Independent Public School - Wheatbelt Education Region
WA College Of Agriculture - Cunderdin
Program Coordinator - Positive Culture and Wellbeing
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

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Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA703994

This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022

The WA College of Agriculture (WACoA) – Cunderdin is seeking an experienced, motivated, proactive, and innovative school leader to review, design and implement College-wide positive culture and wellbeing policy, procedure and proactive initiatives to support all students in the newly established role of Program Coordinator – Positive Culture and Wellbeing.

We will also consider an internal secondment opportunity for permanent teachers in other locations within the Department of Education who would like to work at our and retain their substantive position.  If this interests you, please gain the approval of your Principal before applying.

About our fantastic College:

The WACoA - Cunderdin provides Year 11 and 12 students with a unique educational experience focused on innovation and excellence and was awarded the 2020 WA School of the Year for WACE Attainment. The College is located adjacent to the Wheatbelt town of Cunderdin, 160kms east of Perth. To learn more about our unique location visit the Shire of Cunderdin.

Students are offered the opportunity to achieve the best possible educational outcomes within the context of a commercially operating farm, state of the art trade training workshops and a 140-bed residential facility.

Our students have access to flexible pathways setting them up for successful careers in agricultural and related industries. Individual learning abilities are well catered for with carefully selected course offerings across the trade training and curriculum areas. Graduates from the College are equipped with the skills to become successful, well rounded individuals who can make a positive contribution to their community.

Further information about our College can be found by visiting our Facebook page, Instagram page, our website or Schools Online.

About the role:

Our ideal applicant will have high expectations, display a commitment to excellence and have the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with students, staff, parents and the broader College community.

We require a motivated, collaborative and highly organised leader who will build on and strengthen our College-wide values and positive culture. You will be required to lead the review and implementation of a revised BMiS and Good Standing Policy and Procedures, lead our committed Student Services Team and support day-to-day student engagement, behaviour and wellbeing.

In addition, as the Positive Culture and Wellbeing Coordinator you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work collaboratively with our students and the Student Council to ensure student voice is heard and informs planning, policy reform and practice
  • Work with key stakeholders to enhance the ‘student experience’ and support the coordination of activities and student events
  • Increase opportunities for student leadership
  • Build on a sense of belonging, connectedness and pride for our College through clearly articulating our College values and expectations
  • Increase the formal recognition of students who represent our College values and beliefs
  • Provide mentoring and strategies for students requiring additional support
  • Enact systematic change through policy reform

Our Student Services Team currently consists of our Associate Principal, Residential Boarding Manager, Head of Curriculum, Assistant Farm Manager, School Psychologist, Chaplain and a representative from both ‘Trades’ and ‘Class’ areas. The team is working collaboratively to review current policies and procedures. As the Positive Culture and Wellbeing Coordinator, you will play a key role in leading the review, finalisation and implementation of systematic policy reform.

This role will involve a maximum 0.6FTE teaching load. A proportion of the load will be allocated to the delivery of targeted wellbeing programs to students during ‘VET Theory’ time with the remaining teaching load will be allocated to General/ATAR course delivery based on the successful applicant’s qualifications, background and skill set.

This role is suited to an individual who is interested in a leadership role, committed to supporting student wellbeing and success and would also like to maintain their classroom ‘currency’ through maintaining a teaching load.

The benefits

Working for the Department of Education attracts a range of attractive professional and personal benefits including:

  • 5 percent employer contributions to superannuation;
  • 12 weeks’ vacation leave (school holidays);
  • more than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave; and
  • subsidised relocation and accommodation costs (as applicable).

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 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 the WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin can be found by visiting  or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information:

Please contact Matt Dowell, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9635 2100 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Matt Dowell on 0408 290 310.

Application Instructions

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 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 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, 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; and
  • 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; 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 Friday, 29 October 2021



WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Cunderdin
CLOSING DATE: 2021-10-29 4:30 PM