Humanities and Social Sciences Head of Learning Area

$118,626 - $129,810 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Ardross WA 6153, Australia
  • 01 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Applecross Senior High School
Head of Learning Area - Humanities and Social Sciences
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SA
This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 1, 2022

Are you an effective leader who is committed to excellence?

Applecross Senior High School (SHS) is seeking an innovative and effective leader with outstanding interpersonal skills to fill the role of Head of Learning Area - Humanities and Social Sciences (HoLA – HASS) to join their leadership team.

As a member of the School Leadership Team, you will contribute to the implementation of the school’s Business Plan through participative decision making, while promoting the school’s vision and strategic directions.

It will be highly desirable for the successful applicant to have the ability to lead change, supported by their capacity to use evidence-based data to inform their decision making to implement innovation within the learning area.

You will work as part of a collegiate team and be solutions focussed. As HoLA – HASS you will continually drive improvement by providing proactive leadership that is collaborative, inspiring and supportive.

The successful applicant will lead flexible and adaptive teachers who will apply differentiated instruction and explicit teaching across all year levels.

By leading a professional learning community, the HoLA – HASS will ensure that the Humanities and Social Science teachers develop consistent instructional practices that optimise student learning and engagement.

The successful applicant will ideally lead reflective performance development discussions with staff, based on a comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This may be through coaching, developing an ethos of teacher self-reflection, feedback, data analysis and a review of summative and formative assessment practices.

By facilitating the effective implementation of the school’s pedagogical framework, engagement strategies, classroom observation and student voice, you will also ideally model highly reflective practices as both teacher and leader.

The HoLA – HASS will ideally possess a thorough understanding of the Western Australian Curriculum and Senior Secondary WACE Courses.

Experience in the planning, development and delivery of both Year 7-10 and ATAR courses is highly desirable.

Applecross SHS’s goal is to encourage young people to achieve their potential through their understanding of the value and enjoyment of learning.

We aim to widen students' horizons by presenting a diverse, relevant and contemporary curriculum that will prepare our young people to thrive in an ever changing society.

The curriculum reflects our desire for students to become responsible and flexible thinkers who will be well prepared for the challenges ahead.

We offer an innovative curriculum with the provision of a range of study options for senior students, including a full tertiary entrance program and a wide variety of vocational courses.

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 Applecross Senior High School can be found by visiting or Schools Online.

For further job related information:

Please contact Glenys Campbell, Associate Principal, by telephoning (08) 9314 9393 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Glenys Campbell on 0415 127 450.

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 Work Related Requirements, in context of the role and business needs of the branch.
  • A CV of up to two (2) 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 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, 11 October 2021.




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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-10-11 4:30 PM