$162,188 - $173,192 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Padbury WA 6025, Australia
  • 20 Jul, 2021

Job Description

Statewide Services
School of Special Educational Needs: Disability
Level 6, $162,188 - $173,192 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: PR694491

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 4, 2021

The School of Special Education Needs: Disability (SSEND) provides support to schools to support students with disability and learning disabilities; provides contextualised and evidence-based professional learning, provides seminars to support schools as well as online research, information and resources.

An exciting and challenging opportunity exists for an innovative and experienced leader to drive innovation and be creative to further build on the systems and structures to build the capacity of schools to ensure students with disability (diagnosed or imputed) are able to access the curriculum on the same basis as their peers through research and evidence-based practice.

The Principal will need to be an effective change agent, to lead SSEND to adopt new ways of working collaboratively across all branches and specialist schools of Statewide Services to share resources and expertise and aligned to the new school facing model of service.

Through a commitment to use data, the Principal will continuously challenge the nature of and delivery mode of services delivered including consultancy and/or targeted professional learning and intensive student support to and assistive technology, ensuring they are contemporary and visionary.

This will require excellent change management skills, a willingness to confront complexity and innovative approaches to establish practices, processes and systems.

Through quality leadership the successful applicant will contribute to the provision of safe and inclusive learning environments for all students. The role of the principal within the Department of Education is to ensure schools comply with all relevant legislation and reporting requirements and develop relationships with community organisations to the benefit of the school community.

The Principal supports the Department’s objectives for the public education and training of students in Western Australia. 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 of Education and the school community.

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 address the following selection criteria and demonstrate the five professional practises particular to the role of a Principal.

You will also be expected to illustrate your capacity in the three leadership requirements “vision and values, knowledge and understanding, and personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills” as identified and detailed in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Effective leadership in teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community

Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria identified in the Job Description Form (JDF) for the position. The business needs and context 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 this position can be found in the attached JDF.

For additional information about School of Special Educational Needs: Disability please visit Schools Online.

For Further Job Related Information

Please contact Catherine Shepherd, Assistant Executive Director, by phoning (08) 6206 2058 or emailing

(Please do not email applications to this email address)

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 four (4) pages 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 8317.

Further information on how to apply is available via the attachments below.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

All appointees to Principal positions longer than 6 months in duration who have not completed 6 months or more in a WA public school principal role prior to January 2015 will be required to satisfactorily complete all Principal Eligibility Modules. The Principal Eligibility Modules which are completed online must be completed within 6 months of commencement in a principal role.


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 Thursday, 12 August 2021.




Applicant Resource - How to Write a CV and Covering Letter.pdf
Information for Applicants.pdf
Published JDF - 00032187 - Principal - SSEN Disability - Admin 6 - Feb 2019.pdf

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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-08-12 4:30 PM