Job Contact

  • Name Neville Atkinson
  • Position Executive Manager Programs and Policy
  • Email
  • Phone (03) 9481 0800

Early Years and Schools Programs Manager (Full Time)


  • Newly created role
  • Full time, 12 months fixed term (may be extended subject to funding)
  • $80,000 + super + car (Salary packaging available)
  • Note: Position is located at 144 Westbourne Grove, Northcote, Victoria. During COVID-19 restrictions the successful applicant will be required to work from home.


The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) is a state-wide community-based organisation representing Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Groups (LAECGs), across eight regions in Victoria. We aim to increase access, participation and positive outcomes for Koorie people in education, training and employment.

In 2016 the Victorian Government together with VAEAI launched the Marrung – Aboriginal Education Plan 2016 – 2026 to improve early childhood, school education, and higher education and training outcomes for Koorie people in Victoria.

Marrung sets out the blueprint for Koorie learners across the life course from early childhood through to schools, and vocational education and training and higher education. VAEAI, is the principal partner to the Victorian Department of Education and Training, participating in the co-design and supporting the implementation of Marrung.

The Manager, Early Years and Schools is a newly created position in VAEAI. The Manager is responsible for contributing to the ongoing development and monitoring of the implementation and outcomes of State and Commonwealth government strategies and programs in Early Years and School Education as they relate to Koorie learners and families. Reporting to the Executive Manager, Policy and Programs and leading a team of experts in Koorie participation and outcomes in early years and school education, you will play a critical role in ensuring alignment of VAEAI efforts with VAEAI’s goals and the priorities of the Marrung Education Plan.

You will have an in-depth knowledge of policies, strategies and priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and the key issues which impact Koorie participation and outcomes. Committed to making a difference Koorie education, you will have demonstrated skills in strategic leadership and change management as well as experience in program management, including planning, implementation, monitoring/ reporting and review. You will also need exceptional skills in communicating and managing relationships with stakeholders including funding bodies, policy makers, LAECGs and the Koorie community.


You can find a copy of the position description on VAEAI’s website

For more information about the position please call Neville Atkinson, Executive Manager Programs and Policy on (03) 9481 0800.

Applications close on Monday, 30th November 2020. Please ensure your application addresses the selection criteria and includes an up to date resume. All applications should be sent via email to [email protected] .

Please Note: The position is located at 144 Westbourne Grove, Northcote, Victoria. During COVID-19 restrictions the successful applicant will be required to work from home.

The successful applicant is expected to obtain and maintain a Working With Children Check.

In line with special measure provisions in Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010) VAEAI will only be accepting applications for this position from people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

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Job Details

  • Role Category
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Salary $80,000 - $80,000
  • Location Melbourne
  • Job Posted 22/10/2020
  • Application Close 30/11/2020
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