• Hester Hornbrook Academy
  • Sunshine VIC, Australia
Full time Teachers - Secondary

Job Description

  • A competitive remuneration package is available, accompanied with salary packaging benefits
  • Located at South Melbourne  , must be able to travel to other campuses as required 

About the Organisation:

Hester Hornbrook Academy is a Special Assistance School which provides flexible education and learning options, including VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools), VPC (Victorian Pathways Certificate), VM (VCE Vocational Major), VCE and an extend program offering a variety of elective subjects. Recognising that mainstream education is not suitable for all young people, our programs are driven by the personal pursuits of students.  Our HOPE – Healing Orientated Program of Education informs our Practice model which ensures the  integration of academic intervention and growth with wellbeing and life skills. Teachers, Youth Workers, and Education Support Officers (ESOs) work together in a collaborative manner to support students to reach their individual goals. Our students include those who have disengaged from mainstream education, are young parents, currently in or leaving out of home care, experiencing homelessness and those who may be experiencing mental health challenges or learning difficulties.
Each Hester Hornbrook classroom is supported by a multidisciplinary team comprised of a teacher, educational support staff and youth worker.  The classroom team collaborates to provide a safe, respectful, and productive learning environment, where learning for wellbeing and wellbeing for learning go hand in hand.  The team works in partnership with the students to understand and address the barriers to learning, to set and achieve academic pathways and other life goals.  All staff bring different and overlapping skills and experience to the classroom and are required to role model effective teamwork in order to provide a holistic response to the students’ educational needs.    


All roles within Hester Hornbrook will have a classroom allotment, this may include classroom instruction, the delivery of learning activities, the supervision of students, assertive outreach, and involvement in our other programs which support students to attain educational success. Hester Hornbrook Academy is a school that does education differently.  Empowering minds, Inspiring Futures,   have a career that shapes tomorrow! Our passionate team is looking for an experienced Teacher

About the Opportunity:

The Classroom Teacher will work as part of a multidisciplinary team, they will be responsible for organising and implementing an instructional program in accordance with the VCAA applied learning curriculum, our extend elective program and our HOPE (Healing Orientated Program of Education). The teacher is expected to collaboratively share leadership of the classroom with the other members of the team, including decision making authority. 
A primary focus of our teachers at Hester Hornbrook is on the planning, preparation, and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes, along with participation in the development of Hester Hornbrook policies and programs and the implementation of Hester Hornbrook Strategic priorities. 

All Hester Hornbrook teachers are expected to teach a range of students with varying academic abilities and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs and consistently implementing the Healing Orientated program of education. This will include contributing to, and in some cases leading, innovative curriculum development and demonstrating a range of best practice approaches within our setting.  Our teachers will use student data to inform teaching approaches which will enable differentiated individualised teaching and learning to improving student educational outcomes.

Our ideal candidate will be able to successfully demonstrate the following key skills and attributes:

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary classroom team to develop and maintain a face to face and virtual classroom learning environment which places high expectation on learning for wellbeing and wellbeing for learning. The Teacher will support and model a learning environment which is safe, respectful and productive. 
  • Create & deliver an engaging applied learning curriculum at either VPC, or VCE VM, while applying an understanding of our HOPE (Healing Orientated Program of Education) to support students in a way that allows them to Engage, Equip, Empower and Extend.
  • Apply an understanding of our HOPE (Healing Orientated Program of Education) to support students in a way that allows them to Engage, Equip, Empower and Extend.  While having a thorough understanding of a range of interventions that promote engagement and inclusivity, build rapport, and develop prosocial behaviours and relationships.
  • Contribute to the planning and participate in the extra -curricular activities, events, excursions and overnight camps. 
  • Maintaining accurate records using the school’s Student Management system and learning management systems including regular wellbeing case noting and prepare/ contribute to reports (including NCCD) as required. 
  • Participate in regular supervision, whole school and campus meetings, the performance review processes, professional learning and a culture of continuous review, improvement of student learning outcomes and achievement of the Hester Hornbrook Strategic Plan (SP) and Annual Implementation Plans (AIP). 
  • Ensure that all Child Safe, risk management and Hester Hornbrook documentation is adhered to.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as directed by Executive Leadership Team of Hester Hornbrook.

Note all applicants must be prepared to travel between all Hester Hornbrook Academy campuses.
(please see the Position Description for more detailed information and the Key Selection Criteria)  


  • Hester Hornbrook Academy as an Independently Registered School has its own Enterprise Agreement. 
  • Expected salary range dependent on skills and experience is - $76468.83 - $125889.38
  • A competitive renumeration applies to this role together with access to tax-effective salary packaging arrangements and supportive work/life balance provisions.
  • HHA recognizes the importance of investing in the training, learning and development of our staff.

How to apply:

Applications close:  
Applications close on 20 October 2023 - Address applications to - Sally Lasslett , Principal .

Applications to include a Cover Letter which highlights how you have previously assisted a young person to improve their wellbeing outcomes which has resulted in success in educational outcomes, leading to learning for wellbeing and a current CV with referees.  Ensure that all Key Selection Criteria are addressed. 

For more information, including a position description, closing date and how to apply, please click “apply for this job” to be redirected to our website

 For enquiries about this role, and assistance with application submission-  recruitment@mcm.org.au
We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date.


Other Relevant information :

  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work visa
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have or be willing to obtain a WWCC
  • Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment safety screening process as part of the HHA selection process. 

Our commitment to diversity

Hester Hornbrook is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to safety. Hester Hornbrook /MCM embraces differences because we know that diversity and inclusion help us to attract, recruit, engage and retain talented people. We are passionate about all our employees, with the skills that they bring, realising their full potential through ongoing learning and development and through embracing the positive impact that we make through our work and to the young people that we support. If you require specific support to apply for this position, please advise the recruiting manager listed in the advertisement. We will work with you to identify the best way to assist you. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Our commitment to safety

Hester Hornbrook /MCM is committed to the safety of its clients and employees, taking a zero-tolerance approach to violence within the workplace and abuse, including child abuse and abuse of people with disability. All employees are required to comply with the Child Safe Standards.

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