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Prinicipal Consultant - Goulburn Valley Deanery - Catholic Education Office -Sandhurst, Shepparton, VIC

REMUNERATION SCALE: Senior Salary (Mercer Scale)

REPORTS TO: Leadership CoSSI Team Leader:

  • LOCATION: Goulburn Valley
  • AUTHORISED BY: Director of Catholic Education, Mr Paul Desmond
  • DATE: October 2019

Primary Objective

To support the professional learning, well being and ongoing capabilities of school leaders in schools in the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Organisational Environment

The Director of Catholic Education acts within a delegation from the Bishop in the organisational, administrative, support and service matters related to Catholic schools within the Diocese, including matters related to Religious Education and Faith formation.

The Director of Catholic Education and all delegations via that position operate within the parameters of Canon Law and the Catholic Church structures and processes. The CEO is not the controlling or employing authority for Catholic schools, and the authority of the Canonical Administrators within their parish and/or school is acknowledged and respected.

The Catholic Education Office participates and cooperates in the work of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV), which has key responsibilities for the allocation and distribution of government funding, facilitating cooperation across the four Victorian Dioceses, and working in cooperation with government statutory authorities.

Each Principal Consultant acts within the authority of the Director of Catholic Education and is responsible to him for:

  • Enacting the vision of Sandhurst schools
  • Implementing the Charter of Sandhurst School Improvement
  • Supporting school leaders in line with CEO Strategic Plan and schools Annual Improvement plans.
  • Supporting and advising Canonical Administrators as required

Job Environment

The position establishes its own objectives and patterns of work with the Deputy Director: School Improvement, to fulfil organisational objectives informed by the strategic vision of the CEO Strategic plan and annual goals and plans of the Catholic Education Office.

The enactment of the position is informed by the work of the CEO Directorate and leaders of CoSSI Teams.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Work with school leaders to facilitate the development of school plans that are consultative, evidence based and focused on cultural change and ongoing improvement.
  2. Provide coaching and mentoring to build capacity in leading school planning.
  3. Provide strategic support and advice to enhance Principal wellbeing through modelling and contributing to healthy, effective, sustainable leadership work practices.
  4. Assist school leaders and teachers to engage meaningfully in the Charter of Sandhurst School Improvement.
  5. Build capacity in using baseline data and the selection and analysis of evidence to drive improvement.
  6. Work collegially with Principals to support external school review validation processes.
  7. Support school leaders to develop effective staff performance and development practices in schools.
  8. Support school leaders to build their capabilities to manage and resolve complex matters as they arise in their school communities.
  9. Build the capacity of schools to develop efficient management practices including compliance requirements.
  10. Complying with the policies and procedures of the CEO’s Child Safe obligations and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management System.

Identified Challenges

The key identified challenges of this role are:

  • The tension in balancing the role of support colleague to school leaders whilst participating in processes such as principal selection, appraisal and school review.
  • Honouring subsidiarity whilst balancing system accountabilities, appropriate service and quality relationships between schools and CEO.
  • Supporting all compliance requirements within the context of continuous improvement.

Key Relationships

  • Director of Catholic Education
  • Leadership CoSSI Team Leader
  • Deputy Director: Catholic Mission & Identity To support the key priorities established by CEO Leadership
  • Report to within the context of a team approach of supporting schools to co-operate with and support
  • School Principals: to provide support, guidance and advice
  • School Leadership Teams: to influence and to facilitate formation as required

Position Impact

Each Principal Consultant serves a number of schools as determined by the Director, and informed by the CEO Strategic Plan and School Annual Improvement plans.

The position has responsibility for supporting School Principals in the development of school leadership teams to achieve effective school improvement.


The Catholic Education Office is intentionally structured to promote the professional understanding of co-responsibility and co-accountability. Within this structure, this role is responsible:

  • Leader of Leadership CoSSI Team
  • For, in regard to the CEO Budget: Nil
  • For, in regard to CEO Staff: Nil

This position is one within the Catholic Education Office with dedicated support responsibilities. It requires independence of action, time management, goal setting, problem solving, judgment, planning and initiative, within a collaborative and participative framework. It must work closely with the Deputy Director: School Improvement, other senior members of the CEO and CEO Team Leaders. Careful consideration must be given to when the Director or Deputy Director: School Improvement and others should be informed and or consulted regarding particular issues, developments or initiatives.

This position works within the parameters established by Diocesan policies and CEO Leadership. In consultation with the Director and Deputy Director: School Improvement, the role may be required to provide support in the areas of:

  • school improvement planning processes.
  • facilitation of appropriate professional learning opportunities for school leaders.
  • challenging underperformance by individual schools and principals.
  • principal selection, appointment, induction and appraisal processes.
  • the professional and pastoral needs of schools and school leaders during critical incidents.


In consultation with appropriate CEO personnel, the position requires detailed analysis, interpretation and evaluation of school, student and performance data, including the need for identification of possible responses and proposed action, especially in response to government and diocesan policy and regulation. Sound judgement is required in liaising with, advising and supporting, principals particularly in relation to the level of intervention required in any given situation. Whilst policy and processes guide many situations, responses to critical incidents and major problems require a high level of flexibility, stability and problem-solving.


  • A deep understanding of and commitment to the ministry of leadership in Catholic education - ESSENTIAL
  • A strong understanding of and an ability to articulate the Church’s mission in Catholic education- ESSENTIAL
  • An understanding of how to build and foster leadership capacity in the educational context- ESSENTIAL
  • An understanding of the importance of parent engagement in education - ESSENTIAL
  • Tertiary qualifications in Education and post-graduate qualifications in education, religious- education, leadership and/or theology- ESSENTIAL
  • An understanding of school effectiveness, school improvement, school review and leadership of change- ESSENTIAL
  • An understanding of governance in the Catholic school context- DESIRABLE
  • A deep understanding of contemporary educational leadership appropriate to the Catholic context- ESSENTIAL


  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills- ESSENTIAL
  • Capacity for close collegial relationships - ESSENTIAL
  • Capacity for faith and religious leadership-ESSENTIAL
  • Highly developed research, synthesis and written communication skills- ESSENTIAL
  • Effective facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills- ESSENTIAL
  • Sound organisational and administrative skills- ESSENTIAL
  • Competence in the analysis and interpretation of data- ESSENTIAL
  • Ability to work without close supervision and to act independently where appropriate- ESSENTIAL
  • Hold a Driver’s Licence - ESSENTIAL
  • VIT registration (or valid Victorian Working With Children Check - ESSENTIAL
  • Informed understanding of the state, national and international education agenda - DESIRABLE
  • Coaching and the provision of adult learning - DESIRABLE
  • Presentation skills - ESSENTIAL
  • Team leadership and formation - ESSENTIAL


  • Proven senior school leadership experience - ESSENTIAL
  • An integrated faith commitment- ESSENTIAL
  • Proven capacity to work in a team environment - ESSENTIAL
  • Policy development, review and implementation- ESSENTIAL
  • Proven record of commitment to ongoing professional growth- ESSENTIAL
  • Use of school, student and performance data to identify areas for action - ESSENTIAL

To learn more about Catholic Education Office Sandhurst please visit and to download the application package please go to Once the application is completed please send to [email protected] For further information about this role please contact Sharon Warren Human Resources Officer Telephone 03 54 432377 Email : [email protected]

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