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Assistant Principal - Innovation, Teaching and Learning


  • Be part of a team of committed and highly skilled educators, youth workers and administrators who help young people realise their potential
  • Ongoing full-time position available
  • Competitive remuneration package with salary packaging benefits available

About the organisation

The Hester Hornbrook Academy (HHA) provides flexible education and learning options, including VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) and VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools). Recognising that mainstream education is not suitable for all young people, our programs are driven by the personal pursuits of students and integrate well being and life skills approaches. Teachers and Youth workers work together to support students. We have classes and outreach learning options for students who are young mums, out of home care, experiencing homelessness, or who have been disengaged from mainstream education.

The Hester Hornbrook Academy (HHA) is an Independent School, run by Melbourne City Mission (MCM), that provides programs for young people who have or are at risk of, disengaging with education. We deliver the VCAL at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior level and offer our students access to a range of VET courses. The Hester Hornbrook Academy operates from multiple locations across Melbourne, with each class supported by an Educator and a Youth Worker who work in partnership to deliver the education program and support our students. Our students are aged between 15 and 25 and are referred to the school from a range of Community Service providers and mainstream schools.

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About the role

HHA is an Independent School that provides the Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL), at the Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels. VCAL is delivered in a flexible learning environment, with a holistic approach to well being and educational goals giving students the opportunity to work on individual areas of interest, integrated projects and team activities.

The Assistant Principal is part of the executive leadership team at the Hester Hornbook Academy (HHA) and is responsible for the delivery of high-quality project based VCAL educational program within the school and other MCM contexts. This responsibility includes developing and refining a pedagogical framework, to guide and lead educational instruction; incorporating “Explicit Teaching and Learning”, “High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS)” and “Collaborative Learning to Empower.”

The Assistant Principal will work with the rest of the executive leadership team to establish a culture of observation and feedback to ensure high quality teaching and learning in the areas of literacy and numeracy and VCAL outcomes. They will lead the development of and advise in areas relating to curriculum, student programs, and major decision making related to the Academy’s educational processes. The position also has responsibility of policy development, implementation and ongoing compliance. As a key member of the HHA leadership team, the role contributes to leadership planning and decision making by offering a strategic overview to the necessary requirements for high quality teaching and learning.

As a leader within HHA this position will require the successful applicant to lead an area of the Academy to ensure that we are able to reconnect young people with education and training and empower them to use these tools to build a positive future. The role has been created to support teaching and learning; reflecting best practice pedagogy to deliver our holistic response and cater to individual student educational needs.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Effective leadership and development of an innovative VCAL and basic literacy and numeracy skill building curriculum to meet the diverse needs of all HHA learners.
  • Provide leadership to a diverse staff team including education, educational support and youth work and well being staff.
  • Initiate, participate in, and contribute to the development of a range of collaborative networks,partnerships and activities to strengthen service user outcomes, service system approaches and community capacity.
  • Support in identifying, designing and delivering professional learning for HHA staff.
  • Design and develop a tutor program for literacy and numeracy skill building across the HHA student cohort.
  • Support the implementation of strategic initiatives in education and training in line with the MCM and HHA Strategic Plans.
  • Apply an understanding of trauma-informed practice to support students in a way that is empowering and engaging for the student cohort.
  • Have a thorough understanding of a range of interventions that promote engagement, build rapport an develop prosocial behaviours and relationships.
  • Participate in regular supervision, whole school and campus meetings, the performance review processes and professional learning as required.
  • Ensure that all Child Safe,risk management and HHA documentation is adhered to.
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous review, improvement of student learning outcomes and achievement of the HHA Strategic Plan (SP) and Annual Implementation Plans (AIP).

Skills & experience include but are not limited to:

The following key selection criteria must be addressed in the application for this position:


  • Experience leading curriculum project based and applied curriculum design.
  • Support teachers to ensure a high-quality delivery of the VCAL curriculum, along with explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy.
  • Ability to identify, design and deliver professional learning for all HHA staff to assist with the development of a culture of continuous improvement through staff professional learning, feedback and data analysis.
  • Proven experience in designing and developing a tutor program for literacy and numeracy skill building.
  • Ability to support the implementation of strategic initiatives in education and training, in line with educational strategic plans.
  • Experience working with LGBTQI young people and young people from diverse cultural backgrounds who have existing barriers to engaging in education.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation, including child safe standards as they are relevant to a Senior Secondary School setting.


  • Experience in a flexible learning setting

Download position description for the full duties and key selection criteria.


We offer a competitive remuneration package including an attractive salary, access to tax-effective salary packaging arrangements and supportive work/life balance provisions. MCM recognises the importance of investing in the training, learning and development of our employees.

How to apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a current CV and Cover Letter and address the key selection criteria.

Applications to be sent via the Apply now button which opens an application form on the MCM website.

For more details or if you have any issues with the application please email:

Applications close on 4 October 2020.  We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date . Please note we will be reviewing applications and interviewing as they are received. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment safety screening process as part of the MCM selection process. Appointments to The HHA's roles will be subject to the following safety screening checks (as applicable to the role): National (and International if applicable) Police Check (which includes Proof of Identity check), Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, current professional registration, and current and valid driver license. All costs associated with safety screening checks (except National Police Check) will be at applicants’expense.

Our commitment to diversity

At MCM, we embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We know that diversity and inclusion helps us to attract, recruit, engage and retain a team of talented people. If you require specific support to apply for this position, please email

Our commitment to safety

MCM is committed to the safety of its clients and employees, taking a zero tolerance approach to violence within the workplace and abuse, including child abuse and abuse of people with disability. All employees are required to comply with the Child Safe Standards.


Position details

  • Date posted

    14 September 2020
  • Closing Date

    04 October 2020
  • Location

    Harvestor Road (80B)
  • Work type

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