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The Australian Education Union represents and advocates for teachers, principals and education support staff working in public education in schools, early childhood, TAFE and adult education.

If you have a passion for public education, social justice and the union movement, then consider a career with the AEU.

We are an equal opportunity employer and highly encourage women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people and others who may face structural barriers in our society to apply.

We currently have three vacancies.

First Nations Organiser role

The union has a 0.8-time fraction ongoing position for a First Nations Organiser to work in the Recruitment Training and Campaigning unit (RTC) in the Melbourne office.

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The role of the RTC is to build AEU workplace strength by increasing membership levels and developing activism and involvement in the union.

The First Nations Organiser role is one of two created to support the implementation of key recommendations from the AEU First Nations Members Forum.

The First Nations Organisers are active in the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members in the union, facilitating the meetings of the First Nations Member Committee, and advocate about issues which affect First Nations members and students.

The First Nations Organiser will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members from all sectors of public education.  Central to the role is to build a network of First Nations members, to identify and develop activists, build union structures, recruit new members, and encourage involvement in union campaigns in order to implement the goals of the AEU articulated through the organisation’s Strategic Vision. They will also work across educational, professional, industrial, and political matters to promote the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in public education in all areas of Victoria.

The employment of the Organiser is up to a maximum of 0.8TE for this position. The actual time fraction of a successful applicant will be determined in consultation with the applicant through the interview and appointment process.

If a successful applicant is an employee of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, it is possible to apply for leave without pay and/or a temporary time fraction reduction to maintain their current employment. Similar arrangements may be available in other workplaces, including TAFEs and kindergartens. The union can assist a successful applicant to make such arrangements if needed.

The AEU offers flexible working arrangements and will discuss with applicants working arrangements that are suitable to them and the union.  This may include working remotely for part of the job. The Organiser role will require engagement with First Nations members across Victoria, with the allocation of work to be discussed with applicants upon appointment.

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

Applicants may choose to apply for the position in writing in a way that meets their needs. This extends to providing applicants with support to ensure there is an ability to understand and respond to the selection criteria. Applicants may choose to respond to each selection criteria separately or through a single statement which outlines how they meet the criteria.

The selection panel will include Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, with applicants able to discuss with the support person at the union the interview arrangements, including if the applicant wishes to attend the interview with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person of their choice.

Remuneration: Annual salary of $129,406 (full time). A car (inclusive of running costs), mobile telephone, and laptop device are also provided.             
Enquiries: Questions about this vacancy can be directed to Alinta Williams at [email protected] or Shannon Bourke at [email protected].              
Applications: Send to Sarah Kupsch, HR and Organisational Development Manager, AEU Victorian Branch, by email to [email protected] by 12 midday 20 March 2024.

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All applications must address the following selection criteria

  • Understanding of the issues that impact on the union’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. 
  • Demonstrated experience in working with First Nations peoples to build relationships and connections. 
  • Ability to show initiative and demonstrate high level organisational skills including being able to work to deadlines, prioritise work, and manage multiple matters concurrently. 
  • Ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships with key stakeholders including working as part of a team.
  • Sound verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including:
    • the ability to communicate with a diverse audiencet
    • he ability to communicate complex matters clearly, objectively, and calmly 
    • the ability to organise and recruit over the phone and in person 
    • the ability to write clear, accurate and concise documents. 
  • Commitment to unionism. Understanding of and commitment to public education. 
  • Current Victorian drivers license is desirable. Further support in obtaining this would be available.

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Organiser – Recruitment, Training and Campaigning 

The union has a full-time ongoing position for an Organiser to work in the Recruitment Training and Campaigning unit (RTC) in the Melbourne office.

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The role of the RTC is to build AEU workplace strength by increasing membership levels and developing activism and involvement in the union. The organisers work as part of a team to recruit new members, find and develop activists, build union structures, and encourage involvement in union campaigns. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people and others who may face structural barriers in our society to apply for this opportunity.

Remuneration: Annual salary of $129,406              
Enquiries:  Questions about this vacancy can be directed to Sarah Kupsch, HR & Organisational Development Manager, [email protected]               
Applications: Send to Sarah Kupsch, HR and Organisational Development Manager, AEU Victorian Branch, by email to [email protected] by midday, 8 March 2024

Download the position description here

All applications must address the following selection criteria

  • An understanding of organising theory, strategy and practice and application of the principles and techniques of organising.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct successful organising campaigns that build membership and sustainable union structures.
  • Ability to develop, implement and analyse organising plans.
  • Ability to provide advice, mentor, coach and develop AEU representatives and activists.
  • High level verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including:              
    o    the ability to communicate with a diverse audience              
    o    the ability to communicate complex matters clearly, objectively, and calmly               
    o    the ability to organise and recruit over the phone and in person              
    o    the ability to write clear, accurate and concise documents  
  • Ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships with key stakeholders including working as part of a team.
  • Ability to show initiative and demonstrate high level organisational skills including being able to work to deadlines, prioritise work, and manage multiple matters concurrently.
  • Understanding of gender, cultural and diversity issues that impact on the union’s membership.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications.
  • Demonstrated active commitment to unionism.
  • An understanding of and commitment to public education.
  • Current Victorian drivers license. 

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Industrial Officer 

The union is seeking an Industrial Officer in our Melbourne office. 

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The position is fixed term (2 years) and full time employee (1.0 FTE). The time-fraction of the position is flexible and part-time options are available for the right candidate. 

The Industrial officer will work with other industrial officers, the union’s leadership and staff to advance and protect members’ interests in State and Commonwealth courts and industrial tribunals. 

A current practising certificate is highly desirable. 

Remuneration: The full-time annual salary for this position is in the range $129,406 to $148,242 depending on skills and experience, plus 16.5% superannuation. Generous leave entitlements include six weeks’ annual leave and ten days’ time off in lieu per year.      
Enquiries: Questions about this vacancy can be directed to Michael McIver, Industrial Manager, on [email protected] .      
Applications: Send to Sarah Kupsch, HR and Organisational Development Manager, AEU Victorian Branch, by email to [email protected]  by midday 8 March, 2024 

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Applications will not be considered unless they address the following selection criteria 

Essential

  • Demonstrated commitment to unionism.
  • An understanding of and commitment to public education.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in advocacy and conducting industrial and employment litigation.
  • Capacity to contribute to strategic industrial policy development in the education industry.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and employment law, the operations of the Fair Work Commission, and the industrial jurisdiction of relevant courts.
  • Experience in enterprise bargaining, particularly in the public sector and in drafting enterprise agreements.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, preferably legal or industrial relations qualifications.
  • Understanding of gender and employment issues as they apply to a union in which the majority of members are women.
  • High level computer skills and knowledge including use of Word and Excel .

Highly desirable

  • Holds an unrestricted practising certificate.
  • Litigation experience in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in handling and resolving members’ workers compensation cases.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position.

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