Senior Education Researcher, NSW Department of Education (deadline 30 November 2022)
• Temporary full-time up to December 2023
• Location: Parramatta (Hybrid role)
• Opportunity to make a difference at the Department of Education
• Flexible work-life balance
• Competitive salary
• 35 hour week
About the role
The role will conduct educational research and deliver evaluation projects for major Government and departmental initiatives, liaise with internal stakeholders to promote the importance of evaluation and build the capacity for evaluation across the education sector in NSW.
This includes evaluations of priority initiatives that seek to improve outcomes for Aboriginal students, by working collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure evaluations provide valuable evidence at critical time points, and that evaluation findings are used. The successful candidate will be motivated to make change and have good communications skills. If this role sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you!
About the Department of Education
The Department of Education is 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.
What our team offers
- flexible working conditions, such as working from home, compressed hours, flextime
- a collaborative, professional, respectful and generous environment. We are made up of diverse people, skills and backgrounds.
- a good reputation for quality and timely work
- access to learning and development opportunities
- varied and interesting work
- modern office located in Parramatta with great facilities and views overlooking the Parramatta River.
For further information please view the role description below.
Essential requirements of the role
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Key knowledge and experience
- Honours degree or higher in social research, education with an emphasis on measurement, psychology or a related field, or relevant professional experience in evaluation.
- Demonstrated experience or knowledge of contemporary approaches to working with Aboriginal people and communities in relation to research and evaluation conducted in a culturally responsive way.
- Demonstrated experience with qualitative research methods, organising qualitative data collections, and qualitative analysis/reporting.
- Demonstrated experience using statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R) is preferred but not essential.
- Demonstrated experience in writing high quality research and evaluation reports.
- 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.
- You have a history of engaging in high quality research and evaluative practice to deliver relevant findings that have contributed to better outcomes for the people of NSW.
- You have an interest and may have experience working in culturally responsive ways with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
- You have strong analytical skills, good communication skills and are customer service oriented in your approach
How to apply
Attach a resume (maximum 4 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as well as providing answers to the 2 pre-screening questions below:
- Describe an evaluation project that you have worked on, and the steps involved. What was the greatest challenge in this evaluation? How did you address it? (300-word limit)
- Provide an example of establishing relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to facilitate knowledge sharing and information exchange. Outline your approach and how you maintained relationships (300-word limit).
Note: the selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role. Successful candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening for this role which includes a Working with Children Check and National Criminal History Check.
This is a child-related role. As a condition of employment you will be required to provide a Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance number and complete a National Criminal Record Check. Visit the website for more information.
Closing date: 30 November 2022 at 11:59pm
We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability. If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team () or visit NSW Department of Education Diversity and Inclusion.
A talent pool may be created through this recruitment process. A talent pool is a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role, and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.