First listed on: 03 June 2023

Partnership Support Officer, STEM Professionals in Schools


Acknowledgement of Country

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Child Safety

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The Opportunity

STEM Professionals in Schools is a national volunteer program that facilitates flexible, ongoing partnerships between schools and industry, between professionals and teachers, to bring real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) into the classroom.

We individually match teachers and STEM professionals so they can work together to increase teachers' and students' STEM skills, knowledge and confidence through a range of activities. 

We are seeking a dynamic, motivated individual with strong interpersonal, administrative, problem solving, and communication skills for the role of STEM Professionals in Schools Project Officer (National).

The role is part of a small team, delivering the successful STEM Professionals in Schools program nationally.  This program creates and supports partnerships between volunteer teachers and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) professionals. There will be a focus on supporting participation in the program in rural and regional areas and for underrepresented groups in STEM.

As the STEM Professionals in Schools Project Officer (National), you will assess and manage applications to the program and then create and support partnerships between teachers and STEM professionals nationally. In supporting partnerships, you will provide advice to promote their success and longevity. This will primarily be through online support and delivery.

Please note, this is a specified term position to 15th of December 2023, and is a part-time opportunity open for considering applicants with working preferences between 0.4 and 0.8FTE.

Your duties will include:

  • Assessing and managing applications to the STEM Professionals in Schools program.
  • Creating partnerships between teachers and STEM professionals.
  • Initiating and maintaining contact with program participants.
  • Providing advice and support for partnerships, through online workshops, webinars and professional learning sessions.  
  • Providing personalised communication and tailored support for partnerships with a focus on maintaining their participation and engagement.
  • Participating in regular team meetings.
  • Contributing to a high-performance culture with the STEM Professionals in Schools team that leads to continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business unit and across CSIRO, to reach objectives.
  • Generating improved solutions in work situations, trying creative ways to deal with problems and opportunities.

Location: Negotiable, open to candidates applying Australia-wide
Salary: AU$68,148 - $86,733 + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term to 15 December, 2023
Reference: 92995

To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant experience in customer service, program coordination, or administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to grow and develop professional partnerships.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to establish and maintain strong and productive relationships with stakeholders, colleagues, and supervisors. 
  • Demonstrated history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.
  • Proficient with technology including CRM, MS office suite, and reporting systems.


  • Experience teaching STEM subjects, or working with STEM professionals and teachers, and an understanding of the current issues facing school STEM education.
  • An understanding of the Australian Curriculum for Science and/or Mathematics and/or Digital Technologies.
  • Demonstrated history of championing and supporting growth in participation of groups currently underrepresented in STEM.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check, a valid Working with Children Check or equivalent or the willingness and ability to gain one, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

29 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed. Please consider applying as soon as possible. 

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