Principal-Range 5

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

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Job Description

Location: North East Region | Whittlesea

Job type: Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 10/07/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1278637

Reference: 1278637

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: North East Region | Whittlesea

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 understanding of and commitment to the unique nature of the school and the ability to develop positive relationships that benefit students, staff, parents and the wider community.


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

Whittlesea Secondary College (WSC) is located in the semi-rural suburb of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s north. With an enrolment of 750 students and set on 30 acres, the campus enjoys an open country style atmosphere and prides itself on being a well-established center within the local community.

With spacious surroundings and excellent modern facilities WSC delivers exciting, diverse and innovative curriculum to meet our student’s needs. Our purpose is to empower students so that they can ‘take control’ of their learning and their lives. We work together to help young people find their voice and discover their passions. We foster the growth and development of the whole person so each student can thrive and contribute positively in the rapidly changing modern world.

The College has 83 staff members including three Principal Class. The Principal and 2 Assistant Principals lead a team of 5 Leading Teachers, 4 Learning Specialist and 54 teaching staff, with 17 Education Support Officers.

WSC has always taken pride in delivering exciting, diverse and innovative curriculum and has established a strong identity and tradition in fulfilling lifelong learning. Our curriculum offers a broad partnership of learning programs. Senior students have opportunities to pursue diverse pathways in VCE/VET/VCAL and School Based Apprenticeships, leading to further education in University/TAFE and vocational pathways. An operational Trade Training Centre offers VET courses in Automotive, Engineering, and Building and Construction.

The College is always striving to improve student learning in literacy and numeracy at all levels and monitors student assessment to address individual needs. We have a strong focus on supporting student motivation and engagement, encouraging curiosity and creativity to enhance student results. Improved outcomes across the school are driven by innovative curriculum and inquiry-based student learning supported by extensive computing technologies. The development and use of the COMPASS School Management System is being used to link students, teachers and parents and act as a communication tool for all. Students in Years 7-12 are informed and maximize career opportunities through the career program in line with the Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework.

School community involvement is nurtured at WSC with many groups of parents and community members being actively involved in curriculum and extracurricular programs. These programs include Performing Arts/Music performances, sporting events including state level, scholarship programs, College sponsorship, community health activities, and development of the Whittlesea Community Gardens.

At Whittlesea Secondary College we value student centered learning and facilitate and foster strong student leadership across the whole school. Students are empowered to use their knowledge to build individual pathways for their futures and embrace a collective understanding of the global world we live in.

Principal-Range 5

Job type:

Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 10/07/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Shaun Geerlings-Parker | 9719 1200

Principal-Range 5