An Introduction to Catholic Education in Tasmania
The Archdiocese of Hobart covers all of the State of Tasmania.
Within the Archdiocese are thirty-eight Catholic schools, with enrolments in excess of 16,000 students. In Archdiocesan and systemic schools and colleges the Principal is appointed by the Director of Catholic Education. The Principal has delegated authority for the appointment of staff, for their conditions of employment, deployment and pastoral care.
Principals work with Governing Councils and/or School Advisory Boards in the effective leadership of the school or college.
For further information relating to Tasmanian Catholic schools, please visit the Tasmania Catholic Education Office website at http://www.catholic.tas.edu.au
Corpus Christi Catholic School
Corpus Christi Catholic School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 co-educational Catholic Primary School, which is situated at Bellerive on the Eastern shore of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. At present we have 460 students.
The school was founded by the Presentation Sisters who conducted it from 1936-1986. Since 1987, the school has been under the leadership of lay principals. We aim to guide students in their relationship with God, assist students to develop their academic abilities and capabilities, encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning, provide equity and equal opportunity for our students and provide an education that will help to provide for the future of our students.
Teachers work in teaching teams, sharing ideas and planning together to differentiate the curriculum. We provide many leadership roles for our Grade 6 students including peer-mediators, school-leaders, mini Vinnies, buddy groups and Aussie sport leaders, also for participation in extra-curricular activities for all students in the school.
Introduction to Hobart
With a population in excess of 220,000, Hobart is one of the most beautiful and liveable Cities in the world. As the second oldest city in Australia the City offers a wonderful blend of built and cultural heritage; environment; a vibrant art and dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle.
Nestled under Mount Wellington on the Derwent River, Hobart is renowned for its heritage buildings, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market and its Festivals. Hobart is the gateway to the best quality food and boutique wines and the famous Tasmanian salmon, crayfish and cheeses, raspberries and strawberries, beer and chocolates. This unique setting provides for an ambience that you will not find in another city anywhere in the world.
Housing in Hobart is more affordable than any other capital city in Australia. The quality of housing is high, and a large selection is available from brand new homes to stately older mansions. Due to its stunning location, many Hobart homes have beautiful outlooks, with many affordable homes having a scenic view of the Derwent River, Mount Wellington or both
Role title: Principal
Responsible to: Director, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office
Works collegially with: Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (TCEO), other Colleges and System Schools
The Principal is accountable for leadership of mission, evangelisation and learning within the school community to ensure the goals of Catholic education are achieved. The role is accountable for effective leadership of staff, students and the wider school community to ensure that students receive quality education in accordance with Catholic faith and Christian principles.
This is achieved through effective planning, direction, delivery, monitoring and assessment of curriculum, teaching programs, and co-curricular activities that support the core religious and educative dimensions. These activities require the effective and sustainable development, management and deployment of strategies, plans, staff and resources to support the future of the
school and enhancement of system-wide Catholic Education effectiveness.
As a leader in Catholic Education Tasmania,
- you will promote and support the achievement of our mission;
- you are required to exercise the principles of collegiality and subsidiarity in the promotion of shared ministry and teamwork within the school community and archdiocesan system;
- you must take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of other people, including people working under your supervision or direction who may be affected by your acts or omissions at the workplace, and be aware of and apply Work Health and Safety (WHS) Officer due diligence criteria in accordance with Section 27 of WHS Act 2012 (TAS);
- you have a duty of care to protect and preserve the safety of children and students and must always act in the best interests of them in accordance with the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission’s Child Safe Organisation policy.
- Director through relevant reporting structure
- School Governance Bodies
- School Leadership Team
- School staff
- School volunteers
- External stakeholders, suppliers and service providers
- Government and Education agencies
- Visitors and members of the public
The appointed person will be able to take up this position in January 2018, however an earlier commencement could be negotiated.
Conditions of Employment
- Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Principal appointments are typically on an initial contract basis for four years subject to Director discretion. Two further subsequent contracts of four years duration may be negotiated for effective high-performing Principals. The first six months of the initial year of the appointment will be designated as a probationary period.
- Reasonable transfer and removal costs will be provided for the successful applicant.
Qualifications and Registrations
- Bachelor of Education
- Masters in Education, or equivalent
- Diploma in Theology, or equivalent
- Current motor vehicle license
- Accreditation for Senior Leadership or equivalent
- Full registration with the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board at time of commencement of duties
- Working with Vulnerable People registration
- Satisfactory National Police History Check
Skills and Capabilities
- A practicing Catholic whose faith is visible and inspiring in daily life and work
- Significant experience in a Catholic education leadership role
- Demonstrated ability to articulate an educational vision that incorporates Catholic beliefs and values into all facets of school life and learning
- Experience building engagement across all elements of a school community
- A coalition builder who creates an inclusive environment that is conducive to sincere and open communication
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills
- Well-developed knowledge and understanding of school financial and administrative functions
- A collaborative leader with an accessible and approachable style
- Demonstrated ability to listen to concerns and resolve conflicts constructively
- Demonstrated experience in promoting a culture of continuous improvement, offering creative solutions and applying strong leadership to challenges
- Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional growth for self and others
- Ability to develop staff and build leadership capacity
Are you Interested in this Opportunity?
If you are interested in this role, then simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or from the form on this page stating your interest; nominating the role and ref number TS1354; and providing your resume.
At this stage we do NOT ask for you to labour over selection criteria or any application document – just a one-line email to Trak Search to indicate your interest in ‘Corpus Christi Principal TS1354’ and providing your resume. The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Fri 28th April|
|Trak Search discussions commence||From Mon 8th May|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wed 17th May|
|Trak Search provides applications to TCEO||Mon 22nd May|
|TCEO short listing||Week commencing Mon 22nd May|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 29 May or 5 June|
Significant aspects of this project include:
- At the outset you will not be required to: complete an application form; provide a lengthy, comprehensive document to address the selection criteria; or supply referee details.
- Trak Search will arrange to have a brief telephone conversation with people interested in this role. At this time additional information will also be provided to you.
- A late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or the schedule. Please be aware however that any application received after close of business on the date noted above is more likely to be returned to you.
- On Monday 22nd May all resumes will be forwarded to TCEO and their shortlisting will occur soon after.
- From Monday 22nd May all contact regarding this role (including invitations to interview and unsuccessful advice) will occur directly between applicants and TCEO, with Trak Search not involved.
- Applicants short-listed for interview will receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses associated with attending an interview. For inter-state interviewees, this includes reimbursement of a return economy airfare, or its equivalent.
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