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Head of Learning and Teaching

Worawa Aboriginal College

Worawa Aboriginal College is seeking an experienced Head of Learning and Teaching who demonstrates initiative and drive and a commitment to Indigenous education. The Head of Learning and Teaching is responsible for overseeing the teaching and learning program and leading the teaching team in best practice pedagogical learning for Years 7 to 10 and the VCAL program.

Located in the Yarra Valley 60 kilometers from the Melbourne CBD, Worawa Aboriginal College is a boarding school catering specifically for Aboriginal girls in secondary years of schooling. An Aboriginal initiative the College is owned and governed by Aboriginal people which operates on a philosophy of ‘Walking Together to Make a Difference’. The diversity of Aboriginal Australia is reflected in the student population drawn from urban, regional and remote Aboriginal communities across the country where Aboriginal language/s is and culture is embedded. Worawa Aboriginal College provides a holistic education based on an integrated Education, Culture, and Wellbeing model.

The Worawa curriculum strongly emphasises foundation studies in literacy and numeracy while providing a breadth and depth of learning experiences across all key disciplines/learning areas. The Worawa Way pedagogy model is based on the Aboriginal values of Relationship, Responsibility, Respect and Rigour that inform all aspects of College operations. Along with the core academic program, emphasis is placed on nurturing and celebrating Aboriginal culture as a crucial aspect of student self-esteem and wellbeing.

This position requires the incumbent to embrace the Worawa ethos of Aboriginal values, Aboriginal-led decision making and the right to Aboriginal self-determination.

The successful candidates must have:

  • A minimum Bachelor level qualification in Education/Teaching, minimum four-year trained and have full VIT registration
  • Experience in a senior leadership role in the education environment with proven capacity to lead, develop and inspire staff to learn and encouraging a culture of innovation, professionalism and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Aboriginal society and an ability to communicate sensitively with Indigenous Australians.
  • Knowledge of government policy in relation to ‘Closing the Gap’ and Aboriginal–led initiatives aimed at improving Aboriginal education outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively to achieve communication of an educational vision, and passion for the development of an educational approach that meets the needs of all students
  • Proven ability to think and plan strategically, form and carry out action plans, and evaluate outcomes
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills with the ability to lead by example and delegate effectively
  • Ability to show continuing professional learning and capacity for reflection
  • Working knowledge of Child Safety, Mandatory Reporting and Duty of Care requirements
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral skills, highly developed written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a co-led model with Aboriginal people demonstrating and an ability to develop functional working relationships with the breadth of staff at Worawa and external providers
  • Current Working with Children Check and Police Check

Worawa Aboriginal College has commitment to child safety and has zero tolerance for child abuse.

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