Capital Works and Maintenance
Principal Project Officer
Level 7, $120,725 - $129,033 per annum (PSCA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE715621

This is a twenty-four (24) month fixed term, full-time position commencing January, 2022 with possible extension and/or permanency

Professional Benefits

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

  • 10 percent employer contributions to superannuation
  • More than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave

The Role and our Branch

The Infrastructure Division is seeking an enthusiastic Principal Project Officer to join the Capital Works and Maintenance Branch.

We encourage all applicants with diverse professional experiences to apply. 

The Principal Project Officer will be involved in the delivery of the Building Condition Assessment (BCA) program. The BCA program is a significant and important program for the Department for asset management to ensure the ongoing safety of its public school buildings and to prioritise maintenance, refurbishment and asset investment programs.

The successful applicant will develop and implement policies, frameworks, systems, and processes related to improve service delivery for the BCA program and support strategic maintenance improvements. You will participate in, and lead Capital Works and Maintenance Directorate project strategies and collaboratively manage participation in a range of internal working groups. As the Principal Project Officer, you will also identify current and emerging issues and trends, and develop and recommend strategies to improve the service delivery for the BCA program and strategic maintenance planning.

Cultural Diversity

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.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  1. Highly developed skills and experience in asset management, and knowledge of contemporary asset management and infrastructure issues.
  2. High-level project management skills with a proven ability to plan and coordinate projects in a complex environment.
  3. Highly developed research, conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to identify issues and emerging trends and devise appropriate strategies in an infrastructure context.
  4. Highly developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to undertake high level negotiations, facilitations and consultations and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups to achieve required project/program outcomes.
  5. Highly developed leadership and strategic management skills, including initiative and the ability to contribute to organisational change.

For a full outline of the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to the JDF.

It is recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

All inquiries are welcomed

Please contact Warren Carey, Manager - Infrastructure Reform by telephoning (08) 9264 4849 or emailing  

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online.  Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow all instructions.  It is recommended you have relevant documents completed and ready to attach with your online application. Please allow enough time to complete this process as applications must be received prior to the closing date and time.

Your application should include:

  • A six (6) page statement addressing the selection criteria listed above, 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.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please phone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please phone (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
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance before commencing employment
  • complete
    • the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
    • any training specific to this role required by Department policy; and
    • the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment


Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA. Employees working in, or attending school sites are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the policy. More information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

Lodgement is system generated. Any submissions at, or after, 4:30pm will not be accepted.   



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 division 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

WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: East Perth
CLOSING DATE: 2021-12-01 4:30 PM