MAC recruiting for a new principal

Hawkesby said that the role of principal would be advertised through local, national and international channels for four weeks, and she hoped to be “in a position to offer the role” by mid-October.

The recruitment process for the next Mount Aspiring College (MAC) principal has been underway since the start of September, with a “reasonably good” amount of interest in the role so far, according to Limited Statutory Manager (LSM) Madeleine Hawkesby.

Hawkesby, a Christchurch-based employment law and HR specialist, was commissioned by the Board of Trustees in early June to complete an analysis of issues at the Wānaka secondary school, after Principal Wayne Bosley resigned - following closely behind the Board of Trustees Chair. 

Her scoping report, completed in August, identified nine objectives requiring immediate attention, including a need for strategic leadership and accountability.

Hawkesby said that the role of principal would be advertised through local, national and international channels for four weeks, and she hoped to be “in a position to offer the role” by mid-October.

The successful candidate would ideally commence at the end of term 4, 2020, but at the latest be in place for the start of term 1, 2021.

“We have planned for the fact that the successful candidate may not be able to start immediately and may have to give notice in their current role, which may be up to two months notice,” acknowledged Hawkesby. In that event, Dean Sheppard, who is currently Acting Principal, would remain in the role until the end of term 4.

Hawkesby said the school was looking for a “future-focused leader who sets high standards and has a proven track record of leading a large school.” 

The ability to lead change and motivate people and a “transparent and consultative style” were key aspects of the role, along with being an “innovative and strategic thinker with the ability to galvanise a school community around a common vision and shared values.”

Read edition 993 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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