Director - Planning and Demographic Analysis

$131,773 yearly
  • ACT Government - Department of Education
  • ACT, Australia
  • 26 Nov, 2021
Full time Education, Training, and Sports Executive and Management Strategy and Planning

Job Description

Full-time Permanent

Closes: 03 December 2021

Classification: Senior Officer Grade B
Salary: $131,773 - $148,344 plus superannuation
Position No: 46735
Directorate: Education
Advertised (Gazettal date): 26 November 2021
Contact Officer: VanessaS Attridge on or (02) 6205 3502

The Directorate is responsible for delivering educational services to empower each young person in the ACT to learn for life. The Directorate is responsible for the operation of the network of government schools across the ACT and for regulating non-government school and early childhood education providers. Further information about working in the ACT Public Service and the Education Directorate can be found at and

The ACT Government public school education system is growing at a rapid pace – more than 3 per cent per annum over the past several years. The Enrolments and Planning Branch is responsible for the Directorate’s approach to planning for this challenge. This includes:

  • planning for new schools and investment in infrastructure.
  • identifying and delivering school sites through the planning and development process.
  • managing enrolment policy.
  • setting policy around schools planning issues.
  • modelling student demand.

Work is underway to support the Education Directorate response to this rapid population and enrolment growth, focusing mainly on planning for the school infrastructure needs for the next decade and investments required in the coming years. A significant element of work will involve collaboration with other areas of the Directorate and other parts of the ACT government. The Branch takes a strategic, long-term approach to planning for schools infrastructure that considers demand management options and regional approaches to schools planning.

The Director is responsible for providing policy advice in relation to student enrolment demand projections, demand studies and corresponding school infrastructure planning in response to enrolment growth city planning and urban densification within Canberra. These responsibilities require significant liaison with the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) in relation to land release, the statutory planning environment, and the ongoing status of foreshadowed and approved development within established and new release areas of Canberra, The Director will contribute to the development of innovative options for new and/or expanded school infrastructure to respond to student demand growth, including preparation of budget business cases, feasibility and analysis to plan for new schools and future expansions. The Director will be required to contribute to the leadership and management of the broader team, including contributing to goal setting, project planning, ensuring delivery of quality outputs against the project plan, and management of junior staff as required. The Director will be working in an environment of change and must be capable of showing initiative and adaptability to changing directions. In addition to EPSDD the Director will be required to liaise with a range of ACT Government directorates as well as ACT Public schools regarding schools planning.

The ACT Public Service supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility/Other requirements: Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline e.g., urban planning, economics, education is desirable.

Notes: An order of merit will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future identical vacancies over the next 12 months. In accordance with the Public Health (ACT School or Early Childhood Education and Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021, all ACT Education Directorate employees working in the following education settings will be required to provide evidence of their ability to comply with the public health direction, including having received a current course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or holding an approved exemption (where applicable):

  • schools that cater for children under 12 (preschool to year 6 schools)
  • specialist schools
  • flexible learning programs, and
  • early childhood education and care services (including out of school hours care)
  • P-10 schools where they share a campus with those younger years.

High schools and colleges that do not share a campus with primary school students are not covered by the mandate.

How to Apply: Please provide a two-page pitch demonstrating your suitability for the role and responding to the Selection Criteria, along with your current curriculum vitae, listing two referees and their contact details.


  1. High level analytical skills, showing experience in analysis of quantitative and qualitative data as well as the ability to synthesise analysis into quality written work.
  2. The ability to provide strategic context regarding the physical, social and economic environment to shape innovative policy development and support school planning decisions.
  3. Leadership and management skills including the ability to manage a complex work program to deliver timely, quality outputs as well as participate as an effective team member and develop junior staff.
  4. Strong experience in effective collaboration and representation with influence with other government officials, school leadership teams and external stakeholders.
  5. Thorough knowledge of the processes of urban planning, development and demographics, as well as their relationships with student demand and school infrastructural capacity.
  6. Demonstrated practice of the ACT Public Service values of collaboration, respect, integrity and innovation.

Applications should be submitted via the Apply Now button below.

Job Closing Date

03 Dec, 2021