Roles and responsibilities
Competition for positions as education managers is strong, and many positions would be awarded internally within departments. Prospects for employment are enhanced by obtaining higher in-service qualifications, and also by applying for positions outside of metropolitan areas.
Many positions as education managers are available on short- or medium-term contracts for education department staff, after which they would be seconded back to teaching roles.
An education manager may perform the following tasks:
- provide educational leadership to teachers, principals and administrative officials of education institutions in the development and coordination of educational programs
- oversee educational research aimed at providing new directions for the educational system
- represent the organisation on committees to identify present and future needs within the educational system
- plan, develop and modify facilities and programs
- manage the evaluation of new approaches
- develop new courses
- organise and conduct workshops and conferences to train teachers in new programs and methods
- apply for and manage funding for new educational programs
- manage processes to do with school reviews, teacher assessment and education planning in primary and secondary schools
- prepare or oversee the preparation of reports and information papers
- manage the provision of education in rural or remote areas, or within specific institutions.