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School Principal

Job No: 116326
Location: Melville Island

  • Are you looking for the next step in your career, where you can help to shape the future of a remote community?
  • Join a dynamic, well-resourced boarding school providing quality education for young Tiwi
  • Highly attractive remuneration package circa $150,000 - $200,000 including super & salary sacrificing
  • Enjoy fully paid accommodation, phone and utilities PLUS relocation assistance, flights and more!
  • Apply now for term one 2020!

About Tiwi College and Melville Island

Located at Pickataramoor on Melville Island, Tiwi College is an exciting and dynamic secondary boarding school initiated and governed by the Tiwi people to provide quality education for the young Tiwi. The college caters for holistic learning; helping the young Tiwi become "work ready". At Tiwi College, the life skills learned in the Family Group Homes are valued as highly as the academic programs.

A weekly boarding school, where students are dropped off on a Monday and picked up on a Friday, the school IS the community of Pickataramoor. The school currently has over 100 students and over 50 staff consisting of Teachers, Tiwi Assistant Teachers, Tiwi Academy staff, Family Group Home (boarding) Parents, Hospitality staff, a Fleet Manager, Farm Manager, Maintenance Manager and Groundsman. It is a very close-knit community and as a relatively new school, Tiwi College is well resourced for both staff and students.  

Melville Island, part of the Tiwi Islands, lies just 80km north of Darwin, a 2.5 hour ferry ride away or an easy 20 minute flight. With a population of just 800 people, the tropical wilderness and secluded beaches are readily accessible, with most staff enjoying weekend camping and fishing.

Are you ready for a career change that inspires?

Tiwi College now has a rewarding opportunity for a Principal to join their team on a full-time basis. This is a full-time role, starting in January 2020 for the beginning of the school year. 

Working closely with the Tiwi Education Board, you would be primarily responsible for the academic, boarding, and operational functions of the school.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing boarding and academic planning for the college, meeting students’ needs and government requirements;
  • Developing and maintaining strong and effective partnerships between parents and staff for the benefit of students’ learning;
  • Regularly reporting to the Board and providing advice regarding staff requirements and college courses;
  • Maximising opportunities to access government programs and resources;
  • Liaising with the wider community, external agencies, and organisations as required; and
  • Working with the Business Manager to supervise the financial operations of the college.

What you need to succeed

To be successful in this position, you will need to be a tertiary qualified teacher with registration to teach in the NT and/or the ability to obtain this registration prior to commencement. You will have demonstrated leadership experience and, ideally, an understanding of or experience with Indigenous communities or Indigenous education.

Tiwi College is looking for an empathetic, resilient and caring person who is flexible in their thinking and approach, and can adapt to changing circumstances. You will have a genuine desire to listen to and build real relationships with the young people in your care and the greater community, ensuring parents feel welcome and involved in their children's progress.

You will be willing and able to work in an alternative education space, and with and have an understanding of trauma-informed practice and support restorative practice. You will be a confident and effective communicator, and be able to engage with diverse groups of multicultural staff and students. 

Please note: You will need to have or be willing to obtain a current First Aid Certificate and OCHRE card.

A remote teaching opportunity with a difference

Tiwi College prides itself on its strong community culture which has evolved over the last 5 years to result in excellent student attendance and retention rates. As a relatively new and well-resourced facility, staff have excellent conditions as part of their work entitlements and due to all of these factors, staff satisfaction levels and retention rates are extremely high. 

For your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive salary package circa $150,000 - $200,000 including super and the following fantastic benefits:

  • Salary sacrificing of $15,993;
  • Fully paid accommodation, phone and utilities;
  • Free weekly food freight from Darwin;
  • Immunisation and health care entitlements;
  • Social Club entitlements;
  • 4 x free flights to Darwin per annum; and
  • Relocation assistance.

If you are an empathetic educator looking for a new adventure and an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the young Tiwi, then this could be the role for you! Become part of the "Picka Family" - Apply Now!

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