Head of Department, Science

$118,626 - $129,810 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Harrisdale WA 6112, Australia
  • 14 Jul, 2021

Job Description

Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Harrisdale Senior High School
Head of Department - Science
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA694026

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022

Are you an inspirational and experienced educational leader committed to building a culture of excellence in teaching and learning? Are you looking for a professionally rewarding career at a newly opened secondary school?

Harrisdale Senior High School (SHS) seeks to appoint a Head of Department (HoD) – Science with the experience, dedication and drive to develop a culture of excellence in teaching and learning in the Science learning area. Due to enrolment growth and Harrisdale SHS becoming a fully Year 7 to 12 school in 2022, we seek to appoint a second Science HoD to work in collaboration with our current HoD, Science.

As the successful applicant, you will be a key member of the school leadership team. Your role will include responsibility for the leadership and management of the Science learning area across nominated year groups. You will be excited at the unique opportunity to lead development of the learning area and a dedicated team of Science teachers. As the HoD – Science you will ideally be an expert classroom practitioner with a passion for science and the demonstrated capacity to build a culture of excellence in teaching that supports the learning needs of all students.

To be successful in this role you will ideally have the experience and professional knowledge to lead staff and curriculum development in the Science learning area. Successful experience leading the development of Year 11 and Year 12 Science courses is sought as the school continues to introduce WACE courses.

You will share a commitment to Harrisdale SHS’s school wide pedagogy of explicit instruction and its emphases on pastoral care and co-curricular programs, and will actively promote the school’s vision, mission and values in the school and community.

Harrisdale SHS offers a wonderful opportunity for local students to access a high-quality secondary education close to home. Currently, the school has an enrolment of 1,630 students in Years 7 to 11. Harrisdale SHS becomes a Year 7-to-12 school in 2022, with an anticipated enrolment of 2,100 students.

Harrisdale is a rapidly growing suburb located approximately 28 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. The school is located on Laverton Crescent, adjacent to the City of Armadale's new playing fields and sports pavilion and Harrisdale Primary School.

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 Harrisdale Senior High School can be found by visiting harrisdaleshs.wa.edu.au or Schools Online.

For further job related information:

Please contact Leila Bothams, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9397 8000 or emailing Leila.Bothams@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 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 who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably 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 Monday, 2 August 2021.




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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Harrisdale
CLOSING DATE: 2021-08-02 4:30 PM