The Diocese of Armidale covers a significant portion of the North West region of NSW. Chris Smyth has been the Director of Schools for the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) since 2015 and has led significant cultural change to improve student faith and learning outcomes. The schools in the Diocese of Armidale are building professional learning communities in a Catholic context as a vehicle for school improvement.
The CSO Diocese of Armidale administers 24 schools: 19 primary, two central and three secondary schools. With approximately 1,000 employees in teaching and non-teaching roles, the CSO supports school communities who provide learning for almost 6,000 students across the Diocese. O’Connor Catholic College is a part of this System of 24 Catholic schools.
O’Connor Catholic College Armidale
O’Connor Catholic College is a co-educational high school, from Years 7-12 which began in 1975 with the amalgamation of two of Armidale’s longest established schools; St Ursula’s College and De La Salle College.
With a population of around 500 students, O’Connor is committed to the vision of being a faith-filled community working collaboratively to enhance the learning for all, resulting in students who are creative, confident and informed people ready to make a difference in our world.
The staff at O’Connor are committed to creating learning opportunities for everyone. At O’Connor, learning encompasses faith learning, which is integral to the mission as a Catholic school; academic learning, so that every student achieves the best learning outcomes; and wellbeing and resilience skills, which are important for a healthy, balanced life.
Living in Armidale
O’Connor is located in Armidale, situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and only two hours from the coast. Armidale is a major city with a population of nearly 30,000 people, which rests high on the Northern Tablelands.
The Armidale region boasts spectacular gorges, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards and waterfalls including the Wollomombi Falls which are one of the highest in Australia. It is an ideal area for those who enjoy outdoor adventures including canyoning, mountain climbing, biking, bird watching or trout fishing. Galleries, museums, fine foods and a vibrant event calendar including festivals, music, theatre, markets, book fairs and major sporting events guarantee an experience suitable for all ages.
Armidale is rich in heritage with grand cathedrals, colonial buildings and is home to the University of New England.
For further information on the school, please visit http://www.oconnor.nsw.edu.au/
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Position Title: Principal
Reports to: Consultant: School Performance through to the Director of Schools.
The Principal is the religious, educational and organisational leader of a Catholic School within the Diocese of Armidale. The Principal provides leadership and exercises prudential stewardship of the Catholic School. The Principal is ultimately responsible for the Catholic identity and ethos, curriculum and effective management of the school.
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.
The start date for this position is negotiable, although it is anticipated that the new Principal will commence for the start of the 2024 school year.
O’Connor Catholic College is located in Armidale at 39 Kirkwood Street. It is part of the Sts Mary and Joseph Cathedral Parish which serves the communities of Armidale, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha, from which the College families are drawn. The current parish priest, Father Roel J Llave, is involved in the life of the College.
Conditions of Employment
- Salary and Conditions are negotiable and will be discussed as we progress through this recruitment project. The package will not be limited to a formula based upon student numbers.
- Fully maintained vehicle for use within Armidale Diocese.
- The term of the initial contract is negotiable. Subsequent contract renewal is subject to a successful performance review.
- Under normal circumstances, at least 10 school term weeks’ notice is required by either party to terminate employment.
- Reasonable relocation expenses (if required) will be provided for the successful applicant.
- The successful applicant will possess a current, approved Working With Children Check and complete a National Criminal History Check.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- Commitment to and practice of the Catholic faith.
- A minimum of five years successful experience as a primary or secondary Principal or Assistant Principal or an equivalent role in school system leadership or the tertiary sector.
- A contemporary leader with the demonstrated capacity to inspire a team; collaboratively develop strategy and culture; and manage change.
- An innovative educational leader that can clearly articulate a vision of learning and teaching that integrates Catholic values and pastoral care into the daily life of the school.
- A leader with outstanding interpersonal skills to build a vibrant parish school community.
- An educational leader that will embrace the Diocese of Armidale vision and strategies for developing a Professional Learning Community in a Catholic context aligned to the CSO Strategic Plan.
- Hold professional qualifications:
- An undergraduate education degree and relevant postgraduate degree qualifications in educational leadership, curriculum, theology or religious education or similar; and
- Completion of or willingness to undertake appropriate postgraduate courses in the areas of religious education or theology to meet accreditation requirements of Category E as per the Catholic Schools framework for the accreditation of staff in Catholic schools.
- Be NESA accredited or be eligible to be accredited by NESA to teach in NSW.
Are You Interested?
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Wed 6th Sept.|
|Latest date for applications||Monday 25th Sept.|
|Selection committee short listing||During week commencing Mon 2nd Oct.|
|Anticipated date for CSO interviews||Week of Monday 9th or 16th Oct.|
|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 CSO 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.
- The selection committee will provide an option of a video interview in circumstances where a person is unable to attend for a face-to-face meeting.
- 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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