Principal-Range 3

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

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1290052

Reference: 1290052

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 ability to build authentic relationships and partnerships and to advocate for, and develop the capacity of, the supports, systems, and teams around our learners in order to deliver high-quality learning and wellbeing outcomes.


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.
  • Applicants for principal positions of special schools and special developmental schools must hold an approved special education qualification relevant to the position.
  • 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

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

Yarra Me School is a leader of a personalised, holistic, and team-based approach to support learners, including learners at risk of disengaging from education and learning and learners with significant social, emotional, and behavioural challenges.
In 2022 the total enrolment is 22.5 (intake program, 18 per semester and Hurstbridge farm 4.5 per semester). The school  provides an Outreach service, approximately 25 students each semester to mainstream schools.

The school Leadership comprises of 1 x Principal, 2 x Leading Teacher and 1 x Business Manager.The teaching component is Preston 6.6, Hurstbridge 1.0, Outreach is 2.4 and Tutor 0.40 a total EFT of 10.4. Allied Health is Psychologist 0.60 and Speech Therapist 0.40.  Education Support is 0.60. The EFT total is 17.8

Learners, teachers, families, parents, caregivers, health professionals, and others work together as a team, coordinate a plan to meet the needs of the learner, and support them to continue to engage in, or re-engage in, education and learning. Yarra Me School refers to this as the ‘Team Around the Learner’ through which:

•    the learner and family are at the centre
•    learners experience a coordinated and seamless service
•    there is both an education and a social and emotional learning focus 
•    learning, development, and wellbeing outcomes are combined for a student as a whole person.

Yarra Me School delivers programs predominantly for primary aged students.  

Outreach and training programs have been developed to assist schools in developing their capacity to better understand and support the needs of students. Yarra Me School teachers work in collaboration with referring schools, including in a coaching role to develop a broader range of strategies to support students.

Referrals to Yarra Me School programs are accepted from primary schools located in the metropolitan area of the North Western Victoria Region. These programs operate from our main campus in Preston. The education program at the Hurstbridge Farm is provided within the DFFH setting. Referrals to this program are only made by DFFH.

Please see www.yarrame.vic.edu.au for detailed description of the programs and the referral process.

Principal-Range 3

Job type:

Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Karen Cull | 9478 8895

Principal-Range 3