Advertised Vacancy Number: SS/DP867893
This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 1, 2024
Laverton School is a Kindergarten to Year 12 remote school seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Deputy Principal – Secondary with ability to teach Physical Education and Health, to join their leadership team.
Nestled in the far Northern Goldfields of Western Australia on Wangkatja Country, Laverton is a small town with many hidden surprises. Laverton's greatest riches lie in its amazing, safe and inclusive community, abundant services for a remote location and well-preserved history and captivating heritage trails. Laverton School comprises three campuses – Laverton, Cosmo Newberry and Mulga Queen – this role will be based in Laverton Town.
About the Role
The successful applicant will work closely as part of the school’s leadership team to provide educational leadership, innovation, strategic planning, and promotion of the school’s vision and values in the school community. The position of Deputy Principal at Laverton School works collaboratively within negotiated areas of responsibility (including SEL, SIDE, Behaviour Support, OLNA, SCSA contact, secondary pathways, etc) and leading specific areas of the new 2024 – 2026 Strategic Plan (due to be released later in term 4). Whilst the focus will be on Secondary students progress at Laverton campus, you will be required to collaborate and provide leadership work across all phases of learning and all campuses. An interest in student wellbeing and social and emotional education is considered desirable. You will be required to teach a minimum of 0.3 in the Physical Education and Health learning area and support our Stephen Michael Rising Leaders program, at Laverton Campus in all years. The role will also include organisation of athletics, swimming and other sporting carnivals.
To be successful in the role you should be highly motivated and energetic, and possess the qualities needed to bring 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 collaborate effectively with others. A strong commitment to building relationships with staff, students and community is considered essential.
The Deputy Principal will work with other members of the leadership team to ensure teaching and learning programs cater for students of all levels of ability and to drive a culture of high expectations, quality teaching and cultural responsiveness. You will assist the school to facilitate workforce effectiveness in leading and motivating staff in planning, directed at improving outcomes for all students.
This role is an excellent opportunity for aspiring leaders to take the leap and build their skills and experiences as part of their career progression.
The Role Specific to Laverton School:
This role will suit someone who is highly motivated, relationship-focused, and passionate about working with staff to create exciting learning experiences for a predominantly Indigenous student cohort. You will need to be able to work with staff across K-12 and within a collaborative Leadership Team. To be successful in this role you will need to be willing to work with and become part of the Laverton Community by immersing yourself in school and outside events and activities.
As a culturally responsive and inclusive school, one of your key priorities will include building and leading positive relationships with the entire school community.
Laverton School is embarking on a significant school improvement journey, driven by high expectations for quality teaching and learning. The successful applicant will be required to engage with, lead and participate in this process using a collaborative, team-focussed approach. You will ideally have the capacity to build positive relationships with staff, students and their families using strong and effective interpersonal skills.
Our focus in 2024 is on low variation curriculum (under a one school, three campuses model) that can operate in an ever-changing context with high staff turnover. A willingness to provide leadership support with our existing programs and processes, analyse the effectiveness of our work through data analysis (supporting staff with effective utilisation of data), be part of developing a teacher observation and feedback process, and provide behaviour management support and leadership to classroom teachers, are considered essential. Programs currently in use at Laverton School include:
- Positive Behaviour in Schools
- School of Distance Education (online learning) - SIDE
- Explicit Instruction strategies
- Direct instruction programs: MultiLit (MacLit and/or InitialLit), Spelling Mastery, DI Math programs (currently Pr1me Maths but still to be confirmed for 2024)
- Two Way Science
- Berry Street Education Model (in professional learning stage, aim to be implemented in full in Semester Two 2024)
- Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework
- Stephen Michael Foundation (Rising Leaders Program)
- Shooting Stars
You will need to be flexible, have a strong work ethic, value collaboration with colleagues and develop positive, productive partnerships with students, colleagues, and the community.
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 Laverton School can be found by visiting Schools Online
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For further job related information:
Please contact Wendy Norris, by telephoning (08) 9068 8400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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 three (3) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements 1, 2 and 3, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
- A CV of up to three (3) 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.
Short listed applicants will have their skills and experiences in relation to the remaining selection criteria assessed in the further stages of the recruitment process.
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;
- consent to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and obtain a current Screening Clearance Number issued by the Department of Education’s Screening Unit prior to commencement of employment
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
- meet the Department of Education Teacher Qualifications and Registration requirements;
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
- complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment and every three years thereafter;
- complete the Department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online course within 3 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 Monday, 11 December 2023
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.