Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA845873
This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 1, 2024
Are you seeking a challenging, exciting and professionally stimulating role focused on quality teaching and learning?
Comet Bay College is seeking to appoint a dedicated and knowledgeable leader as Head of our Humanities and Social Sciences Department (Dean) to lead our hard-working Humanities and Social Sciences teachers and inspire our students in Humanities and Social Sciences. At Comet Bay College we strive for excellence by nurturing individual abilities, providing meaningful opportunities and fostering positive respectful relationships.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, outstanding leader and excellent classroom practitioner, who has the commitment, passion and ‘can do’ attitude to assist staff to develop highly effective teaching and learning practices. As the successful applicant, you will ideally be highly energetic, motivated and possess the qualities needed to draw people together, identify opportunities and establish new initiatives. You should exhibit effective communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to develop and maintain positive partnerships and to collaborate effectively with others; being prepared to work side-by-side with school leaders and teachers, to develop a culture of professional discourse and sharing about effective teaching and learning practices.
The successful applicant should possess the ability to provide direction and purpose to staff, build team capacity and cohesion and promote an environment of positive quality learning experiences for all students. The role will provide high level leadership support of the development, implementation and evaluation of the College’s Teaching and Learning focus in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences, as articulated in the College Business Plan.
Key focus areas of the role of Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences may include, but are not limited to:
- Curriculum: system and school data analysis to inform planning, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) curriculum response, curriculum differentiation, quality assurance of existing curriculum offerings, Gifted and Talented (GAT) curriculum support, moderation processes and alignment of key professional learning. Ongoing reflection and improvement of the College’s Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) offerings, with a particular focus on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), in Humanities and Social Sciences ensuring effective moderation practices, compliance with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) requirements and tracking College Business Plan achievement targets;
- Instruction: assessment and feedback models, classroom observation and feedback, explicit teaching in Humanities and Social Sciences, involvement in and support for the College instructional intelligence program;
- Support: student academic profiling, implementation of General Capabilities, student engagement, higher order thinking culture, networking and liaising with external support eg SCSA as appropriate, Performance and Development of the Humanities and Social Sciences team; and
- Innovation: indirect involvement as required in the whole of College Science, Technology, Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences (STEM) approach, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the classroom and strategic planning.
- Our students are currently achieving at a level in line with like schools and we aspire to increase achievement for all year levels. We are looking for a committed teacher who knows they can make a difference and will add value to our College.
The staff facilities are excellent; each Learning Area is fully equipped and spacious. The Humanities and Social Sciences Department invests heavily in our staff and as a valued staff member at Comet Bay College, you can expect to be offered ongoing high quality, targeted professional learning opportunities aimed at supporting your professional growth as a high quality teaching professional.
We encourage and support staff to be innovative and engaging in their curriculum delivery, providing digital TVs and or digital projector in every room and supported with class sets of iPads and laptops. The College is fully networked and has the latest wireless operating system enabling staff and students to be “connected” at all times. Comet Bay College is a Gifted and Talented school and also has extension pathways in English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences for years 7 to 10.
The College invests heavily in the social and emotional intelligence of our students and our staff and are fully committed to developing resilient young people with a healthy sense of self-worth who value education and have the confidence to seek excellence in all aspects of their lives.
Comet Bay College is a modern, innovative Independent Public School that caters for Year 7 to 12 students and is located one kilometre from the coast in the vibrant community of Secret Harbour. The College boasts state of the art facilities that include specialist science laboratories, a lecture theatre, fitness centre, metal fabrication centre, a modern industrial food studio and graphics/mechatronics studio.
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 Comet Bay College can be found by visiting cometbaycollege.wa.edu.au or Schools Online
For further job related information:
Please contact Joanna Harmer, Associate Principal, by telephoning (08) 9553 8100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
During the school holiday period, please contact Kelly Bennett, Principal on 0487 305 347.
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.
Eligibility and training requirements
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;
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
- complete the Department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online course within 3 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, 09 October 2023
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED