Introduction to the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
The Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes covers 52 percent of NSW. The Most Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE is the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. His appointment was announced by Pope Francis in April 2014.
Catholic education in the Diocese is comprised of 18 primary schools, Kindergarten to Year 6. The Director of Catholic Education is employed by, and responsible to, the Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes for the administration of Catholic Education in the Diocese.
The current Strategic Plan for 2021-2023 names the priorities in the mission of parishes, schools and education office to form one diocesan community of faith, learning and transformation in Jesus Christ. A new Strategic Plan will be launched after wide consultation across the Diocese. It is anticipated it will be released in November this year.
Living in Forbes
Forbes is a town in the Central West region of NSW. At the last census Forbes had a population of over 9,300. It is located on the Lachlan River in the heart of the Lachlan Valley. It is an historic town with magnificent heritage buildings, rich history and gold rush past, a stunning natural environment and unique local attractions.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes website located at https://www.wf.catholic.edu.au/about-us/
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Position Title: Director of Catholic Education
Reports to: Bishop of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes and in his absence, the Episcopal Vicar (EV) for Education
The Director works collaboratively to provide strategic and operational leadership of the Mission of Catholic education across the System of 18 schools and the Catholic Education Office, expressed through:
- Catholic identity.
- Effective Teaching & Learning.
- Stewardship of Finance, Facilities & Resources.
- Community & Culture.
- Pastoral Care & Wellbeing.
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.
- Contribute to the mission of Jesus Christ in Western NSW by providing inspiring religious leadership, strategic leadership for quality learning, human resources, financial stewardship and organisational leadership through strong relationships and connections to parish school communities.
- Work collaboratively with CEO and school leaders to develop quality Catholic school education and appropriate structures ensuring compliance with Church and legislative and statutory requirements within this rural and remote context.
- Promote and advocate for Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes within the Diocese, across NSW as well as nationally.
- Ensure a system-wide commitment to the ongoing duty of care for the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.
- Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE
- Fr Arthur Givney, Vicar General and EV for Education
- Diocesan Schools Advisory Board
- Parish School Principals & Parish Priests
- CEO Leadership Team & CEO Staff
- Chancery Staff & associated Diocesan Ministries
- Catholic Schools NSW
- Colleague Directors of Catholic Education
- Catholic Employment Relations
- Other relevant Church, Government and external agencies.
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this project.
The commencement date is January 2024.
Location and Travel
This role is based in the Catholic Education office located at 15 Johnson Street, Forbes, NSW. The nature of the role will require travel to schools throughout the Diocese.
Conditions of Employment
The remuneration package for this role is as agreed by the NSW/ACT Bishops and includes:
- Salary: paid in accordance with the scale agreed by the NSW/ACT Bishops. This will be discussed at a later stage of the recruitment process.
- Motor vehicle: a fully maintained vehicle for business and personal use is provided.
- Superannuation: currently 11.0%
- Accommodation is provided with subsidised rental.
Other relevant information:
- Salary packaging is available.
- An annual appraisal process occurs.
- Tenure: the initial appointment is for 5 years and, subject to a performance review in the 5th year, renewed for an additional period.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Applicants will require a current Drivers Licence to fulfil the requirements of the role.
- Prior to appointment the successful applicant will possess a current, approved Working With Children Check and complete a successful National Criminal History Check.
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, the Most Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green, invites expressions of interest from people able to demonstrate:
- A genuine, deeply embedded Catholic faith and an active member of a Catholic Eucharistic Community.
- The capacity to be a Faith leader and to articulate and promote a contemporary understanding of the Catholic Church’s mission in education.
- A career in Catholic education, ideally incorporating leadership experience at school and/or system-level.
- A deep affinity for rural and remote communities, with the attributes, strategic thinking and leadership skills required to support a diverse and geographically separated Catholic education community.
- A highly relational style with a desire to engage with people; and capable of representing the Diocese within the broader Education community as well as with other ministries of the Church.
- Life-long learning through ongoing personal and professional inquiry.
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising
|By Friday 4th August
|Latest date for applications
|Wed. 23rd August
|Selection committee short listing
|During week commencing Mon 4th Sept.
|Anticipated date for W-F interviews
|Week of Monday 18th Sept.
|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 Diocesan schedule.
- We expect to complete a work-related reference; and a faith-based reference with a Catholic priest; both prior to shortlisting. We anticipate speaking with another work-related referee between shortlisting and interviews; with final references completed in the final stages of the process. No referee will be contacted without your express consent.
- 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 the close date. There are advantages in applying immediately.
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