Deputy Principal Primary

Advertiser: Emmanuel Christian School

Posi­tion avail­able at Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School

Appli­ca­tions are invit­ed from suit­ably qual­i­fied prac­tis­ing Chris­tians posi­tion of Deputy Prin­ci­pal, Head of Pri­ma­ry – at Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School. 

Full-time posi­tion includes a teach­ing load, com­menc­ing in Jan­u­ary 2022.

Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School

Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School is a co-edu­ca­tion­al, inde­pen­dent K‑10 Chris­t­ian School locat­ed in Roke­by, Tas­ma­nia. The School cur­rent­ly has an enrol­ment of 250 students.

Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School is part of Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia (CST).

The Mis­sion of Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia is To pro­vide the high­est qual­i­ty Christ-cen­tred edu­ca­tion that pre­pares and equips stu­dents for life.”

Chris­t­ian Schools Tasmania

Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia is an asso­ci­a­tion of Chris­tians who recog­nise the respon­si­bil­i­ty par­ents have for the edu­ca­tion of chil­dren and the role they play in partnership.

The Mis­sion of Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia is To pro­vide the high­est qual­i­ty Christ-cen­tred edu­ca­tion that pre­pares and equips stu­dents for life.”

Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia cur­rent­ly oper­ates four schools in south­ern Tas­ma­nia. Each school has a Prin­ci­pal who is respon­si­ble for the edu­ca­tion­al lead­er­ship and man­age­ment of the school.

A Board of Direc­tors, through the CEO, gov­erns the affairs of Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia. The Board is com­mit­ted to oper­at­ing in ways that utilise the strengths of being one Asso­ci­a­tion, whilst recog­nis­ing that each school in unique, and is led by the Prin­ci­pal appoint­ed to that school. The Board express­es this com­mit­ment by estab­lish­ing over­ar­ch­ing guide­lines or poli­cies that guide the oper­a­tional lead­er­ship of the Exec­u­tive members.

Pur­pose of Role

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry sup­ports the Prin­ci­pal in estab­lish­ing the desired organ­i­sa­tion­al learn­ing envi­ron­ment and cul­ture with­in the School. The cul­ture that we want in both the Pri­ma­ry and Sec­ondary cam­pus­es at Emmanuel should man­i­fest the love and uni­ty expect­ed with­in a Chris­t­ian com­mu­ni­ty. The effec­tive admin­is­tra­tion of each cam­pus cre­ates the nec­es­sary frame­works and sense of order with­in which all pro­grams at Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School flour­ish. This envi­ron­ment under­pins the suc­cess of CST’s vision – To be a trans­for­ma­tion­al Chris­t­ian Learn­ing Community.”

The incum­bent will bring a Chris­t­ian world view to bear on all aspects of the posi­tion and will par­tic­i­pate ful­ly with­in the spir­i­tu­al life of the school.

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry is a cen­tral fig­ure in sup­port­ing the Prin­ci­pal in the cre­ation of this cli­mate with­in the Pri­ma­ry School. Work­ing close­ly with the Prin­ci­pal and oth­er mem­bers of Emmanuel’s Senior Lead­er­ship, the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry helps lead, devel­op and dri­ve the exe­cu­tion of ini­tia­tives aligned to achiev­ing the vision, mis­sion, val­ues and strate­gic objec­tives of Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School. This will require the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry to accept the ini­tia­tive for ensur­ing that events are organ­ised, pro­grams are doc­u­ment­ed, that del­e­ga­tion occurs as nec­es­sary, and that arrange­ments are clear­ly com­mu­ni­cat­ed through the reg­u­lar chan­nels and a sit­u­a­tion­al basis as required.

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will iden­ti­fy, enable, facil­i­tate and imple­ment con­tin­u­ous improve­ment and achieve­ment of projects and ini­tia­tives with­in the Pri­ma­ry School at Emmanuel.

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal has del­e­gat­ed respon­si­bil­i­ty in spe­cif­ic areas:

  • Inno­va­tion in teach­ing and learn­ing with­in the Pri­ma­ry School curriculum;
  • Qual­i­ty improve­ment of process­es with­in the Pri­ma­ry School;
  • Devel­op­ment of staff in the Pri­ma­ry School includ­ing iden­ti­fy­ing appro­pri­ate pro­fes­sion­al learning;
  • Pro­vid­ing and enrich­ing edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties and out­comes for students;
  • Ensur­ing care and well being of staff and students;
  • Oper­a­tional lead­er­ship and man­age­ment with­in the Pri­ma­ry School.

