Director of Boarding

Diocese of Townsville Catholic EducationAbergowrie

Position: Director of Boarding
Commencing Date:
Monday, 17 January 2022
Classification:
Full Time, 5 year Fixed Term Contract
Salary: 
$109,684 per annum
Closing Date: Monday, 20 September 2021 

St Teresa's College, Abergowrie is a Catholic secondary boy's boarding college.  Located in an ideal rural setting in the heart of the Herbert River Valley, the college is approximately 30 km north west of Ingham and situated on Warrgamay land.  The main industries are sugarcane, forestry, and cattle.  Abergowrie is close to Wallaman Falls which is the highest single drop waterfall in Australia and the beautiful Broadwater National Park. 

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission.  

About the role

St Teresa's College, Abergowrie is seeking an experienced and dedicated Director of Boarding. This role is a Full Time Position on a 5 year, Fixed Term Contract

The role of Director of Boarding is responsible for all college boarding matters affecting the residential life of the students under the direction of the Principal.  The Director of Boarding will ensure that the Mission Statement of St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, is the guiding principle of residential life of the college.

The role of Director of Boarding is responsible to develop and monitor a philosophy of residential life that will contribute to the faith development of the students. The Director of Boarding will actively collaborate with other members of the College Leadership Team to ensure the best possible outcomes for the school as a whole. The Director of Boarding will develop within the boarding community, a spirit and character that is friendly and supportive that enables the potential of each student as an individual.

Key Accountabilities

The purpose of the position is to exercise leadership and assist with management of the college in accordance with Catholic Education policies and in consultation with other personnel as appropriate and with due reference to Catholic Education structures, processes and practices, including:

  • Manage the boarding budget and make recommendations in relation to boarding requirements
  • Responsibility for the boarding services, accommodation, boarding staff, quality of communication with parents and wellbeing of boarding students
  • Providing advice to the Principal regarding the overall progress and development of boarding at the college.

Student Management and Support – overall responsibility for running a successful boarding programme that takes a special care and interest in the students

  • Meeting with boarders regularly, and having a visible presence
  • Develop leadership and service amongst all boarders
  • Manage boarding activities and events
  • Maintain student records, including leave and holiday arrangements
  • Administration and oversight of leave and holiday arrangements
  • Ensure that the prayer life of the dormitory is vital and appropriate
  • Liaise with the Assistant Principal Religious Education regarding arrangements for special devotions such as Twilight Retreat and Rosary
  • Ensure that opportunities exist for students to attend liturgical celebrations and reception of sacraments
  • Ensure that signs, symbols and images of the Catholic faith are observable in the dormitories
  • Coordinate Boarders Assemblies
  • Provide induction to new students into the college
  • Ensure adequate social, cultural and other extra-curricular activities for student personal development
  • Ensure that special needs of Indigenous students are met according to appropriate cultural backgrounds
  • Create opportunities for boarders to develop personal responsibilities and an attitude of service as well as development of their leadership skills
  • Provide a clear expectation of student behaviour

Staff Management and Support – oversight of boarding Staff with appropriate delegations for management and supervision

  • Develop staff rosters, ensuring the duty of care to all students is met
  • Promote and maintain good morale and spirit amongst staff
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development of staff
  • Encourage staff to be aware of particular pastoral needs of students in their care
  • Ensure that all staff are familiar with boarding policies
  • Keep teachers and other college staff fully informed about relevant boarding matters
  • Ensure staff are aware of contemporary legal and statutory requirements, student protection practices and boarding policies
  • Encourage a cooperative and collective team approach, through sound and regular communication
  • Encourage boarding staff to participate in retreats and attend weekly liturgies

Parents – establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with, and knowledge of boarding families

  • Communicate with individual parents about their child’s progress, where appropriate
  • Ensure regular communications with parents (e.g. regular newsletter ‘The Point’)
  • Respond promptly to all communication and requests from boarding parents
  • Regular visits to meet with boarding families, i.e. community dinners
  • Ensure parents and carers feel welcome at the college and encourage open communications between parents, carers and staff

Marketing and Promotions - general promotion of boarding at the college and acting as a spokesperson for the boarding community that supports the strategic direction of the college

  • Participation in marketing and promotion, undertaking visits to current and prospective families and regions
  • Attending field days and other promotional activities to promote the college
  • Attending boarding-related meetings, e.g. ICPA conferences
  • Provide a first point of contact for prospective boarding families
  • Contribute to the college website with regard to boarding activities

Facilities/Resources

  • Strategically plan for the ongoing development of facilities
  • Oversight of and liaison with maintenance staff and Facilities Manager on all maintenance, cleaning and laundry issues
  • Ensure facilities are presentable, safe, hygienic and comfortable

About You

Experience

  • Significant senior or middle leadership roles within an education environment 5+ years
  • Experience contributing to the success within a boarding facility including financial/budget management
  • An empathy for particular issues encountered by students in boarding environments and experience dealing with such issues
  • Demonstrated management of staff, including supervision, coaching, recruitment and induction
  • Propensity to recognise the value and uniqueness of each student within the boarding community

Knowledge

  • Demonstrated understanding of the framework for boarding through the operational processes and programmes that are implemented and supported by St Teresa’s College
  • Demonstrated ability to build a cohesive team working towards collective goals
  • A demonstrated understanding of the particular developmental needs of boys and how this impacts on all aspects within the boarding community
  • Understanding of WHS Legislation and its application within a residential environment

Skills

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • The ability to undertake risk assessments on activities pertinent to the boarding environment
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with boarding community including students, families and staff
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the school boarding community and driven to achieve the best outcomes
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to motivate and influence others
  • Well-developed conflict resolution skills, with the ability to facilitate and manage difficult conversations and scenarios
  • High level of attention to detail with the ability to balance competing deadlines and effectively manage multiple commitments

For more information, please refer to the Position Description.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary: $109,684 per annum
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Access to salary packaging options to maximise employee benefits and salary 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Access to additional Employer Superannuation Contributions
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Access to corporate health schemes
  • Induction processes and professional learning programs
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Wellbeing programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email) of at least two professional referees

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Monday, 20 September 2021.

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