About us

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 over 150 schools, more than 71,000 students, 10,000 staff and a large alumni community.

About the role

The Specialist: School Operations Unit (SOU) is works with the Manager: School Operations Unit, and the School Operations Unit team and plays a vital role in to ensure that schools are supported to operationalise system projects and accountabilities.

The SOU is a team of 7 people (Manager, 4 SOU Specialists, SOU intake officer and an enrolment officer) and is part of the System Performance Directorate. The SOU is responsible for supporting accountability between the Directors: System Performance,  School Operations Unit and school leaders, monitoring key school metrics and facilitating and effective working relationship between schools within and between networks. 

Major Accountabilities

Your key responsibilities include:

  • supporting the work and planning of school leaders and networks across a diverse range of contemporary operational areas
  • supporting the delivery of a cohesive educational and mission strategy across SCS with the relevant principals and school leaders
  • making decisions, in respect to strategic and project initiatives to ensure SCS is a leader in the provision of educational excellence 
  • managing and responding to inquiries from parents, principals, students and community members including conducting reviews and inquiries into specific issues 
  • building and developing relationships with school leaders and other directorates to define operational strategies, working with the Directors: System Performance on special projects
  • working with the Directors: System Performance, Manager: School Operations Unit and other Directorates to pursue strategic priorities, help to identify the areas of key focus and identify metrics for success; revisiting regularly and evaluating progress
  • coordinating the implementation of strategic initiatives across schools and networks
  • ensuring that data is being effectively and critically analysed to inform school improvement 
  • clarifying the interpretation of data to inform and evaluate projects and programs
  • promoting and implementing Sydney Catholic Schools’ mission and vision To know and love Christ through learning and Thriving Catholic communities through excellent teaching and learning. 

The Person

To be successful in this position, you must possess:

  • post graduate qualifications in Education and/or Curriculum, Research or Leadership
  • a minimum of 10 years experience in Leadership 
  • experience in leading a multi-disciplined team
  • willingness to respect, support and uphold the mission, ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church and the values of Sydney Catholic Schools
  • ability to represent the mission of the Catholic Church through your personal and professional conduct. 
  • is 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 their relationship with Jesus Christ. 


  • experience is a similar substantive position
  • demonstrated innovation in an educational facility
  • a Current driver’s licence.

The Process

To apply for this position please click “Apply For Job” and follow the prompts.

To support your application, you will be required to provide:

  • your current resume
  • cover letter addressing your suitability for the position and the following the targeted question below

Target question (200 words or less): Provide an example where you have brokered a solution to a complex issue that has brought about improvement in learning and/or engagement.

If you have any questions about the SOU Specialist position or the direction of this role into the future please contact Anne-Marie Fensom (SOU Manager) on (02) 9568-8146 or one of the Directors: System Performance.

If you encounter technical issues or for any general enquiries please contact the People & Culture Services team on (02) 9568 8297 (8am-5pm Mon-Fri).

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