Principal-Range 3

Job posted: 24/06/2022
Applications close: 21/07/2022 (Midnight)
19 days remaining

19 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 22/08/2022 - 21/08/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1284600

Reference: 1284600

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern 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.



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

Southern Cross Primary School (SCPS) is situated in the South Eastern Suburb of Endeavour Hills, 30 kms from Melbourne CBD. Our school has 200 students with a full-time staff of 20: 2.0 Principal Class, 1 Learning Specialist, 0.5 Leading Teacher, 13 teachers (4 range 2.0 and 9 range 1.0), and 8 Education Support Staff. The SFOE of the school is 0.4882.
Demographic change has seen our enrolments maintained at an average of approximately 200 students since 2017. We have a diverse community catering for approximately 38 nationalities. Southern Cross Primary School is a friendly, caring school community that aims to facilitate a high standard of academic learning, nurture individuality, challenge, and understand all of our students.
Southern Cross Primary School’s accelerated learning programs and special support resourcing caters for the abilities of all students. Individual Learning Plans are developed where required. The school's learning community provides an inclusive and accepting environment, for all students, staff and parents. Our School Wide Positive Behaviour Program is well embedded across the school and complements our high expectations of daily behaviour, focusing on interactions that show Respect, Responsibility and Resilience from all adults and children. This approach supports our expectation that our classrooms, playground and whole school environment are always welcoming and happy for all.
At Southern Cross Primary School, we continually strive for school improvement and aspire for high student learning outcomes through teacher moderation and close tracking of student data. Consistent teaching and learning approaches across the school teaching teams ensures that we are providing a learning environment that builds upon each student’s learning consecutively across the learning levels.
We use Professional Learning Community (PLC) practices to guide the implementation of our learning and teaching. Our PLC teams have concentrated on defining the lesson purpose, teacher moderation and judgement and clear assessment strategies and consistent implementation of the instructional model. Our programs continue to be a whole school approach from Prep to Year 6 with the inclusion of the parent community. The school community is consistently kept up to date with new directions we take with our teaching and learning through Compass and the school website. Both parents and students benefit from these forms of communication. We have also established Instagram and Facebook pages to engage with our wider community and prospective parents.
Southern Cross Primary School has implemented highly successful teaching and learning practices, including but not limited to, ‘7 Steps to Writing Success’, a SCPS Reading Guide, SMART Spelling and Top Ten Maths Resources. The school is currently participating in the Primary Mathematics Specialist Program (PMSS). We use a range of standardised assessments, including Essential Assessment, to assist us in moderation and triangulation of data to form strong teacher judgement of student achievement. We are currently reviewing the Literacy Instructional Model and pedagogy
Page 3 of 5 October 2006
in line with the Science of Reading and the Writing Revolution.


Principal-Range 3

Job type:

Full time / From 22/08/2022 - 21/08/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Stacey Maxwell | (03) 9700 4488

Principal-Range 3