Associate Principal

$145,125 - $156,128 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Port Hedland WA, Australia
  • 14 Sep, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Principal

Job Description

Independent Public School - Pilbara Education Region
Hedland Senior High School
Associate Principal
Level 5, $145,125 - $156,128 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/DP704326

This is a twenty-four (24) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022

Hedland Senior High School is seeking an innovative, forward thinking and strategic Associate Principal to join our executive leadership team.

The successful applicant will be an energetic, proactive and enthusiastic educator who is passionate and highly effective in leading whole school improvement.

We are looking for a highly effective leader who can demonstrate and/or has a proven capacity to develop a range of skills and understandings within the Associate Principal role.

You will exhibit initiative and have problem solving capacity to develop solutions which will cater for the wide variety of demands in our complex school.

About the role

The Associate Principal will work closely with the Principal as part of the school’s executive team to provide educational leadership, innovation, strategic planning and promotion of the school’s vision, mission and values in the school community.

The suitable applicant will have a critical role in whole school strategic planning including the school improvement agenda and in the review and realisation of the School Business Plan.

To be successful in this role, the applicant will be committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. You will have a clear understanding of the learning environment required to enhance the learning opportunities of our students for success in school and beyond.

You will develop evidence based strategies to ensure the school’s commitment to high academic standards and expectations of all students and staff.

With the commitment and desire to create and sustain a student-centred learning environment built on strong relationships, you will identify and implement strategies to meet the diverse needs of students and their families.

You will communicate effectively and with diplomacy and modify your leadership to obtain the best outcomes for all, whilst modelling and promoting the school’s vision, mission and core values of: Care, Courtesy, Respect and Responsibility.

Taking into consideration the school’s planning structures, financial and budget considerations and legislative requirements, your professional knowledge and experience should include: whole school curriculum planning and innovation, STEM, human resource management; workforce planning, Performance Development, professional learning leadership and school resourcing.

In this role you will also support the schools’ strategic direction through the collection and analysis of data.

Being able to improve teacher pedagogy that reflects current research and best practices as well as classroom observations, are also key components of the role.

You will ideally possess exceptional interpersonal, organisational, and instructional leadership skills as you lead teams to drive school improvement; developing and maintaining positive relationships with all staff to build on their capacity to improve student outcomes.

Hedland Senior High School, located in the Pilbara, is an Independent Public School catering for students from Years 7 to 12. Our school prides itself on the staff's commitment to a system of positive behaviour supports which focus on care, courtesy, respect and responsibility.

These values underpin our philosophy at Hedland Senior High School. All staff strive to maintain a school culture which encourages a high standard of behaviour & performance.

We take an approach that is inclusive, explicit and supports all students and staff to achieve success.

The school has worked hard to build a positive reputation for the excellent educational opportunities it offers students, the exceptional support for staff development and professional growth, and for its high standards of achievement.

Staff and students are encouraged to achieve personal excellence in all aspects of their daily activities and to interact with each other and with the wider community in a positive, constructive, and socially responsible manner.

The Benefits

A comprehensive benefits package in addition to your salary includes:

  • Country Teaching Program allowance of $10 210 per annum
  • Locality allowance of $3 976 per annum
  • Subsidised accommodation, utilities with the opportunity to salary package your rent
  • Relocation of your furniture, personal effects and vehicles
  • Annual Travel Concession for you and your dependents

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 demonstrate the following work related requirements

  • Capacity to provide effective leadership in a diverse range of educational settings;
  • High level of interpersonal and public relations skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships to achieve planned outcomes;
  • Professional knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure a high level of educational outcomes for all students (e.g. Aboriginal students, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with special needs).
  • Capacity to manage staff, physical and financial resources.

Applications will be assessed against the work related requirements of the position.

The business needs 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 Hedland Senior High School can be found by visiting or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information:

Please contact Janine Keall, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9172 8000 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Janine Keall on 0417 634 197.

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 four (4) page statement addressing the Work Related, 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 two (2) 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 4127.

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


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 Friday, 1 October 2021




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WORK TYPE: Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-10-01 4:30 PM


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Job Closing Date

01 Oct, 2021