The Catholic Diocese of Townsville was established in 1930. There are 26 parishes within the Diocese, covering an area of 434,400 square kilometres, extending from Townsville on the Coast, to the Whitsunday and Burdekin regions in the South and North to Ingham and Halifax, south-west to Winton, and west to the border with the Northern Territory, encompassing Mount Isa and several small, isolated western towns and east to Palm Island.
The Most Reverend Timothy Harris is the Sixth Bishop of Townsville.
As well as nurturing the spiritual lives of the Catholic population, the Diocese supports many more in the local community through education, welfare and community services and health and aged care.
The charitable works funded by the Diocese include, amongst others, Centacare North Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, Prison, and Multicultural ministries and the formation of priests in seminaries.
Townsville Catholic Education supports 30 schools in the Diocese, located in a region extending to Mount Isa in the west, Proserpine in the south and north to Ingham. Our education choices include primary, secondary and prep-to-year 12 institutions, as well as kindergarten and childcare facilities. Townsville Catholic Education employs more than 2,100 teaching, professional and ancillary staff to fulfil our mission of providing quality educational services through our Catholic school communities.
The Diocese owns a small portfolio of properties, including schools and Parishes, Retreat Centres and Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The population of the Townsville Diocese is approximately 260,000. The Catholic population of the Diocese is approximately 76,000.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting https://www.tsv.catholic.org.au/
Position Title: Diocesan Director of Mission and Evangelisation
Reports to: Bishop of Townsville, Most Reverend Timothy J. Harris DD
To support the Bishop in this ‘outward facing role’ by providing leadership for a range of pastoral programs, projects and events, throughout the parishes and agencies, which support the mission and priorities of the Diocese. This role also provides oversight of the Diocesan Centre financial, governance and administrative support functions.
- Assist the Bishop in his pastoral and administrative responsibilities by coordinating and guiding parishes and agencies, and ensuring alignment of activities with the mission and priorities of the Diocese.
- Developing policies, procedures and strategic planning to support the mission, including ensuring the optimum allocation of resources to meet mission needs.
- Advise the Bishop, Diocesan authorities on matters of significance as well as emerging needs of the Diocese.
- Research, review and evaluation of programs and activities to determine effectiveness in support of the mission and priorities.
- Working closely with and supporting parish communities, including assisting in addressing the wide range of challenges faced by Priests and communities in such a geographically diverse Diocese.
- Assist with the induction and welcome of new Priests into the Diocese.
- Leadership of pastoral programs, financial, governance and administrative functions, delivered by approx. 20 employees.
- Provide thoughtful leadership, outstanding professional skills and a personal commitment to the Church, making a positive and significant contribution to the life of the Church in Townsville.
- Be an influential leader who promotes a positive organisational culture that fosters and supports the mission of the Catholic Church, providing inspiring leadership, motivation and operational direction for Diocesan entities, Agencies & Parishes.
The initial priorities of this role will be discussed with people as we progress through this recruitment process.
The Diocesan Director of Mission and Evangelisation interacts with the following internal and external stakeholders:
- Bishop of Townsville
- Staff of the Bishop’s Office and Diocesan Centre
- Diocesan clergy and parish administrators.
- Diocesan Pastoral Council, Diocesan Finance Council, College of Consultors, and various Boards, Committees and Commissions in the Diocese.
- Agencies and other employees of the Diocese and various Catholic organisations and tertiary institutions such as Saints’ Catholic College at James Cook University.
- Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
- External bodies including Government authorities that impact on the delivery of Diocesan services
The Diocesan Director of Mission and Evangelisation operates in a collegial manner with the Executive Director of Centacare and the Executive Director of Catholic Education, both of whom also report to the Bishop.
The Diocesan Director of Mission and Evangelisation manages a team of approx. 20 with 10 direct reports including:
- Diocesan Financial Administrator
- Liturgical Consultant
- Communications and Vocations Coordinator
- Director, Matrimonial Tribunal
- Diocesan Archivist
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council Coordinator
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this process.
Reason for Vacancy
The current Chancellor and Director of Parish Life and Ministry is retiring after more than 35 years in the role. The Bishop has taken the opportunity to review the operation of his Office and this role has been reshaped to provide an increased focus on supporting parishes and the mission of the Catholic Church.
The commencement date is negotiable however ideally it will be by February/early March 2018.
Location and Travel
The role is based in the Catholic Diocesan Centre, 266-270 Stanley Street, Townsville, Qld.
The nature of this leadership role is likely to require considerable travel in the first 12 months to visit with parishes throughout the Townsville Diocese to establish relationships and develop some level of understanding of the needs and challenges of each one. Thereafter, travel will be on an ‘as needs’ basis however it is still anticipated the Director will be available and involved with the many parish communities rather than office-bound.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration and conditions of employment package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Appointment: a three-year contract with annual review. The precise nature and range of duties will evolve and develop during the course of the contract and be determined in consultation with the Bishop.
- As a full time executive position, this position involves extended hours, evening meetings, overnight absence and travel.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Applicants will require a current “C” Class Drivers Licence to fulfil the requirements of the role.
- 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
The Bishop of Townsville invites expressions of interest from people who align with the following expectations:
- A personal commitment to the faith, ethos, values and mission of the Catholic Church;
- Leadership experience in a complex and diverse Church organisation such as the Diocese;
- An ability to translate mission and values into operational plans with a record of developing strategy, policy and managing change;
- A sound understanding of good corporate governance;
- The interpersonal and relational skills to build and sustain effective relationships across a broad range of stakeholders;
- Commitment to client service and a willingness to be accountable for performance;
- A track record of ongoing personal and professional learning and relevant tertiary qualifications, ideally in areas such as Canon Law, Theology, and Pastoral Care.
People with experience in a senior level role in a Catholic Church agency are encouraged to explore this opportunity.
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The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Fri 1st December|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Monday 18th December|
|Review meeting & shortlisting with Townsville||January 2018|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Late January 2018|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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