Our professional leadership division, Smart Leaders, provides Australian schools and school boards with an executive search service exclusive to the independent, Catholic and Christian education sector.

Founded on three years’ research and development with an expert panel of principals from 25 of Australia’s leading schools, Smart Leaders offers access to a wide range of specialist recruitment services, from rigorous vetting and appraisal practises through to global headhunting networks.

Our offering

Executive search and selection

Executive Search and Selection is a comprehensive recruitment service for schools in Australia. We provide school councils with more than just a recruitment management service. Our comprehensive recruitment package incorporates all elements of search and selection from the early planning right through to evaluation.

Profile: Smart Leaders’ Executive Search and Selection is a custom service for school councils requiring an in-depth talent acquisition model. The service includes the creation and delivery of a robust recruitment campaign managed by our experienced team. For principal and CEO appointments, we provide the following services to carefully meet your needs;

  • Planning 
  • Identification of brief
  • Engagement and attraction
  • Selection
  • Appointment
  • Evaluation

Critical thinking, personality and emotional intelligence testing is key to us establishing, securing and retaining the best possible executive staff for schools.

Executive attraction search

A consultancy-led recruitment service offering high level support, expertise and advice to guide you through the initial and search stages of the recruitment process.  

Profile: This service package works for schools wishing to enhance their portfolio of candidate engagement and attraction tools. We will help you create engaging job descriptions, accurate person specifications and powerful advertising content. Smart executive consultants will work with you to ensure your recruitment campaign meets the needs of your school. We provide a high level of targeted communications and candidate management. Our Search package has proven to improve the conversion rate of shortlists by up to 60 percent.

Executive attraction

An ‘add-on’ service to enhance classified advertising utilising the Smart Leaders and Tes network.

Profile: Paying only if you appoint a Smart Leaders candidate, this service utilises a premium classified advertising solution via Tes.com and other digital advertising platforms reaching a specialist global network.  Smart Leaders will strategically target suitable leaders within our network of over 45,000 leaders.  Your leadership post will also be promoted as the featured job in Smart Leaders’ e-newsletter and Smart Leaders’ website. Full candidate management benefits are included.

Executive targetted search

We engage with prospective leadership candidates to discuss compatible job opportunities and guide them towards applying.

Profile: Paying only if you appoint a Smart Leaders candidate, this service gives you access to our existing and trusted network of candidates. We approach candidates that are not actively job seeking on your behalf. Prospective candidates who express a keen interest in your role will be in full agreement of application expectations.

Executive classified adverting

A top-end approach to recruitment through the very best classified advertising platforms; attracting both active and passive candidates.

Profile: Your highest visibility premium advertising option. Built to give you maximum brand exposure and help you overcome candidate acquisition challenges.

  • Co-branded with your logo and featured within a premium gold box at the top of Tes.com search pages

  • Links to a branded and interactive full job description page

  • Featured on your school's fully branded Career Site

In addition;

  • You can post your advert and manage your recruitment through your School Portal

  • Your advert will be featured within daily and weekly email alerts sent by Tes to targeted candidates

Our people

Zoe Cobon
Staff description:

Zoe Cobon

Zoe joined the Smart Teachers team in 2015 and currently works as an Executive Recruitment Consultant from the Brisbane office. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education from the Queensland University of Technology. Zoe’s strong people skills and knowledge of the Australian education landscape bring great benefit to both candidates and schools.

Smart Advisors
Staff description:

Smart Education Australia’s success has long rested in our close relationship with Independent school principals and authority leaders. In 2015, we began creating a team of Smart Advisors that assist in the development and delivery of executive recruitment and mentoring services.  Our Smart Advisor teams are sector specific and nationally based (e.g. Anglican Schools).

Collectively, our Smart Advisors provide executive leadership experience across all Independent, Catholic and Christian schools. Highly collaborative, their project management, mentoring and knowledge sharing capability connects well with a wide range of school audiences and caters to the diversity of the non-government sector.

Are you an experienced principal or deputy with a desire to working in a project management capacity, leading the recruitment and mentoring of other school leaders?  If so, please email twood@smartteachers.com.au for further information.