistant Principals. 

The role of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader is to:

  •               build capability of the whole school with regard to mental health and wellbeing (identification, promotion and prevention),
  •               provide support to staff to better identify and support students with mental health needs,
  •               establish clear pathways for referral for students requiring assessment and intervention, and monitor and evaluate student progress.

The role provides a proactive focus for the promotion and prevention of mental health and wellbeing through assessment and implementation of context-relevant programs, approaches and initiatives based on a broad and extensive knowledge of the needs of the school.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader role is not a clinical role and is not designed for direct intervention. The role is seen as a key conduit in creating referral pathways once a teacher or other staff member identifies a concern in the classroom.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Leaders are provided training in mental health literacy, supporting emerging needs, and building school capacity and receive ongoing support and professional development through structured and regular Communities of Practice. Training is developed and facilitated by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at University of Melbourne, supported by Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

Operating in collaboration with their school, leadership and wellbeing team where relevant, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader will:

  • Promote a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing to students, staff and families
  • Support teachers and school staff to expand their capacity to embed evidence-based mental health strategies, interventions and programs and build mental health literacy to identify and support primary school students with mental health concerns.
  • Collaborate with school staff to inform, influence and provide input into teaching and learning relating to mental health and wellbeing. Provide support to schools staff and classroom teachers to build their capabilities to embed mental health into the classroom.
  • Work with school leadership and wellbeing teams to embed whole school approaches to mental health into school planning and strategic processes. Coordinate clear referral pathways internally (within school) and externally (to community services) for students identified as requiring further assessment and intervention.
  • Proactively work with and support regional staff, school wellbeing and leadership teams, teachers, parents/carers and other external agencies to coordinate targeted mental health support for primary school students.
  • Contribute to the school's existing wellbeing team.

For further details, please visit: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/mental-health-schools/guidance#mental-health-and-wellbeing-leaders 

Leading Teacher Range 3 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader (MHWL) (Leading Teacher Range 3)

Job type:

Full time / From 15/07/2024 - 26/01/2026

Job classification:

Leading Teacher Range 3


Tania Hunt | 03 9395 1758

Leading Teacher Range 3 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader (MHWL) (Leading Teacher Range 3)