Principal-Range 4

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

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

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

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1289261

Reference: 1289261

Occupation: Teacher

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

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

Wheelers Hill Secondary College is located in the City of Monash, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Established in 1980, the College, has a long tradition of academic excellence, a breadth of programs and opportunities, outstanding facilities, and a vibrant community of parents, students, and teachers who are committed to the best possible outcomes for all.
The College receives enrolments from approximately 30 primary schools, drawing students across a wide geographic area. Student families are from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds and comprise 42 different nationalities.
Our College Motto is ‘Be The Best That You Can Be’.
As a school that values respect, excellence and creativity, Wheelers Hill Secondary College strives to develop students who are ready to embrace the future and capable of being global citizens. 
We encourage members of our College community to be the best that they can be in all their endeavours.
Our College is built around three key values:
•    Respect: We promote respectful, inclusive and positive relationships. Our students and staff act with integrity and value diversity.
•    Excellence: We provide opportunities to demonstrate excellence in all areas of learning and teaching by adopting a focused and committed approach.
•    Creativity: We have developed a creative approach to learning and teaching. Our students and staff are encouraged to seek innovative solutions to problems.
As a College, we pride ourselves on providing learning opportunities to our students in the following areas:
•    Academic Excellence across all Learning Areas
•    Sport and Physical Education
•    Performing Arts Programs
•    Student Leadership within our Community

Wheelers Hill is a dedicated community that is proud of the engagement opportunities we offer our parents and students through participation in the curriculum and co-curriculum programs, through the College Council and its sub-committees, voluntary assistance at sporting carnivals, and attendance to annual cultural events such as the College Production, Instrumental Music Concerts, and Art & Design Exhibitions.

Education & Learning
College programs have been developed to provide the best possible learning opportunities for all students. As students’ progress through the College they develop skills that lead to strong results at VCE, equip students for further study and enable them to take a productive place in the community. There is a strong academic focus and we have high expectations around student learning.
Every Year level has access to a broad range of core studies, and an extensive elective program is available at Years 9 to 12, with students recommended to advanced studies in their areas of expertise. 
We provide a teaching and learning program with additional resources to support students in developing, building and extending their skills in Literacy and Numeracy. The College has also implemented a school-wide approach to Literacy, Numeracy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), appointing Learning Specialists in each of these important areas to oversee initiatives such as the Independent Reading Program, Number Talks and Tech Learning Projects and Activities.
Student development and wellbeing is enriched at Wheelers Hill through a breadth of programs. Specific additional programs at each Year Level (via our Home Group System as an example) further address development and wellbeing through this learning journey. 
In Year 8, students are involved in our Personal Best Program, which promotes independent learning and allows students to enhance their connectedness to the College through the development of their own interests. 
Community Connections at Year 9 allows students to focus on personal development, career opportunities and involvement in community. 
In Year 10, Futures allows students to explore an array of career and personal pathways through experiential learning. 
Study Skills at Year 11 and Year 12 provide an emphasis on the development of skills which will enable students to improve their academic outcomes and enhance their connectedness with their peers and teachers.  We provide a variety of Camps and Overseas tours across our year levels. 
In 2021, we saw the introduction of key programs such as VCAL and our ACE Program.  VCAL (or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) will provide a viable alternative to the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) for our senior students.  The ACE (Aspire, Challenge and Enrich) Program is a learning extension initiative designed to meet the educational needs of high-achieving students. The ACE Program is uniquely structured to engage students of exceptional ability, and to provide a challenging and stimulating environment for them to reach their full potential.  The ACE Program has been introduced at Wheelers Hill in 2021 and will be offered to Year 7 and 8 students enrolling in that year.

The College’s Performing Arts and Sports Programs provide further opportunities for our students in this important area of learning.  For example, high quality opportunities exist in Drama, Music and Dance.  Our Performing Arts Program supports Instrumental Music, an annual Whole School Production, numerous bands and choirs, together with various Showcases demonstrating student skills and talent.  Our state-of-the-art Bunjil Centre (opened in 2019) further supports our Performing Arts Program.  Our extensive Sports Program is provided both in the classroom and via opportunities with respect to Sports Carnivals and Inter-School Sport Competitions.
The College has a strong emphasis on pastoral care.  Our well-resourced Student Wellbeing Department, Home Group and Sub-School Teams at each Year Level support students on many levels.  A clear emphasis on the development and nurturing of leadership skills is also a focus of the College, and programs and structures are in place to enable this. 
The College has a broad range of staff with extensive experience, skills, and knowledge. Staff at Wheelers Hill provide excellent teaching and learning experiences for our students, and are positive and proactive about their own professional growth. The Leadership team prioritises student learning, engagement, and wellbeing, and focuses clearly on planning and implementing the College’s strategic direction.

Wheelers Hill provides a rich environment for the use of electronic learning devices. The Laptop Program encourages the use of digital texts and learning resources amongst our students, and our ICT program provides the opportunity to engage and stimulate learning through the use of new technologies.
The College’s primary administration platform is Compass, and students, parents, teaching and administration staff liaise efficiently and effectively through this platform. This is a powerful tool which underpins effective communication by sharing resources, communicating attendance, promoting student work, ensuring classroom materials are available and ensuring currency of documentation.  
In 2020, the College further embedded its use of Microsoft Office 365 in classroom teaching with the introduction of Teams.  Wheelers Hill Secondary College supports teachers as they adopt appropriate pedagogies for the digital environment, and is committed to providing additional training and resources around this new teaching tool.
The College has excellent facilities that fully support student learning. Our learning spaces include:
•    A modern library facility to support learning and research, which forms the central hub of the College.
•    Fully equipped computer laboratories with leading edge equipment and software.
•    A modern Science Centre, catering for the four major science strands of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Physics.
•    A Food Technology Centre with modern kitchens.
•    Arts, Woodwork and Metals/Plastics Technology areas.
•    The recently opened Bunjil Centre, featuring a practical performance theatre and fully equipped gymnasium.
•    A dedicated VCE Study Centre.

These, along with excellent classrooms, administration and staff work areas create a pleasant working environment for staff and students alike. The College grounds undergo continuous development and improvement, and feature established gardens, native trees, and local wildlife.
The College welcomes the use of our facilities by local community groups, including the use of classrooms, the gymnasium, and the College grounds for sporting and academic activities.

Principal-Range 4

Job type:

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

Job classification:

Not provided


Frida D'Costa-Kent | 9561 5811

Principal-Range 4