Principal, Geelong Campus

MacKillop Specialist School

Principal:  Ms Anne Henderson


Applications Close: 28/09/2022

Position: Principal

Type: Ongoing

Hours per Week: Full-time



Role Description/Criteria

MacKillop celebrates and draws strength from diversity and respects the dignity of all people. Every person at MacKillop has the right to be safe and to be treated justly. We value every person’s cultural or linguistic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, intersex status, relationship status, religion or spiritual beliefs, socio-economic status, age, and abilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

This is a Permanent Full-time opportunity based in Geelong, VIC within our MacKillop Education Program.

Our offer:

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – free and confidential counselling, coaching and emotional support for work and personal challenges

• Generous Salary Packaging up to $18,500 (helps increase your take home pay)

• Ongoing Career Development, Education and Training

• Click HERE to find out more about becoming a member of the MacKillop Family Services team and what further support we have to offer our employees.

Position Purpose:

The central goal of MacKillop Family Services is to support, to foster hope and to promote justice for children, young people and their families, particularly those who experience distress, disadvantage and abuse. Education is central to that goal.

MacKillop Family Services provides governance and oversight of MacKillop Education. Our schools and programs are also aligned with MacKillop Archdiocese Catholic Schools. The Principal will lead the campus in Geelong, and will have responsibility for all areas of the school and in particular the 5 spheres outlined below.

Our schools in Geelong (Foundation to VCAL), Maidstone (Years 3 to 6), and Caulfield (Foundation to VCAL), cater for students with diverse learning needs who are disengaged, or at risk of disengaging, from education. Our schools provide an individualised and differentiated learning program; students may re-enter mainstream school, or remain at MacKillop to complete their schooling. A senior certificate, is offered to secondary students and/or they are supported to access other education pathways, including traineeships and apprenticeships.

Primary Objectives:

To provide comprehensive and effective leadership to the Geelong Campus of MacKillop Education including meeting all key result areas and responsibilities.

Key Selection Criteria:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

• Relevant postgraduate qualifications in education

• Extensive experience in senior leadership positions in schools

• Relevant experience teaching and supporting vulnerable children and young people

• An understanding of trauma-informed practice in an educational setting

• Demonstrated alignment with the ethos and identity of a catholic school and a commitment to model these values as a leader

Please address the full Key Selection Criteria outlined in the PD as part of your application.

For a full listing please view Position Description. 

You must have a:

• Valid and current Driver’s Licence;

• Satisfactory Criminal History Check;

• Valid Working with Children Check;

• Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check (for risk assessed / client facing roles)

Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 may be a requirement of this position

How to Apply: Click 'Apply for Job' where you will be prompted to proceed with your application via the website. Please submit your cover letter, resume and key selection criteria. 

Please make sure you address the Key Selection Criteria as outlined in the PD as part of your application.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Leening at or on 0427 060 189

It is our goal that MacKillop Family Services continues to evolve as a culturally safe, culturally competent, and welcoming organisation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and communities.

Shortlisting for this position may commence immediately so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Click 'Apply for Job' where you will be prompted to proceed with your application via the website. Please submit your cover letter, resume and key selection criteria. 


Address: 25 - 33 Oxford Street

Phone: 5248 2557


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