Under the leadership of the Bishop of Cairns, James Foley, the Catholic Diocese of Cairns encompasses an area of 377,000 km2 from Cardwell in the south, west to the Northern Territory Border including the Atherton Tablelands, and north to the Torres Strait Islands and Gulf of Carpentaria.
Catholic Education Services – Diocese of Cairns, consists of twenty-nine schools including twenty primary schools, two Prep to Year 12 Colleges and seven secondary Colleges. This includes a Special Assistance College with campuses in Cairns and Cooktown. These schools and colleges provide quality education to almost 11,200 students.
All schools, except the dual campus Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Thursday Island and Hammond Island, Weipa and Holy Spirit College, Cooktown campus, are within a two-hour drive of Cairns.
Our newest schools at Weipa, and Mount Peter near Edmonton in the Cairns southern growth corridor, opened in 2016 and a new Secondary College, in partnership with James Cook University, is planned for opening in 2022.
Other quick facts:
- About one in four school students in the Far North attends a Catholic school
- Not all students are Catholic or come from Catholic families or backgrounds – enrolments also comprise families that demonstrate support for the values associated with Catholic schools – social and emotional development, value frameworks, safety and discipline, partnerships and a sense of belonging
- Catholic schools consistently perform well in NAPLAN, QCE and OP results for Year 12, with strong VET pathways, enhanced through the colleges’ Trade Training Centres
- All schools have a strong family focus and dedicated parent involvement through P&Fs and volunteer programs
- Catholic schools and Catholic education employ more than 1,700 people – one of, if not the largest non-government employer in the region
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the Catholic Education Services website at https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/ To access information on the Leadership Team, the current Strategic Directions document and the CES Frameworks click here.
Position Title: Director: School Effectiveness
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
The Catholic Education Community – Diocese of Cairns, is a partnership between Catholic Education Services and twenty-nine schools. The Vision of the Catholic Education Community is ‘to offer quality Catholic education so that each person may know and come to identify more fully with the living Spirit of Christ’.
In seeking fulfilment of our Vision, we are inspired to:
- Be people of Mission and Witness inspired by what is best for all students in our schools
- Embrace the gifts and talents of all through commitment to Subsidiarity and Co-responsibility
- Be courageous – encountering possibilities and engaging in Dialogue to achieve excellence in all we do
- Move forward together – strengthening relationships between Families, Staff, School & System leaders, Clergy and the Diocese
- Be accountable for student learning through continuous improvement.
Leadership and strategic management of the system of schools is the responsibility of the Executive Director of Catholic Education. Through a team of professionals, the Executive Director leads and facilitates a number of significant and particular delegations which enable the achievement of the Strategic Directions:
- Lived and celebrated Catholic identity
- Optimal learning and wellbeing for all students
- Access and stewardship of quality Catholic education
- Prophetic and creative leadership
The Director: School Effectiveness assists schools and colleges in embedding the dimensions of the School Effectiveness Framework. This position currently supports two P-12 colleges and seven Secondary Colleges with a new college planned for 2022 in the Northern Beaches Parish.
A full Position Description will be provided at a later stage in the recruitment process.
The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director. The position also has a collegial relationship with the Executive Director, The Vicar for Education, Principals, The Bishop and the Clergy of the Diocese.
The position is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team of Catholic Education Services.
The position will also from time to time be a member of various Diocesan committees, QLD Directors Forum committees, National committees and represent the Diocese at QCEC level.
An organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in the recruitment process.
Initial Areas of Priority
- To engage with other members of the Strategic Leadership Team to embed and enhance the current delivery of services to schools by Catholic Education Services.
- To provide leadership in the development of the new secondary college in the Northern Beaches parish so as to provide innovative delivery of authentic Catholic Education that enhances and compliments the educational delivery of the whole diocese.
- To professionally support the principals of the colleges so as the maintain and enhance a professional dialogue and consistency in practice between colleges.
- To collaborate with colleges and other teams within Catholic Education Services to ensure the appropriate resources are available to colleges to deliver and embed the new Queensland Senior Assessment.
It is anticipated the successful applicant will be able to start in this role for the commencement of the 2020 school year.
Location and Travel
The Main Office is located at 130 Lake St., Cairns. The nature of the role means much time will be spent within schools.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be discussed as we progress through the process.
- Five-year contract with annual review through a review of a Professional Growth in Action Plan. The precise nature and range of duties will similarly evolve and develop during the course of the contract and be determined in consultation with the Executive Director.
- The position is a full-time leadership position, which involves extended hours, evening meetings, overnight absence and interstate travel ranging over seven days.
- A non-smoking policy is effective in Catholic Education Services buildings, offices, and motor vehicles.
- The Diocese has a relocation policy to assist, if required
- Applicants will require a current “C” Class Drivers Licence
- 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
- Confirmation of employment is conditional upon the preferred applicant being issued with a suitability card from the Public Safety Business Agency.
To be successful in this role it is anticipated you will be able to demonstrate:
- Participation in and commitment to the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
- A strong commitment to the objectives, vision, and ethos of Catholic Education.
- Minimum 5 years of experience as a Principal in a Primary, Secondary or P-12 school.
- Participation, innovation and research in the disciplines of school organisation and leadership development.
- Registration as Teacher with Post Graduate qualifications in education or related discipline, together with a record of continuing professional development.
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The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Friday 26th July|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wed 14th Aug|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 26th Aug|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 2nd or 9th Sept|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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