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Policy Officer - Clerk Grade 7/8 - 201821

NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 07/12/2017

Job Category:

Government / Defence / Policy & Legislation

Job description:
Full time ongoing appointment.
Location: Bridge Street, Sydney (moving to Parramatta in May 2018)
About the Department of Education
The NSW Department of Education provides, funds and regulates education services for NSW students from early childhood to secondary school, delivering world-class education through its public schools and providing funding support to non-government schools. We employ, develop and support teachers, leaders and other staff to deliver the best outcomes for students and to advance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people.
About the directorate
The National Initiatives and Performance Directorate develops cross-divisional policy proposals and strategic projects and pursues opportunities to leverage national education policy reform. We provide expert analysis and advice on emerging national policy areas and developments that are of strategic significance to education in NSW. We are also responsible for managing national performance and accountability processes to ensure milestones are met and to secure the best possible national policy and resourcing outcomes for NSW. The Directorate is part of the Department’s External Affairs and Regulation division.
About the role
You will be part of a small team that provides strategic advice on national education policy and reporting issues, and develops policy proposals and projects in areas of strategic significance. For example, we are responsible for the Department’s Education for a Changing World project (see We also led the development of the National STEM School Education Strategy (available at
In the role you will be:
  • Researching and analysing policy and data
  • Participating in project work
  • Coordinating input across the Department to support national reporting activities
  • Preparing advice, reports and correspondence
  • Working collaboratively within the Department, across government and with stakeholders

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking research and analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to act collaboratively and solve problems.
This opportunity offers interesting and challenging work across a range of projects of varying size and complexity, excellent working conditions and exposure to public policy development.
For enquiries about this role, contact Bronwyn Ledgard, Leader, Strategic Analysis, National Initiatives & Performance Directorate, Department of Education, at (02) 9561 8659 or by email to
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 description in 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.
If you are called to interview you will need to provide the following documents and your employment may be subject to the Department’s National Criminal Records Check to determine your suitability for employment.
  1. Provide an example where you worked on a complex policy issue or project. Outline the role you played, the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. (300 words)
  2. Outline your experience in undertaking data analysis to support a project. (300 words)



  • Appropriate Tertiary Qualifications and/or relevant experience working in a policy environment
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies. (Please find Aboriginal Education Review – Information)

Closing date: 8 January 2018


There may be the opportunity for a second similar position to be filled by this recruitment process.

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 12 months.