Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Comet Bay College
Program Coordinator - Dean of Student Support
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA719680

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022

Do you possess excellent communication skills and are ready to take on a new challenge?

Comet Bay College is seeking a highly motivated, innovative and proactive individual to join the College Leadership Team as the Lower School Dean of Student Support.

This role will see you working in close partnership with your Associate Principal Line Manager to lead the Lower School Student Support Teams successful implementation of key aspects of the 2021-2023 College Business and Operational Plans.

As the Lower School Dean of Student Support, the successful applicant will provide exceptional leadership and direction to a team of Associate Deans of Student Support, Student Support Clerical Staff, Nurse, three Chaplains, Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO), Defence Force Mentor and two Psychologists.  The successful applicant will also be required to work collaboratively with the Dean of the Upper School to support the implementation of College programs and initiatives ensuring that members of both teams work effectively together when needed. The role will entail the strategic leadership and development of the team ensuring a collaborative, proactive approach that will further improve student behaviour, attendance and enhance the ongoing development of a positive ethos and culture across the College. This leadership will see Students At Educational Risk (SAER), including mental health, tracked and supported from within the College and external agency support identified and allocated at point of need.

The successful applicant will also oversee the Student Support Operational Budget and ensure that resources are allocated and used effectively to best meet the needs of students and staff.

Key focus areas of the role of Lower School Dean of Student Support will include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and coordinate the work of the staff within the Lower School Student Support Team to promote and ensure the effective engagement of staff, students and the community with the College Behaviour Management Policy and Guidelines.
  • Assist in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the school’s policies and procedures, identify strategies for improvement and formulate appropriate changes
  • Provide advice and support to these staff, building morale and professionalism within the team
  • Performance and Development of staff within the Lower School Student Support Team in a manner consistent with DoE and College policy and procedures to ensure staff are committed to ongoing professional growth.
  • Lead the successful collaboration between the Lower and Upper Student Support Team supporting the College focus on promoting and building a positive culture across the College.
  • Build strong school and community links.
  • Promote the ethos of the school and to “Seek Excellence”
  • Contribute as a member of the school management team and participate fully in the decision making process
  • Promote the exchange of information within the College

Comet Bay College is a Gifted and Talented school and also has extension pathways in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences years 7-10. We invest heavily in the social and emotional intelligence of our students through the Year 7-9 REACH Program 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 over 1750 Year 7-12 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, lecture theatre, fitness centre, metal fabrication, 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 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 or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information:

Please contact Stewart Pryer, Associate Principal, by telephoning (08) 9553 8100 or emailing     

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 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 any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable 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



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Secret Harbour
CLOSING DATE: 2021-12-01 4:30 PM