Subject Matter Expert Primary

$147,592 yearly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Sydney NSW, Australia
  • 14 Oct, 2021
Full time - Permanent Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

Organisation/Entity: NSW Education Standards Authority
Job Category:
  • Education And/Or Training
Job Location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
Job Reference Number: 00008JJK
Work Type: Full-Time
Number of Positions: 1
Total Remuneration Package: $147,592 plus superannuation and  annual leave loading.
Contact: - Fedel Catanza
Closing Date: 29/10/2021 - 11:59 PM

The 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.

Primary purpose of the role

The Subject Matter Expert Primary is responsible for providing expertise to support the syllabus development for the curriculum reform process. The role involves working collaboratively with the Key Learning Area Subject Matter Experts in the development of the K - 6 syllabuses and support materials.

The role requires attention to detail across the six key learning areas to ensure that there is consistency and coherence in the alignment of the expected standards of achievement and sequencing across all syllabuses.

Key accountabilities

  • Provides strong and effective leadership and coordination of the development of the K - 6 syllabuses and support materials as they relate to the curriculum reform process.
  • Prepares reports, briefings and data in relation to the evidence base that supports appropriately sequenced and quality syllabus development to support syllabus development.
  • Engages with stakeholders to inform the ongoing curriculum reform work.
  • Works collaboratively with Subject Matter Experts across key learning areas and cross-curriculum teams to ensure cohesion, alignment and quality in the development of syllabuses.
  • Provides advice in regards to national and international research that informs best practice in K - 6.
  • Uses technology effectively to support the syllabus development process.
  • Contributes to other duties as required by the Director and Curriculum Reform Team Lead K-6.

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.

To view the role description, click here

Applying for the role:

To apply for the 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 the focus capabilities. 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.

Q1: Describe a recent situation where it was important for you to identify, understand and consider the needs and perspectives of others. How did this influence the outcome of the situation? What strategies did you use to consider and address different perspectives and communicate with those involved? What was the outcome?

Q2: Outline a project that you have managed recently in your workplace. What processes did you implement to meet milestones and timelines? How did you work collaboratively with others to deliver the project? What strategies did you implement to communicate with those involved and ensure the success of the project? What did you learn from the experience?

Under new employment legislation all current and new Public Service non-executive employees are employed at a classification level and assigned to a role rather than appointed to a position. Employees may be re-assigned to other roles at the same classification over time, in line with organisation priorities and/or personal development plans.

For more information on how to apply for a role in the NSW Public Sector please click here

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.

At NESA we endeavour to make roles flexible. While this role is advertised as full time, we will consider requests to undertake the work on a flexible, part- share basis time or job-share basis.

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: Temporary Fulltime (31 December 2023)

Closing Date: 25 October, 2021 11.59pm

Total Remuneration: Grade SEO2 $147,592 plus superannuation and leave loading

Contact: Fedel Catanza



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Job Closing Date

29 Oct, 2021