Advertised Vacancy Number: SS/DP621280
This is a thirty two (32) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 2, 2020
Cocos Islands District High School (DHS) is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Deputy Principal to join its dedicated team of teaching and administrative staff. The Cocos Islands DHS operates as a Kindergarten to year 10 over two campuses. The school is committed to the ongoing health and wellbeing of all, whilst maintaining a vibrant, positive and flexible team focusing on the achievement of agreed outcomes.
This position primarily deals with management of the Home Island Campus, a Kindergarten to year 6 environment, with a strong emphasis on teaching English as an additional language or Dialect (EAL/D). In addition, the position requires the applicant to provide strong leadership in building collaborative partnerships with colleagues on both campuses to continue the focus on student improvement through curriculum alignment. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to be successful in this role.
The Home Island School Campus context of the Cocos Islands DHS is within the broader Western Australian Education system. The Island faces educational challenges; however, we have high expectations for all our students. Almost all of the resident population on Home Island are Cocos Malay, and they are EAL/D learners. Factors such as the remoteness of the community, the uniqueness of the first language/dialect spoken, culture and turnover of staff in the school necessitates whole school programs to be followed through succession planning.
The successful applicant will provide educational leadership with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy development. Knowledge of EAL/D pedagogy and cooperative learning strategies would be desirable. The role also requires supporting the Principal with developing and implementing the school strategic plan. Taking an innovative approach to improving student outcomes is critical to being successful in the role.
It is desirable for applicants to have experience teaching English as an Additional Language and being familiar assessing with the EAL/D progress maps. In this role, the successful applicant will be committed to implementing whole school approaches and initiatives. They must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the effective use of explicit teaching strategies and be dedicated and committed to improving student learning through continual teacher improvement and accountability. Leaders and aspirant leaders who have experience in implementing the Sounds Write Program, Talk4Writing, Back to Front Maths, The Daily Five, Walker Learning and Kagan Cooperative Learning structures are encouraged to apply. The Dandelion Reading Series is used to support the teaching of Synthetic Phonics.
Cocos Islands DHS Home Island Campus uses a multi-sensory, explicit teaching model. We follow the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline, version 8.1 as a guide for teachers. Students should be taught in accordance with their developmental skills, rather than strictly following these guidelines.
Cocos Islands DHS is a Commonwealth School that is operated by agreement between the Commonwealth and State Governments. This agreement allows the Department of Education to deliver educational programs to students at Cocos Islands DHS in a manner that is similar to those delivered in comparable mainland Western Australian communities. The Cocos Islands are made up of 27 small islands that form a horseshoe shaped atoll around a central lagoon, which is 8 kilometres wide. The total area of these islands is 14 square kilometres, the majority of this is taken up by West Island and Home Island. These two islands house a population of approximately 550 adults and children, with the remaining islands being unpopulated. The population is made up of 90 mainland Australians that provide administration and other services to the Islands, with the remaining population being Australians of Cocos Malay descent living on Home Island.
This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.
To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements:
- Capacity to provide effective leadership in a diverse range of educational settings;
- High level of interpersonal and public relations skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships to achieve planned outcomes;
- Professional knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure a high level of educational outcomes for all students (e.g. Aboriginal students, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with special needs);
- Capacity to manage staff, physical and financial resources.
Applications will be assessed against the work related requirements of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.
The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.
Further information about Cocos Island District High School can be found by visiting www.cocosdhs.wa.edu.au or Schools Online
For further job related information:
Please contact Kathleen Granger, Principal Cocos Island District High School, by telephoning (08) 9162 6650 or emailing Kath.Granger2@education.wa.edu.au
All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.
Your application should include:
- A four (4) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements in context of the role and business needs of the branch
- A CV of up to four (4) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
- The contact details for three (3) work related referees (one being your current line manager)
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.
You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.
After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.
If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.
Employees will be required to:
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
- hold a recognised qualification in teaching and be currently registered or eligible for registration to teach in Western Australia;
- obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
Employees will be required to:
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
- complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Monday, 16 March 2020
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED