First listed on: 23 October 2020

   Director, Higher Education

Director, Higher Education, PSSE Band 1

  • Unique job-share opportunity (3 days per week) for 12 months. This includes an overlap day with the job share partner.
  • Join a leadership group transforming education in NSW and make a difference to NSW students
  • We’re looking for leaders who put our students at the centre and our people at the heart

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to drive a whole of government higher education strategy, leading the development of higher education policy, reform and legislation and managing sector partnerships with the sector.

For more details, see the Role Description

About you

You’re a leader who achieves outstanding results with your people and can bring our values of Service, Excellence, Equity, Accountability, Trust and Integrity into everything you do.

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 and disciplined about delivering outcomes for students from early childhood to school, and through pathways to higher learning and work.

We’re building a better education system, one of the highest-performing systems in the world. If you want to make a positive difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of students, and are excited about embarking on a reform journey, this is the opportunity for you.

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

  • champions the Education values
  • has demonstrated experience at a senior level in the management of a large complex organisation
  • has tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • is committed to the department’s Aboriginal Education and Training policies to ensure quality outcomes for Aboriginal people

What’s in it for you?

Some of the great benefits on offer are:

  • An attractive total remuneration package of $229,065 - $252,119 (full-time equivalent)
  • Salary packaging options
  • Flexible working options
  • Fitness passport

About us

Our purpose in Education is to equip young people to lead rewarding lives in a complex and fast-changing world. This is important because 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.

We are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse, inclusive and reflective of the community and encourage applications from all candidates regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background or sexual orientation.

Explore the Department of Education website for more information. 


Tell us how your capabilities, knowledge and experience make you the best person for this role by applying online with:

• your covering letter (maximum of 2 pages)
• your resume (maximum of 5 pages)
• details of two referees.

Applications Close: 11:59pm on 1 November 2020

Contact Officer

For further information about the role, please contact Rebecca Allen, Director, Higher Education, Skills and Higher Education Division, Department of Education, on 0436 478 669 or email

Talent Pool

If the selection panel identifies more than one suitable candidate for the role, a talent pool may be created from which these suitable candidates may be chosen and directly offered employment in other similar roles (ongoing or term) in the near future.


1. Assessments will be held in the week commencing 16 November 2020 and interviews will be held in the week commencing 23 November 2020.
2. Relevant screening checks will be conducted. These include the Declaration for non child-related work and the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check consent form. You will also be required to provide four identity documents as listed in the National Criminal History Check guide to identity.

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