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Chair, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

VCAA | Education administration

Posted on 10 May 2023
Closed on 24 May 2023


Sessional, 2-3 years
Bimonthly, Half day meetings
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
$30,000 - $49,999

About the board

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is a statutory body established under the repealed Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Autority Act 2000 which continues to operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act). The Authority is primarily responsible to the Victorian Minister for Education who under Part 2.5 of the Act nominates a Chairperson of the Authority for appointment by the Governor in Council.

The Act provides that the VCAA Board consists of not less than 8 and not more than 15 members, one of whom must be the Secretary of the Department of Education or their nominee. The Minister for Education must have regard to a person's experience relevant to the functions of the VCAA in nominating persons for appointment.

VCAA board meetings are held 6 times a year and are up to 3 hours duration. The meetings are held during working hours.

The Chair and members are expected to attend at least 75 per cent of Board meetings. The VCAA also has specialised committees and the Chair is expected to participate in one or more of the committees.

About the role

The Chair is responsible for leadership of the VCAA, including:

  • facilitating proper information flow to the VCAA Board
  • facilitating the effective functioning of the VCAA Board, including managing the conduct, frequency and length of meetings
  • providing advice or recommendations to the Minister about any educational policy or strategy relating to the VCAA’s objectives or functions
  • communicating the views of the VCAA, in conjunction with the CEO, to the organisation’s members, broader stakeholders and to the public
  • setting the tone for promoting and monitoring the organisation’s culture.

In performing this role in consultation with the CEO and secretariat, the Chair’s duties include:

  • setting the agenda for the matters to be considered by the VCAA Board
  • making sure the information provided to the VCAA Board is relevant, accurate, timely and sufficient to keep the VCAA members appropriately informed of the organisation’s performance, finances, affairs, opportunities and challenges, and of any developments that may have a material impact
  • making sure communication with stakeholders, regulators and the public is relevant, accurate and timely
  • facilitating open and constructive communication among VCAA Board members and encouraging their contribution to VCAA decision making with the CEO as the primary contact between the VCAA Board and management
  • liaising with and counselling VCAA Board members, as appropriate.

Who we're looking for

The Chair of the Victorian and Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development, provision and implementation support of high-quality curriculum, assessment and reporting.

We are committed to ensuring our Board reflects the rich diversity of the Victorian community, recognising that the perspectives and lived experiences of people from different backgrounds contribute to good governance. Applications are invited from all members of the Victorian community to ensure diversity of skills and experience, who are able to demonstrate their alignment to the Key Selection Criteria (set out in the Position Description) including: women, culturally and linguistically diverse people, young people, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disability, Aboriginal people, and people living in rural and regional Victoria. Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of high-level skills, experience and knowledge in relation to extensive educational knowledge consistent with the functions of the VCAA and educational leadership and management skills.

It is highly desirable the successful applicant has excellent governance knowledge and the ability to implement and comply with public sector governance policy and applicable legislation, facilitate governance processes and ensure regulatory compliance. Planning and strategic thinking, relationship building, risk, finance and audit knowledge would also be highly regarded.

What you need to apply

You will need to provide:

  • your CV
  • a statement of claims against the key selection criteria.

Applications close 24 May 2023

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