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Head Of Boarding

Department of Education, Northern Territory Govern... - Nhulunbuy, NT

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Information for applicants

Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and detailed resume-.

The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce that represents the community. The NTPS encourages people from all diversity groups to apply for vacancies. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures Recruitment Plan eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) applicants will be granted priority consideration for this vacancy. For more information on Special Measures, go to the OCPE website.

Primary objective

Provide high level educational leadership and day to day management of all boarding matters and management oversight for the facility, staff and resident students and their families, including educational programs, budget and financial management, reporting and community engagement to achieve optimal educational outcomes for students.

Context statement

Ḏawurr Boarding (part of Nhulunbuy High School, a comprehensive secondary school in North East Arnhem Land) is a 40-bed facility that provides a safe and culturally appropriate environment for remote Indigenous students seeking access to quality secondary programs leading to expanded education and employment pathways through Nhulunbuy High School. The work environment is characterised by extensive team work where intercultural knowledge and skills are paramount.

Key duties and responsibilities

The position will require some travel (including small planes) throughout the Arnhem Region, to build strong connections and engagement with families and communities of potential students. The position reports directly to the Principal Nhulunbuy High School, is a member of the school’s senior leadership team and works closely with the Nhulunbuy High School Council.

1. Provide leadership in the development and implementation of boarding facility educational programs that deliver effective personalised educational activities to students to address their academic needs.

2. Lead the boarding facility team in the development and implementation of policies and strategies to address boarders’ cultural, social, pastoral and recreational needs.

3. Provide leadership and oversight responsibility for boarding affairs including activities and events, staff, students and facility operations, with appropriate delegation for management and supervision.

4. Provide high level advice and prepare executive level reports and briefings to the Principal and governance bodies addressing educational outcomes.

5. Develop and lead best practice engagement with boarding families, parents and caregivers regarding all aspects of student education, support and well-being.

6. Lead the planning and coordinate the delivery of professional learning and advice to staff and maintain professional networks.

7. Provide leadership in effective engagement with key Indigenous stakeholders, including local authorities, community based organisations and Land Councils to enhance pathway opportunities for secondary students in North East Arnhem Land.

Selection criteria


1. Successful experience in a senior leadership role in a training/education environment, specifically to meet the needs of remote students in a boarding facility.

2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to partner effectively with colleagues, parents, students and the community to deliver effective education and wellbeing outcomes for boarding students.

3. Proven ability to contribute to continuous school improvement within a boarding context.

4. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage innovation and change to ensure the vision and strategies for the School and Boarding facility are implemented and that its goals and intentions are realised.

Further information

1. Applicants will have or be able to obtain the following: a current driver’s licence and be prepared to upgrade to medium rigid/MR vehicle, and a current First Aid certificate. Successful applicants are expected to work a combination of day, evening or active night duty shifts and to travel throughout the Arnhem Region (including travel by light aircraft).

2. Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory and current Working with Children Clearance Notice (Ochre Card) or the ability to obtain.

3. All applicants completing initial teacher education (ITE) courses after 1 July 2016 are required to provide proof of successful completion of the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for ITE students.

Approved: March 2021 Karen Hill – Acting Principal

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Nhulunbuy, NT

Education, Childcare & Training


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