EOI, Head of Department in Science - Mackay State High School

$118,045 - $124,001 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Mackay QLD, Australia
  • 26 Nov, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Management - Schools

Job Description

An exciting opportunity exists for a passionate leader to join Mackay State High School. Working as part of the leadership team, this opportunity provides the successful candidate the ability to be innovative, inclusive, and engaged in providing high quality, holistic learning for all students. Driving excellence in curriculum and pedagogy, the Science Head of Department leads a range of curriculum including Senior Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Aquatics, Agriculture, 7-10 Australian Science Curriculum and Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement. Working with a large team of staff, the successful applicant will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to build effective working relationships with staff, students, parents and industry.

Position status Fixed Term Temporary
Position type Full-time
Occupational group Education & Training
Classification Stream 2 /HO1
Workplace Location Mackay region
Job ad reference QLD/CQR397075/21E
Closing date 02-Dec-2021
Yearly salary $118045 - $124001
Fortnightly salary $4524.70 - $4752.90
Job duration Until 24 June 2022 unless otherwise determined
Contact person Felicity Roberts
Contact details 0416 111 393

This temporary vacancy is open to Expressions of Interest and accordingly any appointment (and extension to this appointment) will not extend beyond 12 months.

About the School:

Mackay State High School is proud to be a large and diverse school community. Our mission is to provide educational excellence and diverse pathways for students, based on a culture of inclusion, high expectations and pride. Our committed and caring staff focus on developing individual students to attain their full potential in academic, sporting, cultural and arts fields. In preparing students to be tomorrow's citizens, our curricula and co-curricula programs are infused with a focus on pathways that meet individual learning needs and career aspirations. We believe that this is best achieved when teachers, students, parents and the community work together to build positive and supporting relationships. At the heart of the school are the core values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and our 3 R's guide all of our practices and expectations for student engagement and support. We have a strong belief in the work we do for our students and the community - hence our vision; “We Believe … We Achieve, Mackay High Pride!”

Your Opportunity:

As the Head of Department Science you will:

  • Lead curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and moderation practices across the faculty
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data to improve student achievement and engagement;
  • Support teachers to achieve high standards and to develop their capacity through professional learning, coaching and feedback;
  • Form collaborative partnerships with relevant industry and external organisations to drive innovative STEM agendas within our school.
  • Support, model and coach teachers in classroom management techniques to enhance student engagement
  • Form strong learning partnerships with students, parents and external stakeholders in case management processes
  • Understand the legislation and policies that impact on schooling especially in relation to curriculum activity risk assessments, workplace health and safety (particularly in laboratories) and students and staff within the school department.
  • Manage the human, financial, facilities and curriculum resources of the school department to achieve goals.

Your Role:

  • Lead the school department to develop, articulate and commit to a shared educational vision focussed on providing quality learning outcomes for all students.
  • Embed socially just practices in daily school life.
  • Set high standards for student and staff performance.
  • Actively participate in lifelong learning and ongoing professional development.
  • Form partnerships with students, parents, other government agencies, and community groups.
  • Be futures oriented and strategic.

A mandatory requirement of this role is:

  • Current full registration or current provisional registration with eligibility for full registration, as a teacher in Queensland. For more information please CLICK HERE.
  • Teachers working in Education and Care Services (including State Delivered Kindergarten programs) require an exemption card issued by Blue Card Services. For more information please CLICK HERE.

To apply please attach the following:

  • A brief resume including contact details for 2 referees (one of whom should be your current supervisor)
  • A maximum 2 page written response outlining your suitability for the role referring to the key capabilities under “How you will be assessed” section in the attached role description.

Applicants need to be a current Queensland Government employee to be eligible to apply. Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.


Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other Sciences

School Type


Job Closing Date

02 Dec, 2021