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

Job Description

Student Support Services - Statewide Services
School of Alternative Learning Settings
Level 6, $162,188 - $173,192 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: PR699365

This is a permanent full-time position commencing ASAP

Statewide Services is seeking to appoint a team-focussed, dedicated and visionary Principal to lead the establishment, and future management of the new School of Alternative Learning Settings (ALS).

This is an opportunity to provide leadership and management of a newly established school setting from its inception.

The role will involve the expansion of a successful early intervention program which is not only being expanded as a service but established as its own stand-alone entity.

It provides an opportunity for further development and refinement of the program, to strengthen the services and support provided to schools, students and the wider community.

The ALS program was established in 2019 to target a cohort of students who had demonstrated signs of physical aggression and would benefit from a short-term, intensive intervention program.

Through the delivery of specialised activities and learning programs, students will build social skills and self-regulation abilities in environments designed to effect positive and lasting change in their behaviour.

The program will provide access to specialists such as paediatricians, clinical psychologists or consultation with psychiatrists.

To date, four ALS sites exist, with new sites to be established across all education regions over the next two years, significantly increasing the ALS workforce and number of students participating in the program.

As the Principal, you will be accountable for the effective operation of the ALS program, at both existing and new sites.

You will provide leadership, management, and supervision to ALS staff and provide assistance to staff members to support the achievement of service delivery goals and compliance with legislative, policy, procedural and practice standards.

Working in collaboration with key service areas of Statewide Services will be an essential part of the role to ensure wrap-around services and support are provided to those schools and students who most need it.

To achieve this, the Principal will be required to provide educational and strategic leadership within the school to ensure the practices and processes undertaken by the ALS are aligned with the intended outcomes of the Statewide Services Form and Function Review.

The successful applicant will have experience and credibility in student engagement, a background in student support and evidence-based professional learning.

This knowledge will be vital when actively engaging school staff in change management processes and to inform business planning to improve services and support for students attending an ALS site.

High-level communication skills and experience with establishing, and maintaining working relationships across education regions and with agencies for the purpose of increasing outcomes for students with complex and challenging needs will be an essential part of the role.

All functions of Statewide Services support successful outcomes for all students. This is achieved through a focus on better integration of services with schools, students, families and external service providers; supporting schools and networks of schools to deliver high-quality teaching and learning in every classroom; and creating expanded opportunities for students to develop the academic, personal and social competencies they will need for participation in the workforce and society of the future.

The role is based at Statewide Services Centre in Padbury and involves essential travel between each ALS site, including overnight stays and air travel throughout WA. Successful applicants will be required to hold a current and valid ‘C’ class drivers licence.

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.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 Further Job Related Information

Please contact Catherine Shepherd, Assistant Executive Director, Professional Capability, 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 statement of up to three (3) pages 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 Tuesday, 21 September 2021.




Applicant Resource - How to Write a CV and Covering Letter.pdf
Information for Applicants.pdf
Published JDF - 00041641 - Principal - School of Alternative Learning Settings - Admin 6 - Aug 2021.pdf

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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-09-21 4:30 PM