While the cen­tral respon­si­bil­i­ties of the posi­tion artic­u­lat­ed above relate specif­i­cal­ly to the Pri­ma­ry School con­text, it is expect­ed that the incum­bent will engage with the wider School Com­mu­ni­ty and par­tic­i­pate ful­ly in whole school events and activ­i­ties, play­ing an ambas­sado­r­i­al role as a senior rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Emmanuel Chris­t­ian School.

Report­ing and Key Stake­hold­er Relationships

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Primary:

  • Reports direct­ly to the Prin­ci­pal and pro­vides trust­ed advice, sup­port and thought lead­er­ship on a range of strate­gic and oper­a­tional matters;
  • Will be a mem­ber of the School’s Senior Lead­er­ship Team
  • Chairs or co-chairs all staff meet­ings in the Pri­ma­ry School;
  • May, at times chair or co-chair whole school staff meetings;
  • May at times be called to Deputise for the Principal.

Per­son­al Qualities

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Be a com­mit­ted Chris­t­ian with a per­son­al faith, who is active in a Chris­t­ian church and express­es their faith through their lifestyle;
  • Unequiv­o­cal­ly hold to the val­ues and beliefs as artic­u­lat­ed in Chris­t­ian Schools Tasmania’s State­ment of Faith and Code of Conduct;
  • Be com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­al growth in their faith and capac­i­ty as a Chris­t­ian educator;
  • Work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to build a strong and vibrant Chris­t­ian cul­ture across the school;
  • Nur­ture and dis­ci­ple stu­dents to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour;
  • Exhib­it high per­son­al standards;
  • Pos­sess a strong abil­i­ty to employ pro­fes­sion­al dia­logue that is based on rela­tion­al trust;
  • Pos­sess the strength of char­ac­ter to stand on their convictions;
  • Pos­sess a strong work ethic;
  • Appre­ci­ate the place and tim­ing of fun and a sense of humour;
  • Demon­strate grace in dif­fi­cult situations;
  • Demon­strate intel­li­gence and the capac­i­ty to accept new ways of doing things, and stim­u­lat­ing cre­ativ­i­ty and inno­va­tion in others;
  • Pos­sess a nat­ur­al atten­tion to detail, espe­cial­ly under pressure.

Pro­fes­sion­al Abilities

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Be an out­stand­ing class­room practitioner;
  • Demon­strate a col­lab­o­ra­tive lead­er­ship style;
  • Have excel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in both for­mal and infor­mal settings;
  • Have high lev­els of skill in con­flict resolution;
  • Have a well-devel­oped emo­tion­al intelligence;
  • Pos­sess a love for chil­dren, and a strong ori­en­ta­tion towards people;
  • Have excep­tions atten­tion to detail;
  • Have a desire to devel­op skills aligned to the AIT­SL Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards for Teach­ers, Aus­tralian Teacher Per­for­mance and Devel­op­ment Frame­work and Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dard for Prin­ci­pals includ­ing the Lead­er­ship profiles.

Strate­gic Leadership

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Work close­ly with senior staff and play an active role in the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of cur­rent and future Strate­gic Plans and year­ly Oper­a­tional Plans;
  • Pro­mul­gate and pro­mote key strate­gic objec­tives to all staff, ensur­ing that there is under­stand­ing, engage­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion at all staff levels;
  • Encour­age and main­tain a cli­mate of qual­i­ty and excel­lence through being the guardian of the cus­tomer expe­ri­ence” with­in the School and the devel­op­ment of col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships with inter­nal and exter­nal stakeholders;
  • Devel­op and man­age pos­i­tive stake­hold­er relationships;
  • Lead high qual­i­ty pro­fes­sion­al learn­ing programs;
  • Respond strate­gi­cal­ly and proac­tive­ly to the chang­ing edu­ca­tion sec­tor, lead inno­va­tion col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly and mod­el a pos­i­tive approach to change;
  • Pro­vide lead­er­ship to staff through the expres­sion of the val­ues con­sis­tent with those of our ethos, and in par­tic­u­lar an encour­ag­ing spir­it, an accep­tance of respon­si­bil­i­ty, resilience, and will­ing­ness to problem-solve;
  • Con­tribute to build­ing School Cul­ture at every oppor­tu­ni­ty by con­nect­ing the day-to-day admin­is­tra­tion to the goals in the School’s Strate­gic Plan and the Vision of the organisation.

