Expressions of Interest are invited for membership on the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Publications Committee.

The ECA Publications Committee is a voluntary committee of early childhood professionals together with the ECA Publications Manager and CEO. The committee includes a member of the ECA Board of Directors, Publications Committee Chair, the Editor and Deputy Editor of Every Child and the Editor of the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC). The committee meets face–to-face in Canberra three times a year and communicates by email as needed.

ECA publications currently include AJEC (professional peer reviewed journal), Every Child (magazine for early childhood professionals), Research in Practice Series (for early childhood professionals) and Everyday Learning Series (for parents, students and early childhood professionals).

The role of the committee is to ensure that ECA publications (including on-sold publications):

  • are consistent with the aims and objects of the organisation
  • meet the needs and requirements of ECA customers and the organisation, and developing areas important to early childhood
  • meet ECA quality standards in style, content, format and ethical issues
  • only use advertising and sponsorship that meets ECA standards
  • are financially viable, except where a decision is made that the organisation should underwrite them for organisational reasons agreed by the Board
  • are consistent with ECA reconciliation and inclusion policies.

In addition the Publications Committee advises the ECA publications section on markets and marketing where appropriate and other issues relevant to the success of the ECA publications, such as new developments in the field. Between meetings, the Publications Committee members work with the ECA publications section as needed providing advice and support, supporting editors where needed, overviewing final drafts of publications and assisting in resolving any issues that may arise.

Essential criteria

  • individual membership of ECA and commitment to the aims of the organisation
  • willingness to commit time to the role
  • a broadly based knowledge of early childhood and of early childhood education and care from parenting and home-based care to tertiary training, particularly in the area of publications for all of these sectors
  • experience and knowledge in writing for publication
  • experience in working with a professional committee
  • ability to work effectively with staff, community and other organisations
  • facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution and leadership skills
  • good writing skills and understanding of editing
  • ability to build links with potential writers in different areas of early childhood knowledge and different areas of Australia.

Desirable criteria

  • experience/knowledge of marketing of publications
  • experience in publishing
  • knowledge of web development.

Position start and term

The Publications Committee member positions will start from January 2016 for a term of three years.


Applications to: Christopher Jones, Publishing and Studio Manager—publishing@earlychildhood.org.au

Closing Date: Monday 30 November 2015

For further information about the position contact publishing@earlychildhood.org.au

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