The Catholic Education Community – Diocese of Cairns, is a partnership between Catholic Education Services and twenty-nine schools. There are nineteen primary schools, one Prep to Year 12 College, and six secondary Colleges. The 27th school is a Special Assistance School with campuses in Cairns and Cooktown, catering for disengaged young people in Years 7-12. Two new schools opened in 2016 in Weipa (P-6) and Mt Peter (P-12).
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 fulfillment 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.
Additional information, including ‘Strategic Directions 2016 – 2019’, can be viewed by visiting the Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns website located at https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au.
Position Title: Director: Student Wellbeing and Diversity
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
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’ inspires and guides the professional roles of service and ministry to students, families and schools within a spirit of subsidiarity and co-responsibility.
In this context, the Director: Wellbeing and Diversity:
- Co-ordinates the implementation of Diocesan wide best practice and efficient approaches to Social Emotional Learning (SEL), wellbeing, student services and schoolwide positive behaviour practices.
- Ensures a consistent model of service delivery, communication, and collaboration of resources to schools which are research and data driven.
- Provides a targeted collection of data that will inform current school systems and practices that is succinct, aligned and informed through the filters of the different teams in the directorate
- Uses evidence based practice to incorporate Social Emotional Learning programs through the shared experiences of student services, and student wellbeing. For example, aligning national and international best practice in formulating inclusive education practices therefore ensuring a focused celebration and promotion of inclusivity practices across the Diocese and a focus on prevention and early intervention facilitated through more targeted research and professional development
- Actively strengthens the facilitating partnerships with government agencies and community organisations
- Supports the parent to school partnership particularly when working with students with diverse needs
- Enables a co‐ordinated approach to universal design in schools that covers the continuum of diversity.
- Provides Leadership and Direction in the area of Student Wellbeing and Diversity
- Energises and supports CES staff and school leaders in ensuring an understanding and the implementation of appropriate strategies and planning for diversity and that the wellbeing of all students is integrated into planning.
- Engages Leaders in inclusive, innovative and futures directed educational practice grounded in research.
- Manage the Physical Resources of Wellbeing and Diversity in Student Support Service Team
- Establish, Monitor and Improve Wellbeing and Diversity Systems and Services
- Maintain Effective Communication & relationships with Service Partners
- Ensure that a co‐ordinated approach to universal design is adopted across the Cairns Catholic Education Community that covers the continuum of diversity.
- Actively participating in the CES Strategic Leadership Team
- Engaging and contributing to regular meetings of the Strategic Leadership Team and completing delegated tasks
- Contributing through shared leadership to the development and implementation of Strategic Directions across the entire Catholic Education Community – Diocese of Cairns
- Ensures that there is collaboration within the teams in the Directorate but also that teams within the Directorate of Wellbeing and Diversity have formal collaboration across other CES teams, especially School Support Teams.
- Develop collaborative and strategic relationships with the other Directors and teams in Formation, Innovation and Policy Services as well as the Directors and teams of School Support Services.
- In partnership with the senior role holders in Student Support Services, and with Formation, Innovation and Policy Services; conduct a light touch internal review of the services and activities undertaken by Student Support Services, and their responsiveness to the needs of School Leadership Teams and students.
The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director. The position also has a collegial relationship with the Executive Director, The Chief Financial and Operating Officer, and The Vicar for Education.
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 this recruitment process.
Reason for Vacancy
This is a newly created role which has resulted from a restructuring of the leadership team to better support the Diocesan Vision “To offer quality Catholic education so that each person may know and come to identify more fully with the living Spirit of Christ.”
Negotiable, however ideally for the start of the 2018 school year.
Location and travel
The main office for Catholic Education Services is located at 130 Lake St (Cnr Minnie St), Cairns Qld. The nature of this role will require regular travel.
Conditions of Employment
- This is an executive role and remuneration will be discussed as we move through this process.
- Five year contract with annual review. 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 and Deputy Executive Director.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be available.
- The position is a fulltime 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 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: bluecard.qld.gov.au
Please Note: It is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a blue card application. Penalties of up to five years imprisonment or a fine of up to $50,000 may apply
- Confirmation of employment is conditional upon the preferred applicant being issued with a suitability card from the Public Safety Business Agency.
Mandatory Qualifications and Requirements
- A strong demonstrated commitment to the objectives, vision and ethos of Catholic Education.
- Meets the faith criteria for senior leadership positions within Catholic Education
- Significant leadership experience as a member of a School or System Leadership Team
- Evidence of participation, innovation and research in the area of student wellbeing and diversity.
- Relevant Degree level and/or Post Graduate qualification in a discipline related to student wellbeing and diversity
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The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Week of 23rd October|
|Trak Search discussions commence||From Mon 7th Nov|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wednesday 15th Nov|
|Initial reference checks by Trak Search||From week commencing Mon 20th Nov|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 27th Nov|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 4th or 11th December|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within a few days of client interviews|
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