Edu­ca­tion­al Leadership

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Sup­port the Prin­ci­pal in con­tin­u­ing to devel­op a high-per­for­mance cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous learn­ing that aligns with the School’s Strate­gic Plan;
  • Pro­mote teach­ing and learn­ing as the core busi­ness of the School, facil­i­tat­ing and fos­ter­ing a learn­ing cli­mate for all staff and students;
  • Work with senior lead­er­ship to ensure appro­pri­ate research is under­tak­en in order to pro­mote and sus­tain school improve­ment, ensur­ing the devel­op­ment of appro­pri­ate qual­i­ty assur­ance and review strategies.

Staff Lead­er­ship and Pro­fes­sion­al Learning

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Sup­port the Prin­ci­pal in the recruit­ment, induc­tion, pro­fes­sion­al learn­ing and rel­e­vant train­ing for Pri­ma­ry staff;
  • Pro­mote a healthy work­ing rela­tion­ship between teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff to deliv­er strong out­comes for stu­dents, staff and the School community;
  • Fos­ter a pos­i­tive and dynam­ic work­ing envi­ron­ment by devel­op­ing a team approach, ensur­ing open com­mu­ni­ca­tion, trans­par­ent and effec­tive deci­sion-mak­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive work practices;
  • Con­duct reg­u­lar class­room obser­va­tions and pro­vide effec­tive feed­back to staff;
  • Resolve mat­ters of per­for­mance and con­duct, in accor­dance with School poli­cies and procedures; 
  • Encour­age or demon­strate effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion with­in and beyond the School com­mu­ni­ty, includ­ing keep­ing staff informed about rel­e­vant deci­sions and issues;
  • Assist the Prin­ci­pal to address and resolve mat­ters of per­for­mance and con­duct, in accor­dance with School poli­cies, pro­ce­dures and values. 

Pas­toral Leadership

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Over­see the man­age­ment and refine­ment of a Well-Being pro­gram for staff in the Pri­ma­ry School;
  • Main­tain and refine a Well-Being pro­gram for Pri­ma­ry students;
  • Refine and man­age the school wide behav­iour man­age­ment pol­i­cy and plans that active­ly sup­ports each stu­dent with­in a restora­tive jus­tice mod­el in con­junc­tion with CST and School Policies;
  • Devel­op, imple­ment and review pro­ce­dures to sup­port staff in the care and man­age­ment of students;
  • Work close­ly with the Pas­toral Care Coor­di­na­tor and Chap­lain to build and sus­tain a robust mod­el of stu­dent lead­er­ship across the School that active­ly engages stu­dents in lead­ing stu­dents, men­tor­ing, coach­ing, and the devel­op­ment of School pride.

Organ­i­sa­tion­al Lead­er­ship and Management

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Pro­vide strate­gic and oper­a­tional lead­er­ship to ensure the smooth day to day run­ning of the Pri­ma­ry School and ensure that events in the School cal­en­dar are car­ried out with excel­lence, and in a time­ly way;
  • Clear­ly under­stand the vision for the School and adopt it as part of dai­ly practices;
  • Eval­u­ate poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for the effec­tive run­ning of the Pri­ma­ry School;
  • Ensure that replace­ment teach­ers are allo­cat­ed for staff who are on approved leave, and use the offi­cial School sys­tem to do this. In this role, the incum­bent will be required to receive ear­ly morn­ing calls from staff who are unex­pect­ed­ly unable to attend school. If the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry is not able to ful­fil this func­tion it will fall to the Prin­ci­pal, by pri­or arrange­ment. The incum­bent may be sup­port­ed by the Senior Admin­is­tra­tion Officer;
  • Over­see the atten­dance of stu­dents, and ensure that accu­rate records are being kept by staff;
  • Pro­mote and mod­el health and safe­ty across the Pri­ma­ry School, with an empha­sis on staff and stu­dent health and well­be­ing and com­pli­ance with WH&S require­ments, includ­ing safe work practices.
  • Main­tain a reg­u­lar sched­ule of meet­ings with class­room teach­ers to mon­i­tor stu­dents’ aca­d­e­m­ic progress and pas­toral care, ensur­ing that par­ents are effec­tive­ly involved where con­cerns are raised;
  • Act as a point of esca­la­tion in mat­ters of dis­ci­pline, per­for­mance and inter­per­son­al con­flict (in sup­port of oth­er leaders);
  • Con­duct, when required, enrol­ment inter­views for the School, and liaise with the Prin­ci­pal, Reg­is­trar, and Senior Lead­er­ship Team as necessary;
  • Ensure that staff are attend­ing their allo­cat­ed Yard Duties and speak to those who do not ful­fil their role, fol­low­ing up any breech­es of the School’s legal duty of care;
  • Accept respon­si­bil­i­ty for imple­ment­ing arrange­ments for key Pri­ma­ry events, including:
    • staff Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Days and evenings.
    • over­sight of the Ath­let­ics, Cross Coun­try and Swim­ming carnivals.
    • the Year 6 Grad­u­a­tion event.
    • oth­er such events that occur in the role, or as iden­ti­fied by the Principal.


