School Leadership - Assistant Principal (Assistant Principal-range 1)

Schools (Government)

Melbourne, VIC

Posted 5/25/2019

Location Profile

Reservoir Primary has an enrolment of approximately 350 students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our values of Respect, Responsibility, Acceptance, Resilience and Personal Excellence form the basis for our school culture.

Our facilities provide large, flexible learning spaces within an attractive environment: Grounds are in excellent condition, combining spacious grassed areas as well as artificial surfaces, providing safe, all-weather playing spaces. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard installed. The use of technology is considered to be an essential component of school life; this is reflected in the ready access students have to laptops and iPads and additional technology hardware.

The well-resourced teaching areas share communal and breakout spaces between classrooms; adding to the flexibility and enabling students to work cooperatively together. An Out of School Hours Care program operates before and after school.

An open and consultative management approach promotes a shared and collaborative approach to provision of an ongoing, quality learning environment. Student learning is at the heart of Reservoir Primary School. We are committed to continual improvement in student learning, and a strong culture of teacher professional development. Teachers work in teams to develop educational programs that cater for the diverse needs of our students.

There is an expectation that all students will learn; teacher efficacy is pivotal in ensuring this happens. The continued focus on improving student learning in the core areas of Literacy and Numeracy is based on assessment, the use of data, and planning for individualised student learning. Students have a record of high achievements.

Specialist areas include Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Science and Physical Education and LOTE (Italian). Literacy Intervention and EAL programs are also a strong part of our school’s culture. Staff work in Professional Learning Teams learning and planning regularly together. Curriculum change is led and supported by a strong Leadership Team and in recent years; staff have developed a comprehensive understanding of strategies to explicitly teach Literacy and Numeracy.

The school is committed to the provision of a caring and challenging learning environment that equips children with the necessary skills to become well-adjusted and valued members of the community.

Selection Criteria

1. Educational Leadership

  • Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school or college.
  • Highly developed skills in leading and managing change including the leadership of others in the process of change.

2. Financial, Managerial and Administrative Ability

  • Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.

3. Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review

  • Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.
  • An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning.

4. Leadership of Staff and Students

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

5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts
  • Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.
  • An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.


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.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

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