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Executive Principal Connected Communities – Gunnedah High School

Organisation / Entity : Teaching Service

Job category :

Schools TCH Other

Job location :

Regional NSW

Job reference number : 0000AG7P

Number of positions : 1

Total remuneration package : Remuneration package valued at $259,541.00. This position attracts a base salary of $231,868.

00, plus leave loading and employer’s contribution to superannuation.

Contact : Margaret Mulcahy 0436 857 179

Closing date : 21 / 02 / 2024 – 04 : 00 PM

Principal network : Connected Communities Team 1

Staffing area : Tamworth

School name : Gunnedah High School

FTE : 1.000

Position Information

Gunnedah HS is situated 78 kilometres west of Tamworth in the New England Region of NSW. It is a comprehensive co-educational high school which serves the town as well as the surrounding rural districts bounded by Boggabri, Mullaley and Somerton.

Gunnedah HS has a student enrolment of 393, 52% of whom identified as Aboriginal. There is a Special Education Unit that consists of four MC classes, one IM class and a Tutorial Centre.

Students are offered a variety of pathways, catering for their learning needs and career aspirations, whilst utilising teaching practices and high impact strategies that empower all students to become confident, resilient, and successful learners.

Student participation and achievement is strongly encouraged in the academic, cultural and sporting areas of the curriculum and recognised in both the school and local community.

Connected Communities is a strategy to drive improved educational outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people. The strategy positions schools as community hubs that broaden the influence of the community and school leadership in the delivery of key services that support children and young people from birth through school into further training, study and employment.

The Executive Principal will work in partnership with the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the local community to achieve the key accountabilities of the role.

Further information about the Connected Communities Strategy is available at

This appointment will be until the end of 2024 with the possibility of extension. The successful candidate will maintain the right of return into their current substantive position for 2025.

Selection Criteria

In addition to the general selection criteria,

1. Deep level knowledge and understanding of the Connected Communities Strategy, department’s Aboriginal Education polices and related government policies and strategies, including the Partnership Agreement between the Department and the NSW Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group Inc.

and how these collectively impact on learning outcomes for Aboriginal and all students.

2. Strong educational leadership, strategic analysis and planning capability, combined with creative problem solving skills to drive innovative programs and initiatives that lead to high quality learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.

3. Demonstrated capacity to implement the schools shared vision and plan in partnership with the local community while being dynamic and responsive to achieve results.

4. Ability to build collaborative relationships with key government and non-governments agencies particularly the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc.

to drive improved outcomes for Aboriginal students.

5. Ability to inspire confidence in Public Education.

General Selection Criteria

1. High level educational leadership with the skills to lead and manage a complex public school focused on the delivery of high quality education

2. Ability to lead and manage rigorous and inclusive whole school teaching and learning programs

3. High level communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build positive relationships and engage all levels of the school and educational community

4. Ability to lead and manage the development and performance of staff to improve teaching and learning

5. Ability to plan systems and manage resources effectively and equitably to enhance teaching and learning

6. Capacity to lead staff in implementing the Department’s Aboriginal education policy and to ensure quality outcomes for Aboriginal people


An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes

An Executive Principal appointed to an incentive school will also receive the incentives that 8, 6 or 4 point incentive schools attract and the locality allowances relevant to the school.

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.

The Department of Education is the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population.

We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.

If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment / interview process to better enable you to shine, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team ( dandi@det.

nsw.edu.au ) or visit NSW Department of Education Diversity and Inclusion

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels.

The guidelines are located here .

To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits, your attachments must be in PDF format .


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