The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Main­tain a strong pres­ence in both the par­ent com­mu­ni­ty (by act­ing as an ambas­sador of the School by lead­ing and being active­ly involved in key School events for par­ents through­out the year includ­ing Par­ent Teacher Inter­views, Infor­ma­tion Nights, Speech nights and so on) and the wider edu­ca­tion community;
  • Main­tain a prac­tis­ing role in the teach­ing program;
  • Oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ties as required by Prin­ci­pal from time to time.


The per­for­mance of the incum­bent will be reviewed annu­al­ly, both for­mal­ly and infor­mal­ly on an on-going basis.

Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren and Young People

CST takes child pro­tec­tion seri­ous­ly, and as an employ­ee of CST, the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry is required to meet the behav­iour stan­dards out­lined in our Code of Conduct. 

There­fore, as a part of their duties and respon­si­bil­i­ties, the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry is also required to:

  • Pro­vide a wel­com­ing and safe envi­ron­ment for chil­dren and young people;
  • Pro­mote the safe­ty and well­be­ing of chil­dren and young peo­ple to whom the School pro­vides services;
  • Ensure that inter­ac­tions with chil­dren and young peo­ple are pos­i­tive and safe;
  • Pro­vide ade­quate care and super­vi­sion of chil­dren and young peo­ple in their charge;
  • Act as a pos­i­tive role mod­el for chil­dren and young people;
  • Report any sus­pi­cions, con­cerns, alle­ga­tions or dis­clo­sures of alleged abuse to management;
  • Main­tain valid work­ing with chil­dren’ documentation;
  • Under­go peri­od­ic nation­al crim­i­nal his­to­ry record’ checks (if required);
  • Report to man­age­ment any crim­i­nal charges or con­vic­tions they receive dur­ing the course of their employ­ment that may indi­cate a pos­si­ble risk to chil­dren and young people.

Com­pli­ance and Safety

The Deputy Prin­ci­pal Pri­ma­ry will:

  • Exer­cise respon­si­bil­i­ty required in accor­dance with Work, Health and Safe­ty legislation;
  • Take rea­son­able care of their own safe­ty and that of oth­er peo­ple who may be affect­ed by their acts or omis­sions in the workplace;
  • Cre­ate a safe and wel­com­ing learn­ing envi­ron­ment for chil­dren and young peo­ple con­gru­ent with leg­isla­tive and Organ­i­sa­tion­al Child Safe requirements;
  • Adhere to the require­ments of the role in accor­dance with the pro­fes­sion­al stan­dards expect­ed of Chris­t­ian Schools Tas­ma­nia and all Organ­i­sa­tion­al poli­cies, pro­ce­dures, codes, guide­lines and applic­a­ble laws.

Terms and Conditions

This is a full time (1.0FTE) posi­tion with an expec­ta­tion to teach with a release time of around 0.6 FTE.

How to Apply

Please vis­it and com­plete the online Appli­ca­tion Form. You are required to include:

  1. Your cur­rent resume
  2. A cov­er let­ter which address­es the require­ments and cri­te­ria for the posi­tion (see Posi­tion description).

For any fur­ther ques­tions please con­tact the CST HR depart­ment below

IST is not an employing agency for its member schools, nor does it have any part in the selection and appointment of teachers to positions in Independent Schools. All appointments are handled entirely by the individual school. Schools should contact us to arrange for positions to be advertised on this site.

Posted on 18/10/2021

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