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Job Title : Principal Consultant


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE668138

This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing March 2021

Statewide Services is seeking to appoint a highly dedicated and motivated individual to the role of Principal Consultant to be part of the Student Wellbeing branch.

The Principal Consultant will work as part of a project team responsible for implementing the Every Day Matters: 10‑point plan to improve student attendance. The team will plan, implement and evaluate system-wide learning, teaching and assessment programs and policies that target improvements in student achievement and attendance, undertake research on evidence based practices and professional learning to support schools, prepare reports, strategies and briefing notes, and collect, analyse and interpret quality data and contextual information as part of system-wide approach to reporting, accountability and planning for improvement. This work will be done in conjunction with key leaders within Statewide Services and across the system.

The successful applicant will possess high-level oral and written communication skills as they will be responsible for the preparation of responses and reports related to the work of the project team. As such, the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships, as well as conceptual and analytical skills, to support the implementation of the 10‑point plan will be highly regarded. The successful applicant should be flexible, able to work both collaboratively and independently.

The services and support delivered through the Student Support Services Directorate are aligned with functions of Statewide Services to support successful outcomes for all students. This is achieved through a focus on better integration of services with schools, students, families and external service providers, and supporting schools and networks of schools to provide timely, responsive and effective support for each student. Through this work expanded opportunities are created for students to develop the academic, personal and social competencies they will need to participate in the future workforce and society.

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. Substantial knowledge and understanding of contemporary, evidence-based practices related to student support services.
  2. Skills and experience in developing and implementing successful student programs, projects or strategies at the school, region, network and/or system level.
  3. Ability to provide leadership and influence change related to student support services.
  4. Highly developed conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to provide innovative solutions to strategic and complex problems and issues.
  5. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to successfully undertake consultations, collaborations and negotiations with senior officers, school leaders and other stakeholders.
  6. Highly developed written communication and presentation skills, including experience in the preparation of complex reports, briefing notes and professional learning documentation.

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 Pamela Miller, A/Manager Student Wellbeing by telephoning (08) 9402 6247 or emailing pamela.miller@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 three (3) page statement addressing the selection criteria, 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
  • 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 Thursday, 4 March 2021