Townsville Catholic Education (TCE) supports 29 schools within the Diocese, located throughout a diverse region including urban and rural environments extending to Mount Isa to the west, Proserpine to the south and north to Ingham. TCE provides a diverse range of education choices including primary, secondary and Prep-to-Year 12. Each setting provides a high educational standard in a caring and a stimulating environment. The Diocese has a growing Indigenous education program and some of our schools offer both boarding and day-student facilities.
TCE employs in excess of 2,500 teaching, professional and ancillary/support employees to fulfil our mission of providing quality educational services through our Catholic school communities. A Catholic education involves much more than simply teaching the educational basics. It encourages students to embrace Catholic values and faith while providing them with an excellent education and diverse life experiences that will prepare them to be a contributing member of the community in their adult lives.
The proud reputation Catholic schools enjoy within the Diocese today is based on the strong tradition built by religious orders who found Catholic Education in the Townsville Diocese in 1872.
OUR SYSTEM VISION
“The promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic school”
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the TCE website located at https://www.tsv.catholic.edu.au . Information available includes the TCE Strategic Direction for 2017 to 2021.
Position Title: Education Consultant
Reports to: Director School Development Services
About the Role
The Education Consultant exists to support the Executive Director in the promotion of excellence in schools by mentoring, monitoring and supervising the leadership of Principals in the development of Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO) Schools as centres of quality teaching and learning.
It is a position of senior leadership and management that is specifically oriented to the integration of TCE perspectives (including the TCE “Strategic Directions”) with those of local school communities.
There are three Education Consultants for TCE. Each works primarily with principals and other school leaders in nine or ten primary and secondary schools located in both urban and rural settings across the Diocese. In doing so, the Education Consultant exercises leadership across five significant domains: Catholic Identity, Education, Stewardship, Community and Future Focus.
At a later stage in this process we will provide a detailed Position Description as well as a document on School Improvement as it relates to the Diocese of Townsville.
The Education Consultant is accountable in the first instance to the Director School Development Services and then to the Executive Director. The Education Consultant consults and liaises with other TCEO personnel, Principals in schools, and other Diocesan staff/committees, where appropriate.
There are a number of other significant relationships within the Catholic Education Office. These include those with members of the Strategic Leadership Team, TCEO Executive Leadership Team, the In Office Group, TCEO Curriculum Team, TCEO Religious Education Team, Indigenous Education Services Team, Finance and Employee Services Team, ICT, Student Protection, Inclusive Education, Capital and Workplace Health and Safety
In working with a portfolio of 9 or 10 schools, the Education Consultant has 2 direct reports. In the TCEO matrix structure the Consultant also has an RE Adviser operating as part of the school service team.
An organisation chart will be provided later in the process.
It is anticipated the successful applicant will be able to commence by the middle of January 2021 in preparation for the start of the 2021 school year.
Location and Travel
The role is based in the Townsville Catholic Education Office, 2 Gardenia Avenue, Kirwan (a suburb of Townsville) Queensland. However, the nature of the role will require the person to spend most of their time in school communities.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package reflects the seniority of the appointment and will be discussed as we step through the process.
- The initial contract period is for five (5) years subject to satisfactory performance, with further contract periods subject to an appraisal according to policy.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- 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 at https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
- Applicants will require a current “C” Class Driver’s Licence.
The Executive Director invites expressions of interest from people who align with the following expectations:
- A genuine, deeply embedded Catholic faith and an active member of a Catholic Eucharistic Community.
- A career in Catholic Education with senior leadership experience in a Catholic school, ideally as principal.
- Deep knowledge and experience of school improvement, contemporary learning and teaching practices, and professional learning practice.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, including an ability to build and maintain productive relationships with a broad stakeholder group.
- Ability to work in a matrix structure and effectively manage time commitments and relationships to meet deadlines and achieve shared outcomes.
- A commitment to ongoing personal and professional learning, particularly shown through post-graduate studies and professional development experiences.
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The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Friday 16th Oct.|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Mon 2nd Nov.|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 9th Nov.|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 23rd Nov.|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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