Head of Student Wellbeing Wowara Aboriginal College (VIC)

  • Permanent role
  • Applications close: Monday June 6, 5:00pm, 2022
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Christophe Menagé
Senior Education Consultant

Located on a stunning 136 acre property in Healesville (60 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD) with the natural beauty of neighbouring Yarra Valley on the doorstep, Worawa is proudly owned and governed by Aboriginal people and celebrates Aboriginal values and decision making processes. The diversity of Aboriginal Australia is reflected in the student population drawn from communities across the country.

This leadership opportunity requires the incumbent to embrace the right to Aboriginal self-determination and “The Worawa Way”, a guiding philosophy grounded in Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, Doing and Being. It promotes the Aboriginal values of Relationship, Responsibility, Respect and Rigour and informs all aspects of College operations. Along with the core academic program, emphasis is placed on threading culture through the curriculum to nurture and celebrate cultural identity as a crucial aspect of self-esteem and wellbeing. The young women who pass through Worawa become strong and independent people, confident and ready to take their place in the world.

Reporting to the Deputy Principal, the Head of Student Wellbeing plays a central role in the life of the students. The position is responsible for building and leading a Wellbeing team that proactively shapes and drives the direction and management of students’ immersive residential experience at Worawa. Integral to that is the importance of creating an environment/community that supports students to flourish and bring them to their full potential. The role is non-teaching therefore experience in a school setting is not a prerequisite, however it will require the capacity to design and facilitate a life skills/wellbeing curriculum tailored to the students’ context.

The successful candidate will be a suitably qualified professional and a dynamic relational leader, demonstrating:

  • Capacity to and lead in educational, mental health, youth and/or Aboriginal community settings
  • Expertise in crisis and trauma counselling, restorative practices, wellbeing and/or groupwork
  • Understanding and knowledge of the diversity of Aboriginal cultures and issues affecting the Aboriginal community
  • Strong internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • Knowledge of the NCCD, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and other legislative Child Safety, Mandatory Reporting and Duty of Care requirements
  • Proven ability to deliver strategic wellbeing initiatives and innovative solutions

Worawa Aboriginal College is an equal opportunity employer, has a commitment to child safety and has zero-tolerance for child abuse.

Worawa Aboriginal College has engaged Hutton Consulting Australia to assist with the search and selection process for this position. For a confidential discussion regarding the application process and to obtain the candidate information pack please contact the lead consultant Amanda Samson on 0433 356 911 or amanda.samson@hutton.education or Chris Menagé  0427 703483 chris.menage@hutton.education

Applications close 5.00pm Monday June 6, 2022.