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 the 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. The proud reputation Catholic schools enjoy within the Diocese today is based on the strong tradition built by religious orders who founded Catholic Education in the Townsville Diocese in 1872.
Ryan Catholic College is a part of the System of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Townsville. Ryan is a Prep to Year 12 College for girls and boys, providing a seamless transition through the three phases of education: Junior, Middle and Senior schooling.
From humble beginnings as a small community school which opened in 1979, Ryan Catholic College has become a local leader in the provision of Catholic education. The past 40 years have seen rapid growth in the Townsville outer suburbs, and Ryan Catholic College has grown to accommodate almost 2,000 students across two campuses.
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: Executive Director
About the Role
The position of Principal provides for the leadership and management of quality Catholic schooling and the growth and development of the Principal in the role. The Principal’s call to leadership is a call to respond to the centrality of Jesus Christ and thus serve the Mission of Catholic Education. The Principal is the leading educational professional within the school, inspiring students, staff and members of the community to continuously enhance learning.
At a later stage in this process, we will provide a detailed Position Description as well as an organisation chart.
The Principal, in matters relating to performance of the role, reports in the first instance to the Education Consultant who reports to the Director School Development Services. Important directive relationships also exist with the Parish Priest and with senior management personnel, committees and boards within Townsville Catholic Education.
Reporting to the Principal, and a part of the Ryan Leadership Team, are the following roles:
- Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning
- Deputy Principal – Mission & Culture
- Deputy Principal – Junior Campus
- Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum (P-12)
- Assistant to the Principal – Religious Education (Yrs 5-12)
- Assistant to the Principal – Religious Education (Prep – Yr 4)
- Assistant to the Principal – Administration (Yrs 5-12)
- Assistant to the Principal – Administration (Prep – Yr 4)
The commencement date is negotiable but ideally the successful applicant will be able to start by the beginning of term 3 this year.
The College is located on two sites. The Senior Campus is on Canterbury Road, Kirwan; the Junior Campus on Golf Links Drive, Kirwan. The sites are 5 minutes apart. Kirwan is a suburb of Townsville.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package reflects the seniority of the appointment and the size of this large P-12 school. Details will be discussed as we step through the process.
- The initial contract period is for four (4) years subject to satisfactory performance, with further contract periods subject to an appraisal according to policy.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be provided for 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:
- Committed to the Catholic faith and an active member of a Catholic Eucharistic community.
- Recent leadership experience in a Catholic school with the ability to lead the drive for educational excellence.
- A well-developed strategic and visionary thinker who can translate ideas and concepts into action.
- Deep knowledge of contemporary curriculum, pedagogy and professional learning practice.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to lead staff cohorts to establish and maintain a collaborative learning culture.
- Appropriate tertiary qualifications and a passion for lifelong learning.
People with leadership experience in primary, secondary or a P-12 setting are encouraged to apply.
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The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications will be acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Friday 12th Feb.|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Mon 1st March|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 8th March|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 15th or 22nd March|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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- 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 the TCE schedule.
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