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Principal - East Gippsland Specialist School

Victoria State Government Education and Training - Melbourne, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training
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Job Description

Job ID: 1222293
Location: East Gippsland Specialist School
Department: East Gippsland Specialist School
Role Type: Principal
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Principal-Range 4
Apply By: 04/28/2021
Contact Name: Therese Molineux
Phone: (03) 5152 5922
School Website: https://www.eastgippslandss.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
East Gippsland Specialist School provides a comprehensive and innovative curriculum for primary and post primary students with intellectual disabilities. The school recognises that every child is unique and that our students require additional resources and individual and innovative support to enable them to succeed. The school was opened in 2004 and has been steadily growing since this time. It now has approximately 106 students and 56 staff with modern facilities.

The school encourages a supportive environment where teamwork between members of the school community is paramount to ensure that each student fulfils their full potential. Our belief that every student can achieve is fostered in a strengths based, stimulating, caring and secure atmosphere. We promote the school values of ‘Being Safe, Being Respectful and Being a Learner’ through our School-Wide Positive Behavioural Support Program which is embedded across the school. The school also has an engaging house system led by our School Captains and House Leaders with activities occurring throughout the year.

Students are taught in small groups and are supported by a multi-professional team including teachers, assistants, allied health professionals and other specialists. The school is committed to providing a progressive, stimulating and safe school environment that takes into account sound management practices, good communication between all members of the school community, best practice in delivering the curriculum and innovative community partnerships.

East Gippsland Specialist School is situated in the thriving town of Bairnsdale which is also the commercial centre of East Gippsland. The town itself has pleasant wide streets set around the historical, award winning Main Street gardens. It is the gateway to Australia’s largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the Gippsland Lakes as well as beautiful beaches and Victoria’s high country. The environment lends itself to many leisure opportunities including fishing, sailing and boating, riding, cycling, bushwalking, climbing and skiing. There are many smaller towns within a twenty minute drive of the school that offer rural living opportunities.

Selection Criteria

  • Vision and values

    Demonstrated capacity to create a shared vision, define and gain acceptance of school goals and set and communicate expectations for effective performance.

  • Teaching and Learning

    Demonstrated ability to manage the quality of teaching and create a positive culture of challenge, support and collaboration.

  • Improvement, Innovation and Change

    Demonstrated capacity to produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies and lead innovation and change.

  • Management

    Demonstrated capacity to ensure that the school’s human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed.

  • Development

    Demonstrated capacity to create a professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning, supporting all staff to achieve high standards and commitment to their own learning and wellbeing.

  • Engagement

    Demonstrated capacity to develop positive relationships with students, parents/families and the local community and participate in and contribute to system-level activities.

  • Community Criterion

    Demonstrate visionary and innovative leadership with the capacity to facilitate wider community engagement in ways that enhance student outcomes at all levels.

    The role of the principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the deployment of resources provided by the Department and the school community.

    At the same time, the principal, as executive officer of the school council, must ensure that adequate and appropriate advice is provided to the council on educational and other matters, that the decisions of the council are implemented and that adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of council meetings.


    The principal is accountable for the overall management and development of the school within statewide guidelines and Government policies. A clear set of accountabilities, which distinguish their work from other members of the Teaching Service and the education community are set out in detail in the contract of employment.

    The Core Accountabilities Of All Principals Are To
    • ensure the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students
    • be executive officer of the school council.
    • establish and manage financial systems in accordance with the Department and school council requirements.
    • represent the Department in the school and the local community.
    • implement decisions of the school council.
    • contribute to system-wide activities, including policy and strategic planning and development.
    • manage and integrate the resources available to the school.
    • appropriately involve staff, students and the community in the development, implementation and review of school policies, programs and operations.
    • report to the Department, school community, parents and students on the achievements of the school and of individual students as appropriate.

    Who May Apply

    Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
  • Melbourne, VIC

    Education, Childcare & Training


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