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Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Engagement and Enhancement

Iona College is a boarding and day school for approximately 300 girls in Havelock North, in beautiful Hawke’s Bay. It is a place where girls can be entirely comfortable; where they feel happy and safe in a warm, family-oriented environment.

Consistently one of the top achieving schools nationally, Iona has a vision for education which builds on tradition to equip students with the confidence and skills needed for a challenging and changing future. Our goal of Empowering Girls for Life represents an inspirational position and aspirational outlook, where girls are encouraged to seize opportunities and unleash their potential not only during their time at Iona but well beyond.

Our purpose is to encourage and support our girls to embrace their education wholeheartedly; to see them emerge with vision and optimism, and to prepare them to take their places as confident compassionate young women, driven to make a difference, in whatever pathway they choose to follow.


Our College seeks a well-qualified, enthusiastic, innovative and dynamic Deputy Principal with strong interpersonal skills, to lead pastoral care in the College and to facilitate and support a culture of staff and student wellbeing, engagement and enhancement.

As an effective teacher and experienced leader, you will be culturally responsive, build positive professional relationships, and work collaboratively. With research-based pastoral and academic pedagogical knowledge you will empower and support others to provide the best educational opportunities and care for our students. You will have highly effective administrative and organisational capability and be confident with strategies for engagement and learning enhancement.

The successful candidate will have strength in strategic leadership and be willing to lead initiatives which support growth and development, foster engagement, inspire and enhance learning and raise academic achievement for all students.

Iona College is a high-achieving boarding and day school for girls in the heart of beautiful Hawke’s Bay and this is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a forward thinking, high functioning Senior Leadership Team and to make a difference in our learning community.

We will negotiate aspects of the Senior Leadership roles and responsibilities based on the team strengths and experience and the strategic direction of the College.

A commitment to the school’s special character, Christian ethos and co-curricular programme is essential.

  • Start date is negotiable
  • Remuneration 5MU + 1SMA
  • This can be a residential position and a school house is available
  • Closing date: 3 August, 2020 at 5.00pm

Applications for the advertised position are invited from candidates who have the ability to lead pastoral care and learning enhancement in the College. They will be a strategic thinker, have highly effective administrative and organisational capability and a proven record of excellence as an educational practitioner. They will be prepared to show commitment to our Christian values and support our co-curricular programme as part of our Special Character.

Appointment Process and Timeline

Please apply with:

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Completed Application Form
  • Written References

The address for all application documentation is:

Sandie Hampton
HR Coordinator
Iona College
Private Bag 1000
Havelock North 4157

Or email hrc@iona.school.nz

It is anticipated that the following time-line will be followed:

Position advertised in Education Gazette: Monday, 6 July 2020

Applications close: Monday, 3 August 2020 at 5.00pm

Candidates shortlisted and notified by: Friday, 7 August 2020

Interviews held on: Friday, 14 August 2020