Professional Capability
Student Engagement and Wellbeing
Principal Consultant - Professional Capability
Level 7, $120,725 - $129,033 per annum (PSCA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE721671

This is a permanent full-time position commencing ASAP

This is an outstanding opportunity to use your knowledge and experience to strengthen student engagement and wellbeing in schools

The Role and our Branch

The Student Engagement and Wellbeing Directorate sits within Statewide Services which provides the services and supports required by schools to enable student achievement, with a focus on those students and schools that need it most. The directorate builds the professional capability of schools to improve student achievement by enabling teaching and learning excellence. It influences system strategy and system input into government/cross-agency initiatives to improve outcomes for children and young people.

We encourage all applicants with diverse professional experiences to apply.

This key role coordinates system strategies and priorities to support schools to improve the engagement and wellbeing of students including developing professional learning and resources to strengthen the capability of the profession.

To be successful you will possess well-developed understanding of State, Commonwealth and department directions in student engagement and wellbeing, alongside a deep connection and commitment to schools and the people in them.

Your expertise will inform and contribute to system responses to State and Commonwealth initiatives related to student engagement and wellbeing and facilitate the alignment of policy, resources, and services in mental health and wellbeing, behaviour, attendance, social and emotional learning, health and child safeguarding. 

A core component of this role is to build the support and engagement of various internal and external stakeholders, to negotiate and facilitate cooperation to achieve the effective delivery of programs and services. This will require you to harness and build productive connections in consultation with schools and the profession and to work within and across teams and business units to integrate service, support and advice to schools and the system. This role with have a particular focus upon progressing the strategy and policy in the area of student health.

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.

Your written application will be assessed against the following Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated substantial knowledge and understanding of the strategic direction of Western Australia’s public education system and operations at a central, regional and school level.
  2. Demonstrated high-level planning and management skills with a proven ability to plan and coordinate initiatives in a complex environment.
  3. Demonstrated highly developed conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills and experience in applying strategic thinking to achieve outcomes and implementing effective change management strategies to achieve educational outcomes.
  4. Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills to build effective relationships and networks, including experience in undertaking high-level consultations, collaborations and negotiations.
  5. Demonstrated highly developed written communication skills, including extensive experience in the preparation of correspondence, reports, Ministerials, briefing notes and policy.
  6. Demonstrated highly developed organisational skills with a proven ability to deliver outcomes on schedule in a demanding environment and under tight timeframes.

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 Lynne Lucas, Director Student Engagement and Wellbeing, by phone (08) 6206 2083 or email

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 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
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check
  • 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 Friday, 21 January 2022

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.

ATTACHMENTS: - jdf - generic report to 000387~ consultant - prof cap - ps l7.pdf

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WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2022-01-21 4:30 PM