Job Title : Program Coordinator - Follow The Dream


Mount Lawley, WA

Posted 2/24/2021

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA673247

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 2, 2021

Mount Lawley Senior High School has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and committed leader with experience and expertise in working with Aboriginal secondary students to help them reach their potential. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a premier school with a reputation for excellence. 

The Follow the Dream: Partnerships for Success Program is a voluntary out-of-school support program targeted at aspirational Aboriginal students. The program aims to support Indigenous students to excel academically, complete secondary school and achieve entrance to University. Although university entrance is the primary goal, the program also supports students to achieve other tertiary placements such as Vocational Education and Training (VET) and an apprenticeship or traineeship or the employment of their choice.

The outreach component of the program delivers the Follow the Dream program to seven other metropolitan secondary schools, that do not have a sufficient number of eligible Aboriginal students from Year 7 through to Year 12 to establish a stand-alone program. The successful applicant will be required to undertake extensive liaison with Aboriginal students and their families, teachers, tutors, and outside agencies to deliver the program requirements.

The successful applicant must be resourceful, innovative, organised, collaborative and able to identify the needs of students in the program. As Program Coordinator, you would manage, in collaboration with the Steering Committee, the identification and selection of students into the program and case manage each student through the development of an individual learning plan.

The Program Coordinator is also the executive officer of the Steering Committee that includes representatives from the host school, tertiary institutions, community and outreach schools. The committee works with the coordinator to design and implement the program delivery.

The Program Coordinator is also required to plan and conduct several events during the year including cultural days, camps, NAIDOC celebrations, visits to tertiary institutions and graduation events.

Founded in 1955, Mount Lawley Senior High School is located within a residential suburb 5 kilometres north of the Perth CBD. It comprises three sub-schools Years 7& 8, 9&10 and 11 &12. It hosts one of two Gifted and Talented Languages programs in the state, an approved Specialist Visual and Performing Arts program, a Jazz Music program and the innovative Aboriginal Excellence Program as well as the Follow the Dream Program through the Graham “Polly” Farmer Foundation. A premier school in Western Australia, Mount Lawley offers a huge range of subjects and Certificates and has a rich history of student success and achievement. 

A major strength of the school is its strong links and partnerships with parents and the broader community. Parents play a key role in planning for the future and participate in all aspects of school life. All staff at Mount Lawley Senior High School are committed to the provision of learning programs that cater for all post-school destinations including university, State Training Providers and employment.

With the school vision of Inspire to Aspire and values of Excellence, Respect, Learning and Perseverance there is an expectation that staff and students commit to the attainment of personal best and excellence in all aspects of school life.

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:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning practices, particularly relating to Aboriginal students and their communities.
  • Extensive skills and experience in developing, implementing and evaluating learning programs and strategies at a school, region or system level.
  • Capacity to manage physical and financial resources.
  • Ability to provide strategic leadership that builds capacity, deals effectively with change and generates innovative solutions related to achieving educational outcomes.
  • Highly developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to conduct research, prepare reports and establish effective working relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to achieve planned outcomes.

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 Mount Lawley SHS can be found by visiting Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:

Please contact Michael Camilleri, Associate Principal, by telephoning (08) 9265 1500 or emailing Michael

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 Work Related Requirements in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A CV of up to three (3) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees (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 Tuesday, 9 February 2021



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