Board Member - Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership Board

Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership | Public administration

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Applications close 7 May 2024


Role length:
Sessional, 3 years
As required, Not specified
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
$10,000 - $19,999

About the board

The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership (the Academy) is a statutory authority established under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act). An Australian first, the Academy is designed in response to Victoria's unique education system context.

At the Academy, we are passionate about meaningful and exciting work that has an impact on education and student outcomes. Our shared purpose is to create and offer evidence-informed professional learning programs, events and initiatives designed to take Victoria's highly skilled teachers and school leaders from great to exceptional and advance the quality and status of teaching and school leadership.

We care about the quality of our work, demonstrate collective responsibility for continuous improvement and support each other to do the very best we can every day to achieve our goals.

The Academy is a learning organisation that provides opportunities for employees to grow. We have a positive culture that we are building together, where people feel supported, valued and heard. The Academy is based in a purpose-designed CBD site, facilities in North Melbourne and at 7 Academy regional sites (Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton). This ensures that rural and regional teachers are able to access high-quality professional development regardless of their location.

The provision of professional learning for Victoria's highly skilled teachers, providing an unprecedented opportunity for state-wide leadership in teaching excellence, benefits every school, classroom and student.

The legislated objectives of the Academy are:

  • to improve outcomes for school students through the provision of specialised teaching and leadership excellence programs for exceptional teachers and school leaders
  • to increase equity of access to professional learning to lift the quality of teaching across Victoria
  • to provide a dedicated pathway for established exceptional teachers to contribute to school and system improvement
  • to improve the quality of school leadership
  • to raise public awareness of the capability and status of school leaders and teachers in the science and practice of teaching.

The functions of the Academy are to:

  • Design and deliver specialised cross-sectoral teaching programs and educational leadership programs for school leaders, informed by the expertise of its Board and in partnership with leading experts, tertiary institutions and other key stakeholders
  • Provide expert, cross-sector advice to the Minister and the Department on matters relating to educational leadership, teaching and professional practice, and the impact of professional learning on student outcomes to inform broader school education policy and programs
  • Develop and publish research, guidance, resources and materials for use by other providers of professional learning to influence the quality of market-delivered programs and support schools to make evidence-informed choices
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Academy's professional learning programs on practice and student outcomes to inform continuous review and adaptation of program design and delivery, and to inform expert advice to the Minister and the Department
  • Partner and collaborate with relevant organisations including schools, tertiary institutions, community organisations, professional associations and other providers to identify the needs of the profession, support the delivery of services and enhance the impact of its programs
  • Influence and advocate for evidence-informed teaching and leadership practice to promote and instil public trust and confidence in the profession and all Victorian schools, and support efforts to attract a more diverse and highly skilled workforce to meet the educational needs of Victoria's communities and the future Victorian economy.

About the role

The Academy Board consists of 7 members:

(a)    one is to be appointed as Chairperson by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister; and

(b)   one is to be the Secretary (or nominee of the Secretary) of the Department of Education (DE); and

(c)    one is to be a representative of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) appointed by the Governor in Council; on the recommendation of the Minister and

(d)   one is to be a representative of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) appointed by the Governor in Council; on the recommendation of the Minister and

(e)    the remaining members are to be appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister.

Academy Board members are selected on the particular skills and experience they can bring to the work of the Board.   Skills and experience relevant to the functions of the Academy include:

  • education (school education, vocational education and training, adult community and further education);
  • professional development;
  • business management;
  • institutional governance;
  • law;
  • finance and commercial operations;
  • community interests; and

Board members will also reflect the diversity of the Victorian community and will have renown leading Victorian, interstate and international education experts to set a strategic direction.

The primary role of the Board is to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the Academy; and to be accountable to the Minister for the discharge of the Academy’s statutory functions and its education and financial performance. This includes: 

  • setting the strategic direction for the operation of the Authority through the Academy’s strategic plan, which must be accepted by our portfolio Ministers
  • approving the Academy’s annual report for tabling in Parliament
  • ensuring that the Academy operates in accordance with its strategic plan
  • ensuring that the Academy operates subject to any educational and regulatory objectives established by the Victorian State Government
  • overseeing the financial performance and the financial reporting process including internal and external audit functions.

The DE Secretary, or nominee, is an ex officio Board member.

Who we're looking for

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of high level skills, experience and knowledge in relation to the criteria outlined below.

Mandatory requirements

As will be required by the Act (when amended), the Minister for Education, must endeavor to ensure that the appointed directors on the Board include persons with knowledge of, or experience in:

  • education, including a range of school education settings and sectors, vocational education and training, adult, community and further education and/or higher education;
  • education leadership, professional development, management, finance; law, and/or corporate governance; and
  • the composition of the Board is a fair and balanced reflection of the diversity of the Victorian community.

Highly desirable skills and qualities

In addition to the mandatory requirements outlined above, skills and experience in any of the following areas will be considered highly desirable:

  • Audit and risk; or
  • Community and stakeholder engagement; or
  • Rural and regional matters; or
  • Working with special needs, disadvantaged and/or marginalized individuals, groups and communities; or
  • Commercial operations related to education. 

The Victorian Government’s Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines outline relevant policies in relation to board and committee membership, which include:

Representation of women

The Victorian Government's Women on Boards commitment has been in effect since 2015 and is ensuring that all public boards have no less than 50 per cent women. in 2021, 55 per cent of board seats are held by women, compared to 39 per cent six years ago.

Encouraging Diversity

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community.

We encourage applications from women, people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people, and people living in rural and regional Victoria. We will provide adjustments to the recruitment process upon request.

You do not have to disclose any personal information if you do not want to, but it can help us understand how we can support you through the recruitment process and beyond. We invite you to tell us if you identify as Aboriginal, a person with disability, from a culturally or linguistically diverse background, LGBTIQA+ or a young person, aged 25 years old or less. If you identify as any of the aforementioned, we would welcome the opportunity to contact you and discuss how we can support you through the recruitment process. Sharing this information will help you access support should you need it and will also help us to better understand the impact of our work.

What you need to apply

Please complete the online registration process at and attach the following documentation: 

  1. Your statement outlining your suitability against the key selection criteria
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae (including details of at least two professional referees) 

Applicants are encouraged to give consideration to any potential conflicts of interest that may arise in relation to other Board roles, private interests or current employment.

Submit your response via Attach all documents as Microsoft Office Word or PDF files. Applications must be lodged by 11.59pm Tuesday, 7th of May 2024.

Receipt will be acknowledged by email.

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