Progressive Learning Centre Principal

Odyssey House NSW

We are looking for an innovative, progressive and inspiring Progressive Learning Centre (PLC) Principal to lead and grow our PLC. Working closely with the Odyssey House Board, one of your first tasks will be to lead an implementation of high quality learning and development opportunities for our residents and clients through ongoing evaluation, development and professional learning.


  • Implementation of high quality education programs to ensure that students are provided with opportunities for learning and development
  • Implementation of a strategy to ensure continuous improvement and the monitoring of the effectiveness and efficiency of the PLC
  • Leading and directing the teaching staff to ensure quality teaching practices are in place and professional development of staff is maintained
  • Establishing and managing financial systems
  • Representation of the PLC in the wider community

Ideally we would like the new Principal to start from the commencement of Term 3, 2019, however we understand that this may not be possible so we will work with the preferred candidate on the commencement timing.


  • Minimum Teaching qualifications
  • Previous experience as an educational leader
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to lead implementation of high quality, innovative education practices and to drive improvement and transformation
  • Strategic thinking and the ability to consult, plan and prioritise
  • Deep understanding of educational research and evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrated ability to attract and retain high quality staff
  • Financial experience including operating a budget
  • Understanding of the principles of the Privacy Act and its practical implementation in program delivery
  • Hold or have the ability to obtain a current Criminal History Check and Working With Children clearance
  • Unlimited right to work and live in Australia.
Category: Training & Education
Field: Alcohol & Other Drugs
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Inner West Sydney
About us

Odyssey House New South Wales was founded in 1977 by Sydney businessman, Walter McGrath, following the death of his son from a heroin overdose. From humble beginnings, Odyssey House NSW has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest and most successful rehabilitation services helping more than 35,000 people turn their lives around. Today Odyssey House offers Community Services, Residential Services, as well as the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program. The Progressive Learning Centre (PLC) is the education unit of Odyssey House and is registered by the NSW Department of Education and Communities through NESA (NSW Educational Standards Authority). The PLC is a member of The Association of Independent Schools. A range of courses including English, mathematics, technology, visual arts and woodwork are delivered at the PLC.

How to apply

If you are interested in this role, meet the above criteria and believe you are a great fit for our organisation, please apply as per below.

  • Include an updated copy of your Resume
  • Address the Essential Criteria briefly in a Cover Letter (HR43)
  • Email your application to

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No Agencies please.

Date posted: 28 May 2019

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