First listed on: 07 June 2024

Director, Teacher Education & Accreditation

Join us to make a difference for all students in NSW!

Guiding the future of NSW education 

Position details

  • Ongoing role, Public Service Senior Executive (PSSE) Band 1
  • Close to Wynyard station with hybrid work available (2-3 office days per week as standard)
  • Drive crucial strategic and service delivery enhancements

About us

At the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), we’re dedicated to carrying out meaningful work that drives improvements and elevates student achievement across NSW, now and into the future. 

We accomplish this by supporting all school sectors with high-quality syllabuses, assessment (including managing the HSC and NAPLAN), teaching standards (e.g., accrediting teachers) and school environments (including setting and monitoring school standards).

NESA is a unique organisation in NSW (of around 700 FTE staff) with significant state-wide impact, visit our website to learn more about the important work we do.

About the role

It’s an exciting time to join the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in the position of Director, Teacher Education and Accreditation. As an organisation we are undergoing a period of transformation and capability uplift, with a focus on our people and stakeholder experience and technology reform. 

This position reports to our Executive Director, School and Teaching Standards, Lyn Kirkby and is a critical senior leadership role with overall responsibility for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs, the accreditation of teachers (seeking to teach in NSW for the first time) and professional development programs for teachers across NSW. 

It’s a fantastic opportunity for a highly skilled education leader to drive the strategy and service delivery of the Directorate to ensure team members and stakeholders have access to high-quality and reliable advice and services, supported by excellent data, streamlined processes and technology. 

The role has an exciting suite of key deliverables to manage focused on the government’s statement of expectations including:

  • Streamlining the teacher accreditation process and professional development processes and functions with a focus on user experience
  • NSW implementation of national changes in ITE
  • Partnering with members of ATRA (Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities) AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) and higher education providers on initial teacher education programs and policies, and teacher supply strategies

Within NESA there is an existing divisional-level work plan which guides an ambitious range of projects for the Directorate. These projects are at various stages of implementation and focus on continually improving and refining ways of working, to enhance the experience for teachers when engaging with NESA, and enable teams to support service delivery, while providing them with high levels career of satisfaction and wellbeing.

Another focus for the Director is enabling people managers to enhance collaboration amongst teams, identify capabilities within teams and provide tailored professional development opportunities.

About you

Our ideal candidate is a highly skilled people leader who can lead strategic and functional teams on a journey of connection to purpose, service excellence and prioritisation driven by value to NESA and our stakeholders. 

Our new Director is someone with superior education industry skills, knowledge and experience, who can rapidly understand legislation and policies and apply them to business operations, complex briefings, correspondence, and information requests. Also essential is expertise and understanding of contemporary emerging trends in ITE, teacher accreditation, and professional learning. They will demonstrate capacity to lead within NESA and across national policy contexts. 

Further, this is a role for a highly organised executive who can manage delivery of a broad range of advice and services within budget. 

We invite you to download the role description for additional important information on the role and welcome queries to Michelle Carlon on the contact details above.

Ready to join us?

Select apply and attach an up-to-date résumé (maximum 6 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages). Also address the 2 targeted questions below in your online application (maximum 400 words each):

  • Please provide an example where you have led changes to work practice and culture of an area. Please briefly explain why the change was necessary and how you led the changes.
  • Please provide an example where you managed a major incident or issue to ensure delivery of a large-scale operational program. What did you do to manage the incident?

Advice on applying for NSW Public Sector roles

If you need reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process and workplace, please reach out to the contact person above.

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to receiving your application.

Important information
We particularly welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people of all ages, genders, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans and refugees. 
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For ongoing roles, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident. Australian Temporary Residents may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

A Talent Pool (valid for 18 months) may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles.

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