School Principal at Gumbaynggirr Giingana Freedom School (GGFS) Full Time | 3-Year Fixed Term (possible renewal) | Coffs Harbour, NSW Salary $145k - $165k + super + salary packaging BMNAC strongly encourages Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to apply. About the organisation: The Gumbaynggirr Giingana Freedom School (“the School”) is an independent School centred on Gumbaynggirr culture, language and philosophy. Set for opening in 2022, GGFS will be the first bilingual School of an Aboriginal language to be established in NSW and is the culmination of the vision and passion of the Gumbaynggirr people to prioritise their culture and language at the forefront of their children’s learning. The School is located in the heartland of Gumbaynggirr country in Coffs Harbour, NSW and will commence with 15 enrolments from K – 2, with a 100% Aboriginal student enrolment. BMNAC has developed effective policies and practices, cohesive and effective governance and an existing team of dedicated, capable and enthusiastic support staff. The School is a key strategy in the revitalization of Gumbaynggirr language with a goal to producing highly proficient Gumbaynggirr speakers. The School will commence at an interim site located at Coffs Harbour’s Glenreagh Street TAFE campus, and will transition to a purpose designed and built School currently in development for 2024/25. Our School is an opportunity for a vibrant and dedicated educational professional to lead a talented and committed team. The School’s employment and student enrolments will be 100% Aboriginal and will present a unique opportunity to redefine the School education system in NSW. The School staff structure will be made up of a teaching Principal, classroom teacher and two Gumbaynggirr language teachers.
Supported by BMNAC Board, Executive team and staff, the Principal will provide a range of support pertaining to Gumbaynggirr language and culture, as well as administrative and financial support. The Principal will be expected to work with the School staff, BMNAC Board, BMNAC CEO and staff to build an inspiring collective vision and oversee the ongoing development of the School. The Principal has the delegated responsibility for the educational, administrative operations and leadership of the School. This will be measured by achievements in the following key areas. • Whole-of-school leadership. • Curriculum and Pedagogy. • Resource Management. • Profile and Standing of the School. • School Regulatory and Legal Obligations. For a full description of the role, please contact Pipeline Talent at [email protected]
As the Principal, you will be a motivated and highly skilled teacher and school administrator, who values the importance of language, culture, country, wisdom. You will be a qualified teacher eligible for NSW teacher registration with a passion for working in Aboriginal education and a deep understanding of child development within anthroposophy, K-2 and/or early childhood experience will be an advantage. You will have a demonstrated ability to foster strong, collegiate relationships with and amongst staff as well as develop teams of staff in order to delegate effectively and managing change. You will be committed to bilingual education and creating immersive spaces to support the acquisition of Gumbaynggirr language. The successful applicant must have, or be able, to attain teaching accreditation from the New South Wales Education Standards Authority, and a Working with Children Check. Key Selection Criteria: 1) Commitment to collaborative work practices and consensus decision-making processes; 2) Ability to maintain discipline, build and maintain positive relationships with students, including understanding and relating to them perceptively and sympathetically; 3) Demonstrated ability to identify and acknowledge excellence, as well as the ability to resolve and respond to underperformance effectively and decisively, holding staff accountable for their professional conduct and practice; 4) Strong strategic management skills and experience, particularly in a School environment; 5) Demonstrated understanding of the current financial, regulatory and accountability requirements of independent Schools; 6) Demonstrated understanding and successful planning and implementation of School development strategies, including fundraising, marketing and public relations;
• An attractive salary. • Salary packaging available. • Additional $16k tax free/annum. • Relocation Allowance. • Professional development to learn the Gumbaynggirr language will be provided.
This job is located in Coffs Harbour, NSW. You will be working at the Gumbaynggirr Giingana Freedom School. How to apply: Applications should be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line “GGFS - Principal“. Your application should include: • a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) responding to the 6 selection criteria as detailed above. • an up-to-date CV of no more than 3 pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role. Additional information is available in the role description or by contacting the team at Pipeline Talent. Lesina Gibbs-Manuatu | Talent Acquisition Team Leader Email: [email protected] (M) 0408 027 880 or (Ph) 02 8001 6603