Assistant Principal - Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Mickleham VIC 3064, Australia
  • 21 Jun, 2022

Job Description

Job ID:  1283914
Location:  NWV Regional Directorate [Multiple Location Campus]
Department:  NWV Regional Directorate
Role Type:  Assistant Principal
Full/Part Time:  Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term:  Ongoing
Classification:  Assistant Principal-Range 2
Apply By:  03/07/2022
Other Information:  
Begin Date:  22/08/2022
End Date:  23/08/2027
Hours:  38.00
Contact Name:  Lian Davies
Phone:  043/239-1074
School Website:


Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) opens in January 2023 and is located in Mickleham, approximately 39 kilometres north of Melbourne.

In its first year of operation, Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) will be able to enrol up to 800 students. The school will open to Year 7 students only, and progress by year level thereafter. Once all stages are completed, the school will accommodate 1,200 students.

Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) is located in a new residential estate on an expansive 20 hectare site, next door to the newly opened Merrifield Recreation Reserve.

Our school is surrounded by an engaged, vibrant, supportive community. Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name) will develop close ties to the local community, with strong support from local organisations and community services.


At Merrifield West our vision is to co-create an inclusive, supportive learning community where students strive to achieve their best.


Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)’s mission is to make a difference to each individual and provide them with the best opportunities for their future.


Merrifield West Secondary School (interim name)’s values are Achievement, Respect, Community, Honesty.

Achievement reflects the purpose of education in that, all students should be aiming to achieve their personal best. Recognising that our own achievement will look different to others.

Achievement means that students maintain a focus on their learning, improving their skills and knowledge and achieving their personal best.

Respect means being respectful to ourselves and one another. We value individual differences. Maintaining a positive attitude and behaviour towards others also allows us to become role models.

Community is built through everyone working together to support one another. We value our school community and the wider community. We aim to build a sense of belonging, pride and positivity within our community.

Honesty is important to develop and ensure we are truthful, trustworthy and live with our values in mind. This involves being responsible and having integrity.

When the first stage of the school opens in Term 1, 2023, it will include:

  • an administration building with a library, staff offices and amenities
  • a learning neighbourhood building
  • a science building
  • a materials technology building
  • a community hub building with a competition-grade basketball/netball court, canteen, music, drama and food technology teaching spaces 4 outdoor hardcourts
    a sports field.

Funding for a second stage of the school depends on future state budgets, but plans include:

  • another learning neighbourhood building
  • a visual arts building.
  • When the second stage is built, the school will be able to grow to 1200 students

Selection Criteria
SC1. Educational Leadership

(i) Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school.

(ii) Highly developed skills in learning and managing change including leadership of others in the process of change.

SC2. Financial, Managerial and Administrative Ability.

(i) Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.

SC3. Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review

(i) Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.

(ii) Demonstrated ability to implement departmental policies to a high level.

(iii) An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning.

SC4. Leadership of Staff and Students.

(i) A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.

(ii) A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.

SC5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills.

(i) Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.

(ii) Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.

(iii) An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.

SC6. Community.

(i) Demonstrated capacity to develop strong relationships with the school community to build and support aspirations for all.


The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.

Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program.

In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget.

Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.

The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.

Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.

Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:

  • supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;
  • allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;
  • supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;
  • management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;
  • responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;
  • contribute to the overall management of the school;

Who May Apply

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