Director, Risk And Governance


NSW Department of Education

  • New South Wales Regional
About this job

Lead the transformation and continuous improvement of the Department’s cluster governance arrangements and enterprise risk management and acts as a catalyst for improvement in how the department considers and manages risk to support the achievement of the Department’s strategic outcomes.

  • Full time ongoing employment
  • This is a Public Service senior executive band 1 role
  • The total remuneration package range for this role is $208,519 – $231,573 per annum
  • This role is located in Parramatta

Applications Close: 11:59pm on Sunday 19 January 2020

(Requisition number 00007IOP)

About the Department
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.

About the role
The Strategy & Delivery division’s purpose is to boost the Department’s capacity to deliver improved student outcomes, while ensuring the provision of efficient and effective government services. Work of the division includes:

  1. Delivery – leading the development and delivery of an evidence-based, Department-wide strategy to improve student outcomes
  2. Engagement – effective communication and engagement with students, parents, communities, staff and government to help support delivery of improved student outcomes and enhance confidence in NSW public education
  3. Government services – ensuring mechanisms and systems are in place to support the effective and efficient delivery of government services, ensuring appropriate risk mitigation and fraud protection
  4. Delivery of special projects – including supporting improved outcomes for students with disabilities, improving our methodology for staffing schools, reducing the administrative burden on schools, and improving HR process and systems through the Human Capital Management Program.


The Director, Risk and Governance leads the transformation and continuous improvement of the Department’s cluster governance arrangements and enterprise risk management and acts as a catalyst for improvement in how the department considers and manages risk to support the achievement of the Department’s strategic outcomes. The role will establish and build a centre of excellence, and community of practice to strengthen and expand risk and governance capabilities across the organisation and will work collaboratively across the department to establish a streamlined, coordinated, cohesive and effective governance approach that supports a strong and effective risk management culture.

The NSW Department of Education is dedicated to becoming Australia’s best education system and one of the finest in the world. All work at the department is strongly aligned to the strategic goals and values of the organisation. Explore the NSW Department of Education Strategic Plan.

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.

If you are interested in this role please apply online and include, a covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) and your resume in a maximum of 5 pages, which clearly details how your capabilities, knowledge and experience can contribute to the success of the Directorate. Please also include the name and contact details of two referees.

No paper based, email based or late applications will be accepted. Applications must be attached in either Word or PDF format.

For the application process, you must also answer the pre-screening questions and any essential requirements as listed below. 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.

The selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.

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Role description

Targeted Questions (maximum 300 words per response)
1. Please describe a cultural or operational transformation project that you have led. How did you know that it was successful?
2. Senior leaders often need information and contributions from other people to be effective in their jobs.  Describe what you’ve done to ensure others’ participation in one of your initiatives or projects.

Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience with an ability to provide advice on governance and risk management with a large public or private sector organisation.
  • Capacity to lead staff in implementing the Department’s Aboriginal Education and Training policies and to ensure quality outcomes for Aboriginal people.


Contact Officer
For enquiries, contact Dr Meg Montgomery, Executive Director, Policy Coordination and Governance, telephone (02) 7814 1341 or by email to [email protected].

Recruitment Pool
If the selection panel identifies more than one suitable candidates for the role, a recruitment pool may be created from which these suitable candidates may be chosen and directly offered employment in other similar roles (ongoing or term) in the near future.


  1. Relevant screening checks will be conducted. These include the Declaration for non-child-related work and the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check consent form. You will also be required to provide four identity documents as listed in the National Criminal History Check guide to identity.
  2. For information on the Department of Education, visit the Department of Education website.
  3. If you currently participate in a salary packaging scheme and package any item other than superannuation (for example, a novated lease motor vehicle) you are advised to seek independent financial advice.

Tagged as: #Governance, #Risk

Applications close 19/01/2020 Apply Online

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