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Special Education Principal - Aspect Western Sydney School

Autism Spectrum Australia
  • Job No: ASPECT1124
  • Location: Wetherill Park, NSW
  • Exciting leadership opportunity for an educational leader looking for the next step up in their career!
  • Australia's largest national provider of autism-specific educational services
  • Full time leadership role, starting ASAP, 5 year contract to June 2025
  • Generous remuneration package, excellent tax effective PBI salary packaging benefits + relocation assistance
  • Based at Aspect Western Sydney School, Wetherill Park, NSW with sites across the region
  • Long established school with strong community connections

About Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect): 

We are Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum. Our specialised, evidence-informed schools program is one of the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs. To learn more about our programs and services, please visit our website  www.autismspectrum.org.au

Aspect's School Network: 

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has grown to become Australia's largest national educational program for children on the autism spectrum, with 9 independent schools operating from 50 locations in NSW and South Australia catering to over 1,200 students, with more than 100 classes hosted on the grounds of a less specialised school.

About the School:

Aspect Western Sydney School provides placement for close to 160 children on the Autism spectrum from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our main site is located at Wetherill Park with 13 satellite classes within the Catholic and Department of Education schools across the Greater Western and South Western regions of Sydney.

About the role: 

Aspect now has an exciting opportunity for a Principal to provide expert educational leadership for the Aspect Western Sydney School. This is a full-time position being offered on a 5-year maximum term contract. As Principal, you will lead a skilled, professional team to achieve positive outcomes for children on the autism spectrum, whilst actively contributing to the professional growth and development of Aspect's education services and strategic plan implementation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing expert educational leadership for a multi-site school community
  • Promoting Aspect's vision, mission and values and upholding Aspect's family-focused and person-centred approach
  • Leading and developing a team of Coordinators, Teachers, Teacher's Aides and School clerical staff
  • Working with Aspect's Fundraising team and Parents and Friends group
  • Overseeing the delivery of quality teaching and learning programs and complying with relevant legislation
  • Promoting the school and needs of people with on the autism spectrum and liaising with government, other service providers and the wider community
  • Working with a Business Manager to coordinate the operational functions of the school, and be supported by an Executive team

To view the full position profile, please click here.

What you need to succeed: 

To be considered for this position, you will be an experienced, tertiary qualified teacher that is currently registered as a Proficient Teacher with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), or eligible to apply if successful in your application. Ideally, you will also hold additional qualifications in special education, education leadership or disability services, however this is not mandatory providing you can demonstrate some previous experience working in special education. A genuine interest and desire to work in special education is essential to be considered for this position. Any experience working specifically with students on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability will be highly regarded.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Principal looking to move into special education and/or someone currently working in educational leadership as a Deputy/Assistant Principal/Head of Department, looking for a chance to take the next step up in their career.

We are looking for a visionary leader - someone who can think strategically, display resilience and inspire a team. You will work collaboratively with staff to improve teaching and learning opportunities and services and engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including families and children enrolled at the school.

What we offer: 

Remuneration packages for Aspect Principals are based on student numbers of the school. As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), Aspect employees receive tax-effective salary packaging opportunities, including $15,899 each year tax-free, increasing the value of take-home pay. Click here for a summary of some of the benefits you can access when working at Aspect.

Relocation assistance is also negotiable for this position, should you be moving to Sydney from interstate or intrastate.

How to apply

Apply via our website. Please attach your cover letter and resume and complete the candidate questionnaire as part of Aspect's online recruitment process. 

A National Police Check clearance is a requirement and Aspect will arrange this. An International Police Check clearance may also be required (if relevant).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

There is no closing date for this role: all applications will be reviewed as they are received, and shortlisted applicants will be contacted in person. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.

Enquiries should be directed to: Maryanne Gosling, National Director Aspect Education on 0400 855 330.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is committed to providing an environment free from abuse, neglect and exploitation of the people we support. 

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