Catholic schools have been delivering excellence in education to Sydney school students for over 200 years. Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) continues to be a thriving and growing contemporary educational community with 147 Catholic primary and secondary schools, more than 71,000 students, 10,000 staff and a large alumni community.

Location: World Square (CBD) and within schools
Commencement Date: Immediate start or by negotiation
Closing Date: Sunday, 26 March 2023
Capacity: Full-time, 3 year contract


Reporting to the Director: Mission & Identity, the Manager: Family Wellbeing and Education will be responsible for providing expert advice to SCS staff and schools regarding Family Engagement. A core function of this role will be to collaborate with multiple directorates and schools in order to develop a cohesive system approach to the strengthening of community partnerships. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Mission and Identity Directorate and Family Educators to develop strategies to nurture the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of students and their families.


The successful candidate for this position will be a highly effective Catholic leader responsible for:

  • leading, establishing and facilitating a family wellbeing approach that aligns with SCS values and priorities, and is underpinned by the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework to act as an enabler for SCS’s vision for school learning;
  • building a culture of belonging and connection through the provision of opportunities at a parish, school and network level that foster a sense of community for students, and their families;
  • designing and implementing programs that promote a positive proactive approach to family wellbeing and faith formation within a Catholic community;
  • exploring best-practice research in implementing family wellbeing, and protective and preventive relationship programs;
  • collaborating with relevant specialists to ensure the provision of highly effective support services and pastoral programs for families;
  • leading the development of system initiatives and approaches which engage families and support parents, enhancing personal responsibility toward social and emotional learning in the context of a Catholic community;
  • actively supporting, modelling, and promoting restorative practices and processes when interacting with parishes, staff, families, and students;
  • developing highly effective processes for listening and responding to ‘parent voice’;
  • supporting, modelling, and promoting restorative practices and processes when interacting with parishes, staff, families, and students;
  • overseeing and developing a multi-tiered system of support to provide strategies to schools in the development of faith practice and engagement with families;
  • representing SCS and ensuring a professional profile is maintained in inter-diocesan, state and national forums, particularly with regard to parent groups and associations;
  • supporting schools in the analysis of SCS network data for the purpose of identifying trends, issues and targeting areas for growth in parent engagement and support;
  • contributing to policy and practice as an expert in the system for matters related to family wellbeing and pastoral care;
  • strategically considering current and emerging evidence-based approaches to supporting family wellbeing, providing guidance to the directorate and sharing effective practices across schools;
  • promoting and implementing the Sydney Catholic Schools’ mission and vision To know and love Christ through learning and Thriving Catholic communities through excellent teaching and learning; and
  • promoting and abiding by Sydney Catholic Schools’ values of empathy, curiosity, excellence, collaboration, and truth.


The successful candidate will also possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • a degree in Education or Teaching, or other associated degree
  • extensive experience in a community relations roles and a demonstrated capacity to advocate for parents, staff, students and the broader community
  • demonstrated experience in Leadership and/or as a practitioner in the field of family engagement, wellbeing, pastoral and/or community care
  • evidenced ability to work with sensitive and confidential information
  • demonstrated experience in liaising with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • a valid Working With Children Check clearance (WWCC) number for paid employment
  • a Baptised Catholic with demonstrated evidence of ongoing commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church and engagement in the life of a Catholic faith community such as a parish or an established community within the Catholic Church
  • a current driver’s licence.


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For any enquiries, please contact the Mission and Identity team by emailing mi.appointments@syd.catholic.edu.au.

Working With Children Check (WWCC)
This role is classified as child-related work and therefore requires a WWCC clearance prior to the commencement of employment.

To know and love Christ through learning.

Thriving Catholic communities through excellent teaching and learning.

Truth, empathy, excellence, curiosity and collaboration.

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