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Assessment Manager (multiple roles)

Position Title: Assessment Manager (multiple roles)
Group/Team: Assessment and Investigations Group (AIG) or Assurance Group (AG)
Employment Type: Ongoing, full-Time or part-time
Salary Range: $73,480 to $78,556 pa, plus 15.4% Superannuation
Classification: APS Level 5
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Assistant Director, AIG or AG
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 26 November 2018

Applications must include the following cover sheet: TEQSA job application cover sheet [DOCX 1MB]

Overview

The Assessment and Investigations Group and the Assurance Group are the two Provider Assessment groups within TEQSA, responsible for delivering TEQSA’s core business of undertaking regulatory assessments under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act). This includes the assessment of applications for (re)registration and (re)accreditation against the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework). The groups have responsibility for the active case management of registered higher education providers covering all aspects of regulation and quality assurance, and the relationship management of providers.

The Position

The Assessment Manager is responsible for the detailed assessment of applications involving higher education providers, including course accreditations. The position involves direct participation in regulatory processes, undertaking analysis of and making expert judgments on evidence and material submitted to TEQSA by providers or material gathered from other sources.

The Assessment Manager will analyse the applications received from providers against standards and other legislative requirements, using established agency assessment and decision-making practices. The successful candidate will be required to apply expert judgment based on evidence and analysis of material submitted, in consultation with the Assistant Director, as appropriate. 

This position may involve interstate travel.

Position Duties

  • Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, undertake risk-based assessments of applications, reviewing and analysing evidence submitted by providers and derived from other sources, interpreting legislation, and applying sound judgment to prepare well-argued recommendations for consideration by decision-makers.
  • Apply work knowledge, including knowledge of precedents, relevant legislation, standards, policy, procedures and guidelines to assessments involving complexity and sensitivity and requiring considerable interpretation and analysis.
  • Respond to provider requests and questions, providing advice as appropriate, and build professional relationships with them, and liaise with external experts.
  • Monitor the operations of higher education providers and manage enquiries from, and provide advice to, providers and new applicants on regulatory issues.
  • Understand processes, informing clients and stakeholders of processes and procedures, typically under guidance from the Assistant Director.
  • Undertake a range of assessment-related and administrative activities in support of the team including data entry, management of CRICOS matters and procurement.
  • Contribute to the quantitative and qualitative risk assessment for providers. 
  • Other duties as required.

Selection Criteria

Please note that your responses to the selection criteria should be brief and not exceed 200 words per criteria.

  1. Knowledge of, or an ability to develop an understanding of, legislative and policy frameworks, government decision-making processes and agency guidelines and regulations. (i.e the TEQSA Act, the HES Framework, etc.)
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft high quality, concise reports and briefs, and the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  3. Previous experience in a government regulatory agency/body, preferably undertaking assessments of cases under a legal/standards-based framework would be beneficial.
  4. Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage competing deadlines, whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail in the delivery of reports and projects.
  5. Demonstrated ability to be proactive and work independently, making decisions and exercising judgement within defined parameters under general direction, when required.
  6. Strong IT skills, particularly with the MS Office suite of applications.

Qualifications

A relevant tertiary qualification(s) and experience in the Australian higher education sector is preferred.

Eligibility

The successful applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or, subject to approval of the agency head, hold the necessary visa and work permits appropriate to the employment
  • satisfactorily complete a National Police Check
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security clearance to Baseline or Negative Vetting Level 1 status, as required.

Failure to satisfy any of these conditions may result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment or termination of employment.

TEQSA supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. In particular, applications are encouraged from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people with cultural and linguistic diversity.

About TEQSA

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA was established on 29 January 2012 under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

TEQSA’s role is to ensure that quality standards are being met by all higher education providers so that the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector are promoted and protected. TESQA takes a risk-based approach to planning and implementing its assessments of provider compliance with these standards.

All providers of higher education – universities and non-universities alike – that offer higher education qualifications in or from Australia, must be registered by TEQSA. Providers that do not have self-accrediting authority, which is virtually all of the non-university providers at present, must also, have their courses of study accredited by TEQSA.

TEQSA’s purpose

To protect student interests and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector through a proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.

Further information about TEQSA can be found at our What we do page.

How to Apply

Applicants need to refer to our Careers page.

You should include the following in your application:

  • TEQSA job application cover sheet
  • your responses to the selection criteria (maximum of 200 words per criterion)
  • a current resume.  

Completed applications are to be submitted to recruitment [at] teqsa.gov.au

For assistance addressing the selection criteria, you may wish to refer to ‘Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service’.