Assistant Principal - School Operations

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Eltham North VIC 3095, Australia
  • 16/02/2021
Full time - Permanent Principal

Job Description

Location Profile

Eltham North Primary School nurtures a community atmosphere, beautiful surrounds and positive learning environment. At Eltham North, we have proud academic tradition and maximise every learning opportunity to shape our students' future through high quality, values-enriched teaching and learning.

As a Victorian Government Primary School, Eltham North has a clear vision and purpose. Vision: 'Our school empowers all students to embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical wellbeing'.

At Eltham North, the school community works together to ensure every child has a positive, happy and rewarding school experience. Every person involved in Eltham North Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make. Parents and teachers are genuine partners in the learning process, ensuring students value and pursue knowledge and strive to achieve their best. Students are also encouraged to be considerate and supportive of others.

The school attracts and retains an experienced, caring and innovative staff. Our teachers work to provide a range of high quality learning opportunities to stimulate and challenge the individual needs and talents of their students. This is done within a collaborative culture, creating a strong sense of community and team spirit.

Testimony to the quality education provided for our students are the results in national testing, which consistently show performance well above state and national means.

At Eltham North, our challenge is to target key indicators which define what it is to be a truly successful learner, a learner who not only achieves well in national testing, but who is deemed successful within the context of his/her area of talent. To achieve this we focus on providing our students with access to a broad range of learning opportunities that respond to the diversity of their individual needs and abilities. We believe these opportunities will continue to evolve through the commitment of our dedicated staff.

We are confident our focus on individual needs and abilities will be achieved through maintaining strong partnerships with parents and the wider community. This, in turn, provides a comprehensive approach to challenging our students to achieve their best and build self-confidence in their personal abilities. This approach of building the foundations of academic and social capabilities of our students reflects our school's ethos:

Eltham North Primary is a caring school and we have expressed four ‘kid friendly values’ are using the ‘CARE’ acronym.


  • We will work together to achieve common goals
  • We will negotiate solutions
  • We will acknowledge the contributions of all group members
  • We will foster co-operation, trust and goodwill between students, teachers and parents


  • We will do our best and not give up when faced with tasks that are difficult
  • We will encourage individual improvement
  • We will support each other in achieving our goals
  • We will recognise and celebrate achievements


  • We will take responsibility for ourselves, others and our environment
  • We will treat others as we want them to treat us
  • We will be courteous and tolerant of others in our school community
  • We will demonstrate reliability and honesty in our interactions with others


  • We will show compassion to others
  • We will support others who may be having difficulties
  • We will try to understand and accept others’ views and feelings
  • We will treat others with care and understanding
  • We believe that values education is an integral part of our school and as such needs to be clearly reflected in school policies, codes of conduct and school documentation. These core values are the cornerstone on which we build our vision and underpin all that we do.

Eltham North Primary School is a community united by a commitment to learning. It was founded in 1924 and is intensely proud of its educational achievement in serving the community of Eltham. We are located one kilometre north of the township of Eltham Central, a residential suburb renowned for its peaceful bush surroundings. The school has more than 595 students enrolled for 2021. Of the current student body, 96% are Australian born and 4% of our students do not use English language as their first language at home.

Learning is delivered through the new Victorian Curriculum and value added programs including: VCOP, Write To Read Literacy program, Phonemic Awareness, Independent Reading using Café Menu, Big Ideas in Number, Science, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) initiatives, Instrumental Music, Reading Recovery, Support, Challenge and Enrichment Programs, Literacy and Numeracy Intervention, Sustainable Schools Program, Healthy Schools, Berry St program, 'The Resilience Project' (new) and Student Leadership programs. Continuous development of enrichment programs is supported through implementation of our priority and improvement areas. To further support student learning a Student Welfare co-ordinator leads the Support Staff, Student Services and the implementation of direct instruction and explicit learning programs. School Improvement Teams deliver curriculum design, implementation and monitoring in keeping with community goals using a common language. These teams include Literacy, Numeracy, ICT (Computer Technology), Welfare and Assessment and Reporting.

The educational programs of Eltham North are further supported by a diligent, cohesive community and a well resourced infrastructure. The school accommodates 25 classrooms with the addition of a two-storey year 4 and 5 Centre, Multi-Media Information Communications Lab (ICT), instrumental music rooms and OSHC centre. The extensive ICT facilities have a wireless network to all classrooms and specialist areas. The provision of greater space and technology resources serves to respond to learners developmental needs and innovation in pedagogy. Extensive landscaping provides a range of active and passive play areas with four adventure playground zones.

Eltham North is dedicated to build upon strong community relationships, positive student achievements and seek out new knowledge to further support the thinking skills and creativity of our learning community. In partnership with the community, Eltham North will continual to provide our students the means and motivation to excel and lead us into an exciting future.

Selection Criteria

SC1 - Educational Leadership

  • Demonstrate outstanding capacity to support and lead the strategic direction of the school through leading, managing and monitoring continuous improvement through a current and critical understanding of the learning process and its implications for enhancing excellence in teaching and learning across the school.

SC2 - Leading Improvement, Innovation and Change

  • Highly developed skills in leading and managing change including the leadership of others in the process of change.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current learning and teaching research and its impact on learning programs.
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise data to inform the direction of targeted teaching initiatives and teacher support.

SC3 - Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review

  • Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.
  • An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning.

SC4 - Leadership of Staff and Students

  • A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.
  • A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.

SC5 - Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.
  • Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.
  • An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.

SC6 - Community Criteria

  • High level of ability to enhance a school's positive climate through increasing students' agency in their learning and promoting inclusion across the school.


The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.

Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program. In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget. Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.

The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.

Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.


Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:

  • supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;
  • allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;
  • supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;
  • management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;
  • responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;
  • contribute to the overall management of the school;

Who May Apply

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

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at

Other Information

This role will commence at the beginning of term two 2021.

The successful candidate will take on the broad role of school leadership including also taking whole school responsibility for the implementation and development of a significant part of the schools’ operations. The Assistant Principal roles include staff development, student development and curriculum development. The successful candidate will take on these roles as both major and/or shared responsibilities.

Although not required, experience in, and successful implementation of, a program of student well-being and development, staff well-being and development and or curriculum development is desired. The successful candidate will join a Principal Class team that will consist of the Principal and one Assistant Principal and one Assistant Principal (this new position). The School Strategic team also includes one Learning Specialist and one Leading Teacher.

The role will be a diverse one and will require the applicant to possess strong organisational and people skills; the ability to prioritise, a strong work ethic and an ability to drive high expectations. A broad knowledge of whole school practices as well as the ability to lead by example in a hard working team is important.

Important information for applicants

  • Applications MUST address the specified selection criteria. A limit of one page of standard 12 point text is suggested for each selection criterion.
  • Personal and other information should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Applicants must make every attempt to lodge applications through Recruitment Online.
  • In the rare case that applicants are unable to access Recruitment Online, e-mail applications will be accepted at
  • ***Hard copy applications are not required or encouraged.
  • The applicant’s name, contact details and the position number for which they are applying should be clearly displayed on the front page of any attachment.
  • Compressed files such as .zip files are not compatible with the Recruitment Online system.
  • Graphics and artwork are not encouraged and should be kept to a minimum.
  • Multiple attachments should not be used. Cover letters, references and other items, if included, should be incorporated into the one application attachment.
  • The names and contact details including mobile phone of up to three referees must be provided with the application.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to visit our website to find out more about our school. We will conduct a tour:

Should you have further queries in regard to the position, please contact:

Principal David Foley:

Phone: 0413 184745

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

Program Benefits

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To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.


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