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Job Title : Head Of Learning Area - Arts


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA671456

This is a sixteen (16) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 2, 2021 with possible extension (16 months) and/or permanency

Ashdale Secondary College (SC) is seeking an innovative and dynamic Head of Learning Area (HOLA) - to lead The Arts across the College. The successful applicant will ideally possess outstanding organisation and interpersonal skills, whilst modelling a positive approach to student learning.

As Head of Learning Area - The Arts, the ideal candidate will be able to continue to build the capacity the Arts Learning Area by providing curriculum leadership and working collaboratively to ensure quality teaching is delivered to meet the needs of all students. The College offers a diverse range of subjects in The Arts including Visual Arts and Ceramics, Dance, Drama as well as our Music and Music Academy. The College provides The Arts students with a wide range of opportunities to showcase their Learning Area through Dance, Drama and Music Performances and Concerts, as well as the Annual Art Exhibition as part of the Ashdale Showcase.

The successful applicant will have strong, demonstrated skills and experience in productions to lead the biennial College production which will be performed in 2021. The Arts HOLA provides support to the College community with sound, theatre set up, live streaming and other performance related activities.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to join an innovative leadership team dedicated to designing and developing a distinctive, world class educational environment. Ashdale SC’s Teaching and Learning Framework underpins the high-quality teaching and learning that takes place at the College. The successful applicant will reflect and assess the effectiveness of their teaching practice, promote an environment of active and positive learning, and provide educational opportunities and activities which enable students to achieve their highest potential. With effective interpersonal skills, the successful applicant will work closely with students, colleagues and the community to achieve the best educational outcomes for students. The HOLA has an integral role in modelling their exemplary practice and building the capacity of their team to ensure high standards for all.

Ashdale SC is part of a cluster of schools with Ashdale Primary School, Carnaby Rise Primary School, Landsdale Primary School and Madeley Primary School. As part of the collaborative partnership between the schools we have developed a shared identity assisted by geographical proximity and a strong sense of being an inclusive community. The HOLA – The Arts will ideally have strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to develop and promote Arts education effectively with a range of stakeholders across the College, Cluster and wider community. Our annual Performing Arts Cluster Muster and combined music ensembles are a testament to this collaboration across the Cluster. The successful applicant will embrace this cluster approach and the opportunities it provides to work in collaboration with colleagues in each of the schools to provide a seamless K-12 education.

The Arts Learning Area is high functioning with a team of committed and dedicated teachers, delivering a range of programs and courses from Year 7 through to Year 12. We provide courses including: Music, Visual Arts, Drama and Dance in purpose built facilities including the Theatre and Performing Arts and Dance Studios. The school has a strong and growing Instrumental Music School Services program that utilises a growing number of performance opportunities in the community as well as regular lunchtime performances. At a Senior School level courses offered include General and ATAR Visual Arts and Dance as well as Certificate 11 in Music. The successful applicant will lead the delivery of quality teaching, learning and assessment programs and, in addition, will develop and deliver the Western Australian Curriculum/WACE Courses. The successful applicant will reflect and assess the effectiveness of teaching practice, promote an environment of active and positive learning, and provide educational opportunities and activities which enable students to achieve their highest potential.

At Ashdale SC there is a clear focus on high standards of student achievement. Systematic assessment and reporting procedures are carried out at the highest level, confirming performance and guiding the setting of future targets for the school. The College teaching staff has a key role in school planning processes including: the analysis of student performance data, development of performance and improvement plans and application of an evidence based approach to student performance.

Students at Ashdale SC are equipped with, and confident in the use of, new blends of skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their individual potential throughout their lives. They develop the capabilities necessary for healthy living and lifelong learning. They build social and emotional resilience, supported by clear, ethical and effective pastoral care. This ensures students are given the opportunities to develop the confidence they need to play an active part in the life of their school, family, community and nation while being successfully prepared for future transitions from home to school to work or further study.

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 Ashdale Secondary College can be found by visiting www.ashdalesc.wa.edu.auor Schools Online.

For further job related information:

Please contact Kylie Bottcher, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9302 7100 or emailing Kylie.Bottcher@education.wa.edu.au.

During the mandatory lockdown period, please contact Kylie Bottcher on 0434 608 944 or Kylie.Bottcher@education.wa.edu.au.

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 statement addressing the Work Related Requirements [optional to select specific WRR], in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A CV 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 Thursday, 18 Feburary 2021.