Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA822603
This is a permanent full-time position commencing in Term 3, 2023
Are you looking for an ocean outback adventure, whilst working in a highly supportive and collaborative learning environment?
Are you an inspirational and experienced educational leader or an aspiring Head of Department committed to building a culture of excellence in teaching and learning at Hedland Senior High School?
Exciting opportunity to teach as a part of our Student Support team in Western Australia’s beautiful Pilbara region
Hedland Senior High School (SHS) is seeking a dynamic and passionate Head of Department - English to join their high-quality regional school.
Teachers and School Administrators employed at Hedland Senior High School in 2023 are eligible to receive an Attraction and Retention Incentive of $10,000 (pa, gross – to be adjusted pro rata for FTE and tenure). Eligible staff will receive a percentage of this payment on commencement at the school, with the remainder paid at the end of the school year. Staff must remain employed in the location until the end of the school year to be eligible to receive the second payment.
The ARI payment is in addition to other incentives that may apply in this school.
Are you an innovative thinker looking for the next career move? Are you inspired to teach young people with diverse learning needs? Are you passionate about building capacity in your peers to deliver relevant, engaging and differentiated lessons based on individual outcomes? Are you ready for a once in a lifetime adventure in the Pilbara?
Discover the magic of Western Australia’s North West, where the red dirt truly gets under your skin. Each weekend you could be off on a new adventure, with some of WA’s most iconic attractions right on your doorstep. Explore WA’s rugged coastline, where you’ll find plenty of fishing, crabbing and even whale watching. Or why not head inland and explore half billion-year-old gorges in Karijini? It’s practically down the road.
Living in Hedland means being part of a vibrant community, where you can excel in your career while enjoying a diverse, multicultural town, with ancient Aboriginal heritage from our, Kariyarra people, a thriving arts and culture scene, stunning landscapes and a down-to-earth lifestyle
You’ll also get to work in a school which prides itself in supporting its staff to provide students with a supportive, inclusive environment where they can thrive. Our school is like its own community, a positive working environment where your colleagues are more like your friends.
Meet with us to find out more about our growing movement of leaders creating opportunity and lifestyle in the Pilbara.
We are seeking a dynamic, highly competent and enthusiastic Head of Department - English. Your excellent interpersonal and organisational skills will enable you to provide effective and distributed leadership within your learning area. You should be committed to promoting and fostering academic aspiration and engagement, in an environment where achievement is celebrated. This position provides a unique opportunity to continue to build and develop the English team, and we are therefore seeking applicants that possess the personal qualities to foster a collaborative and positive culture.
As Head of Department - English you should model innovative, solutions-focused, and evidence-based thinking and have an excellent understanding of data analysis to improve learning for all students. Working collaboratively with your team you will have an opportunity to implement whole school policies, processes, and procedures, embedding a culture of professional leadership, trust, and ongoing improvement for all our students and staff.
As Head of Department - English you can demonstrate evidence of your high standards of professionalism and will embrace opportunities for collaboration within the school community and across networks. You will support the development of modern classroom practices and provide leadership to staff, utilising technology to provide authentic and relevant learning experiences for students. You should also possess a thorough understanding of the Western Australian Curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements for year 7 to 12 and have the ability to lead a dynamic team in the planning, development and delivery to meet school and system requirements.
The successful applicant will ideally be committed to setting standards of excellence in teaching and instil a culture of self-reflection which fosters professional growth and results in outcomes focussed teams. Through the provision of regular and effective feedback, you should review and implement professional learning opportunities that are aligned with learning area planning and school priorities. This will support staff to create learning environments that maximise the opportunities for students to achieve personal success.
The successful applicant will be an integral member of the school leadership team and will share a commitment towards whole school planning and review processes that positively impact on the school’s directions.
Hedland SHS, located in the Pilbara, is an Independent Public-School catering for students from Years 7 to 12. Our school prides itself on the staff's commitment to a system of positive behaviour supports which focus on care, courtesy, respect, and responsibility. These values underpin our philosophy at Hedland SHS. All staff strive to maintain a school culture which encourages a high standard of behaviour and performance. We take an approach that is inclusive, explicit and supports all students and staff to achieve success.
The school has worked hard to build a positive reputation for the excellent educational opportunities it offers students, the exceptional support for staff development and professional growth, and for its high standards of achievement. We are an exceptionally well-resourced school with extensive community and industry support.
The Location and Community
Located on the Northwest Coast, Port Hedland is the gateway and central hub connecting the Pilbara and the Kimberley. Port Hedland is a thriving centre for the Pilbara area, with a wide range of recreational, social, and sporting activities available for the whole community. The Town of Port Hedland has worked hard to ensure there is something for everyone from singles to families – there are first-class sporting facilities, a theatre, art galleries, historical sites and a diverse range of vibrant restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Port Hedland is also ideally located within reach of some of Western Australia’s iconic tourist attractions, including rugged inland ranges and idyllic coasts. The region offers excellent camping facilities, and fishing, crabbing, swimming, and whale watching are just a part of the adventures to be had. Port Hedland is the lifestyle change you’ve been dreaming of.
Working for the Department of Education attracts a range of attractive professional and personal benefits including:
- Attractive Country Teaching Program Allowance of $10 210 per year
- Locality allowance of $3 976 per year
- 10 percent employer contributions to superannuation
- 12 weeks’ vacation leave (school holidays)
- More than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave
- Subsidised GROH accommodation
- GROH furniture
- Free relocation to Hedland
- Air conditioning subsidy
For additional information to all allowances and housing please contact Housing and Transport at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (08) 9264 5154.
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 these domains. 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.
Applicants currently completing the Department of Education Leap program (formerly known as the Switch program) can apply for vacancies using their current or Leap qualification – even if they have not completed the program at the time of applying. Applicants may be appointed to a vacancy based on the qualification being completed via the Leap program.
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 Hedland Senior High School can be found by visiting hedlandshs.wa.edu.au or Schools Online
Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.
Appointed applicants may be eligible for Recognition for Teachers - Prior Service and Qualifications
For further job-related information:
You are encouraged to contact Stephanie McDonald, Associate Principal for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Port Hedland, by telephoning (08) 9158 1900, 0466 564 353 or emailing Stephanie.Mcdonald@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 domains that govern the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in context of the role and business needs of the school
- A CV of up to four (4)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, preferably 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
- obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
- meet the Department of Education Teacher Qualifications and Registration
- complete the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course
Employees will be required to:
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement; and
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 6 June 2023
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.