Employment Opportunity: Director Of Science

Job ID: 1199003
Job Title: Leading Teacher – Director of Science
Location: Werribee Secondary College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Ongoing
Classification: Leading Teacher Range 3
Begin Date: 27/01/2021
End Date: 28/01/2024
Hours: 38.00
Reference #: 1199003
Contact Name: Amanda Mullins
Phone: 03 9741 1288
Apply By: 02/10/2020

Location Profile

Werribee Secondary College is a highly regarded school in the Wyndham Education Precinct. A consequence of the College’s outstanding results in VCE, IB (International Baccalaureate), VCAL and NAPLAN is that applications for enrolments far exceed the Colleges intake capacity. Werribee SC students have enjoyed recognition such as VCE All-rounder, IB High Achievers and VCAL competition winners. More recently, 97 % of the College’s senior students have achieved tertiary pathways. Werribee Secondary College has over 70 International Students who have selected the College to complete their secondary education.

The College is a TAASS accredited provider of a Select Entry Learning program, which operates across the curriculum in years 7- 12. The College attained accreditation as an International School with the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2006 and in 2013 became the first state secondary college in Victoria to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and authorised to offer the Diploma Program (DP) of the IB. Werribee Secondary College has instilled a culture which embraces hard work, academic achievement and learning growth. All students wear the traditional uniform of blazer, shirt and tie.

The College has implemented a number of curriculum structures and programs which have further enhanced an exciting teaching and learning environment. The ENGAGE Teaching and Learning cycle embeds the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) and is a research- based pedagogical framework that the College has implemented based on evidence gathered from the students and the school community. In 2020, the college will embark on the implementation of the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) using the inquiry cycle to achieve continuous learning growth.

A broad range of co-curricular activities includes amongst others, music, drama, chess, debating, public speaking and Leadership Programs. Further leadership opportunities for male and female students are provided through the College’s Australian Army Cadet Unit, which was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in early 2012 and is only the 2nd school based AAC Unit in a Victorian state school.

A re-building program upgraded the level of many facilities in 2010 and these have been augmented by the completion of a new Recital and Performance Centre in early 2016 and the construction of a further $7 million-dollar stage completed in late 2018.
Resources, Wellbeing and other Features

The College has implemented a BYODD program across all Year levels. All classrooms are equipped with projectors. There is a well-resourced Student Wellbeing and Leadership Program which is implemented through a House system and a weekly Pastoral Leadership program. The College’s resources are well allocated and provisioned. The College also enjoys a healthy financial status.
The Colleges modern facilities include 5 new Science rooms, a Music recital centre and auditorium, flexible English and Humanities area and a Numeracy block.  These spaces provide for dynamic learning experiences across Year 7-12.

Selection Criteria

SC1      Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage the implementation of school priorities, and the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

SC2      Demonstrated ability to lead the planning and implementation of high impact teaching strategies that respond to student learning needs. Demonstrated ability to support teachers to evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3      Demonstrated exemplary ability to monitor and assess student learning at a class, cohort or whole-school level and use this data to lead improvement initiatives. Demonstrated ability to support others in using data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4      Demonstrated exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community focused on student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5      Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values and support colleagues to adopt these behaviours and attitudes. Demonstrated ability to reflect upon their own, others and whole-school practice and contribute to the provision of whole-school professional learning.


Leading teachers will be highly skilled classroom practitioners and undertake leadership and management roles commensurate with their salary range.  The role of leading teachers is to improve the skill, knowledge and performance of the teaching workforce in a school or group of schools and to improve the curriculum program of a school.

Typically, leading teachers are responsible for coordinating a number of staff to achieve improvements in teaching and learning which may involve the coordination and professional support of colleagues through modelling, collaborating and coaching and using processes that develop knowledge, practice and professional engagement in others.

Leading teachers are expected to lead and manage a significant area or function within the school with a high degree of independence to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school’s education program.

Leading teachers will be expected to make a significant contribution to policy development relating to teaching and learning in the school. A leading teacher has a direct impact and influence on the achievement of the school goals.

Leading teachers are usually responsible for the implementation of one or more priorities contained in the school strategic plan.


The Director of Science will work closely with the:
·         Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting

The Director of Science will:

1.       Provide active leadership throughout the school community in support of the College’s Vision and Values statement, Policies and Strategic Directions
2.       Contribute to high level planning as an active member of the College Leadership Team
3.       Lead the planning, implementation and review of curriculum as well as teaching and learning within the Science Faculty, according to VCAA (VCE/VCAL and 7 -10), International Baccalaureate and VRQA requirements
4.       Support the leadership skills development of staff within the faculty.
5.       Oversee the continual development of the Science guaranteed and viable curriculum
6.       Ensure that all relevant student learning elements of the College’s Strategic Plan, Annual Implementation Plan, CIS and IBO Reports are implemented
7.       Undertake specific tasks associated with this role to ensure faculty members:
i. Deliver curriculum in accordance with the intent and purpose of the syllabus for that subject and Group, (including where possible international content or activities)
ii. Deliver curriculum on schedule
iii. Deliver common assessment tasks and are monitored for appropriate range, rigor and consistency, through a moderation process
iv. Conduct regular assessments as set out in the course and assessment outline
v. Publish students’ results online regularly and when scheduled
vi. Provide students with timely and appropriate feedback in relation to their academic performance
vii. Provide lesson plans and resources for students online for each class
viii. Complete reports, both interim and end of semester on time and are an accurate indicator and summary of student performance, attitude and behavior
1.       Agendas are prepared using the WSC Agenda template and meetings are organised and run in a manner which will achieve productive outcomes. Relevant information is distributed to all personnel in a timely manner
2.       Records of Agenda’s, attendance at meetings and minutes are kept and uploaded to the on-line platform
3.       All required materials (including Student Reports) are collected from teachers who are going on leave, prior to their departure
4.       Ensure that feedback is received from staff who attend Professional Development activities, that this information is presented by that staff member to the Faculty and that implementation is followed up
5.       Follow up or ensure work is provided for classes left by a teacher who is absent
6.       Class room displays are appropriately developed and maintained to create an interesting and motivating learning environment
7.       Manage the Science Faculty budget
8.       Monitor OH&S aspects in relation to the Science Faculty maintaining a safe learning environment for staff and students
9.       Plan, implement and review the moderation of student work within the Science Faculty
10.   Provide regular communication and advice to the members of the Principal Team
11.   Undertake other duties as directed by the Principal

Who May Apply

Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

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 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

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 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

Application Instructions 

Applicants may structure applications in the manner they choose, but should ensure that the following are addressed and included:
A Cover Letter
A response to the key selection criteria and position details.
a CV with a summary of experience and qualifications
the names and contact details of three referees in relation to the key selection criteria
Please submit an application through Online Registration at https://schooljobs.education.vic.gov.au (direct link below)
Applicants may apply with an emailed copy of their application to werribee.sc@education.vic.gov.au.
Further information about the College is available on our Website (www.werribeesc.vic.edu.au) including the “College Strategic Plan”.

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 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


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.
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