Principal, Range 5 - Melbourne Girls College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Richmond VIC, Australia
  • 14 Sep, 2021
Full time - Permanent Principal

Job Description

Job ID: 1238295
Location: Melbourne Girls College
Department: Melbourne Girls College
Role Type: Principal
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Principal-Range 5
Apply By: 10/10/2021

Other Information
Begin Date: 01/28/2022
End Date: 01/27/2027
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Nancy Sandilands
Phone: 03 9428 8955
School Website:

Location Profile

Melbourne Girls' College is a leader in innovative education, providing opportunities for students who are taught and nurtured by staff, peers and families. Our vision is to focus on the development of:

  • Personal, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Creating global citizens, who are ethical leaders with a sense of stewardship for the future
  • Academic growth, including in the areas of Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Sporting endeavours, particularly in rowing and aerobics
  • Artistic endeavours, particularly in performance, visual arts and music
  • Social endeavours, particularly in the promotion of diversity, sustainability and philanthropy.

Melbourne Girls’ College was established in 1994 on the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond, Victoria. The school has a total of 1496 enrolments and 123.08 staff including 4 principal class, 93.63 teaching staff and 25.45 ES staff.

The student and staff profile represents over 55 nationalities, hence global citizenship is embedded in the organisation. The school is part of the DET Leading Asia Capable Schools program and is committed to the Internationalising Schools overview of this work. The school’s Confucius Classroom program in connection with Hanban University, our International Student Program, hosting international colleagues, Study Tours, and Exchange programs testify to the work already undertaken in building M.G.C. as an international school.

In our short history, our reputation for excellence has grown so much that demand for enrolments exceeds available places. One reason for this is that MGC has consistently performed well in terms of academic excellence and university entry as well as in vocational pathways, reflecting our broad, inclusive and rigorous educational approach. We are proud of our diverse school community and our ability to support every student within our school community to achieve best outcomes. We have built a culture that values the voice and influence of our students and understands the importance of providing tailored pathways for each and every student.

As a City Edge school, MGC is part of a Community of Practice taking advantage of the city as our campus. Our wider community also includes The University of Melbourne, Yarra City Council, local businesses, Richmond and Melbourne Rotary Clubs, the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association (AVWA) / MGC tutoring program.

In recent years MGC has developed a range of new facilities. The College currently has plans for a STEAM and new 400 seat Performing Arts Centre to serve both the school and the wider Richmond community.

Selection Criteria

(a) Vision and values
Demonstrated capacity to create a shared vision, define and gain acceptance of school goals and set and communicate expectations for effective performance.

(b) Teaching and Learning
Demonstrated ability to manage the quality of teaching and create a positive culture of challenge, support and collaboration.

(c) Improvement, Innovation and Change
Demonstrated capacity to produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies and lead innovation and change.

(d) Management
Demonstrated capacity to ensure that the school’s human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed.

(e) Development
Demonstrated capacity to create a professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning, supporting all staff to achieve high standards and commitment to their own learning and wellbeing.

(f) Engagement
Demonstrated capacity to develop positive relationships with students, parents/families and the local community and participate in and contribute to system-level activities.

(g) Community Criterion
Demonstrated capacity to maintain the unique character of the College, to be an advocate for public schools and to lead MGC to the next level of academic excellence.


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 and the school community.

At the same time, the principal, as executive officer of the school council, must ensure that adequate and appropriate advice is provided to the council on educational and other matters, that the decisions of the council are implemented and that adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of council meetings.


The principal is accountable for the overall management and development of the school within statewide guidelines and Government policies. A clear set of accountabilities, which distinguish their work from other members of the Teaching Service and the education community are set out in detail in the contract of employment.

The core accountabilities of all principals are to:

  • ensure the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students
  • be executive officer of the school council.
  • establish and manage financial systems in accordance with the Department and school council requirements.
  • represent the Department in the school and the local community.
  • implement decisions of the school council.
  • contribute to system-wide activities, including policy and strategic planning and development.
  • manage and integrate the resources available to the school.
  • appropriately involve staff, students and the community in the development, implementation and review of school policies, programs and operations.
  • report to the Department, school community, parents and students on the achievements of the school and of individual students as appropriate.

Who May Apply

Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


Not Applicable

School Type


Job Closing Date

10 Oct, 2021