Director, School Standards

$243,691 - $267,321 yearly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • 117 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW, Australia
  • 14 Sep, 2021
Full time - Permanent Management - Schools

Job Description

Organisation/Entity: NSW Education Standards Authority
Job Category: Education And/Or Training
Job Location: Sydney Region / Sydney City
Job Reference Number: 00008GRS
Work Type: Full-Time
Number of Positions: 1
Total Remuneration Package: Minimum Total Remuneration Package (including superannuation) $243,691 - $267,321
Contact: 9367 8234 - Surbhi Sharma
Closing Date: 21/09/2021 - 11:59 PM

  • Lead the implementation of the NSW School Standards policies and processes
  • Permanent full-time role with an attractive salary package

About us

NSW Education Standards Authority (‘NESA’) was formally established on 1 January 2017 to improve quality teaching and student learning across all schools and school sectors. It is responsible for the curriculum, assessment, teacher accreditation and regulatory standards in NSW schools, and accreditation of early childhood teachers.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Director to Lead and direct the implementation of NESA’s programs for government and non-government school registration and accreditation, the approval of school providers delivering courses for overseas students, and the registration of children for home schooling to ensure the delivery of quality education standards, programs and outcomes, as well as compliance with teaching standards, in accordance with NESA’s objectives and statutory functions, and in line with government and organisation objectives

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate your immediate proficiency in the focus capabilities as highlighted in the Role Description. All the capabilities listed in the role description will be assessed at different stages of the recruitment process. For more information on how to apply for a role in the NSW Public Sector please click here

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About you

You will be a highly motivated and results-driven leader with demonstrated experience and understanding of the current and emerging registration and accreditation governance practices. You will be a strategic thinker with an ability to strategically lead, influence, promote and motivate staff to deliver desired outcomes, give effective advice to executive leadership while ensuring stakeholder relationships are optimised and risk is minimised.

Essential requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline such as education, humanities, social science and/or educational management or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging registration and accreditation governance practices, policies and trends to inform decision making and strategy
  • Current understanding of NSW government approaches to regulation

Applying for the role:

To apply for this role, you need to submit an application online via

The application and selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role. For the initial application process, you should submit a cover letter (1 page), resume (up to 5 pages) and include a short statement in response to two pre-screening questions.

Pre-screening questions:

Answer the two pre-screening questions below - we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability. Answer with concrete examples and in no more than 300 words per question. Briefly describe the context of the situation(s), the actions that you took, the outcome of your efforts and what you learned from the experience.

  1. Please provide an example where you had to manage a project/team with a range of interdependencies to find effective solutions to complex problems. Describe the situation, your action and the outcome.
  2. Describe a time when you have been required to manage multiple people/teams to deliver different educational projects on time, within budget, to meet quality requirements. Outline the situation and result, the main strategies you used, giving a specific example of how you mitigated risks of not delivering requirements.

Under the current employment legislation all current and new Public Service Senior Executive employees are employed in a band and assigned to a role. They may be re-assigned to other roles in the same band in which they are employed over time, in line with organisation priorities and/or personal development plans.

NESA will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace. If you will require this, please call or email the contact person listed below, and also let us know of your preferred means of communication.

Diverse workforces are more innovative, productive and increase the delivery of high-quality services. NESA is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful and inclusive, valuing the diverse perspectives that our people bring from their homes and communities. We encourage applications from women and people with diverse cultural and personal backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, refugees, people with disability, LGBTQI+ people and other diversity groups.

Location: 117 Clarence Street, Sydney

Work type: Ongoing Fulltime

Classification: PSSE Band 1

Closing date: 21 September 11.59pm

Total Remuneration: $243,691 - $267,321 p.a

Contact: Surbhi Sharma

Phone: 9367 8234


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School Type


Job Closing Date

21 Sep, 2021