MUSEC School Principal

North Ryde, Australia
30 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Attractive compensation package, including 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Full-time, Fixed term (3 year appointment which may be renewed)
  • Negotiable start date for the right candidate (from Term 1, 2023)
  • Macquarie University, Wallumattagal Campus (North Ryde)

Given the impact of the Australian Government's COVID-19 border restrictions and visa processing delays, applications from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights may be prioritised at this point in time


An exceptional opportunity for an outstanding individual to lead the Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) in the position of MUSEC School Principal. Applications are warmly invited from highly skilled and contemporary educational leaders who are committed to helping students be the best they can be by creating a positive learning environment that tailors to the individual needs of students through evidence informed best practice.

Reporting to the Dean of Macquarie School of Education, the MUSEC School Principal will lead a team of passionate professional educators, comprising of Master Special Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Classroom Assistants, a Speech Pathologist, and a Visual Arts Teacher.

With a comprehensive approach to the way we support students and their families, MUSEC delivers educational programs for students with a range of special learning needs in the years kindergarten to year 6. We are looking for a School Principal who places students at the centre of their educational experience, by cultivating and strengthening a positive teaching, learning and work environment for all staff, students and their families. In addition to leading the MUSEC team, the position will be responsible for the co-ordination and supervision of post-graduate students on placement in the school.

The Principal may also undertake independent teaching and research activities with the School of Education consistent with experience and capacity. Furthermore, the successful candidate will liaise with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) ensuring that school registration and teacher accreditation and professional learning requirements are met.


Accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), you will have a recognised teaching qualification and a postgraduate qualification in Special Education. You will have a proven track record of successful educational leadership, including exceptional strategic and operational skills in an educational setting.

With extensive experience teaching in primary classroom environments, you are an innovative educator, able to cultivate and strengthen teaching and learning programs in a collaborative team environment.

Your background in developing and implementing evidence-based literacy and numeracy, teaching programs and resources, ensures that you possess high levels of ability and confidence in managing a school environment to meet the needs of primary aged students with a range of special learning needs. As an exemplifier of continuous improvement, you will have extensive and varied experience in education and strong knowledge of best practice and research in the special education field.

With excellent communication skills, you enjoy building a collaborative community environment, and are flexible and resilient in your approach.


The Macquarie School of Education is one of the largest providers of initial and postgraduate teacher education in Australia. The School delivers teacher education courses in early childhood, primary and secondary education, as well as programs in inclusion, special education and disability studies. Our mission is to be a global leader in education and an institution of service and engagement which delivers a transformative learning experience and impactful research. We are committed to maximising opportunities for children, families, schools and communities through research, teaching, learning and advocacy.

Established in 1975, MUSEC is an independent school located on-campus in a purpose-built Phillip Cox designed building neighbouring the Macquarie School of Education. MUSEC is a research-based special school that caters for 44 primary aged students with special learning needs, including mild or moderate intellectual disability, autism, and/or a language disability. MUSEC School aims to support the development of each child to their maximum potential in both academic and classroom self-management skills.

Key features of the MUSEC program include:

  • Intensive small group classes in literacy and numeracy by specialist teachers
  • Program adjustment based on progress monitoring, ensuring a truly individualised program
  • Assistance with learning classroom self-management skills
  • Assistance in the development of speech and language skills
  • Collaboration with parents
  • Assistance for students' transition to their next educational setting

At MUSEC, we aim to develop each child to their maximum potential in both academic and classroom self-management skills. We are passionate about creating a positive attitude towards learning, providing personalised instruction by specialist teachers and implementing teaching principles based on the latest research.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Oversee the implementation and development of all educational programs in MUSEC School, in particular literacy, numeracy and behaviour management ensuring consistency with research and evidence-based practices
  • Supervise the teaching team and other school staff, including Master Special Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Speech Pathologist, Visual Arts Teacher and Business Manager
  • Ensure the school continues to meet NESA and other legislative requirements in regards to school registration, curriculum and procedures
  • Write and review school policies and procedures in conjunction with professional bodies and Macquarie University staff to ensure compliance with NESA school registration requirements
  • Ensure optimal professional development for teachers, consistent with teacher accreditation policies set down by NESA
  • Support positive teaching practices within the school
  • Liaise with the Faculty of Arts' Work Integrated Learning team regarding the placement of practicum students in the school
  • Collaborate with families of students enrolled in the school, their prior and future educational environments, and other services as required
  • Conduct School Information Sessions for parents, carers and interested professionals
  • Raise the profile and awareness of the school in the wider community
  • Facilitate and manage research programs conducted in the school, in liaison with academic staff
  • As a member of the MUSEC Management Committee, prepare reports for quarterly Committee meetings and as required


To be considered for this position, please submit your CV and a cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

Essential Criteria:

  • Recognised Teaching qualification and accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
  • A postgraduate qualification in Special Education
  • Proven skills and experience using student data to inform teaching
  • Demonstrated success using 'evidence-based practice' in literacy, numeracy and behaviour support with students with special education needs
  • Management/supervisory experience in a special education setting
  • Familiarity with requirements of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to relate to students, parents, and staff from all backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience building collaborative and effective relationships with school and community stakeholders

Desirable Criteria:

  • Teaching experience in K-6 classrooms of students with special learning needs
  • Experience working with other professionals e.g. therapists
  • Experience with the funding and accountability procedures required for non-government schools
  • Experience in a school leadership role

Note: The position of MUSEC School Principal requires the successful candidate to comply with occupational screening assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie Universities health requirements. The position also requires a current and valid Working with Children Check Clearance for NSW. Macquarie University must be satisfied that all background checks, including a criminal record and qualification check are completed.

Position Enquires: Professor, Matt Bower, Interim Dean, School of Education at

General Enquiries: Emma Todd, HR Officer at

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday, 9 January 2023 at 11:59 pm (AEDT)

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