Education Officer – GTAC Job at Schools (Government) – Melbourne VIC

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 28/01/2022 – 26/01/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1255946

Selection Criteria


SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of STEM curriculum in the life sciences, including the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated experience in responding to student learning needs.

SC2 Demonstrated experience in planning for and implementing high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluating the impact of learning and teaching programs on students learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated experience in monitoring and assessing student learning. Demonstrated experience in using data to inform teaching practice and providing feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with students, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated experience in reflecting upon practice and engaging in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

SC6 Demonstrated capacity to implement innovative, high quality science outreach programs that engage a wide range of community, academic and industry stakeholders.


The classroom teacher classification comprises two salary ranges- range 1 and range 2. The primary focus of the classroom teacher is on the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. The classroom teacher engages in critical reflection and inquiry in order to improve knowledge and skills to effectively engage students and improve their learning.

As the classroom teacher gains experience his or her contribution to the school program beyond the classroom increases. All classroom teachers may be required to undertake other duties in addition to their rostered teaching duties provided the responsibility is appropriate to the salary range, qualifications, training and experience of the teacher.

Classroom teacher Range 2

Range 2 classroom teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities.

A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of staff within their school about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.

Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:

  • Have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
  • Model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
  • Provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervise and train one or more student teachers
  • Assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.

Classroom teacher Range 1

The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs. Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.

At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities.

The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice. New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.

Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.

Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.


At GTAC our Education Officers collaborate and share expertise to implement high impact STEM programs. We are looking for an innovative thinker with excellent interpersonal and communication skills who thrives in an energetic and collaborative atmosphere with a growth mindset.

Specific duties and responsibilities include and are not limited to:

GTAC Teaching Class Education Officers contribute to the achievement of key performance indicators and strategic goals of GTAC through:

Leading and collaborating on the design, development, delivery and evaluation of face-to-face programs, STEM outreach packages, and virtual education programs for students and teachers that align with the Principles of STEM Centre Program Design

Leading and collaborating on the development of resources (including online and print media) that showcase innovations in STEM

Providing expertise in STEM to showcase contemporary Life Sciences skills and careers for primary and secondary students and teachers

Identifying emerging STEM technologies and practices to grow GTAC capabilities and programs

Participating in the GTAC Professional Learning Community for continuous improvement of learning outcomes for Victorian students

Pursuing and providing training in the use of current and emerging STEM technologies

Pursuing and providing professional learning in STEM education in the life sciences

Pursuing professional learning in high impact teaching practices and in leading teams

Supporting the GTAC Laboratory Manager to prepare programs for delivery

Collaborating with scientists and education experts from external organisations for the benefit of the Centre and its programs

Promoting the innovations emerging from the Centre, including to Centre visitors and at meetings and conferences, and through preparing reports and funding submissions as required

Evaluating and reporting on GTAC programs and initiatives

Supporting the development and ongoing training of GTAC education and laboratory staff including casual, volunteer and internship employees

Assisting in bookings and administration procedures to streamline the program delivery process at GTAC

Who May Apply

Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

Please ensure that your application includes:
a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)

a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section

names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.

A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.

Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department’s Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Conditions of Employment

All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.

A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.

Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department’s Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

Location Profile

The University High School is constantly evolving, valuing rich traditions of the past whist embracing the challenges of the future. A dynamic school community, active partnerships between staff, students, parents and the broader community enhance student learning and opportunities. The school focuses on developing individual worth and achievement, the comprehensive wellbeing of the whole person and the pursuit of excellence.

The University High School first opened in 1910 as a select entry school for Years 9-12. Today the school caters for 1,652 students from Years 7-12, most of who reside in the local area. A proportion of students come from further afield to participate in specialised programs including music, the sciences and gifted education. The school population is broad and students come from a range of socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In recognition of this, the University High School has genuine commitment to nurturing this diversity whilst creating equity of opportunity.

The school’s values have been developed over many years and they are the foundation for the decision-making within the school:

Individuality: A focus on individuality, self-worth, achievement and the comprehensive wellbeing of the whole person.

Diversity: Valuing a range of people in the community and building a wide range of partnerships that broaden and enrich the skills and knowledge of all students.

Excellence: The pursuit of excellence in both teaching and learning, fostered through supportive programs and well-defined practices to enhance student learning.

GTAC – The Gene Technology Access Centre is one of six science and mathematics specialist centres operated by the Department of Education and Training in Victoria. It is located at The University High School in Parkville.

GTAC’s focus is to inspire Victorian students in STEM studies and STEM careers of the future. Our programs immerse Victorian students and teachers in an exploration of the life sciences – through applying cutting edge technologies guided by practicing scientists. GTAC is a state wide educational resource accessed by over 14,000 primary and secondary students and their teachers annually.

We have an equity focus and innovate to provide programs to support metropolitan disadvantaged and rural government students. There are two modes of delivery for GTAC programs, onsite visits to our award winning facility and outreach programs including incursions, video-conferencing, STEM resource bundles, and online courses and resources. All GTAC programs align with the Victorian curriculum (F-10 and VCE).

We have a highly motivated team of 10 individuals; Director, Deputy Director, 5 Education Officers, Laboratory Manager, IT Manager and Administration Officer. This is complemented by casual employment of 60 postgraduate students who assume the role of GTAC Scientist Mentors.

GTAC differs from the usual school environment as we have teachers and students book into our programs from across the state. Every day new groups of students and teachers arrive at GTAC and are excited at the opportunity to use research grade technologies guided by scientist mentors. We are very proud of our reputation as leaders in life science education. Our partnerships and collaborations with STEM and education industries provides a stimulating environment that encourages innovation and growth. The GTAC motto is: Learning by Immersion, Inspired by Life.

Other Information

Primary or Secondary trained teachers may apply. Tertiary qualifications in a STEM-related discipline are required. Experience teaching science, mathematics, digital technologies and/or design technologies is desirable.

Applications are to be registered on-line with the Department of Education & Training. Applications are required to list three referees including full contact details.

For more information contact the GTAC Director, Jacinta Duncan, at [email protected] Intending applicants should note that this position requires travel outside Melbourne for up to one week during the year.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

About the Company

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