About the team
The Learning Programs team delivers a suite of targeted programs that provide science engagement experiences for diverse audiences— incorporating early childhood, primary and secondary school students, families, and adults—through facilitated experiences, theatrical performances, and structured workshops.
Our ideal candidate
You will work collaboratively as part of the Learning Programs team. You will demonstrate good communication skills and contribute to a productive workplace. You will work with your team to deliver an excellent outcome for Questacon, our staff, visitors, stakeholders and supporters. Our ideal candidate will:
- have demonstrated experience delivering facilitated activities, theatrical performances, and structured workshops—or other related methods of program delivery—to a variety of audiences
- be able to work proactively as an individual and collaboratively as a member of a team
- communicate effectively and build productive working relationships
- work positively and productively in a changing work environment and under pressure
- identify and mitigate risks that will impact on own and team work outcomes
- contribute new ideas and maximise the benefits of change, including the identification of opportunities to improve the efficiency of business processes.
Working consistently with the expectations for an APS Level 4 in the APS Work Level Standards, the Learning Programs Officer is responsible for:
- high quality delivery of a number of programs for a variety of audiences
- assisting with the development, testing and evaluation of new content, activities and delivery methods
- assisting in the mentoring and support of other Learning Programs presenters through peer training, role modelling, and being an exemplar of program delivery
- providing open communication to all team members, including giving and receiving feedback and effectively contributing as part of a team
- adhering to policies and procedures and undertake regular in-house training to ensure both the ongoing safety and high quality of programs
- carrying out other activities as required in support of Questacon’s programs
- working within Australian Government guidelines (e.g. Workplace Health and Safety, APS Values and Code of Conduct).
What you will do
You will be employed as a member of the Australian Public Service as an employee of the Questacon Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
The role is Full Time or Part Time Ongoing and you will work within the scope of the Department’s Enterprise Agreement and other policies. Outside of the usual pattern of work, this role will require some after-hours or weekend work, and may involve some interstate and international travel as required. A merit pool from this recruitment will be established to fill 3 current non-ongoing vacancies within the Learning Programs Team and may be used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS4 vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.
The role is based across Questacon’s two Canberra facilities in the National Science and Technology Centre and The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre. You may be directed to work from one or both of those facilities subject to operational requirements.
To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.
How to apply
Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.
You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide a one page pitch (750 word maximum) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position.
You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)
For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Shannon Cook via Shannon.email@example.com , or on 6270 2899
Questacon in Context
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre is a division of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Our Vision is ‘a better future for all Australians through engagement with science, technology and innovation’. We deliver on that vision through our Mission ‘to excite and motivate people through inspiration learning experiences’. Science Communication is at the heart of what we do.
We have Five Strategic Priorities:
- Operate Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre across two facilities to deliver hands on science engagement.
- Deliver on our National Presence Strategy and engagement role to build STEM capacity.
- Facilitate community STEM engagement through national networks and flagship activities.
- Provide leadership in Australia’s informal learning sector of science centres and museums and actively contribute to the work of the National Cultural Institutions.
- Focus on remaining a high performing organisation through our passionate, creative and imaginative people.
As an employee of Questacon your manager, peers and team members are all jointly responsible for helping us to meet those priorities and make Questacon an amazing place to work.
Learn more about the department
The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.
The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.
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