Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Harrisdale Senior High School
Level 6, $162,188 - $173,192 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

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Advertised Vacancy Number: PR724746

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 3, 2022

Who are we looking for?

The successful applicant will be responsible for fostering a safe, purposeful and inclusive learning environment and have the capacity to develop collaborative and respectful relationships with staff, students, parents and other stakeholders. The Principal will be innovative and creative in the establishment of systems and structures to foster academic achievement and improvements in social and emotional developments for students, as well as engaging a diverse school community in the educational programs of the school.

The Principal is responsible for leading, managing and monitoring the school improvement process through a current and critical understanding of the learning process and its implications for enhancing high quality teaching and learning in every classroom in the school. They will possess a commitment to continuous school improvement and development of the instructional program, particularly the pedagogy of beginning teachers, and building networks with other agencies, other schools, and services in the community to benefit school programs.

The Principal supports the Department’s objectives for the public education and training of students in Western Australia. The role of the Principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the deployment of resources provided by the Department of Education and the school community.

About Harrisdale Senior High School

Harrisdale Senior High School is an Independent Public School committed to high standards and high expectations of students. At Harrisdale, their goal is to bring out the best in every learner such that students enjoy success and develop as capable, confident and caring young adults.

For additional information about Harrisdale Senior High School please refer to the attached School Profile.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

Selection Criteria

During the selection process, you will need to demonstrate and will be assessed against the following six domains of practice - particular to the role of a principal:

  1. Leading the moral purpose
  2. Building productive relationships
  3. Creating enabling conditions
  4. Promoting improved teaching
  5. Driving data informed practice
  6. Leading strategic change

In addition, the Department of Education has identified six critical personal attributes (the Department’s Personal Attributes of Effective Leaders). These define the personal attributes and dispositions that are expected of a Principal.  These attributes are:

  • Openness and capacity for learning
  • Trustworthiness
  • Resilience
  • Interpersonal acumen
  • Self- awareness
  • Drive to excel

Demonstration and assessment of these Personal Attributes of Effective Leaders will form part of the assessment process for this position.

Selection Process 

This selection process is part of the Principal Selection and Placement (PSP) Pilot and utilises a multi-stage application process assessing both the professional domains and the Department’s Leadership Attributes (listed above).  This recruitment process has been designed to allow applicants to demonstrate their experience and skills in a rigorous yet accessible process. 

Referee validation will be requested and will form part of the overall assessment process.  Information from nominated referees will be obtained using an online questionnaire.  

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Principal Selection Process – Information for Applicants to fully understand the different stages of the process. As part of the process applicants should access the pre-application self-reflection tool included in this advert. This self-reflection tool will assist you to determine whether you have the skills and attributes for the position.  The outcome will remain private to you and will not be accessible to the selection panel. 

Please click the following link to access the self-reflection tool: 

Online Self-Reflection Tool

The business needs and context of the school will also be considered, it is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and the attached School Profile 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.

For Further Job Related Information

For further information please refer to the attached School Profile and JDF, or by contacting:

Cheryl Townsend, Assistant Director of Education, by phoning (08) 9336 9536 or emailing

(Please do not email applications to this email address)

Application Instructions

To apply, applicants will be required to: 

  1. Register as an applicant in RAMS online via the “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions.
  2. Complete the first stage of the assessment by selecting the link below. 

Stage 1 Online Assessment

For the first stage, applicants will be asked to: 

    • Complete an online CV template addressing their work-related history.
    • Complete four 250-word examples on your recent achievements that best illustrate your suitability for the position.
    • Complete a 100-word explanation for each example outlining why you have selected the achievement in your application.
    • Nominate four (4) to six (6) superordinates, peers, colleagues and subordinates to complete an online referee template. 

Both part 1 & 2 mentioned above must be submitted online, by the closing date and time.  

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 (via part 1), you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 8317. On completion of part 2, you will receive confirmation after completing the online form. No email will be sent on completion of part 2. 

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; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.


Employees will be required to:

  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.

All appointees to principal positions longer than 6 months in duration who have not completed 6 months or more in a WA public school principal role prior to January 2015 will be required to satisfactorily complete all Principal Eligibility Modules.  The Principal Eligibility Modules which are completed online must be completed within 6 months of commencement in a principal role.

COVID-19 Requirements

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 (

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

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

Applications must be submitted before 9.00am (WST) on Monday, 30 May 2022.



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Harrisdale
CLOSING DATE: 2022-05-30 9:00 AM