Director, Arts, Sport and Initiatives

$219,977 - $243,607 yearly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • NSW, Australia
  • 22 Dec, 2021
Full time - Permanent Management - Schools

Job Description

Organisation / Entity: Department of Education
Job category:

Senior Executive

Job location:

Sydney Region

Job reference number: 00008P7T
Work type: Full-Time
Number of positions: 1
Total remuneration package: $219,977.00 - $243,607.00
Contact: 0460 014 531 - Felicity Gillard
Closing date: 24/01/2022 - 11:59 PM


  • Join a leadership group transforming education in NSW, and make a difference to NSW students
  • Lead and develop innovative programs for Arts, Sport and other initiatives for NSW public schools
  • Ongoing Position Total Remuneration Package of $219,977 - $243,607

About us

Our purpose in the Department of Education is to equip young people lead rewarding lives in a complex and fast-changing world. The learners of today are the foundation of a prosperous Australia tomorrow.

To support our young people to thrive, we must ensure we are one of the best education systems in the world. This means building a system focused on student outcomes, and a system that offers a great place to work. Explore the Department of Education website for more information.

About the role

As the Director, this role will lead and develop tactical plans and provide strategic direction to support the implementation and evaluation of high profile, state-wide events, programs and initiatives for public schools across NSW with particular responsibility for the arts and school sport.

The role is accountable for the delivery of statewide performing arts and sports programs and events by developing and maintaining productive and effective partnerships with external sponsors, sporting associations, and internal and external stakeholders related to public schools across NSW.

The Director identifies and drives innovative arts and sport programs by implementing strategies aligned to departmental values specifically created to uplift and strengthen school performance objectives for the Department.

Key to managing the implementation of each arts and sport program is managing associated risks and budgets aligned to each initiative, ensuring appropriate levels of resources have been allocated and all relevant internal and external stakeholders have been appropriately consulted.

Reporting to the Executive Director Student Support and Specialist Programs, you will manage stakeholder communications across the Department, collaborate with various divisions to ensure seamless planning, scoping and delivery of ongoing arrangements to deliver fit for purpose high quality service solutions.

The Director will oversee the governance, delivery of projects and programs, monitor and report on performance, manage a budget, anticipate and address contentious issues and provide accurate advice on complex matters.

As a leader, this role ensures the delivery of innovative outcomes align with the Department’s strategy and places students and young people at the centre of all our decision making.

To learn more about the role, please click here to view the role description.

About you

As a leader you will join an executive team focused on driving improved ways of working to deliver meaningful and long-lasting impact. You will be collaborative, courageous, agile, an inspirational leader, able to drive arts and sport initiatives to realisation across metropolitan, rural and remote areas of NSW by fostering a culture of high expectations for the performance of your team.

To be successful in this role, we are looking for someone who has:

  • Demonstrated extensive experience at a senior level in leadership and management in a large complex organisation
  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or relevant knowledge and experience relating to the education sector
  • High level communication combined with high-level influencing skills and stakeholder management skills
  • Previous experience implementing complex educational projects
  • A valid Working with Children Check (WWC) clearance
  • Knowledge of and commitment to implementing the Department’s Aboriginal Education Policy and upholding the Department’s Partnership Agreement with the NSW AECG and to ensure quality outcomes for Aboriginal people.


To apply for this role, please submit your application online (maximum of 5 pages) in addition to a cover letter (2 pages) which describes how your capabilities, knowledge and experience make you the best person for this role.

Applications Close: 11:59pm on Monday 24 January 2022

Contact: Felicity Gillard email | or mobile 0460 014 531

Please note: a range of assessment techniques will be undertaken to determine candidate suitability for the role. Successful candidates will be required to undertake relevant employment screening as required for this role (including obtaining a working with children clearance and undertaking a criminal history check).

We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability. If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team ( or visit NSW Department of Education Diversity and Inclusion

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months. Candidates on a talent pool may be chosen and directly offered employment in other or similar roles (ongoing or term) in the near future.


Arts, Drama, Music, and Performing Arts, Physical Education and Sports

School Type


Job Closing Date

24 Jan, 2022