First listed on: 13 September 2017

Director, Educational Leadership - 45 roles (Requisition number 00005KJN) 

Are you interested in making a difference to education in NSW public schools?

• Full-time term (temporary) employment for a period up to two years commencing January 2018 (with the possibility of extension or conversion to ongoing)

• This is a Public Service senior executive band 1 role

• The total remuneration package range for this role is $225,059 - $247,002 per annum

• Current substantive Principals of NSW Public Schools who are successful in their application will retain right of return to at-level principalship for up to two years

• There are 110 principals networks across NSW.

Please refer to the network locations link for indicative localities. Candidates must nominate their two preferred networks as part of the application process.

Applications close: 11:59pm on 2 October 2017

About the Department

The NSW Department of Education provides, funds and regulates education services for NSW students from early childhood to secondary school, delivering world-class education through its public schools and providing funding support to non-government schools. We employ, develop and support teachers, leaders and other staff to deliver the best outcomes for students and to advance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

School Operations and Performance Division

School Operations and Performance division leads and directs the operations of more than 2,200 NSW public schools to maximise the academic achievements of all students and create a culture of success, learning and a desire to achieve, underpinned by innovative, adaptive and supportive strategies that also supports the quality of teaching and educational leadership at the school level. The division is responsible for the achievement of excellence in educational leadership, professional practice and school performance in preschools, infants, primary, secondary, central and community schools, specialist and comprehensive schools, specific purpose schools, intensive English and environmental education centres. The overarching goal of School Operations and Performance division is to achieve the best possible outcomes for the students in our public schools from preschool to year 12.

The School Operations and Performance division maintains very clear lines of sight between the authority and accountability of principals, the supervision and support of directors, the strategic leadership and direction of the Executive Director, and the achievement of government’s priorities and the department’s strategic plan. The executive structure is underpinned by strong professional relationships and evidence-based accountability at every level.

About the role

As the Director, Educational Leadership you will have a key strategic role in supporting the continuous improvement of principals in NSW public schools to ensure that the work of schools is evidence-based and responsive to the needs of all students from preschool to year 12. The Director, Educational Leadership provides differentiated line management support to principals in their pivotal responsibility for leading and managing their school. The Director will work with the Principal to ensure evidence-based decision-making is focused on improving student progress and achievement by improving the quality of teachers and through effective school planning, self-assessment and change management processes.

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrated capabilities in providing educational leadership and direction; ability to support and enhance principal performance  to ensure key accountabilities are being met, manage high level contentious issues and provide prompt resolution of issues of educational, industrial, legal and political significance while also building highly effective relationships with key stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration on programs and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will possess:

• Appropriate tertiary qualifications in education

• Hold a valid clearance to work with Children (Working with Children Check)

• Capacity to lead staff in implementing the Department’s Aboriginal Education and Training policies and to ensure quality outcomes for Aboriginal people.

To hear more about this exciting opportunity, we would encourage you to watch the Recruitment Pool

If the selection panel identifies more than one suitable candidate for the role, a recruitment pool may be created and used to fill term or ongoing opportunities which may arise in the next twelve months

How to apply

If you are interested in this role please apply online and include a covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) and your resume in a maximum of 5 pages, which clearly details how your capabilities, knowledge and experience can contribute to the success of the Division. Please also include the name and contact details of two referees.

Please note that it is a requirement that all candidates submit their applications online via I work for NSW.

For the application process, you must address any essential requirements as listed in the role description.

The selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.

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Role description

Contact Officer

For enquiries, contact Sue Handley, Manager, Executive Support Services, Department of Education, telephone (02) 9561 8571 or by email to:


1. This is a child-related role. You will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance number as a condition of employment (if you do not already have this). For more information, visit 2. For information on the Department of Education, visit the Department of Education website.

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