Townsville Catholic Education (TCE) supports 29 schools within the Diocese, located throughout a diverse region including urban and rural environments extending to Mount Isa to the west, Proserpine to the south and north to Ingham.
TCE provides a range of education choices including primary, secondary and Prep-to-Year 12. Each setting provides a high educational standard in a caring and a stimulating environment. The Diocese has a growing Indigenous education program and some of our schools offering both boarding and day-student facilities.
TCE employs in excess of 2,500 teaching, professional and ancillary/support employees to fulfil our mission of providing quality educational services through our Catholic school communities. A Catholic education involves much more than simply teaching the educational basics. It encourages students to embrace Catholic values and faith while providing them with an excellent education and diverse life experiences that will prepare them to be a contributing member of the community in their adult lives.
The proud reputation Catholic schools enjoy within the Diocese today is based on the strong tradition built by religious orders who founded Catholic Education in the Townsville Diocese in 1872.
Living in Townsville
Providing a laid-back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville North Queensland Region enjoys.
Known as the Second Capital of Queensland and with a population of approximately 190,000 people, Townsville offers a wonderful lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity. Townsville is a thriving precinct with access to a variety of world class education facilities, leading edge health care, affordable housing, spectacular events and entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the TCE website located at https://www.tsv.catholic.edu.au/
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Position Title: Senior Finance Manager
Reports to: Director Organisational Services
The Senior Finance Manager (SFM) provides strategic advice, direction, and leadership with respect to the current and future financial position of Townsville Catholic Education (TCE). The role leads the financial management function of TCE to facilitate timely and responsive business support to enhance the ability of the TCE schools and head office to optimise quality and sustainable educational outcomes.
The position is also responsible for the development and administration of annual budgets, fiscal analysis and planning, financial reporting, management of financial systems, internal financial controls, external audit, financial assurance and plays a leading role in major capital planning and development.
The SFM also leads the Maintenance, Accommodation and Sustainability functions of TCE. The role promotes environmentally sustainable practices across TCE and ensures effective and planned management of TCE’s assets.
The SFM is expected to embed effective financial governance and a strong culture of fiscal accountability in accordance with the direction of the Strategic Leadership Team.
At a later stage in this project you will be provided a full position description.
The SFM is accountable to the Director Organisational Services. The role consults and liaises with TCE Directors, Diocesan Financial Administrator, Principals and Business Managers in schools, and other Diocesan staff/committees, where appropriate.
Directly reporting to this role are the Senior Accountant; Senior Accountant – Schools; Systems Accountant; and the Maintenance, Sustainability and Accommodation Officer. Total team size is 14 people.
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this project.
Location and Travel
The role is based in the Townsville Catholic Education Office, 2 Gardenia Avenue, Kirwan (a suburb of Townsville) Queensland. The nature of the role will require the person to occasionally travel.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be discussed as we move through this process.
- The initial contract period 5 years. The standard 6-month probation period applies.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Applicants will require a Driver’s Licence to fulfil the requirements of the role, with the ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
- Current Working with Children Suitability Card – The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the ‘No Card, No Start’ policy developed by Queensland Government
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- Able to act in harmony with the Mission and Purpose of Catholic Education and Catholic Education policies.
- Senior level experience in the financial management of a sizable, complex organisation, ideally in the education sector. This experience will include:
- providing financial advice to support strategic objectives;
- working with leadership teams and engaging with Boards and/or executive teams, including reporting on business performance and presenting business cases;
- financial and management accounting;
- strategic management of assets;
- budgeting, cash flow management and long-term financial modelling.
- Highly developed leadership skills including the ability to develop high-performing teams.
- Highly developed communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to consult, negotiate, influence and develop effective relationships.
- Relevant tertiary qualifications such as commerce, business or accounting, together with accreditation with a recognised professional accounting body. Post-graduate qualifications such as an MBA will be highly regarded.
Are You Interested?
If you are interested in this role, please use the ‘Express Your Interest’ panel on this webpage; or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ref number TS1497. All we require at the outset is a resume, email address and mobile telephone number. No other documentation is required from you to express your interest. All emails and resumes are acknowledged within 48 hours. Please contact us again if this does not occur.
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising
|By Wed. 2nd Nov.
|Latest date for applications
|Fri. 18th Nov.
|TCE selection committee short listing
|Late during week commencing Mon 21 Nov.
|Anticipated date for TCE interviews
|Week of Monday 28th Nov.
|Follow up meeting/discussion
|Likely within 7 days of client interviews
We have been instructed to provide a process that is transparent and welcoming.
- We are available for your confidential enquiries. We will also provide additional information to allow you to explore how the role aligns with your expectations and interests.
- 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 TCE schedule.
- We expect to complete one work-related reference prior to shortlisting. We anticipate speaking with another work-related referee between shortlisting and interviews. Final references are completed after TCE interviews. No referee will be contacted without your express consent.
- The selection committee will provide an option for an initial video interview in circumstances where a person is unable to attend for a face-to-face meeting. If the candidate is invited for a subsequent interview, it must be face to face.
- It is likely that people who are shortlisted will be invited to complete on-line psychometric testing.
- Please be aware our standard practice utilises the services of an external specialist in pre-employment screening. This service includes employment history verification; National Police Check; and academic qualifications and professional memberships verification.
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- Only people with the unrestricted right to work in Australia may apply for this role.
- Please note: people are contacted and discussions commence soon after applications are received. We do not wait until close date. There are advantages in applying immediately.
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