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Manager Policy, Clerk Grade 11/12 - Talent Pool

NSW Government - Far Meadow, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


This is a Talent Pool to fill anticipated vacancies for Manager, Policy roles within the Early Childhood Education Schools Policy Directorate for the next 18 months

Location: Parramatta 

Early childhood education is at the centre of NSW and national policy. This year, a new longer-term national agreement on early childhood education will be negotiated among all Australian governments with the intention of driving real and significant reforms to improve outcomes for children. The Early Childhood Policy team at the NSW Department of Education will need new leaders to help contribute to this work potentially across the whole range of our responsibilities from strategic policy to ECE workforce, transition to school, data and research, intergovernmental coordination, aboriginal policy and before and after school care. 

About the Department of Education

The NSW Department of Education serves the community by providing world-class education for students of all ages.

We ensure young children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education sector. We are the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population. We are committed to fostering vibrant, sustainable and high-performing vocational and higher education sectors.

We are responsible for enacting NSW Government policy, driving improvement in education, and overseeing policy, funding and compliance issues relating to non-government schools. We respect and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as First Peoples of Australia.

For more information about the Department of Education, please visit NSW Department of Education

About the directorate

Early Childhood Education and Schools Policy is part of the Education and Skills Reform (ESR) division. We drive strategic policy and deliver innovative solutions which improve educational outcomes for children and young people in early years settings and across all NSW schools. We have teams leading early childhood policy and programs, as well as teams undertaking schools policy for government and non-government schools, and compliance of non-government schools with the requirements of the not-for-profit provisions of the Education Act NSW.

We are committed to driving educational and developmental outcomes for children attending education and care services, with the aim that all children in NSW participate in high quality education and care, including for 600 hours a year in the two years before school. Our work is based on established evidence of the benefits of early childhood education to enhance children’s cognitive abilities and social and emotional skills. We carry out research and analysis on how to effect positive educational change particularly for Aboriginal children, children with disability and children in regional and remote NSW. We also directly fund early childhood education services and organisations to help meet the goals of the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, and to support services to deliver high quality education and care. 

Our schooling policy teams are committed to achieving the Department’s priorities of high-quality and equitable education provision, so that every student is known, valued and cared for, and every student’s learning improves every year. We undertake analysis of complex educational issues and take a consultative approach to developing evidence-informed policy solutions to respond to and anticipate current and emerging challenges. We work cross-sectorally, and support needs-based funding for non-government schools.

About the role

The role develops strategic policy proposals and advice and manages strategic projects for the Director, Executive Director, Deputy Secretary, Secretary and the Minister to improve the performance of the early childhood education sector.

How to apply

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from all candidates including people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from all diversity groups, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background or sexual orientation.

To apply for this role, please submit an application by clicking “Apply Online” below. To apply, you will need to attach a cover letter (max. 2 pages) and your resume (max. 5 pages) in either Word or PDF format. Please address any pre-screening questions and any essential requirements. We are looking for you to demonstrate your competence in the focus capabilities as outlined in the role descriptionin your answer, so please develop your response with this in mind.

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

This is a child-related role. If you are the successful candidate 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 https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check

In addition, your employment may be subject to the Department’s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check to determine your suitability for employment.

If you are called to interview you will need to provide the following:

Proof of Identity information
Informed Consent Form
Declaration for child-related work


  1. What do you think is the greatest opportunity for improving early childhood education outcomes in NSW and how should the Department seize it? (300 words maximum).
  2. What is the biggest challenge facing the early childhood sector in NSW and how should the Department address it? (300 words maximum)


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.


• Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, or demonstrated equivalent knowledge and/or experience.
• A valid Working With Children Check

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants looking for assistance through the application and recruitment process, contact Liz at Yarn’n on (02) 9319 4000 or email [email protected]

Far Meadow, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training


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