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Field Officer, Clerk Grade 5/6 - Multiple Roles

Department of Education - Sydney, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin

JOB DESCRIPTION

7 x Temporary full-time appointments for a period up to 30 June 2022
1 x Full-time ongoing appointment
Location: Various – Metro and Regional locations

Are you passionate about the health, safety and wellbeing of children? Do you have a strong interest in supporting services that support children to grow and develop? Would you like to play a key role in ensuring that early childhood services for children are safe and provide quality services? If so, please read on.
 
About the role
The role assists with the implementation of risk-based regulatory and compliance functions to ensure the quality of NSW early childhood education services, the safety of children and to foster continuous improvement in the sector. For services regulated under the Education and Care National Law and Regulations this includes a process of assessment and quality rating against the seven quality areas that make up the National Quality Standards, as well as undertaking monitoring and compliance functions, into non-compliance matters, incidents and complaints.

About the Department of Education

We ensure young children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care 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.

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

Early Childhood Education

Located within the Department of Education, we are committed to driving educational and developmental outcomes for children attending education and care services, including long day care, preschool, outside school hours care, family day care, mobile and occasional care services. Our aim is that all children in NSW participate in high quality education and care services, 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.

There are two Directorates for Early Childhood Education:

  • Quality Assurance and Regulatory Services Directorate
  • ECE and Schools Policy Directorate

Early Childhood Education Quality Assurance and Regulatory Services Directorate

We have regulatory responsibility, through the National Quality Framework and our state-based early childhood legislation, to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services. Our Directorate regulates and supports over 5,500 services in NSW through monitoring, assessment and rating, enforcement and compliance and approval processes. We work with jurisdictional partners across Australia and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to ensure a consistent application of the National Quality Framework and we continuously strive to work with the education and care sector to improve how we regulate to enhance child outcomes.

ECE and Schools Policy Directorate

We manage the strategic policy framework for early years settings and K-12 education in NSW, including non-government schools. We do this by analysing, understanding and informing national policies on early childhood education, and by identifying and developing new strategies to achieve department goals, including innovative solutions to complex challenges. We 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 support services to deliver high quality education and care. 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 support needs-based funding for non-government schools, and drive Education for a Changing World programs and innovations.

How to apply

The NSW Department of Education is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We encourage diverse applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply for roles in the department. We are committed to strengthening the voice of Aboriginal peoples in everything that we do and we strongly encourage Aboriginal people to apply for this role and all current vacancies.

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

PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS

  1. Describe a time when you had an idea that was great for your own work, your team or your organisation. How did you get your management/peers excited about it? How did you follow through to ensure your idea came to life? (400 words maximum).
  2. Describe a compliance or ethics issue you've faced in your workplace and what strategies did you use to resolve it? What were your key learnings? (400 words maximum).

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid Working with Children Check 
  • 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
  • A driver license and ability to undertake short term travel as driving is an essential requirement of this role
  • Degree or Diploma or in the process of attaining a diploma in a relevant discipline and/or relevant experience

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 to [email protected] 

For enquiries about this role, contact Cate Bennett, Hub Coordinator, Statewide Operations Network, Department of Education, at 0436 923 058 or by email to [email protected]

Note: A recruitment pool may be created through this recruitment process. A recruitment pool is a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles, and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.