Assistant Principal-Range 1

McKinnon Primary School - Inquire. Think. Learn.

“McKinnon Primary School is committed to developing internationally minded learners in a safe and nurturing environment, where students are empowered to develop 21st century skills and attitudes.”

McKinnon Primary is located in the South Eastern Region. Our fundamental purpose is to provide a dynamic learning climate that engages students to achieve their personal best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation towards society and the environment. At McKinnon Primary School our focus is on the development of the whole child which includes academic, physical, emotional, social, intercultural and creative growth. We challenge our students to achieve their potential with supportive staff and parents whose enthusiastic effort continue to ensure the provision of the best possible outcomes and learning environment for all.

The curriculum framework at McKinnon Primary School reflects the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum and the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly evolving. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning through the exploration of six transdisciplinary themes which are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to all of us.

Our school grounds are located on two sites, separated by Tucker Road, which include: the main two-storey historic building housing classrooms, administration, the staffroom and first aid; the Learning Centre & classroom pods; a canteen facility; bike shed and gymnasium and a total of 20 portable classrooms across the two sites and are surrounded by playground spaces, stimulating play equipment and a synthetic turf oval. The Tucker Road Oval has recently been redeveloped providing a first class all-weather amenity for the school and surrounding community.

Once known as Ormond East Primary when it opened in 1930, McKinnon Primary School has grown to become a leading school in the South East region of Melbourne and strives for excellence through genuine partnership and openness between staff and the school community by providing a safe, happy, friendly and challenging environment, ideal for learning.

We are looking for a highly motivated staff with a capacity for further professional and personal growth. The person would need the qualities that will enable them to work collaboratively with staff and students to fulfil our school vision. If you believe you can meet our expectations, we would welcome your application.

Selection Criteria

KSC 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.

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 Department policies to a high 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 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.

Highly skilled at improving staff capability through instructional coaching

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.

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

KSC 6 International Baccalaureate

Capacity to lead strategies consistent with the mission statement and philosophies of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme.


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

Other Information

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section
  • names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

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

Program Benefits

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To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.