Director, Governmental Relations and Policy

  • SA

This is your opportunity to play a key role in our ambition to build a world-class education system in South Australia. The Department for Education is committed to ensuring the best educational outcomes for children and young people, with a system structured around evidence based and globally recognised policy, strategy and practice.


The Director, Governmental Relations and Policy (GRP) will take a lead on this through the provision of strategic direction and innovative leadership in driving the department’s governmental relations function. Reporting to the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and External Relations, the successful incumbent will be a pragmatic systems thinker, responsible for supporting the planning and execution of considered policy reform, including leading reforms where required. The Director, GRP will provide high level leadership to a team of multi-disciplinary staff and will establish a culture of performance, professionalism and continuous improvement across the directorate. A collaborative leadership approach as well as significant stakeholder management capability and experience is an essential requirement of this role.


The Department for Education is a diverse and complex organisation, and an understanding of the political and policy landscape within an education context will be highly regarded.
If you are an experienced and results driven individual who is passionate about public education, we would love to hear from you. More information regarding the position responsibilities and assessment criteria may be found in the attached Role Description.


Essential Qualifications:
Relevant qualifications in public policy, law, economics or other relevant discipline.


Special Conditions:
The successful applicant is required to gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) Working With Children Check (WWCC) prior to being employed which is required to be renewed every five years before expiry. A current DHS child-related employment screening will be recognised as a WWCC until it expires. The incumbent will be required to undertake Responding to Abuse & Neglect (RAN) full day/online training course every three years. For all other special conditions please refer to the Role Description.


Applicants are required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Pre-Employment Declaration and Covering Letter of no more than two pages. Applicants should frame their application in the context of the requirements of the position and its key outcomes.


Please note this is a three year South Australian Executive Service (SAES) contract.


Dr Peta Smith
Executive Director, Strategic Policy and External Relations
P: 08 8463 6683
E: [email protected]


Application Instructions:
All applications must be submitted online.


Applications close: 09/08/2020 11:45 PM


Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Applications close 9th August, 2020 Apply Online

Director, Governmental Relations and Policy