Assistant Principal

What is the role?

The Assistant Principal is a senior managerial grade in the Civil Service. The role is extremely diverse, citizen driven and very rewarding. The exact nature of the role varies depending on the sector and Department/Office in which the vacancy arises. 

Assistant Principals are key participants in the senior management process of Departments/Offices with a critical management role in implementing government policy in the economic, financial, international, environmental and/or social arenas.

You may have responsibility in areas such as:

  • Leading and motivating teams of people
  • Analysis of public policy issues
  • Provision of advice
  • Managing stakeholders
  • Delivering programmes
  • Management and delivery of services to the citizen

What are the requirements?

Details on the particular skills and requirements for this role can be found in the Information Booklet for each campaign at this level. An example of an Information Booklet for a recent campaign can be found here.

You might also find it useful to look at the competency framework for this level.


Starting salary is 66,495.

Learning & Development:

The Training/Development opportunities you might experience in the Public Service depend on several things, including the specific role you have been offered, the Organisation/ Department you have been placed in, and the skills required to carry out your job in the role.

Depending on the role, as an Assistant Principal Officer you could expect to advance your personal skills in a wide range of different ways, and you could have the opportunity to up-skill and develop yourself professionally through high-quality training programmes, mentoring and support systems, internal training initiatives, and many more – all in order to make sure you have the skills and knowledge required to succeed in a fast-paced and results-oriented role in the Public Service.