The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is led by the Most Reverend Paul Bird. Bishop Paul Bird was ordained as the Bishop of Ballarat in October 2012. The Diocese is diverse and geographically extensive, covering the western third of Victoria.
There are 64 Catholic schools within the Diocese, comprised of:
- 56 schools which until 2021 have been governed by the local Parish Priest or Administrator; and
- 8 schools and colleges governed by Religious Institutes or Ministerial Public Juridic Persons.
The Bishop of Ballarat formed a company to take over the running of 56 parish schools from 1st January 2021. The company, Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL) has a board of directors which reports to the Bishop. Day to day management of the schools governed by the company is delegated to the Executive Director of Catholic Education.
A range of additional information can be viewed by visiting https://ceob.edu.au/
This information includes a video on DOBCEL and Strategic Intent 2020 – 2024.
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Position Title: Assistant Director: Business Services
Reports to: Deputy Director Catholic Education Ballarat
To provide the strategic leadership to develop and enhance financial and risk management systems and procedures; to provide processes for planning and facilities management for the office and schools; and develop procedures to ensure information technology and business systems function effectively; and to continually build and develop the capacity of school, office leaders and Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL) Board in these areas.
A full position description will be provided at a later stage in this process.
The Assistant Director: Business Services is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Business Services portfolio. The Business Services portfolio provides strategic leadership for the Catholic Education Ballarat (CEB) and schools across four key domains:
- Finance and Accountability
- Properties, Facilities and Planning
- Risk Management
- Information, Technology and Business Systems.
The position, in collaboration with the Directorate will lead and actively support the strategic leadership of the CEB. The position will require leadership of aspects within the portfolio and leadership oversight and support for managers and team leaders within the portfolio domains. Strategic directions for the portfolio are informed, by the strategic vision, strategic priorities and annual improvement plans.
Initial Priorities and Identified Challenges
- With the creation of DOBCEL the intention is to develop a more cohesive suite of services for schools, supported by CEB, i.e. more ‘systemness’ for the System of schools.
- A significant reappraisal of enterprise business software currently used in the 56 schools and CEB.
- With the amount of change occurring locally and globally, more emphasis is required in strategic and operational risk management.
- Taking the time to build relationships and partner with schools, CEB staff and throughout the Diocese; as well as in various networks and forums in Victoria.
The Business Services Directorate comprises 27 staff, with direct reports being:
- Manager: Finance and Accountability
- Manager: Planning, Risk and Infrastructure
- Manager: Information, Technology and Business Systems
Partnership and leadership contribution:
- Member of CEB Directorate and Leadership and Stewardship Teams
- CECV Grant Allocation Committees:
- Targeted Programs
- ‘Principals’ networks
- Governing authorities
- Inter-Diocesan Finance Committee
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this process.
Reason for the Vacancy
The current Assistant Director is retiring in June after 43 years with the Diocese, having been employed for 20 years plus with Catholic Education Ballarat. She will continue to work part time from July to assist in the smooth transition of leadership.
It is anticipated the successful person will be able to commence in this role during July 2021.
Location and Travel
The central office is located at 5 Lyons Street South, Ballarat. Other CEB Services Centres are located in Horsham, Mildura, Swan Hill and Warrnambool.
Given the nature of this executive position, local and intrastate travel is anticipated.
Other Relevant Information
- The financial year is 1st January to 31st December. Annual income is in the order of $200m. The external auditor is McLaren Hunt Financial Group, Warrnambool.
- Catholic education staff total approx. 2600 with approx. 100 employed by CEB who work out of the various Service Centres.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package reflects the seniority of the appointment and will be discussed as we step through the process.
- The initial contract period is for five (5) years subject to satisfactory performance, with further contract periods subject to an appraisal according to policy.
- 4 weeks annual leave.
- It is a legal requirement that we obtain a Working with Children Check and a National Police Record Check.
- Support the ethos, values and mission of Catholic education.
- Be an active and positive partner to the members of the CEB Directorate and Diocesan Leadership teams.
- Applicants will require a current Drivers Licence to fulfil the requirements of the role.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- Capacity and willingness to work within the ethos of the Catholic Church and the Mission for Catholic education;
- As an astute, service-focused person, senior leadership experience in finance and related services, ideally as a CFO within not-for-profit, education or large, complex organisations;
- The desire to learn and develop into the wider aspects of this position;
- Experience in leading a sizable team;
- A highly relational style with the ability to connect with a diverse range people;
- Excellent communication and presentation skills;
- Tertiary qualifications, membership of an accounting body (CA or CPA) and a track record of ongoing personal and professional learning.
While we seek a technically strong and experienced financial leader, it is crucial you have the relational skills and the preparedness to engage with people, locally and in wider networks.
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The Selection Process
Key dates as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Friday 26th March|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wednesday 14th April|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 26th April|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 10th May|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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