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 more than 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”
Living in Townsville
Providing a laid-back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville region enjoys as the ‘second capital of Queensland’.
With a population of approximately 190,000 people, Townsville offers a wonderful lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity. It is a thriving precinct with world class education facilities, leading edge health care centres, affordable housing, spectacular events and entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the TCE website located at https://www.tsv.catholic.edu.au/
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Position Title: Education Consultant
Reports to: Director, School Development Services
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’s systemic schools as centres of quality learning and teaching. It is a position of senior leadership and management that is specifically oriented to school improvement through the integration of TCE perspectives (including the TCE “Strategic Directions”) with local school priorities.
Critical to this role will be the Education Consultant’s ability to work with Principals to implement school improvement priorities, identify areas of focus and support them to develop and demonstrate the six dimensions of school leadership. The opportunity to provide authentic witness to Catholic education which promotes Gospel values, nurtures faith development and builds capacity in leaders for today and for the future is key.
At a later stage in this project you will be provided a full position description; and the success criteria for the first 12 months in the role.
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 TCE personnel, Principals in schools, and Diocesan staff/committees, where appropriate.
The Education Consultant forms significant professional relationships within the Catholic Education Office. There are a number of other significant relationships within the Catholic Education Office including those members of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), the System Leadership Group and managers and advisors in other directorates.
This role is one of 3 Education Consultants, each working with a portfolio of approx 10 schools. The role 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 at a later stage in this project.
It is anticipated the successful applicant will be able to commence early in January 2024 in preparation for the start of the 2024 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 Driver’s Licence.
The Executive Director invites expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- 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 a primary, secondary or P-12 principal; or an equivalent senior Catholic Education office role.
- 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.
- Appropriate Tertiary qualification with registration or eligibility for registration with Queensland College of Teachers, including full accreditation to teach/teach Religious Education in a Catholic school.
Are You Interested?
If you are interested in this role, please use the ‘Express Your Interest’ panel on this webpage; or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ref number TS1520. All we require at the outset is a resume, email address and mobile telephone number. No other documentation is required from you to express your interest.
All emails and resumes are acknowledged within 48 hours. Please contact us again if this does not occur.
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Fri. 14th July|
|Latest date for applications||Wed 2nd August|
|Selection committee short listing||During week commencing Mon 7th Aug.|
|Anticipated date for TCE interviews||Weeks of Monday 14th or 21st August|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
We have been instructed to provide a process that is transparent and welcoming.
- We are available for your confidential enquiries. We will also provide additional information to allow you to explore how the role aligns with your expectations and interests.
- Closing is 5.00pm on the date shown above. However, a late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or TCE schedule.
- We expect to complete a work-related reference; and a faith-based reference from a Catholic priest; both prior to shortlisting. We anticipate speaking with another work-related referee between shortlisting and interviews; with final references completed in the final stages of the process. No referee will be contacted without your express consent.
- It is possible that people invited to meet with TCE will be invited to complete on-line psychometric and aptitude testing in advance of the meeting.
- The selection committee will provide an option of a video interview in circumstances where a person is unable to attend for a face-to-face meeting.
- Please be aware our standard practice utilises the services of an external specialist in pre-employment screening. This service includes employment history verification; National Police Check; and academic qualifications and professional memberships verification.
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- For more information on our process click here to access the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
- Only people with the unrestricted right to work in Australia may apply for this role.
- Please note: people are contacted and discussions commence soon after applications are received. We do not wait until the close date. There are advantages in applying immediately.
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