Director, Higher Education and Tertiary Policy

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
30 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

NSW Department of Education

  • Fascinating policy area that is undergoing change
  • Engagement with sector leaders
  • Potential to innovate
  • Sydney based

At a time of dynamic change for higher and tertiary education, the Department of Education seeks to appoint an engaged and forward-looking Director of Higher Education and Tertiary Policy with the remit to build constructive and productive working relationships between government and the tertiary education sector.

The Director Higher Education and Tertiary Policy will collaborate with university and key tertiary institutions to develop innovative reform that seeks to align tertiary education with the priorities of the NSW Government.  This will include ensuring the successful delivery of the work that has already begun on promoting access and participation in tertiary education more broadly. The Director will also provide advice and support for the Minister’s participation in intergovernmental forums and in relation to the NSW Government’s core statutory responsibilities for universities.

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary External Affairs and Regulation, this is a challenging and rewarding role that requires sophisticated and nuanced policy skills. The new Director will quickly need to establish their personal credibility and demonstrate their understanding of the government and university sectors at a state and national level, developing a detailed appreciation of the drivers of the sector and of the NSW Government objectives.  These insights will be used to help inform advice, forge partnerships and develop opportunities.  

With stakeholders including the Minister’s office and university Vice Chancellors, exceptional communication, negotiation and relationship building skills are essential.  The Director will develop strategic relationships at a national and state level, as well as working with key staff in the Department.

Previous experience in leading policy development within a tertiary or government environment would be advantageous, as would be a record of successfully delivering policy initiatives that involve multiple senior level stakeholders at a national or state level.  The Director is supported by a small expert team so the capacity to develop and manage people effectively is important.

Odgers Berndtson Executive Search is advising the NSW Department of Education on this appointment. To apply for the role, please forward your CV and a covering letter by email to   For a confidential discussion please contact Kate Hall on 02 8905 3721.

Applications close Friday 16 December 2016.

The NSW Public Sector Capability Framework applies to all NSW public sector employees.