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Department for Education

The Department for Education is entrusted by the South Australian community to achieve quality learning and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people.

An exciting vacancy has emerged for a proven educational leader who deeply understands the performance measures and systems that play a key role in ensuring fundamental improvements are made to the quality and delivery of education in SA.  The Director, Primary Learners is responsible for a statewide, strategic and systematic approach to measurable improvement for learning outcomes in the primary years.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, Learning Improvement, this role will lead, coordinate and manage the implementation of an integrated service model that supports primary site leaders to drive improvement through the Australian Curriculum and Teaching for Effective Learning Framework, and provide universal advice about effective practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment processes.  Key outcomes include ensuring that:

  • principals are supported in the design and implementation of policy and strategy to deliver high quality learning to every primary student in their site;
  • differentiated, intensive and responsive support is provided to sites and partnerships to raise the standard of learning achievement for primary learners;
  • learners are supported in their transitions through the primary years and are on a pathway towards continued success in education;
  • the Minister, Chief Executive and senior officials are provided with timely and accurate advice and briefings of a complex and critical nature.

The successful candidate will be a change leader with a track record of utilising evidence based qualitative and quantitative data to inject enhanced rigour and accountability into internal and external decision making.  Successful experience and credibility as an educational leader in a primary setting is essential.  Also important will be strong engagement, influencing and analytical skills, and the ability to elicit the cooperation of stakeholders to translate concepts into practical and meaningful improvements.

For a job and person specification, please click on the PDF logo above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit

Applications in Word format only should be forwarded to Justin Hinora by email to 

Telephone enquiries are welcome on (08) 8100 8849.

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