Employment Opportunities

Gowrie SA is a community-based organisation leading the development of innovative and responsive services for children and families. Founded on a rich history of children’s rights to quality education and care, our programs today are focused on a vision that holds the rights, wellbeing and learning of children, families and educators at its heart.

We offer unique, relationship based programs which allow time for each child and their family to develop rich connections with their primary educators. Within our infant-toddler (0-3 years) and kindergarten (3-5 years) program, educators use these connections to enrich learning experiences that stimulate children’s curiosity, wonder and learning. Our spacious natural gardens support all children to explore their world freely and feel accepted and respected culturally, intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Gowrie SA focuses on community, social justice and the capacities of each child to inform their programs.

We are committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The rights, wellbeing and learning of children, families and educators are at the heart of our vision for early childhood. Gowrie SA prioritises cultural learning and reconciliation in our community with the belief that children’s voices will shape future generations. As part of Gowrie SA’s Reconciliation Action Plan, we warmly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply. Applications from Kaurna people will be highly regarded and prioritised.

We also encourage culturally diverse applicants and those from diverse backgrounds.

We offer fully funded leadership and professional learning opportunities, both internally and externally, to support our educators in their ongoing learning, which assists professional growth and career development. We offer additional leave, above Award salaries, a professional career path and a supportive working environment. We have lovely modern facilities which are fit for purpose, and our programs are located in an area rich with trees and plants.

Gowrie SA is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity; with all employment decisions being based on an applicant’s ability to undertake their desired role. Considerations are made to ensure employees succeed in fulfilling their position requirements.

Gowrie SA is committed to creating a child safe environment where all children feel valued and safe. We have zero tolerance for child abuse. Our robust human resources, recruitment and vetting practices are strictly adhered to during the application and interviewing process. Applicants should be aware that we carry out DHS Working with Children Checks and reference checks (as we see fit), as well as careful examination of employment history, to ensure that we are recruiting the right people for our organisation. All staff are aware of Child Safe practices and alert leaders if they have any concerns.

Children's Programs

Team Leader (Full Time)

  • Are you passionate about pedagogy and curriculum in an integrated infant-toddler and/or kindergarten setting?
  • Do you value the professional benefits of working in a culturally diverse and inclusive environment?
  • Are you seeking a workplace that values you through above award salaries and conditions and supportive conditions?
  • Are you seeking a workplace that invests in your professional learning and development and allows space for growth, innovation and creative thinking?

Gowrie SA is seeking an experienced Team Leader to fulfil a full-time position.

To be successful in this role, you must:

  • Have the relevant qualifications (minimum Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care)
  • be able to demonstrate experience in educating in early childhood
  • have experience in educational leadership
  • be able to demonstrate a strong knowledge of the NQF and EYLF
  • be able to demonstrate strong knowledge of contemporary early childhood practices and pedagogy
  • have a systematic approach to improving practice and outcomes
  • understand the importance of working collaboratively with the Director to maintain high quality programs

Your passion for Reconciliation, sustainability, natural learning environments and the rights of children, will be highly regarded.

If this position sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, or if you want to be considered for future roles, send in your application to us.

For more information, please click here to view the job description.

To make the right move for your career, please email your cover letter, resume and work-related referees to recruit@gowriesa.org.au. We strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to support your application for the role.

Testimonial - ‘The culture is so supportive and comfortable. I appreciate how everyone supports each other and shares ideas. It feels nice to have be a part of a team where everyone is professional, kind and works together across the rooms. (Educator)

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Casual Relief Educators

Gowrie SA is seeking qualified and unqualified educators for casual relief work across all age groups.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • engaging in children’s play and learning
  • developing play environments under the direction of regular educators
  • engaging in children’s routines
  • maintaining a clean and hygienic environment
  • engagement in children’s meal times

If you are interested in joining our relief educator team, please send your resume (with your availability noted), certified copies of qualifications, RRHAN training certificate and your current not-prohibited Working With Children Check to recruit@gowriesa.org.au. Or call on 8352 5144 for further information.

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Inclusion Agency

Inclusion Professional

Gowrie SA has Australian Government funding to operate the state-wide Inclusion Agency in South Australia as part of the Inclusion Support Programme (ISP). The Gowrie SA Inclusion Agency is looking for a committed new colleague, working full time, based at our Thebarton site. The Inclusion Professional will work with early education and care services to provide advice and assistance to build service capacity for the inclusion of children and offers support in relation to specific children’s inclusion.

Job Tasks and Responsibilities

As a member of the Gowrie SA Inclusion Agency team you will work directly with services, stakeholders and other Inclusion Professionals to deliver inclusion support which is flexible and responsive to the needs of ELCC services, and educators across South Australian services.

Requirements/Selection Criteria
Qualifications (Essential):

  • Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent as a minimum; or
  • Qualifications in Early Childhood Teaching, or a related discipline in Allied Health or Disability also considered

Experience (Desirable):

  • Experience in a context working with and promoting the inclusion of children
  • Experience working with or in the early learning sector and participating in reflective dialogue that examines the impact of early childhood practice
  • Experience in a leadership role mentoring Educators

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of current inclusion principles and practices
  • Knowledge of the National Quality Framework, National Quality Standard and the Learning Frameworks (EYLF & MTOP)
  • Knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety principles and practices
  • Knowledge of Discrimination Laws
  • Maintain a high level of understanding and knowledge of current evidence-based education and care practices, including current and emerging practices
  • Consistently demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice of adult learning principles
  • Computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft Office and online systems such as Portals, Customer Relationship Management software and video conferencing

Other

The Inclusion Professional will be expected to spend significant amounts of time travelling within the metropolitan area and some rural services, working directly with services and facilitating staff meetings and Interest Hubs using principles of group learning.

The Inclusion Professional will have access to a laptop computer and a mobile phone will be provided for work purposes.

  • A current full driver’s license, will be required
  • A current DHS Working with Children Check, will be required
  • A current Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect (RRHAN) certificate

The job & person specification will need to be addressed in your application and can be obtained by viewing the J&P by clicking here.

The rights, wellbeing and learning of children, families and educators are at the heart of our vision for early childhood. Gowrie SA prioritises cultural learning and reconciliation in our community with the belief that children’s voices will shape future generations. As part of Gowrie SA’s Reconciliation Action Plan, we warmly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply. Applications from Kaurna people will be highly regarded and prioritised.

What’s in it for you? Gowrie SA offers above award salaries, a bonus day’s leave (birthday leave) every year, 50/50 work from home/office flexibility and all professional learning fully funded by Gowrie SA.

Applications which do not meet minimum criteria will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

To apply, please email your cover letter (addressing the job and person specification), resume and 2 current work-related referees, to Amy Arcangeli (HR Advisor) at recruit@gowriesa.org.au.

Testimonial – ‘Gowrie SA and the Inclusion Agency is a supportive workplace and has an encouraging collegial culture’ (Inclusion Professional, 2020)

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