Assistant Principal, Melbourne High School (Vic)

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  • Permanent role
  • Applications close: Wednesday September 1, 5:00pm, 2021
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Amanda Samson
Senior Education Consultant

Melbourne High School seeks a relational and innovative leader to join the leadership team in realising the strategic vision, mission and values of a leading Melbourne school.

Embarking upon a new chapter in its history, Melbourne High School is situated in the vibrant inner city suburb of South Yarra. Melbourne High School is a leading selective entry secondary school for boys. The School prides itself on its search for excellence, not only in the area of academic achievement, but on the sports field, on the parade ground, on the concert stage and in the theatre to name some of the many spheres of activity. A sensible balance between academic and non-academic activity is encouraged in order for each student to take full advantage of the opportunities that MHS offers. Providing a broad, stimulating, diverse and challenging educational experience of the highest quality to enhance the vast and varied talents of its selective-entry students, the School prepares them for academic, vocational, professional and civic leadership, whilst encouraging individual development and happiness. The community is made up of a broad spectrum of cultural and social backgrounds, representative of the world at large.

Melbourne High School values its strong traditions. These are the cornerstones of its success. However, the school is also ambitious and eager to create a new renaissance in education that meets the aspirations of its community.

The Assistant Principal has a key responsibility in promoting a culture of continuous improvement and a future focused learning environment. They are responsible for the development of effective systems and processes that create a dynamic learning community and a high level of wellbeing and pastoral care. Working closely with members of the Leadership Team to create a culture of collaboration, ensuring a whole-school approach to learning, innovation and improvement. In consultation with the Principal, they will facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Plan and deputises for the Principal as required.

The preferred candidate will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to continuous learning and improvement. Commencing in Term 1, 2022 this role reports directly to the Principal. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

KSC 1 – Educational leadership

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

KSC 2 – Financial, managerial and administrative ability

Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.

KSC 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 policies at a whole school level

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

KSC 4 – Leadership of staff and students

A highly developed capacity to lead and 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.

KSC 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.

KSC 6 – School Specific Criterion

Demonstrated ability to lead improvements in VCE curriculum, creative pedagogies and Senior Pathways

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. The school’s Child Safety Code of Conduct is available on the school’s website.

To Enquire and Apply:

Melbourne High School has engaged Hutton Consulting Australia to assist with the search and selection process for this position. For a Candidate Information Pack, a confidential discussion or enquiries regarding the application process, please contact Dr Amanda Samson on 0433 356 911 or


Applications must include a full cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria (maximum 2 pages), a detailed curriculum vitae (maximum 4 pages) and the contact details of three professional referees.

Closing date:  Wednesday September 1, 5:00pm, 2021