Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA748928
This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 3, 2022
Are you an inspirational and experienced educational leader, committed to building a culture of excellence in teaching and learning?
This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly effective and empowered individual to join our leadership team, as Head of Learning Area (HOLA) English. This position provides a unique opportunity to continue to build and develop a growing team, and we are therefore seeking applicants ideally with demonstrated leadership success.
As HOLA you will continue to build and develop the English learning area, developing a culture of high quality teaching and leadership. You should model innovative, solutions-focused, and evidence-based thinking. Working collaboratively with your team you will implement whole school policies, processes, and procedures, embedding a culture of professional leadership, trust, and ongoing improvement for all of our students and staff.
The successful applicant should be a dedicated, highly competent, and enthusiastic HOLA of English, with excellent interpersonal skills to provide effective and distributed leadership within the learning area. You should be committed to promoting and fostering academic aspiration and engagement, in an environment where achievement is celebrated.
The HOLA English should have an excellent understanding of data analysis and skills in evidence-based planning to improve student learning. They should have a commitment to improved results for all students, in a planned and strategic manner. They will ideally utilise their high-level data literacy skills and monitoring processes to support all students.
As an expert practitioner, you will have a commitment to excellence in teaching and engage in ongoing self-reflection. The ability to authentically evaluate the effectiveness of teaching practice and team performance is an important aspect of the role. Another key attribute is the ability to create environments conducive to learning and provide educational opportunities that are purposeful and relevant, catering for different student learning needs.
Flexibility within a new school and a commitment to coaching and mentoring others will be paramount. As HOLA you should have evidence of high standards of professionalism and will embrace opportunities for collaboration within the school community and across networks. You will support the development of innovative classroom practices and provide leadership to staff, utilising technology to provide authentic and relevant learning experiences for students. A commitment to after-hours Academies and English tutoring/help sessions for students will be advantageous and as such the successful applicant will be student and relationship focused.
Please note that the HOLA English role will also entail line management of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) learning area, until such time as a HASS HOLA is appointed. Knowledge and experience within the HASS learning area is therefore advantageous.
Located in the northern suburb of Alkimos with sweeping ocean views, Alkimos College opened in 2020 with our foundation Year 7 cohort of 176 students, providing local intake area students with access to an exceptional secondary education in world-class learning facilities. Each year we will add an additional cohort, until we reach our full complement of Year 7 -12 in 2025.
Stage 1 buildings include administration, student services, library, gymnasium, staff fitness centre, food studios, cafeteria, technologies, general classrooms, specialist science laboratories, nature play area and the Specialised Autism Program classroom and Homeroom. Shared oval and community facilities with the City of Wanneroo are available via the adjacent Halesworth Park precinct.
Stage 2 (ready for 2024) will include a performing arts centre, dance studio, media studio, music studio, lecture theatre, additional student services and general classrooms.
The College places a high priority on professional learning, with a focus on a whole of college instructional framework as part of our ‘Alkimos Approach.’ A commitment to self-reflection and growth is highly desirable. The College uses a coaching framework for all planning, review, performance development and classroom observation and feedback.
Our staff embrace technology and innovation, and enhance their skills with technology to improve work practices. Teaching staff are provided with a college iPad for use. The College provides students with a range of devices available to suit the learning required. This includes laptops, iPads, Macs, PCs.
Alkimos College has high expectations of the student cohort to ensure all students are well prepared for their future, and have the opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to achieve their potential. This is complemented by a strong focus on student engagement and mental health and wellbeing, through our bespoke Anchor Program.
Alkimos College is only one of eight secondary schools chosen to have a Specialised Autism Learning Program. The college also has a strong academic extension pathway and in 2022 commenced the Gifted and Talented Academic Selective Entrance Program.
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 Alkimos College can be found by visiting alkimoscollege.wa.edu.au or Schools Online.
For further job related information:
Please contact Nancy McNally, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9561 7300 or emailing email@example.com
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 maximum five (5) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements in context of the role and business needs of the branch
- A CV of up to five (5) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
- The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, 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.
Eligibility and training requirements
Employees will be required to:
- 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;
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Complete the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy;
- complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment; and
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.
Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA. Employees working in, or attending school sites are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the policy. More information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces (www.wa.gov.au)
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Thursday, 26 May 2022
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED