First listed on: 01 July 2024

Director of Operations and Engagement


Are you an experienced leader with a passion for excellence in education? We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic leader to join our senior leadership team as Director of Operations and Engagement.  

Commencing in January 2025, you will support the Principal and Deputy Principal in driving the efficient and effective functioning and strategic development of operations and community engagement throughout the school. 

The School 

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) is a community engaged and empowered in the shared pursuit of excellence in learning for an enriching present and an exceptional future. We pride ourselves on our rich history, our commitment to holistic education and our forward-thinking approach that prepares our students not only for academic success but also for meaningful, purposeful lives. Our commitment to excellence in education is also reflected in our exceptional facilities and resources and our engaged and empowered staff.  

PEGS has over 2,900 students from K-12 at campuses in Moonee Ponds, Essendon, and Keilor East. We offer a diamond education, with a co-educational Kindergarten programme, single-sex education at the Junior Schools and Middle Schools from Years 7 to 10 and co-education at the Larkin Centre (Years 11 to 12). We have an Outdoor Education program at Eildon, and a high quality and extensive co-curricular programme. 

Our school is renowned for outstanding academic achievement and for providing a diverse range of experiences to promote engagement. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, inclusive, supportive, and challenging environment where students and staff can thrive and reach their full potential.  

The Role 

As Director of Operations and Engagement you will be a strategic thinker with excellent leadership skills. You will play a pivotal role in innovation and ensuring  

the smooth functioning and strategic development of the school's operations and community engagement activities. This position oversees a variety of administrative and operational functions, foster community connections, and aligns initiatives with the school’s strategic plan.  

You will develop and implement operational strategies to enhance productivity and efficiency and foster a culture of engagement and collaboration within the school, while also building strong relationships with the wider PEGS community.  

Leading a committed and professional team, you will mentor and develop others, and promote a positive and inclusive work environment.  As part of your role, you will collaborate with the wider leadership team, identifying opportunities for growth and innovation and contributing to planning and implementation of the strategic plan. 

The ideal candidate will have experience in a leadership role, teaching qualifications, outstanding organisational, planning, interpersonal, and communication skills to be able to collaborate with the senior leadership team to help shape and lead the implementation of the school’s strategic objectives. 

It is expected that the Director will have a small teaching allotment. 

Joining our school means becoming part of a community that values integrity, creativity, and resilience. It means contributing to an environment where every member feels valued and supported, and where lifelong learning is celebrated.  

We are excited to welcome a Director of Operations and Engagement who will bring their unique perspective, passion, and expertise to the role, helping us to further build on our engaged and empowered community.  


  • Competitive salary and salary packaging 
  • Opportunities for professional development  
  • Outstanding facilities and resources  
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program 

Please see the position description for further details.

To Apply 

If you are a strategic and innovative thinker with strong organisational and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to operational excellence, we invite you to apply via the link below.  

Please submit: 

  • A letter of application to Simone Fisher, Director of Human Resources, outlining your suitability for the role  
  • Resume, including: 
  • Name and contact details 
  • Employment history, including a summary of each position, dates, and key achievements 
  • Academic qualifications  
  • Name and contact details of at least 3 referees, ideally your direct manager or Principal. (references would not be contacted until we have a discussion with you). 
  • Confirmation of VIT registration and teaching methods, and right to work in Australia   

Applications close 9am Monday 22 July 2024. 

Please click here for further information about PEGS and here to view our school's Welcome Videos. 

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity principles and understands the importance of diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

To apply online, please click on the appropriate link below. Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact Simone Fisher on 90162205, quoting Ref No. 1180055.

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