Join us as we investigate a new approach to reframing empowered leadership in an increasingly challenging and complex school context

Education systems across the globe recognize the critical role that school leaders play in focusing efforts on improving the quality of teaching and learning, and fostering the conditions that promote a culture conducive to learning and development. We know that collective efficacy is a key element of school improvement and that it significantly impacts student outcomes.

Inquiry under investigation: what is required to build a pipeline of school leaders equipped to lead collective efficacy in increasingly complex and challenging contexts?

About the Menzies School Leader Fellowship

The aim of the Menzies School Leader Fellowship is to incubate, test and learn about the leadership question, and through the process, contribute to building the pipeline of school leaders.

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship is a two-year, $150,000, leadership development initiative that seeks to harness cross-sector expertise to understand how to build a pipeline of talented school leaders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to successfully adapt to and take on the challenges and complexities of the role.

Unlike typical leadership development initiatives, there is an explicit focus on increasing the skills and capabilities of leaders to build collective efficacy. The Menzies School Leader Fellowship follows the principles of design, test, learn and adapt.

The Fellowship is led by a multi-sector collaboration comprised of school leaders, corporate, philanthropic and university partners and supported by an outstanding Advisory Board chaired by Tom Bentley, Executive Director for Policy and Impact, RMIT.

To be considered for a fellowship, you must submit:

  1. Your resume
  2. Responses to the following collective efficacy questions…
    • What is your school’s current state of collective efficacy? How do you know?
    • What are you doing to improve it?
    • What are the biggest challenges you face?
    • What are the 3 questions you must answer to improve this score?
  3. A 60 second video cover letter reflecting your leadership journey…
    • What sort of leader are you?
    • What are your strongest leadership traits?
    • What are your most significant areas for improvement?
    • In 3 words describe the leader you would like to become

You MUST respond to each question on the application page, each response will be limited to a maximum 2,000 characters.

You MUST submit a video cover letter. Videos can only be submitted using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge (from a desktop); and Chrome and Safari (from a mobile). You can record your video at the time of applying or pre-record and upload it. Do not use the upload cover note option, you must record a video. Remember 60 seconds is not a long time so rehearse it before you record!

Please apply using the button below.  Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully (where you will find information on guidelines, eligibility, key dates and frequently asked questions). Once you have absorbed that information, if you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Applications close midnight Tuesday, 3 May*

*The closing date referred to in the Terms & Conditions (link in text above) has been extended due to popular demand to 3 May 2022.

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