Principal-Range 4

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

22 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Horsham

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

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1284277

Reference: 1284277

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Horsham

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 build upon and embed a stimulating learning environment that engages students, staff, parents and the broader community in order to improve student social, emotional and academic 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.
  • 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

Murtoa College’s mission is inspiring young minds to grow into lifelong learners.
Our vision for learning is for students to develop skills that enable them to succeed in everyday life and pursue their aspirations and passions. We aim to nurture students to become respectful, compassionate and tolerant citizens, ready to contribute to their community.

Through collaboration and consultation the Murtoa College community have committed to the values of: Respect, Enthusiasm, Honest, Responsibility, Cooperation, Courtesy, Caring, Friendliness, Excellence and Commitment.

Our key objectives at Murtoa College are:
• To improve the learning growth of all students in all areas.
• To ensure all students are motivated in their learning and that they have a strong sense of belonging and connectedness to the college and their peers.
• To maintain a safe and respectful environment for the whole college community.

To improve learning growth of all students in all areas, Murtoa College teachers focus on pedagogical approaches that are evidence based and shown to have the greatest impact on student learning. This underpins our focus on maintaining teacher quality by using the Murtoa College Instructional Model. Murtoa College also recognises the importance of enabling staff to collaborate and share their practice with others. In doing so, we have developed a rigorous Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to allow staff to support each other and build their capacity so that all students can benefit from improved teaching and learning. When implementing the Victorian Curriculum, including VCE, VCAL and VET studies, Murtoa College staff prioritise the strategic use of data to inform teaching practices. In doing so, they shall share best practice pedagogy, observe and reflect on the learning and teaching practices, design assessment protocols, coach and mentor each other and ensure professional development is targeted to the needs of the individual, team and the whole college.

The college has 27.4 EFT teaching staff plus 12.6 EFT education support staff. Within this figure, there are a large number of part timers. There are no Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
Murtoa College is a Foundation to Year 12 School of currently 271 students situated 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, and approximately 30 kilometres east of Horsham. Currently there are five combined classes in years F-6 area with a total of 88 students. There are two classes at each year level in years 7-12 with 183 students. Classes at year 11 and 12 (VCE) have small numbers in all subject areas. As well as drawing students from the local area, Murtoa also has 55 students who pay to travel by bus each day from Horsham. The school services a wide area that ranges east to west from Horsham to Rupanyup (45 kilometres) and north to south from Minyip to Glenorchy (about 50 kilometres).
The enrolment numbers have been stable, varying between 260 and 280 students in last 10 years. Our feeder schools are Minyip Primary School, Rupanyup Primary School and Our Lady Help of Christians School. Students from Horsham come from all the primary schools in Horsham. About 80% of students travel to school by bus from the surrounding farming areas and towns, including Horsham. The college has no students with a language background other than English (EAL). There are two families that have parents born in a non-English speaking country. Murtoa serves a generally low to mid socio-economic status community. Our SFOE is 0.5203 and we experience around 50 families qualifying for government benefits. A large percentage of our students live within a two-parent family unit.

In the 7-12 area, the college offers a diverse program and a comprehensive year 11 and 12 program including VCE, VCAL and VET. In year 9 and 10, students are offered greater choice through an ‘elective’ program. They must all complete ‘core’ subjects of Maths, English, Science, Humanities and Positive Education (Social and Emotional Learning) and all other subjects are chosen from comprehensive elective program that follows the Victorian curriculum. The year 7 and 8, follow a comprehensive program that offers English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Languages (German), Health and Physical Education, Home Economics, Art, Visual Communication, Textiles and Digital Technologies.
Instrumental music lessons are available for students in Years 5-12. Science, Art, Languages (German) and Physical Education are specialist subjects in F-6 area of the college with all other domains covered by class teachers. There is a variety of extra support programs across the college. These include the Tutor program, MYLNS, Quick Smart, CAFÉ reading, Maths Tribes, Hands on Learning, Peer Support and Early Years literacy Intervention. Enrichment programs such as sport, camps, and educational excursions are a feature of the comprehensive learning program.

Principal-Range 4

Job type:

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

Job classification:

Not provided


Mr. Gary Mason | 03 5385 2381

Principal-Range 4