Strategy and Policy
Projects and Initiatives
Principal Advisor - NAPLAN Online
Level EO3: $131,898 - $138,369 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE715603

There are two positions available: 

  • Both are permanent full-time positions commencing January 2022

The Role and our Branch

The Strategy and Policy Division develops system wide policies and systemic reform initiatives, leads the Department’s program of school accountability and school review, and, delivers evidence based analysis of student, school and system performance. The Projects and Initiatives Branch is responsible for providing policy advice and support on copyright and intellectual property for the Department, and providing a lead role in supporting WA public schools complete NAPLAN online.

The Principal Advisor – NAPLAN Online is responsible for:

  • providing professional leadership and advice to principals on systemic reform initiatives, directions and outcomes in relation to NAPLAN online;
  • providing strategic advice to stakeholders concerning the development and deployment of NAPLAN online;
  • coordinating and overseeing NAPLAN online related strategies and initiatives to support schools, and facilitate opportunities for schools to access practical support, information and online resources; and
  • Developing and delivering professional learning across the state.

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. Demonstrated highly developed conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to provide innovative solutions to strategic and complex problems and issues related to NAPLAN online that informs decision-making.
  2. Demonstrated highly developed program and project management skills including project methodology, planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation.
  3. Demonstrated highly developed oral and interpersonal skills, including the ability to successfully undertake consultations, collaborations and negotiations with senior officers, school leaders and other stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrated highly developed skills and extensive experience in the initiation, development and delivery of professional learning programs.
  5. Demonstrated highly developed written communication skills, including experience in preparing complex reports and briefings.

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 enquiries are welcomed

Please contact Mark Prindiville by telephoning (08) 9264 8162 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 three (3) page statement addressing the selection criteria listed above, 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.

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
  • 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 before commencing employment
  • complete
    • the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
    • 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 Tuesday, 30 November 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:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: East Perth
CLOSING DATE: 2021-11-30 4:30 PM