The Diocese of Bathurst covers a large part of rural NSW extending from Bathurst, south to Oberon and Cowra; north to Coonamble; and west to Eugowra; with major regional centres including Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst, Mudgee and Lithgow.
Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst (CEDB) provides a diverse range of educational options, from primary schools in small rural communities to large secondary schools. CEDB provides support to 33 school communities comprising: 26 primary schools; 1 K-10 school; 2 K-12 schools; and 4 secondary colleges.
With approximately 9,300 students and employing more than 1000 staff, the schools are supported by 60 staff located in two offices: the main office in Bathurst (Kelso) and a regional office in Dubbo.
Living in Bathurst
With a growing population of more than 40,000, Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland city and the perfect place for a tree change. It is less than a three-hour drive from Sydney, with great facilities, an affordable lifestyle, and a thriving social scene. This is all wrapped up among the city’s heritage buildings and rich history.
Bathurst is a regional education centre with many schools and a University (CSU). You’ll find everything you need in a city, including a state-of-the-art public hospital.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the CEDB website located at https://www.bth.catholic.edu.au/Home
Position Title: Head: Finance and Facilities
Responsible to: Executive Director of Schools
The role exists to provide financial stewardship for the diocesan schools and Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst (CEDB).
Key Areas of Accountability
- Promote the Vision and Mission of Catholic education in the Diocese.
- Finance and accounting, which includes leading the finance team to manage the system budget, reporting, funds management, financial governance and risk management for this System of 33 schools.
- Strategy and sustainability, including strategic planning and forecasting.
- Transformational leadership, including of projects to boost the capacity of schools to focus on educational rather than administrative activities.
- Property and facilities, including the capital works and maintenance programs.
- Applications for and management of capital grants.
- Represent the diocese in appropriate professional forums, such as the Heads of Finance, CSNSW meetings.
- Develop and maintain relationships with all diocesan agencies and external organisations, business partners and stakeholders.
This position is a member of the following CEDB committees:
- Leadership Team of the CEDB
- Finance, Risk and Audit Committee of the Diocesan Catholic Education Council;
- School Capital Works Committee
At a later stage in this project, you will be provided a full position description; and the success criteria for the first 12 months in the role.
This role reports to the Executive Director of Schools and is a member of the CEDB leadership team. In addition to this role and the Executive Director, the leadership team also comprises the Head of Religious Education and Faith Formation; Head of Learning, Teaching and Wellbeing; Head of School Improvement, Data, Governance & Policy; Head of HR, Risk and WHS and the School Improvement Consultants.
This position leads a team of 12 people which includes:
- Team Leader: Finance and the finance team.
- Capital Projects Supervisor.
- School Facilities Officer.
The role also works closely with:
- School Principals;
- Parish priests and Diocesan Chancery;
- other Catholic agencies in the Diocese of Bathurst;
- CSNSW Finance Working Group and various Catholic educational forums within NSW.
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this project.
Other Relevant Information
- The financial year is 1st January to 31st December.
- The annual revenue budget is in the vicinity of $160m
- External auditor is currently Deloitte.
- The accounting software is TechnologyOne
Reason for Vacancy
The incumbent is stepping away for family reasons in April after nearly 7 years in this role.
It is anticipated the successful applicant will be able to commence by April this year to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership.
Location & Travel
The CEDB office is located in Gilmour Street, Kelso. Kelso is a suburb of Bathurst; and is a 5-minute drive to the Bathurst CBD. This role is largely office-based, however (as for all CEDB leadership) there is an expectation of spending time in schools.
CEDB provides professional development opportunities for all employees. This includes a PD budget for the Finance and Facilities team. In addition, CEDB reimburses CA or CPA annual membership fees.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be discussed as we move through this process.
- A fully maintained motor vehicle is provided for work-related purposes.
- Salary packaging is available.
- Tenure: the initial appointment is for 5 years and, subject to a performance review in the 5th year, renewed for an additional period. There is a standard 6-month probationary period.
- Flexibility of working arrangements could be considered/negotiated.
- An annual appraisal process occurs.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Prior to appointment the successful applicant will possess a current, approved Working With Children Check and complete a successful National Criminal History Check.
- Applicants will require a current Driver’s Licence.
The Executive Director of Schools invites expressions of interest from people who align with the following expectations:
- Capacity and willingness to work within the ethos of the Catholic Church and the Mission for Catholic education.
- A commercially astute, analytical, strategic, service-focused person, with financial leadership experience in a sizable organisation.
- This experience evidenced by:
- providing strategic financial leadership to support long term objectives;
- financial partnering with non-financial leaders;
- having led large projects and change management processes;
- experience in managing a sizable team.
- Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and capable of building strong relationships.
- Strength, energy & capacity to initiate, drive and evaluate organisational change.
- Either CPA or CA membership with a record of continuing professional development.
While people from all sectors will be considered, experience within the n-f-p, education or a values-based setting will be highly regarded.
Experience in capital works/facilities management is not essential – provided you have the desire and capacity to broaden into this diverse role.
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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 Fri 4th Feb.|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Mon 21st Feb.|
|Review meeting/short listing||Week commencing Mon 28th Feb.|
|Anticipated date for CEDB interviews||Week of Monday 7 or 14th March|
|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 CEDB schedule.
- We expect to contact one work-related referee prior to shortlisting, with additional references completed later in the process.
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