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Director of Formation and Mission - Sophia Education Ministries, Sydney, NSW

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This role is to discern, articulate and communicate the vision and mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and its educational philosophy with responsibility for leading ongoing formation throughout Sophia Education Ministries.

The Chair of Sophia Education Ministries

The Chair of the Mission Committee of Sophia Education Ministries



  • Understand and promote the charism, tradition and mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart and its educational philosophy
  • Discern, articulate and communicate Madeleine Sophia Barat’s vision for education in Sacred Heart schools
  • Facilitate and develop strategies which support the growth and development of the charism, values and tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart
  • Understand and communicate the calls of the General Chapters of the Society of the Sacred Heart and the strategic priorities of the ANZ province


  • Provide and evaluate an ongoing mission formation program for School Boards
  • Ensure the regular review of mission, induction and development programs for new School Board directors and new Principals
  • Provide support to the Board of Sophia Education Ministries in carrying out its ongoing formation
  • Take an active interest in relevant professional and community networks

Australia New Zealand Network of Sacred Heart Schools (ANZNet)

  • Through the Principals, liaise and partner with the schools Directors of Mission
  • Provide assistance in planning and implementing mission objectives
  • Prepare and coordinate the annual ANZNet Goals Review Meeting



  • Board of Sophia Education Ministries
  • Chairs of ANZNet schools
  • Boards of ANZNet schools
  • Principals in ANZNet schools
  • Directors of Mission in ANZNet schools
  • Province Mission Coordinator for Australia – New Zealand Province
  • International Society of the Sacred Heart, especially through Education, JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation), Committees and the Society’s NGO at the UN


  • Key contacts across other Orders, Congregations and the wider Church
  • Key contacts within the Catholic education sector
  • Mission and Ministry networks
  • Duchesne and Sancta Sophia university colleges (to be considered at their request)


  • A personal commitment to the faith, values and mission of the Catholic Church
  • A strong commitment to the philosophy, vision and values of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia
  • An ability to articulate, explain and “break open” the mission and values of the Sacred Heart to a variety of audiences
  • An ability to translate the mission and values into operational plans with a record of developing strategy and implementation
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills to build and sustain effective relationships across a broad range of key relationships
  • Experience in working collaboratively with proven negotiation skills and discernment processes
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to manage change at a senior level
  • An appropriate knowledge of theology and scripture that leads to and enhances discernment and prayer
  • Demonstrated organisational skills with ability in reporting and accountability for performance
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and manage time


  • Will include relevant tertiary qualifications e.g. Scripture, Theology, Education


  • Four to five day fortnight worked flexibly
  • Remuneration and conditions of employment will be negotiated with the successful applicant
  • Probation period of 6 months
  • Induction will be provided and take into account experience, background and knowledge of the Society of the Sacred Heart and its philosophy of education
  • Appointment: a three-year contract with an annual review post probation
  • Home office required
  • Responsibilities will involve extended hours: evening meetings, overnight absence and travel within the ANZ province
  • The Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 requires the successful applicant to be subject to a ‘working with children check’ as part of the employment screening process

Key dates in the recruitment process are as follows:

  • Applications close 19th August 2019
  • First interviews scheduled to take place in Sydney on August 27th 2019
  • Role to commence 14th October 2019

Persons who are interested should send a cover letter and their CV in the first instance to our Executive Officer - Mel Keating at [email protected] or contact her on 0404 030 871 if you have any questions.


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