PRINCIPAL | K-12 | 1058 Students
St Vincent’s College, Ashfield
Commencement Date: Term 4, 2022
Closing Date: Friday, 1 July 2022

About Sydney Catholic Schools

Catholic schools have been delivering excellence in education to Sydney school students for 200 years. Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) continues to be a thriving and growing contemporary educational community with 150 schools, more than 71,000 current students, 10,000 staff and a large alumni community.

About the College

St Vincent’s College will be created by amalgamating three Ashfield Schools – St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, De La Salle College and Bethlehem College into one co-educational K-12 college, commencing January 2023. As Principal, you will play a key role in this transformation and support the school community through this journey. Built on the foundations of excellence, the priority of the College in 2023 and beyond is a future-focused strategic vision aimed at delivering ambitious educational outcomes for every student.

The reimagining, redevelopment and rebranding will create a college which forms students who thrive, influence and help create a just and equitable world. The College will deliver flexible approaches at all stages of learning. The College will focus on delivering a comprehensive education, with a particular focus on mathematics, technology, sciences, entrepreneurial skills, global competencies and a lively Church to the world mission, equipping students to be ethical and optimistic influencers. The new model anticipates impactful connections and partnerships with not-for profits, with the corporate sector and with higher education providers. Linking entrepreneurial skills to social service work embodies Ashfield’s Church to the world focus.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced and energetic educational leader. As a leader in K-12 education, you will help to challenge and equip students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills to solve real-world problems in the complex world around them. A leader who understands and contributes to the broader innovative pedagogy that will drive a strong culture of learning. Someone who is passionate about continuous improvement, committed to excellence and works comfortably shifting between strategic vision and operational imperatives to drive the best performance results for the College. The successful candidate will drive innovation, partnership with a holistic approach to contemporary education which is at the heart of our thriving Catholic communities across the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Major Accountabilities

The Principal of St Vincent’s College will be involved in making a difference in the lives of young people by:

  • making explicit, through witness and example, the mission of Catholic schools
  • leading strategic change through consultation and collaboration with stakeholders
  • developing innovative programs focused on building entrepreneurial skills and global competencies as well as building strong collaborative partnerships with institutions such as universities
  • improving student outcomes by improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning
  • creating a school-wide professional learning culture
  • monitoring the performance and organisational health of the school through data insights to identify ways to improve the educational experience
  • promoting a culture of informed decision-making, transparency and collaboration incorporating the use of data
  • leading as part of a Network in establishing a compelling pre to post educational experience
  • examining the context of the broader community and global educational trends for the benefit of the school
  • support the realisation of the SCS Strategic Plan – Thriving Catholic Communities
  • lead the use of data to effectively and critically inform school improvement processes
  • build and develop relationships with the College, parish and community leaders to pursue the strategic intent of the system.

Essential Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will have attained the following experience, skills and knowledge:

  • significant experience in implementing strategic vision
  • a track record in educational leadership which shows evidence of delivering excellent educational outcomes for students
  • a Masters in Educational Leadership or qualification in another relevant educational discipline
  • the requirements of (Category E) in the Accreditation Policy to Work Teach and Lead in Sydney Catholic Schools or agree to meet these requirements in your first contract term
  • willingness to respect, support and uphold the mission, ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church and the values of Sydney Catholic Schools in your personal and professional conduct
  • 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, as an expression of a relationship with Jesus Christ.

As an SCS educational leader, you will champion and support the ongoing personal and professional development of yourself and your team. Strategically, your vision will be to build and foster a culture of continuous improvement and sustainability in all areas within your school.

SCS offers a generous salary package for school leadership positions and the salaries for SCS Principal roles are available at


Submit your application via the ‘Apply’ button and follow the steps to complete your application. To support your application, you will be required to attach;

  • your current resume
  • cover letter including the targeted questions below (250 words limit each)
  • parish priest reference.

Targeted Question 1: Outline how you have previously led a team of educators to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences so as to prepare students for real-world and complex problems by creatively exploring and developing possibilities, challenging assumptions and creating and expressing knowledge.

Targeted Question 2: What activities would you ensure are implemented to prepare students for a global future?

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Gleeson, Supervisor: Recruitment via

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

This role is classified as child-related work and therefore requires a WWCC clearance prior to commencement of employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Evidence

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) is committed to ensuring the safety of our staff, students and school communities. In line with SCS’ COVID-19 Policy, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or subsequent variants) or have an approved medical contraindication which prevents them from receiving any dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to work at or with a school, in central office or at any other location at which work is carried out by SCS. Compliance with this policy and providing evidence of vaccination is an essential requirement of employment.

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Thriving Catholic communities through excellent teaching and learning.

Truth, empathy, excellence, curiosity, and collaboration.

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