$118,626 - $129,810 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Mandurah WA, Australia
  • 13 Jul, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Principal

Job Description

Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
John Tonkin College Education Support Centre
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: PR693679

This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 4, 2021

John Tonkin College Education Support Centre (ESC) is looking for an effective communicator to join a supportive team that promotes positive relationships between students, staff, parents and the local community.

The successful applicant will be a highly visible and active leader who has a strong and flexible curriculum focus, who will also provide educational leadership by embracing the “Classroom First” strategy within the Education Support Context. You will possess effective communication skills and understand the importance of leading a multi-disciplinary workforce whilst meeting the needs of a diverse student population in an inclusive manner.

A key priority of our school is the socio-emotional and health and wellbeing of our students. In collaboration with staff and the School Board, you will be required to ensure the implementation of the Business Plan, and proactively lead the school improvement process into the future.

The successful applicant will lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in the school, through the deployment of resources provided by the Department and other stakeholders. The Principal will ensure compliance and accountability for the overall management and development of the school, within Government and Departmental policies and guidelines.

Located approximately 80 kilometres south west of Perth, John Tonkin College ESC, is situated on the Mandurah Education and Training Campus alongside John Tonkin College, Challenger Institute of Technology and Murdoch University. The school offers vocational courses in Horticulture, Kitchen Operations, Retail and Building & Construction and provides students with a certificate displaying the National Training Competencies. Student achievement of these competencies is also recognised by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA).

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.

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 address the following selection criteria and demonstrate the five professional practises particular to the role of a Principal.

You will also be expected to illustrate your capacity in the three leadership requirements “vision and values, knowledge and understanding, and personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills” as identified and detailed in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Effective leadership in teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community

Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria identified in the Job Description Form (JDF) for the position. The business needs and context 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 this position can be found in the attached JDF.

For additional information about John Tonkin College Education Support Centre please Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For Further Job Related Information

Please contact Ken Perris, Director of Education, by phoning (08) 9336 9539 or emailing

(Please do not email applications to this email address)

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 five (5) page statement addressing the selection criteria, 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 2 (two) 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 8317.

Further information on how to apply is available via the attachments below.

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

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.


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.

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

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Monday, 2 August 2021.




Applicant Resource - How to Write a CV and Covering Letter.pdf
Information for Applicants.pdf
Published JDF - Generic - Principal Education Support School or Centre Metropolitan - Schools - Admin 3 - Aug 2017.pdf

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WORK TYPE: Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Mandurah
CLOSING DATE: 2021-08-02 4:30 PM


Not Applicable

School Type

College or Tertiary

Job Closing Date

02 Aug, 2021