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Chair, Diocesan School Council, Diocese of Wollongong (NSW)

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  • Post Date : 21 March 2024
  • Apply Before : 19 April 2024
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Job Description

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong is seeking a suitably qualified person to chair the Diocesan Schools Council.

About Catholic Education  | Diocese of Wollongong

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) serves Catholic systemic school communities across the four regions of the Illawarra, Macarthur, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven. There are currently 29 Catholic parish primary schools, eight Catholic co-educational secondary schools and one K-12 Catholic school, who together with our Catholic Education Office, constitute the system of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong. CEDoW’s current priorities are contained within its strategic plan, Lighting The Way.

Bishop Brian Mascord DD decreed the document Bearers of Christ’s Love – Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong providing a clear path within the diocese to ensure our Catholic schools will be high quality centres of learning, where faith is experienced and lived out as an integral part of students’ education.

Hear Bishop Brian’s introduction to Bearers of Christs Love – Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong 

Position Objective

The Council Chair provides leadership to the Diocesan Schools Council and is responsible, with the assistance of the Director of Schools, for the effective operation and governance of the Council in order to advise the Bishop about matters pertaining to the Church’s mission of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong.  The Council Chair gives witness to the ethos of Catholic Education | Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) in being Bearers of Christ’s Love. The Council Chair is an independent, non-executive member of the Council.


Principal Responsibilities

The following are the principal responsibilities of the Council Chair:

  • facilitating the effective functioning of the Council including managing the conduct and length of Council meetings
  • facilitating proper information flow to the Council;
  • communicating the views of the Council, in conjunction with the Director,  to the Bishop and College of Consultors
  • In conjunction with the Director and Assistant Director Governance, Assurance & Risk and other relevant CEDoW executive 
    • setting the agenda for the matters to be considered by the Council
    • seeking to ensure that the information provided to the Council is relevant, accurate, timely and sufficient to keep the Council appropriately informed of the performance, finances, affairs, opportunities, risks and challenges of CEDoW, and of any developments that may have a material impact on it
    • Seeking to ensure that communications between the Bishop and College of Consultors are accurate and relevant
  • facilitating open and constructive communications amongst Council members and encouraging their contribution to Council deliberations;
  • overseeing Council, committee, Council member (if required) and Director evaluation reviews and succession planning;
  • liaising and interfacing with the Director as the primary contact between the Council and management; and
  • liaising with and counselling, as appropriate, Council members.

Qualities, experience and skills

The following qualities, experience and skills are ideally required to fulfil the role as chair

Personal Qualities 

  • Faith | A strong personal commitment to the mission of Catholic Schools and the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church 
  • Collaborative leadership |  the ability to inspire the individual contribution and participation of each Council member and senior executive to fully utilise their collective expertise to support the mission, strategies and policies of CEDoW
  • Integrity | an understanding of a Council members  fiduciary duties and responsibilities, acting ethically, having appropriate independence, putting the Catholic Education’s  interests before personal interests
  • Effective communication | the ability to engage and effectively communicate with  all stakeholders
  • Emotional intelligence | as well as self-awareness and self-management, the chair needs to be able to motivate and be able to empathetically manage situations where strong emotions may be present
  • Commercial astuteness | demonstrates  good business instinct and acumen 
  • Time | Ability to commit time to conduct the role well


  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation and preferably in an education setting
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career 
  • Experience of not for profit / for purpose  governance and sitting on advisory Councils or boards
  • Experience of chairing meetings and events

Knowledge and Skills

  • Corporate governance | an  understanding of contemporary corporate governance and an understanding/awareness of canon law
  • Leadership facilitation | the ability to inform and brief fellow Council members on current organisational matters and strategies and the ability to lead constructive and timely discussion and debate, drawing on the expertise of the Council
  • Business acumen | ability to develop a strong understanding of the Catholic Education’s business and financial model and key elements which drive its sustainability and ability to deliver its mission
  • People skills | experience in motivating, managing and dealing with people including evaluating performance, succession planning and executive remuneration

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter addressing the qualities, experience and skills to Louise Macdonald ([email protected]) by 19 April 2024. Please include “Chair, Diocesan Schools Council Application” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: 19 April 204

The Schools Council meets 5 times per year. This is a voluntary position, and the successful candidate will play a crucial role in shaping the future of education within our diocese. We look forward to welcoming an individual who shares our commitment to providing quality, faith-based school education to those in the Diocese of Wollongong community.

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