Industrial Officer: Organiser – School leaders

(This position will commence on 28 April 2020 and conclude on 27 April 2024)

Our organisation

The State School Teachers’ Union of W.A. (Inc.) (SSTUWA) represents state school teachers and TAFE lecturers across W.A. It is one of the largest trade unions in Western Australia with over 17,000 members, to whom it provides a wide range of both industrial and professional services and representation.

The SSTUWA is the public education union of WA. Organisational fit is crucial. The ability to exercise high levels of tact and discretion in a professionally and personally challenging environment, while simultaneously meeting demanding schedules and workloads, is essential.

The SSTUWA Plan 2020 objectives are:

• Protecting and improving our industrial and professional rights.
• Promoting high quality public education for all.
• Ensuring the current and long term interests of our members are at the centre of everything we do.

Key functions

• Organising school leader members in the schools sector to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of their union’s processes.
• The recruitment and retention of school leaders to the SSTUWA.

Key responsibilities

• Recruits and retains school leaders as members of the union.
• Provides advice and assistance to members on issues related to their employment, both industrial and professional.
• Assists school leaders to organise on particular issues.
• Facilitates meetings of the School Leaders’ Reference Group and School Leaders’ Committee.
• Review and implement a detailed strategic plan for school leaders which incorporates mapping of the school leaders workforce. Identifying union members in various segments of the union (secondary, primary, ed support, rural, remote etc) and supports recruitment and retention of school leaders.
• In consultation with the president/senior vice president establish objectives each year which include recruitment targets, prioritisation of duties/activities, identification of appropriate professional development, issues/problems and possible response solutions in the context of the SSTUWA strategic plan.
• Develop, in consultation with the schools, organisers, Growth Team coordinator and the general secretary, a network of school leaders in worksites to engage them in membership recruitment.
• Operate as the key contact person in the union on matters pertaining to school leaders.
• Maintain sound communication links with school leader members at their workplaces.
• Provide strategic campaign advice to Executive and senior officers.
• Travel throughout WA is a requirement in this role.
• Undertake duties as required by the general secretary.


(a) Full time (75 hours per fortnight) fixed term contract and will conclude on 27 April 2024
(b) Salary is negotiable within the School Administrators’ range in the General Agreement 2017
(c) Conditions as per the Officers of the State School Teachers’ Union of W.A. (Incorporated) Conditions of Employment Agreement 2018

Selection criteria


The successful applicant will demonstrate:

(a) An active commitment to trade unions and evidence of engagement in union structures, forums and activities.
(b) Substantive experience as a school leader within the WA system.
(c) The capacity to work effectively in a team including taking a leadership role.
(d) The ability to engage effectively in strategic planning, including the implementation and review of plans.
(e) An understanding of the key industrial and professional issues facing public schools at the present time.
(f) A high level of verbal and written communication skills.
(g) A sound level of ICT competence.
(h) A current valid WA C-class driver’s licence.


(a) Understanding of legislation, awards and agreements under which SSTUWA members are employed.
(b) A knowledge of the state and federal industrial relations systems and/or tertiary qualifications in education labour studies or related fields.
(c) A capacity to deliver training and professional development in schools and colleges.


In making application for the position of organiser, school leaders please:

• Address the selection criteria
• Keep the application to a maximum of three (3) pages
• Submit a CV/Resume
• Closing date for applications is 28 February 2020

Applications should be addressed to: The Chairperson, Appointments Committee, c/o

Further enquiries

For further information regarding this position, please contact Mary Franklyn, General Secretary, SSTUWA at

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