Principal-Range 3

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 29/05/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 11/06/2022 - 10/06/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1278527

Reference: 1278527

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

(a) Vision and values

Demonstrated capacity to create a shared vision, define and gain acceptance of school goals and set and communicate expectations for effective performance.

(b) Teaching and Learning

Demonstrated ability to manage the quality of teaching and create a positive culture of challenge, support and collaboration.

(c) Improvement, Innovation and Change

Demonstrated capacity to produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies and lead innovation and change.

(d) Management

Demonstrated capacity to ensure that the school’s human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed.

(e) Development

Demonstrated capacity to create a professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning, supporting all staff to achieve high standards and commitment to their own learning and wellbeing.

(f) Engagement

Demonstrated capacity to develop positive relationships with students, parents/families and the local community and participate in and contribute to system-level activities.

(g) Community Criterion

Demonstrated capacity to collaborate with students, parents and carers to create a community of inclusive, innovative and inspired learners.


The role of the principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the deployment of resources provided by the Department and the school community.

At the same time, the principal, as executive officer of the school council, must ensure that adequate and appropriate advice is provided to the council on educational and other matters, that the decisions of the council are implemented and that adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of council meetings.


The principal is accountable for the overall management and development of the school within statewide guidelines and Government policies. A clear set of accountabilities, which distinguish their work from other members of the Teaching Service and the education community are set out in detail in the contract of employment.

The core accountabilities of all principals are to:

  • ensure the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students
  • be executive officer of the school council.
  • establish and manage financial systems in accordance with the Department and school council requirements.
  • represent the Department in the school and the local community.
  • implement decisions of the school council.
  • contribute to system-wide activities, including policy and strategic planning and development.
  • manage and integrate the resources available to the school.
  • appropriately involve staff, students and the community in the development, implementation and review of school policies, programs and operations.
  • report to the Department, school community, parents and students on the achievements of the school and of individual students as appropriate.

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.

VAPA Requirement

To be eligible for appointment as a principal a person must either already be a Principal or have met the Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment (VAPA) requirement as follows:

  • For principal positions advertised between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021 a person will be required to have registered to undertake the VAPA before being appointed to a principal position.
  • For principal positions advertised on or after from 1 January 2022 a person must have completed the VAPA and be provided with a statement of readiness before they can be appointed to a principal position.

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

Moreland Primary School (MPS) is situated in Coburg, which is a suburb in the inner urban north of Melbourne. The physical layout of the school is an open plan learning structure on two storeys with five main learning areas currently accommodating Foundation, year 1, year 2 and multi-age classes in 3/4 and 5/6. The teaching and learning areas are open environments that contain a kitchen, library, and offices. The school has an auditorium used for performing arts, assemblies and physical education lessons. The school grounds include an artificial turf playground, a nature play courtyard with a creek running through, an adventure playground, a sandpit area, grass play surfaces and shaded passive areas with vegetable and native plant beds.

The school has a total of 324 enrolments and a staffing profile that consists of 22 teachers (several part-time) and five Educational Support Staff. There are four administrative and maintenance staff and two Principal Class staff.

Moreland Primary School’s vision is to be a community of inclusive, innovative and inspired learners. Its mission is to:

• Create a culture of shared goals, trust, and high expectations for all • Embrace an environment that is open, safe, and welcoming

• Promote and develop student voice and agency to drive action

• Provide an engaging and challenging curriculum which promotes exploration, risk-taking and creativity.

Supporting the MPS Vision and Mission are three core values: Respect, appreciating diversity and being considerate of how people think and live; Responsibility, empowering students to take ownership of their learning and actions; and Resilience, continually strengthening our capacity to understand challenges and create new possibilities. These values drive a culture of positive relationships, diversity and empowerment and convey the beliefs that positively influence behaviour and interactions with individuals, groups, and communities.

The school's socio-economic profile based on families' occupations and education is considered in the low band (0.2515) which represents high parent education level and high socio-economic advantage. This reflects a shift in demographics over recent years. The school curriculum reflects the Victorian Curriculum framework, with specialist programs in the visual arts, performing arts and physical education.

The school is currently focusing on establishing a STEM program. A range of extra-curricular activities are provided which include sport, music, fencing and coding. The school is in the twelfth year of its one-to-one laptop program from Year 3 to Year 6 students.
Teaching staff provide a happy and engaging learning environment that enables students to develop their social competencies, resilience and self-esteem. MPS work alongside multidisciplinary and allied health professionals, including Speech Pathologists, an Occupational Therapist, Student Wellbeing Officer/Psychologist and First Aid Officer.
MPS also actively promotes student positive mental health and wellbeing through the Positive Education philosophy. Staff implement wellbeing strategies from the positive education mode, with weekly sessions introduced around Empathy, Resilience, Kindness and Gratitude. The past two years highlighted the need to be aware of student and community mental health. Student Wellbeing Leaders were elected in 2022 to ensure students have opportunities to contribute to this area, participating in Life Skills program to develop their Social and Emotional learning.

Principal-Range 3

Job type:

Full time / From 11/06/2022 - 10/06/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Belinda Slomo | 9386 2510

Principal-Range 3