Position: Director, Centre for Professional Learning

The Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) was established by the NSW Teachers Federation (the Federation) to provide high quality professional learning and support for Federation members in a range of educational areas. The CPL aims to offer programs that are relevant across the spectrum of a teacher’s career from the early years of teaching to the experienced and leadership levels. The CPL’s program includes the provision of courses and conferences, as well as the production of the Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) and CPL podcasts. Courses and conferences are conducted in-person, as well as online. The JPL and podcasts are published online.

Director Job Description

Duties of the Director
The Director is responsible to the General Secretary for their role in the operations of the CPL and is required to:

  • Address the priorities of the Federation and the CPL by leading and coordinating the overall planning, organisation, promotion, and delivery of the CPL program including courses and conferences, JPL editions and podcasts.
  • Undertake managerial responsibilities for the CPL Assistant Director and the CPL Administrative staff.
  • Maintain effective relationships with the membership and assist them with matters related to their professional learning through the operations of the CPL. This includes maintaining current knowledge and understanding of members’ professional learning requirements and coordinating the CPL program accordingly.
  • Work with external organisations and individuals engaged in education and build professional networks to meet the priorities of the Federation and the CPL.
  • Ensure quality control of the CPL program, including developing and attending CPL courses and conferences in collaboration with CPL presenters.
  • Liaise with Professional Officers and other sections of the Federation as appropriate in the delivery of the CPL program of professional learning for members.
  • Have full oversight of the CPL annual budget, including preparation, submission, and authorisation for all expenditure.
  • Report to the Committee of Management of the CPL, the Executive, Council, Conference and Senior Officers of the union.
  • Attend Annual Conference, Council and CPL Committee of Management meetings whenever not prevented by carrying out other duties, and attend Executive if required to provide reports and advice to the Executive; and
  • Recruit new members as a part of their work.

While the Director is appointed to a specialised position, they may be required to undertake other duties as requested by the General Secretary.

In order to comply with NESA accreditation requirements and meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the Director will be required to engage with a negotiated Performance and Development Framework over time.

The Director is based in the Federation in Surry Hills and at times is required to travel to other parts of the state to conduct the operations of the CPL. The Director may be required to work hours that take into account the extended hours of operation for the delivery of the CPL program. It is expected that the Director have a current NSW Drivers Licence.

Position criteria

  • Complete commitment to the goals of the Federation and the principles of public education.
  • Capacity to lead the operations of the CPL to support the goals of the Federation.
  • Wide experience in teaching and education at a senior level.
  • Knowledge of, and skills in, exemplary current practice and issues in professional learning.
  • Skills in the principles of adult education.
  • Knowledge of the range of modes of professional learning.
  • Ability to liaise with the full range of personnel involved in the operation of the CPL.
  • Capacity to expand the scope of the CPL to cover the full range of Federation members in schools.
  • Capacity to work with external organisations and individuals engaged in education and to build professional networks.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management and supervision of staff.

Salary and conditions
The salary will be equal to that of a deputy principal (high school) under the relevant teacher award and the working conditions, superannuation arrangements and leave provisions will be commensurate with those of Professional Officers of the Federation. The Director will be expected to attend meetings of the Council and Executive of the union.

Candidates should apply to the General Secretary with a written application, not exceeding four A4 pages, that addresses the position criteria with reference to the job description and includes the names and contact details of two referees.

Applications will be accepted up to 4pm on Wednesday, 9 November 2022 and should be marked Confidential: Attention Maxine Sharkey, General Secretary, NSW Teachers Federation and either forwarded by email to [email protected] or by post to Locked Bag 3010, Darlinghurst 1300.

Enquiries should be sent to [email protected], attention to Maxine Sharkey, General Secretary.

The tenure for this position is 27 January 2023 until Tuesday 27 January 2026.