PETAA is seeking a Professional Learning Officer (NSW)

  Applications close Friday 5th 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 Professional Learning Officer role

We are looking for a Professional Learning Officer to join our small team based in Newtown, NSW. This is a full time role, ideal for someone with a primary teaching background and a passion for teaching English who is looking for a change of direction within a dynamic and busy educational association.

  • You will be responsible for working alongside the Professional Learning Manager to assist planning, organising and administration of face to face and online events including PETAA’s annual conference.
  • You will work closely with our Literacy Leader and Events Assistant.
  • The PETAA staff are team-oriented, passionate about our sector and member-focused. The Professional Learning Officer is expected to play an active role supporting the full PETAA team to fulfil the smooth, day-to-day functioning of PETAA service delivery.
  • The Professional Learning Officer is an important part of the whole-team approach to servicing and supporting our membership base and providing high quality professional learning experiences to primary school teachers across Australia.

 Key Responsibilities 

  • Work closely with the Head of Professional Learning and Events Assistant, to source presenters and plan, set up and administer professional learning courses, conferences and events (both online and face to face).
  • Organise and maintain course content for our online courses, working closely with presenters to ensure the content remains current and in line with the Australian Curriculum.
  • Respond professionally to phone and email inquiries regarding teacher Professional Learning and events from prospective members, members and other industry bodies
  • Work with the Events Assistant to coordinate Professional Learning events, including but not limited to: presenter liaison, venue selection, and communication with event attendees.
  • Assist with accreditation applications to NESA for endorsed course status. 
  • Monitor registration for events
  • Assist with the accurate maintenance of records, accreditation documentation and effective reporting as required.
  • Would occasionally have the opportunity to create teacher resources, such as teaching units. 

 The Professional Learning Officer is a person who:  

  • Is committed to strong English and literacy education for all primary school students.
  • Is eager to support and strengthen professional learning for primary teachers.
  • Has sound understanding of evidence-based pedagogies underpinning modern primary literacy education across the learning areas in the Australian classroom. 
  • Is required to be multi-skilled in working in a small team while proactively supporting and providing relevant services to maintain the efficient operation of PETAA’s business.
  • Is well organised and has excellent time management skills.
  • Has excellent attention to detail.  
  • Ensures clear communication with both internal team members and external clients including members, teachers, school executives and presenters.
  • Will embrace new challenges with enthusiasm.    

Required experience and skills

  • 2-5 years teaching experience in the primary sector.
  • A demonstrable passion for and knowledge of primary English and literacy education. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work proactively and effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Computer literate and confident communicating on the telephone and in person.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Some knowledge of the Australian Curriculum: English as well as various state/territory syllabus documents.


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.