Advertised Vacancy Number: SS/DP843600
This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2024
Derby District High School (DHS) is a dynamic, welcoming and inclusive school with a highly motivated staff. The collaborative approach, exciting work environment and the students make it a great place to teach. Staff are passionate about improving standards in Education, particularly in Aboriginal Education.
Working for the Department of Education attracts a range of attractive professional and personal benefits including:
- Attractive Country Teaching Program Allowance of $13,730 per year
- Locality allowance of $3,469 per year
- 11 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 accommodation where applicable
- Free relocation
The school is currently part of the Kimberley School’s Project (KSP) and seeks staff to enact a targeted teaching approach as part of their overall teaching and learning programs. This role will require you to mentor and support staff in the implementation of this initiative with a strong focus on evidence-based teaching strategies including Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI.)
Derby DHS is located in Derby which is situated at the southern end of King Sound in the Kimberley region of Western Australian. Derby is 220 km east of Broome by road and is 2463 km north of Perth. It was the first town settled in the Kimberley. Derby is well supported with a range of government infrastructures. Its location near the King Sound and a number of rivers provides for many boating and fishing recreational activities - but not swimming!
Derby DHS is located in attractive and well-maintained grounds and surroundings and is currently undergoing construction of new secondary classrooms. With an enrolment of over 620 students it provides an education program for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. Students attend the school from the town of Derby and outlying areas including the Aboriginal Communities of Mowanjum and Pandanus Park.
Derby DHS promotes the "Stronger Smarter Philosophy" of high teacher, student, and school expectations. School leaders are expected to lead this approach in all aspects of the school. The successful applicant will support the Middle School secondary staff, as well as promoting positive high expectations relationships with students, staff, parents, and the wider community of Derby and surrounding Aboriginal communities. To be successful in this role you should be highly competent at establishing positive relationships across a wide range of contexts including students, staff, parents and engage parents and the wider community in the educational work of the school to enable all students to reach their potential.
The ability to mentor graduate teachers in delivering high quality teaching and learning strategies is desirable. In addition, experience working in an Aboriginal community and a passion for Aboriginal Education and improving the educational outcomes for these students is highly regarded. The successful applicant will ideally be committed to, and be able to exhibit, successful intervention approaches, particularly in the areas of English, Mathematics and attendance across the secondary middle school. You should have a passion for rural education as well as working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and their families to bring about positive, sustained change in student performance and achievement. Ensuring staff are provided with timely and appropriate feedback about their performance through classroom observations and performance growth (management) will also be a part of the role.
As the successful applicant, you will ideally be experienced in leading Behaviour Management in Schools (BMiS) and conducting restorative processes as well as be committed to collaborative teaching and learning practices to increase student attendance and engagement. You will also need to be an exceptional practitioner, ideally with a proven ability to bring about successful outcomes in all dealings, especially with students who may experience challenges external to the school setting.
The Deputy Principal will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Middle School and develop processes and procedures to encourage effective communication and support the effective coordination of daily events and issues relating to duty of care. As the Deputy Principal you will lead curriculum and work with other members of the administration team to ensure teaching and learning programs cater for students of all levels of ability. You will assist the school to facilitate workforce effectiveness in leading and motivating staff in planning; directed at improving outcomes for students and the level of service delivered by the school especially in Explicit Direct Instruction. The Deputy Principal will play a significant role in the daily management of staff and student wellbeing as well as organising relief for teachers, timetabling students and following up on attendance.
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 Derby District High School can be found by visiting Schools Online.
Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.
For further job-related information:
You are encouraged to contact Hilary Carruthers Associate Principal, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Derby, by telephoning (08) 9193 3000 or emailing Hilary.Carruthers@education.wa.edu.au
During the school holiday period, please contact Hilary Carruthers on 0427 931 203.
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 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.
- 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.
- Complete the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course.
- 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.
- 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 Friday, 6 October 2023
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.