The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) Diocese of Armidale serves 24 systemic schools; 19 primary, two central (K-10) and three secondary (7-12) across the New England and North West region of NSW.
The Catholic Diocese of Armidale is the second-largest diocese geographically in NSW and within our boundaries are the major centres of Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Inverell and 13 other towns including; Uralla, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Walgett, Manilla, Warialda, Barraba, Mungindi, Wee Waa, Boggabri and Quirindi.
The CSO supports schools across the Diocese in building a Catholic Professional Learning Community for almost 1,000 employees in teaching and non-teaching roles, and 6,000 students.
Staff at the CSO are responsible for providing educational, administrative, information and communication technology, industrial, financial and employee services support to these schools. All employees of the CSO have a shared vision: to work together and with school teams to improve learning, teaching and wellbeing, and to do this work with a common purpose centred on a contemporary Catholic worldview of bringing all to the fullness of life.
Living in Armidale
Armidale is a major city with a population of nearly 30,000 people, which rests high on the Northern Tablelands. It is situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and only two hours from the coast.
Armidale 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 organisation, please visit www.arm.catholic.edu.au.
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Position Title: School Performance Leader (K-12)
Reports to: Director of Schools
To build the capacity of Catholic school principals and leadership teams to enable more effective and efficient leadership and management of our Catholic Professional Learning Community.
The position takes responsibility for a mix of primary, central and secondary schools.
At a later stage in this project you will be provided a full position description; the 2023 Annual Improvement Plan; and the success criteria for the first 12 months in the role.
The Mission and Learning Team (MaLT) is led by 4 School Performance Leaders (SPL) and the Leader of Catholic Life, Mission and RE. Each of the SPLs reports to the Director of Schools and has a portfolio of schools they work closely with; as well as some ‘whole of system’ responsibilities.
The MaLT work closely as a team.
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this project.
The commencement date for this position is January 2024, or earlier by negotiation.
Location and Travel
The Catholic Schools Office is situated in Barney St, Armidale. Given the nature of the role, there will be considerable time spent travelling to and within schools.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be discussed as we move through this process.
- Initial 5-year contract. The standard 6-month probation period applies.
- Applications for 12-month secondment will be considered from Principals in Armidale Catholic Schools.
- A comprehensively insured vehicle is available as part of the role and will be supplied in accordance with CSO guidelines.
- Salary packaging is available.
- Payment of reasonable relocation expenses.
- A mobile phone and laptop are provided.
- The CSO provides additional, ex gratia leave during the Christmas period and ten days compensatory leave is provided for employees required to travel and as a consequence are regularly away from home. This leave must be taken within the year it falls due.
- Further study and professional development opportunities.
- A current Drivers Licence.
- Prior to appointment the successful applicant will possess a current, approved Working With Children Check and complete a successful (as adjudged by the CSO) National Criminal History Check.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- Commitment to and practice of the Catholic faith.
- Experience as a primary or secondary Principal, with the ability to specialise in supporting either primary or secondary schools.
- 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.
- 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 education degree and relevant post graduate qualification; and
- Completion of or willingness to undertake appropriate post graduate 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.
We are seeking an experienced leader with the capacity to actively support principals to lead teaching and learning in their schools, address barriers to school improvement, and foster the development of a cohesive teaching and learning culture that is student-centred.
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 TS1529. 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.
Questions can be directed to John Chesher (0417 068 220) or by email to email@example.com
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Friday 22nd Sept.|
|Latest date for applications||Mon. 16th October|
|Selection committee short listing||During week commencing Mon 23rd Oct|
|Anticipated date for CSO interviews||Week of Monday 30th 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.
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- Only people with the unrestricted right to work in Australia may apply for this role.
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