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Principal Policy Analyst - Clerk Grade 11/12 - 228687

Department of Education - Far Meadow, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Full-time Ongoing appointment

Location: Parramatta

CESE is Australia’s first dedicated hub of education data and evaluation. We work across early childhood, schooling, training and higher education. Our core responsibilities are to:

  • provide data analysis, information and evaluation that improve effectiveness, efficiency and accountability
  • collect essential education data and provide a one-stop shop for information needs
  • build capacity across the whole education sector so that everyone can make better use of data and evidence.

More information about the Centre can be found at www.cese.nsw.gov.au.

About the role

The role leads and manages complex projects, research and analysis to achieve the Centre’s strategic objectives, within agreed timelines and budget. It leads consultation, stakeholder engagement and publication activity and ensures that high level advice is effectively communicated to senior executive staff.

A key area of responsibility for the role is to lead the department’s Tell Them From Me student, parent and teacher feedback surveys. This includes managing the relationship with the survey provider and stakeholders, ensuring the surveys meet the needs of schools and the department, and leading evidence-based product innovations and reporting enhancements.

The role also leads or contributes to quantitative and/or qualitative research and analytical projects to support the use of evidence-based best practice among schools, drawing on insights from Tell Them From Me and other sources.

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

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.

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 http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/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. Provide an example of a project you let or contributed to that involved identifying relevant research and communicating the findings to a diverse audience. What were thekey considerations of the project and how did you address them? (300 word maximum)
  2. Give an example of a complex project or initativ e you let or participated in that involved meeting different needs of the business and managing stakeholder relationships. What were the key considerations and how did you address them? (300 words maximum)


  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies (Please find Aboriginal Education Review – Information) 
  • Hold a valid clearance to work with Children (Working with Children Check for paid employment). 

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.

Far Meadow, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training


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