Service Director

Are you ready to be the Director of an EXCEEDING EARLY LEARNING SERVICE?

Service Director at Western Sydney University Early Learning Blacktown

We are looking for a passionate and committed Early Childhood Professional to continue to lead this Exceeding service and become a member of our Executive Team.

Western Sydney University Early Learning Ltd (WSUELL) is staffed by a professional and committed early childhood team. Our six services are all rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standards and operate with high staff /child ratios. With a supportive hands on management team, positive team culture and a focus on professional development we take a leading role within the local early childhood, family and University community.

Our enterprise agreement offers above award wages and conditions including access to study leave, parental leave and 15 days personal plus additional special leave days.

The successful applicant could earn an annual salary up to $109,000, determined by qualifications and experience.

Other staff benefits include;

  • Professional development and training
  • Achievable KPI’s to obtain monetary bonus’s
  • Discounted childcare fees with the option to salary sacrifice
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Fitness Passport Program
  • Discounts to various cafes, restaurants and health and beauty services
  • Discounts to leisure and lifestyle venues and activities including iFLY Penrith and Western Sydney Wanderers home games
  • Access to corporate private health cover

About the Service and the role

WSUEL Blacktown is located on the Nirimba Education Precinct in Quakers Hill. The service operates from 7.30am-6.00pm for 50 weeks per year and is licensed for 50 children per day.

As the Director you will effectively and efficiently manage the overall operations of the Service ensuring continued quality practice, responsive service delivery and the ongoing provision of high quality care and education for the children. Working closely with the General Manager and the Executive Management Team you will develop and manage the service budget and ensure maximum service utilisation. In addition, you will be responsible for providing support to families, leadership and development to the service staff and making connections within the community. 

Is this job for you? 

Do you have leadership experience, up to date knowledge of the sector and a passion for high quality early years education that will enable you to lead, motivate, mentor and develop the team? Do you have experience in service management which ensures that you are across all funding, financial and legislative requirements and have the ability to establish supportive and professional relationships with families and the committee of management?

If you answered Yes to the above questions, then this job is for you!

Essential selection criteria

 Degree in Early Childhood Teaching and NESA registration

  • Current First Aid Certificate, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management training
  • Sound understanding of early childhood theory and curriculum planning for children 0-5 years
  • Extensive experience in managing children's services - 1 year minimum

This includes well developed organisational management skills such as time management and prioritising workload and motivating and mentoring staff within an education and care service.

  • A high level of interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective professional relationships. This will include excellent oral and written communication, conflict resolution skills, and presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in interpreting policy and be actively involved in the review of policies and procedures.
  • Experience in preparing and managing budgets, monitoring budgets and financial transactions against approved budgets
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles of anti- discrimination, staff and student equity, workplace health and safety and other relevant legislation and the willingness and capacity to implement equal employment opportunity and workplace health and safety plans, policy and programs.
  • As a child safe organisation all employees are required to have and provide a Working with Children Check clearance and number for verification and National Police Check.
  • DEC approved Child Protection Training certificate
  • Sound knowledge of Education and Care National Law and Regulations


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in leading a team in the preparation and assessment under the National Quality Standard.
  • Strong experience in recruitment
  • Development of training and induction programs


Application Advice

You must address each selection criterion listed above. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the Selection Committee that you have the skills required.

Provide detail about your relevant skills, qualifications and experience to demonstrate how you meet each criterion. Give specific examples and emphasise your achievements. You can provide examples from a range of your experience including paid and unpaid employment, university studies, community and sporting groups.

To apply for this position, email a resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria outlined above to Angie Atkinson

Applications that do not include a cover letter addressing criteria will not be considered.

Applications close 8th June 2022

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