The Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton is one of five in the State of Queensland and one of the twenty-eight dioceses in Australia. The Diocese covers some 414,385 square kilometres and has a total population of nearly 400,000 of which nearly 25% are Catholic. There are 81 mass centres throughout the 31 Parishes within the Diocese.
The Most Reverend Michael McCarthy is the 10th Bishop of Rockhampton. His appointment was announced by Pope Francis on 10 March 2014.
Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton is committed to high quality teaching & learning for 16,200 students who are enrolled in Kindergartens, Primary Schools and Colleges from Bundaberg to Mackay and west to Longreach.
Our 8 Kindergartens, 31 Primary schools and 8 Colleges are founded on a strong Catholic ethos enabling the spirit of Jesus Christ to permeate all aspects of life in our educational communities.
Inspired by the person and teaching of Jesus Christ, we serve the communities of the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton
- Life-long faith education
- Religious Education
- Relevant, holistic, quality education
Assisting all in their search for meaning for life
Teaching and Learning
Members of the Curriculum Support Team at the Diocesan Catholic Education Office, under the leadership of the Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning, support Catholic schools and colleges by:
- assisting with the development implementation and review of school curriculum frameworks and learning area overviews that align with the Australian Curriculum;
- providing advice to key personnel such as Assistant Principals: Curriculum, School Curriculum Officers and Learning Support Teachers;
- providing leadership in the area of staff professional development in curriculum;
- providing support for school library services;
- providing assistance with the integration of ICT devices into class programs;
- providing support and advice to school staff and parents in relation to programs for students with disabilities;
- providing support and advice to school staff, students, families and community in relation to Indigenous education;
- assisting with the development of whole school approaches to education for sustainable futures;
- providing support for Vocational Education and Training in secondary colleges.
Discover more about the Diocesan Learning Framework by clicking here.
Living in Rockhampton
Founded in 1853, Rockhampton is one of the oldest cities in Queensland. Rockhampton is an industrial and agricultural centre of the north and is the regional centre of Central Queensland.
With a population over 81,000, it is the fourth largest regional city in the state outside of the cities of South East Queensland.
Rockhampton is also a large tourist destination known for its history and culture, supporting such institutions as the Rockhampton Art Gallery; one of the most extensive regional galleries in Australia, the Central Queensland University with campuses across five states, the Rockhampton Heritage Village, and Dreamtime Cultural Centre.
The city is serviced by the Rockhampton Airport and acts as a gateway to local tourist locations such as the Capricorn Caves, and Mount Archer National Park, as well as regional tourist areas like Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast alongside the island chains offshore that include Great Keppel Island.
People living in Rockhampton speak of it being a family-friendly city where the ‘pace of life’ and cost of living matches that of a rural and regional centre; but still having all the facilities and educational opportunities of a major metropolitan city.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the Rockhampton Catholic Education website located at http://www.rok.catholic.edu.au
Position Title: Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning
Reports to: Diocesan Director of Catholic Education
Purpose of the Position
The Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning provides leadership in the area of Teaching and Learning to support the Diocesan Director of Catholic Education who is the religious, educational and organisational leader of Catholic Education within the Diocese of Rockhampton. The Assistant Director provides education services that are of a high quality and are faithful to the educational mission of the Catholic Church.
The Assistant Director: Curriculum provides leadership, support and supervision in the specific areas of teaching and learning, inclusive education and indigenous students.
Statement of Responsibility
The Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning supports the Diocesan Director of Catholic Education who is ultimately responsible for the Catholic identity and ethos, the curriculum and the effective management of the organisation.
The leadership provided by the Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning will be consistent with:
- The message of Jesus and the Gospels;
- Catholic church teachings, principles and values;
- Diocesan policies and directives;
- The Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton Charter;
- Catholic Education Mission Statement;
- Catholic Education policies and practices; and
- Catholic Education Strategic Directions.
A full role description will be provided as we step through this project.
Initial Priority Areas
- Involvement in developing the new strategic plan.
- After obtaining a deep understanding of the vision and mission, bring ‘fresh eyes’ to way in which the Curriculum Support Team can better support the Diocesan strategic initiatives.
- Changes with the new Queensland Certificate (QCE) and tertiary entrance systems from 2019 for all secondary schools in Queensland.
The Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning reports directly to the Diocesan Director of Catholic Education.
Significant relationships exist with the members of the Leadership Team, principals of schools, APCs, the clergy.
Significant relationships also exist with members of the Curriculum Support Team in the Catholic Education Office to whom the Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning may delegate various aspects of responsibility.
The Assistant Director: Teaching & Learning is also expected to play a role in the Queensland Catholic Education Commission’s activities and to work collaboratively with other Assistant Directors in similar roles in other dioceses.
An organisation chart will be provided as we step through this process.
Reason for Vacancy
The incumbent is retiring at the end of 2018 after 16 years in this position.
Able to commence for the start of the 2019 school year although, ideally, also available during term 4 2018 for key events and transitional activities.
The Catholic Education Office is located at 143 West St., Rockhampton.
Conditions of Employment
- Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicant. This will be inclusive of a motor vehicle.
- 5 weeks annual leave per annum.
- An initial 5-year appointment with subsequent contracts available subject to successful performance review.
- Relocation assistance (negotiable.)
- The Working with Children (Risk Management & Screening) Act 2000 requires the preferred applicant to be subject to “working with children check” as part of the employment screening process. Further details regarding this check may be obtained by accessing the web site of the Public Safety Business Agency at the following internet address: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
- Current drivers licence.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- A personal commitment to the teachings and practice of the Catholic Faith.
- An experienced educational leader with demonstrated knowledge of curriculum and a deep understanding of contemporary pedagogy.
- This senior level experience to include:
- the ability to establish strategic direction in learning and teaching;
- proven capacity to manage change;
- a ‘team player’ with the capacity to lead a large, diverse team;
- The interpersonal and relational skills to fit into a Diocesan-wide team.
- High level communication and presentation skills.
- Masters qualifications, ideally in Educational Leadership/Curriculum; combined with a track record of ongoing personal and professional learning.
People working in either a System level/centralised role or in a school-based curriculum-focused role are encouraged to apply.
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Any questions can be directed to either (a) our Director John Chesher by telephone (0417 068 220) or (b) email our office via email@example.com. The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||20th/21st July|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wed 8th August|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 20th August|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 27th Aug or 3rd Sept|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
Trak Search has been instructed to provide a process that is welcoming for people interested in this role. Significant aspects include:
- Throughout the process, Trak Search is available for confidential discussions and to provide information to allow you to explore this opportunity and determine your interest in the role.
- A range of additional information will be provided to you as we progress through this process.
- At the outset you will not be required to: complete an application form; provide a document to address the selection criteria; or supply referee details. However, you will be invited to supply us with additional information (verbally and in writing) as you progress through the process.
- A late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or the schedule. Please be aware however that any application received after close of business on the date noted above is more likely to be returned to you.
- At the appropriate time we will seek written consent to speak with your referees – listing referees on your resume does not signify consent to do so.
- We expect to contact one work-related referee and a Priest referee prior to shortlisting, with additional references completed later in the process. You should always expect that before reaching the final stage of the project, we will ask to speak with at least one person who has: directly managed you; recently; and for a significant period of time.
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