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Principal - Sancta Sophia College, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW

  • Focus on both academic achievement and rich community spirit
  • Leader of 40 staff and 300 students 
  • Applicants must be Catholic and live on site

Sancta Sophia College was founded as a residential college for Catholic women attending the University of Sydney in 1926. Today, up to 300 students, including undergraduate women and graduate men and women from a broad range of religious, social and ethnic backgrounds, reside at the College while studying a wide range of disciplines.

Following the recent announcement by the current Principal, Dr Marie Leech, that this will be her last year at the College after ten years of notable achievements and dedicated service, the Council invites applications for the position from suitable applicants. The successful applicant must believe in and uphold Catholic values and is required to live on site.

In Dr Leech’s own words, ‘Sancta is at an amazingly vibrant and interesting phase in its development, and the time is right for consolidation of the many changes of the past ten years and for visions of future opportunities and ongoing development.’ 

In inviting applications for the position of Principal from 2018, the College Council seeks an individual who believes, with them, that a College residential experience gives students an edge via the many engaging opportunities that form a key part of College life. While Sancta is primarily an academic community, extracurricular experiences add to the rich community spirit of the College and encourage the all-round development of outstanding graduates who will be global citizens, contributing socially, culturally, spiritually and academically to society.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an applicant who has wisdom and emotional intelligence, a record of continuous learning and academic achievement, and a keen interest in young people. The right candidate will also be a strategic thinker and able to skilfully navigate Sancta through exciting changes in the higher education and student accommodation fields.

Please obtain information about the position by calling the consultant assisting the College, Kathy McLean, of Fish & Nankivell, on 0414 376 698. Applications will close on 5 June 2017. A concurrent search is being conducted.

Fish & Nankivell is a member of Penrhyn International with offices in major cities around the world.

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