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Senior Educator - Engineering and Maritime

South West Institute of TAFE - Portland, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training
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  • Join the 2020 National winner of the best Large training provider of the year
  • An exciting career opportunity awaits in Portland
  • Multi-faceted role
Who is South West TAFE?
South West TAFE is a world-class educator in an idyllic regional setting at the heart of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region.

As the number 1 education and training provider in not only south-west Victoria, but all of Australia, SWTAFE offers practical and inspiring teaching that prepares students for in-demand jobs now and into the future.

Our focus is on delivering courses that give our graduates the skills they need to thrive in their chosen careers.

We offer over 150 nationally-recognised qualifications and short courses, and all are delivered by people with practical experience and backed by strong industry connections.

Our delivery is flexible, modern and designed to meet the requirements of the workplace, giving students the best skills to succeed.

South West TAFE’s campuses are located in Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland and Colac with training facilities also located at Glenormiston and Sherwood Park (Deakin Warrnambool).

Position overview/your opportunity
  • Full-time 38 hours per week, fixed-term contract ending 23/12/2022
  • Portland Campus
  • Australia’s leading training organisation
The position is responsible for encouraging educational excellence in the development and delivery of programs and educational services across the Division’s teaching areas. The role is responsible for a number of courses and programs including pre-apprenticeship, Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS), apprenticeship and post trade programs for the engineering sector.

As an integral part of the operations of the Division, the Senior Educator will be based out of the SW TAFE’s Portland campus and may have a teaching allocation requiring teaching knowledge and expertise in at least one of the Division’s specialist teaching areas.

Key Responsibilities
Key Responsibilities for this position may include, but are not limited to:
  • The Senior Educator is a highly skilled educational leader with acknowledged excellence in academic leadership and a demonstrated ability to continue to develop the educational areas of responsibility
  • Displays significant initiative, sound judgment and reliable leadership at all times in carrying out the requirements of the position
  • Provides a high level of accountability in the achievement of SWTAFE educational and business objectives as they relate to the Division’s operations
  • Demonstrates a high level of theoretical, educational and operational knowledge in all professional interactions both within, and external to SWTAFE
  • Clearly defines role expectations, monitors performance, provides timely and constructive feedback and facilitates student development
  • Requires the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information, as well as the ability to use initiative to identify appropriate and relevant solutions to identified issues
  • Effectively manage the human resource management and supervision of staff to lead, motivate and monitor staff, including the conduct of performance management reviews, and professional development, to ensure optimum performance within a team environment
  • Utilises a professional body of knowledge to determine strategies and programs to facilitate the delivery of superior programs and services to client groups
  • Competently utilise a variety of systems processes and sources to gather information to gain deeper understanding of the industry (as relevant to area of role)
  • Develops and manages complex budgets and negotiates for resources annually
  • Provide authoritative leadership, motivation and mentoring to a team of teaching and support staff across the full range of the specified teaching and program areas
  • With the Manager, assume responsibility for the achievement of the business objectives as identified in the SWTAFE strategy

Mandatory requirements
  • An approved degree, advanced diploma or diploma, certificate or approved equivalent qualifications with industry experience and the ability to demonstrate currency in the vocational workplace competencies and verification of management experience
  • An approved course of teacher training accredited at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 6 or above that clearly evidences:
    • o Studies in adult learning methodology
    • o Studies in teaching in a Vocational Education environment
    • o Studies in Applied Research (linked to the Boyer framework of scholarship)
    • o 200 hours of supervised practicum
and with a minimum 4 years teaching experience and a minimum 2 years relevant vocational experience
  • An AQF4 vocational teaching qualification Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
  • Employee Victorian Working with Children and satisfactory Police Check
Highly desirable requirements
  • Relevant management qualification or commitment to undertake a qualification in management and leadership
  • Post graduate qualifications in Adult Education
Substantial experience using Microsoft Office products and relevant industry software and programs

We strive to be recognised as an employer of choice by providing staff with excellent working conditions and the opportunity for exciting career, personal and professional development opportunities including:
  • Competitive salaries
  • Community focused employer
  • Extensive Staff Development
  • Manager and Leadership Development
  • Staff health & wellbeing programs
  • Staff discount program (Shop'n Save) & social club
  • Convenient campus locations
For further information please contact Chris Lawlor, Manager - Building, Construction & Smart Technologies on 03 5564 8514

Applications close: Sunday, 14 March 2021

How to apply
If this role resonates with you and you have the necessary skills and experience, then we would like to hear from you.

To apply for the role, please click ‘Apply for this job’ and provide a copy of your cover letter containing your responses to the key selection criteria as outlined within the position description along with you current resume.

A full position description is available from our Careers at SWTAFE webpage.

South West TAFE is an equal opportunity employer; fostering a fair, safe and inclusive environment, embracing all forms of diversity.
We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Portland, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training


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