Join us and ‘Let Your Light Shine’
The Catholic Education Commission Tasmania (CECT) is appointed by the Archbishop and is the overarching strategic planning and policy making body for Catholic education in Tasmania. CECT is the recognised governance authority for 35 Archdiocesan schools and colleges and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.
St James Catholic College is a part of the CECT system of 35 schools. The College is located in Cygnet in the Huon Valley, which is approx. 55 km/50-minute drive south-west of Hobart. St James is a regional co-educational K to 10 school with a student population of about 300. The College has a long and well-respected history within the community and it upholds the values of the Gospel lived out in the Josephite and Edmund Rice traditions.
Living in Cygnet
With a population of approx. 2000, Cygnet lies along the Huon River. The town is the centre of the fruit growing Huon Valley region where apple, cherry and berry orchards line the hills. Of recent times Cygnet has also become popular among artists, musicians and creative craftspeople.
A range of additional information is available when you visit the College website at
Position Title: Principal
Responsible to: Executive Director; through the Director of Schools – South
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 cocurricular 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.
A full position description and a College organisation chart will be provided at a later stage in this project.
The commencement date is negotiable. It could be from July this year; but no later than 1 January 2022.
The College address is 25 Mary St, Cygnet.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be discussed as we move through the process.
- Initial contract is for 4 years with option for two additional 4 year contracts.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- Full registration with the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board at time of commencement of duties.
- Current motor vehicle licence.
- Working with Vulnerable People registration.
- Satisfactory National Police History Check.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- A practicing Catholic whose faith is visible and inspiring in daily life and work.
- Experience in Catholic primary or secondary school Leadership.
- The ability to articulate an educational vision that incorporates Catholic beliefs and values into all facets of school life and learning.
- A collaborative leader with an accessible and approachable style and the capacity for building community.
- Qualifications in Education and Religion with a personal focus on continual professional learning.
Are You Interested in this Opportunity?
If you are interested in this role, simply complete the ‘Express Your Interest’ panel on this page; or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ref number TS1455. Whichever you choose, please provide a brief resume and contact (mobile) telephone number.
Please also view another CET Principal opportunity for MacKillop Catholic College in Hobart – click here.
If you are NOT interested in either role but would like to be advised of future leadership positions, click here to register for our job alerts.
Questions can be directed to either (a) Director John Chesher (0417 068 220) or (b) email to email@example.com.
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 Tuesday 18th May|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Friday 4th June|
|Shortlisting||Tuesday 8th June|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Wednesday 16th 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 be provided to you.
- we will ask you to nominate (for future use) a work-related referee and a Catholic priest referee. Note that no contact with referees will occur without your express consent.
- 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 CET schedule.
- On Monday 7th June all resumes will be forwarded by Trak Search to CET. The shortlisting will occur on the following day.
- From Monday 7th June all contact regarding this role (including invitations to interview and unsuccessful advice) will occur directly between applicants and CET, with Trak Search not involved.
- All information provided to Trak Search will be made available prior to shortlisting, in confidence, to the Executive Director or nominees unless you instruct Trak Search otherwise.
Trak Search is committed to working with client organisations in the safeguarding of children and young people. Applicants should be aware that in addition to the Working with Children and National Police History Checks required by our client, Trak Search screening processes, interview questions and reference checking will reflect also this commitment.
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