Professional Capability - Statewide Services
Student Engagement and Wellbeing
Manager - Student Engagement and Wellbeing
Level 8, $136,296 - $147,609 per annum (PSCA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE739063

This is a permanent full-time position commencing July, 2022

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 Student Engagement and Wellbeing Division is seeking an experienced and skilled leader who has a 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.

We encourage all applicants with diverse professional experiences to apply.

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.

As Manager Student Engagement and Wellbeing you will lead and implement system strategies and priorities to support schools to improve the engagement and wellbeing of students including professional learning and resources to strengthen the capability of the profession.

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.

As an effective change agent and strategic leader, you will lead the operations of the branch in accordance with the Department’s strategic directions, policies and relevant legislation. You will work to create a harmonious and effective team culture and support staff to perform at their best individually, as a team, and with others.

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

Implements and manages strategy

  • Translates strategy into operational goals and creates a shared sense of purpose within the business unit.
  • Engages others in the strategic direction of the work area, encourages their contribution, and communicates expected outcomes.
  • Considers the ramifications of a wide range of issues, anticipates priorities and develops long term plans for the work area.
  • Understands objective, critical analysis and distils the core issues.

Achieves results

  • Evaluates ongoing project and program performance and identifies critical success factors.
  • Establishes clear plans and timeframes for project implementation and outlines specific activities.
  • Strives to achieve and encourages others to do the same.
  • Monitors progress and identifies risks that may impact outcome and adjusts plans as required.

Builds productive relationships

  • Builds and sustains relationships with a network of key people internally and externally.
  • Recognises shared agendas and works toward mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Brings people together and encourages input from key stakeholders.

Exemplifies personal integrity and self-awareness

  • Acts professionally and impartially at all times and operates within the boundaries of organisational processes and legal and public policy constraints.
  • Takes personal responsibility for meeting objectives and progressing work and commits energy and drive to see that goals are achieved.
  • Persists and focuses on achieving objectives even in difficult circumstances.

Communicates and influences effectively

  • Confidently presents information in a clear, concise and articulate manner and translates information for others.
  • Approaches negotiations with a strong grasp of key issues, having prepared well in advance.
  • Anticipates the position of the other party and adapts approach accordingly.
  • Encourages the support of relevant stakeholders.

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 telephoning (08) 6206 2083 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 three (3) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for three (3) 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 Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course
  • 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 Monday, 23 May 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 - 00038716 - man stueng & wellb - pc - ps l8.pdf

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WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2022-05-23 4:30 PM