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Job Title : Principal Consultant


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE664394

This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing ASAP with possible twelve (12) months extension and/or permanency

Are you an outcomes focused, independent thinker who is keen to work in a committed and motivated team?

The Department is developing a Future Skills and Pathways plan to ensure all students are provided with the attributes they require for purposeful engagement in lifelong learning, active citizenship and engagement with the labour market. The Future Skills and Pathways plan is comprised of five areas of work: Career development in schools; Embedding contemporary and future work capabilities; Building science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capability; Establishing partnerships with employers, industry and training providers; and Vocational Education and Training. This is an exciting opening, as a Principal Consultant, where you will have the opportunity to provide strategic leadership in progressing this work.

The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of public education, managing a number of projects including partnering with tertiary institutions, training providers and schools to investigate and develop ways of embedding contemporary work capabilities (such as teamwork, critical thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM reasoning and inter-cultural understanding) into the Western Australian Curriculum and senior secondary programs. Capacity to develop and deliver successful professional learning will be essential.

A key part of the role will be to establish a system-wide approach to the use of micro learning and micro credentialing in schools that encourages all students to explore their passions by accessing high-quality, relevant courses developed by recognised training providers and industry.

Highly developed written communication skills are an essential requirement as the Principal Consultant will be responsible for leading the preparation of responses related to the work of the branch and selected projects. In addition, you will work as part of an integrated Teaching and Learning Services Directorate. As such, the successful applicant should be flexible, able to work both collaboratively and independently, and be able to contribute to the scope of the work of the branch.

The Future Skills and Pathways Team will work collaboratively with other branches and directorates as well as other Government agencies and industry to support successful outcomes for all students. The successful applicant will therefore possess highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to successfully undertake high-level consultations, collaborations and negotiations with stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes for all schools and students.

The Future Skills and Pathways Team will initially be part of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Project Team that is committed to providing support and services to public schools to assist them in the implementation of VET delivered to secondary school students; and to the development of a system-wide approach to school-industry partnerships.

The VET Project Team is also responsible for the provision of specialised services and support to schools to ensure every student:

  • builds informed understandings of the world of work;
  • has access to meaningful work placements, training and experiences;
  • develops the career management skills to successfully transition from school to further education, training or employment; and
  • builds the capabilities that will be required to manage ongoing employment and career transitions throughout their working lives.

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 branch 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:

  1. High level knowledge and understanding of the policies, principles, trends and issues associated with VET, student pathways and career development.
  2. High level project and program management skills with a proven ability to deliver outcomes on schedule in a demanding environment and under tight timelines.
  3. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills to build effective relationships and networks, including experience in undertaking high-level consultations, collaborations and negotiations.
  4. Highly developed written communication skills, including extensive experience in the preparation of communications, reports and briefing notes.
  5. Ability to provide strategic leadership and work collaboratively in the planning, coordination and delivery of a range of complex projects, programs and initiatives.

Further information about this position can be found in the attached job description form (JDF).

Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria of the position. The business needs of the branch 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.

For further job related information:

Please contact Sandra Halley, Manager, on (08) 9402 6301 or 0477 318 151 or at Sandra.Halley@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 four (4) page statement addressing the selection criteria, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A curriculum vitae 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, if applicable)

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
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable 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, 26 February 2021