The Catholic Education Community of the Diocese of Cairns is a dynamic and growing organisation that has the vision:
To offer every student in every school a world class education enriched by their lived encounter with the Catholic Faith.
Cairns Catholic Education Community is committed to this vision to build communities of learning that provide a safe, nurturing and academically challenging environment for all students and staff.
The Catholic Education Community of the Diocese of Cairns embraces 30 schools, including 20 primary schools, 2 Prep to Year 12 colleges and 8 secondary colleges. One of these colleges is a Special Assistance College with campuses in Cairns, Cooktown, and Edmonton. This community also includes Catholic Education Services (CES) located in Cairns itself.
Leadership and strategic management of the system of schools is the responsibility of the Executive Director of CES, who is the employer of all Catholic Education staff in the Diocese. All schools and colleges, except three, are within a two-hour drive of Cairns. In total, there are 11500 students and 1500 staff; making Catholic education one of, if not the largest, non-government employer in the region.
Living in Cairns
Cairns is a popular place to visit, but it’s also home to about 152,000 people who enjoy coastal living at its best. With wonderful World Heritage listed playgrounds close by, quiet streets, fantastic tropical weather, warm waters and relaxed lifestyle it really isn’t too hard to guess why people come here on holidays and then end up staying for life. Cairns is renowned as the gateway to two of the world’s greatest natural attractions: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.
Further information about Catholic Education in the Diocese of Cairns is available from the website: www.cns.catholic.edu.au
A working draft of the new Strategic Directions 2021 – 2025 will be provided later in this recruitment process.
Position Title: Director – Workforce Capability
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director – School Improvement
The primary purpose of the role is to lead the workforce strategies and actions to help achieve the Strategic Directions 2021-2025. This requires finding innovative workforce solutions, including workforce planning, talent identification, capacity building, succession planning and organisational design and change management.
Building organisational capacity is a key driver to achieving CES strategic goals. The key accountability for this role is to build the capacity in the various phases of a staff member’s career, including graduate teachers, school leadership, CES and school staff, aligned with the approved Workforce Strategy.
The gospel imperatives are the guiding principles for all dimensions of the role and consciously living out the gospel is at the heart of the position.
A full position description will be provided at a later stage in this project.
The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director. The position also has a collegial relationship with the Executive Director, The Vicar for Education, Principals, The Bishop, and the Clergy of the Diocese. The position is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team of Catholic Education Services.
The position works closely with the other Directors and with the Directors School Effectiveness. The position will also from time to time be a member of various Diocesan committees, QLD Directors Forum committees, National committees and represent the Diocese at QCEC level.
The position leads a small team.
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this project.
Reason for Vacancy
One of the Directors is retiring, and that position has been revised to ensure critical support is provided for the implementation of the new Strategic Directions 2021 – 2025.
The commencement date is negotiable, but ideally the successful applicant will be able to commence during term 3 (July/August/Sept.).
Location and Travel
The Main Office is located at 130 Lake St., Cairns. The nature of the role means considerable travel between schools; as well as time spent working with staff in office and school environments.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be discussed as we step through this recruitment process.
- Five-year contract with annual review with a period of 6 months’ probation, in accordance with The Fair Work Act 2010
- The position is a full-time leadership position, which involves extended hours, evening meetings, overnight absence and interstate travel ranging over seven days.
- A non-smoking policy is effective in CES buildings, offices, and motor vehicles.
- The Diocese has a relocation policy to assist, if required
- Applicants will require a current “C” Class Drivers Licence
- The Working with Children (Risk Management & Screening) Act 2000 requires the preferred applicant to be subject to “working with children check” as part of the employment screening process. Further details may be obtained by accessing the web site of the Public Safety Business Agency at the following internet address: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
- Confirmation of employment is conditional upon the preferred applicant being issued with a suitability card from the Public Safety Business Agency.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- Participates in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church with a commitment to the role of the Catholic school as part of the mission of the Catholic Church.
- A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in, or with exposure to, an educational setting.
- Able to collaborate and consult with stakeholders to develop cohesive, sustainable programs to build whole-of-organisation capacity.
- An understanding of the challenges facing the educational workforce in Australia and the ability to deliver innovative solutions to ensure quality staff, especially in Leadership Development.
- Experience in change management in a school setting.
- Master’s Degree or Higher in the areas of Education, Leadership, Management, or related discipline (or prepared to work towards) with a record of ongoing professional development.
This role will ideally suit a person with a strategic vision to lead and develop system-wide processes for workforce recruitment, development and enhancement, with a focus on capability and leadership development. These skills could have been developed as an educational leader in schools; or as a training and development practitioner with a significant focus on leadership development.
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The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Friday 18th June|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Friday 9th July|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 19th July|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 26th July or 2nd Aug|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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- Closing is 5.00pm on the date shown above. However, a late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or the CES schedule.
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