REGIONAL DIRECTOR – SOUTHERN REGION

The Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools invites internal and external applications for the following Executive position:

Location: Revesby Regional Office
Commencement Date: January 2018
Closing Date: 11 May 2017

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) is seeking a committed Catholic who believes passionately in our vision and purpose – providing quality Catholic learning and teaching to the children in our Archdiocesan schools.

At a time of changing funding arrangements and increasing growth, we have a unique opportunity for an innovative and strategic Regional Director to lead the Southern Region and position it for a strong and vibrant future.

Reporting to Dr Dan White – Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, the Regional Director position will be responsible for the effective leadership of a community of schools and for providing support services, which enhance the quality of Catholic education for the students.

The Regional Director is accountable for the performance of primary and secondary schools as expressed in the Archdiocesan Annual and Regional Improvement Plan. The role also works closely with the SACS Board and other senior leaders in developing and implementing the strategic plan.

Essential Criteria
• Master’s Degree in Theology, Leadership, Education or Curriculum or Doctorate in Education.
• Accreditation for Senior Leadership in a Catholic School (Category E), Accreditation to Work Teach and Lead in Systemic Catholic Schools Archdiocese of Sydney.
• A demonstrated commitment to the Vision and Mission of Catholic Education.
• Proven experience of working in a senior leadership role as Principal, Consultant or Director in a Catholic school or system of schools, is desirable.
• A sound understanding of and ability to articulate contemporary educational trends in both the Australian and international contexts.
• Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, policy development and implementation in schools.

To be considered for the role, the successful candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and expertise:

• Strong commitment to practice and life of the Catholic faith.
• Understands and demonstrates a commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church and gives witness to it.
• Is able to promote the Vision and Mission of the Catholic school formally and informally in the day-to-day functions, tasks and responsibilities.
• Understands and makes clear the moral imperative of Catholic schooling.
• Is able to articulate in a variety of forums a significant understanding of the evangelising role of Catholic schools within the Archdiocese.
• Demonstrates a global outlook and understands the school within context of broader community, educational trends and current political environment.
• Demonstrates effectiveness in at least two or more senior leadership positions within education, one of which was at Principal level.
• Demonstrates an ability to lead critical reflection, to challenge assumptions about learning and teaching and provide feedback to school leaders regarding practice.
• Demonstrates an ability to lead change through consultation and collaboration with all stakeholders.
• Proven ability to set goals within the improvement agenda and to use research methodology to monitor and adjust actions.
• Proven ability to contribute to the strategic outcomes of the Archdiocese and demonstrate system thinking.
• Demonstrates capacity for adaptive leadership.
• Effective communicator at all levels within the organisation.
• Proven effectiveness managing others, developing capacity and empowering to make decisions.
• Effective communicator of key data including presentations to senior leaders, the Board and other stakeholders.
• Effective change management and negotiation skills.

Application Process
Interested applicants should contact Carmen De Oliveira (Senior Recruitment Officer) at the SCS Central Office on (02) 9568 8258 or via email carmen.deoliveira@syd.catholic.edu.au
for a private and confidential conversation and to obtain a copy of the information pack.

Note: Applications will need to include a reference from their Parish Priest in order to be considered for shortlisting.

Our Mission
Celebrating Being Catholic in Australia
Ensuring Quality Teaching and Learning
Making a Difference in our World

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