PETAA is seeking an Events Assistant (NSW)

 Applications close Friday 26th August!

About the team

The Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) is a national, not for profit association that supports primary school educators in the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the curriculum. We are a dynamic, innovative and ambitious organisation, and we are seeking to expand our professional learning team. 

PETAA has been a leader in the field of teacher professional development, and as we reach our 50th year, we are excited to continue our track record in delivering high quality courses, conferences and events as part as our efforts to support teachers across the country. 

About the role

We are looking for an engaging, organised and detail-oriented Events Officer who will play a critical part in implementing all PETAA events. A problem solver with a head for planning, you will ensure that the events we deliver run smoothly.  This full-time role, which will be based in our office in Newtown NSW, is ideal for someone who is proactive and driven and looking to start out their career in events, customer service and administration. You will be mentored and supported by experienced team members as you rapidly learn new skills and systems, whilst encouraged to work autonomously.

You will report to PETAA’s Professional Learning Manager, joining a three-person team as the point person for events administration: logistics, booking, record-keeping, and coordinating contracts. Your team members will research course content and connect with expert speakers, and will help ensure the events meet teacher standards. Together, you will produce events that give educators a perfect environment for gaining the skills and confidence they need to create positive outcomes for students. 

 A Day in the Life

Your responsibilities could include the following on any given day (other duties may be assigned): 

  • Coordinate Professional Learning events, including but not limited to travel arrangements, catering, venue facilities, name badges, photocopying, dispatch of course materials and communication with event attendees
  • Respond promptly and professionally to phone and email inquiries regarding events from prospective members, members, and the general public and other industry bodies
  • Keep clear and diligent records reporting on event attendance, logistics, and registration trends
  • Manage and enrol attendees for professional learning courses, conferences and events, both online and face to face
  • Complete administration tasks around event participation and accreditation where appropriate
  • Carry out office administration and support for the PETAA team where required 

 Why you'll love this role:  

  • You’ll know you are making a difference in the lives of teachers: we take pride in producing high-quality professional development experiences. Educator feedback frequently comes back as 100% positive
  • Satisfy your desire for variety with this hands-on role across all aspects of events
  • You’ll receive the opportunity to follow your strengths and develop your areas of interest while learning from experienced professionals in the not for profit sector.
  • Become part of a collaborative, energetic and purpose-driven team who brainstorms together, celebrates wins, and always strives to innovate in service of teachers.

Essential skills

  • A diploma or advanced certification in Events Management, Administration or Communications would be well regarded
  •  Ability to work proactively and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Computer literate and confident on the telephone
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience (whether through part-time work, full-time work or an internship) of working in customer service would be highly regarded.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.   


Application Process

  • Candidates should send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] outlining their suitability for the role and reasons behind applying. 
  • The cover letter should consist of no more than 1000 words, and specifically address the required experience and skills, as well as any relevant commentary on the key responsibilities of the role.
  • Your application should include 2 references with contact details. These references would not be contacted before a second interview.