Emerging Leaders Project Officer, Townsville

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Diocese of Townsville Catholic EducationTownsville
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term:

Role: Emerging Leaders Project Officer
Start date: Term 1 2020 (negotiable)
Classification: Full Time, 12 Month Contract - 38 hours per week
Salary: $98,322- $110,663 (based on experience and qualifications)
Contact: HR Services (07) 4773 0900 
Email: recruitment@tsv.catholic.edu.au

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. 

The Project Officer provides a single point of coordination for all Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Grants for the Emerging Leaders Programs from funding application through to completion of delivery, in liaison with the Director – Catholic Identity & Indigenous Education Services, Indigenous Education Advisers, Indigenous Education Project/Administrative Officers, school leaders and Indigenous Education Workers (IEWs).

The Project Officer works collaboratively with the targeted schools and the TCE’s Indigenous Education Services team to support key strategies for improving student outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

The role is one of partnership with the leadership of TCE and the community of Principals in the integration and alignment of systemic and school community perspectives and priorities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Assist the Indigenous Education Officer with effective administration duties to implement and sustain the coordination of the Emerging Leaders Project
  • Liaise with the Indigenous Education Advisers to monitor project outcomes and coordinate progress against planned timeframes and budgets, ensuring the early identification and mitigation of project risks
  • Liaise with Indigenous Education Workers, Career Advisers, Principals, Business Managers and other school staff to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as outlined in the annual School Improvement Plan
  • Utilise and interpret data to track students to reach KPIs proposed within the Agreement and in turn articulated in individual School Improvement Plans
  • Utilise the Tracking and Academic Management Indicator (TAMI) tool to monitor students through their senior schooling
  • Utilise NAPLAN data as a measure of academic achievement (OTADA)
  • Extrapolate data from CYPFS and the Student Management System to identify SEWB issues that may impact on a student’s learning and engagement and produce analysis as required
  • Provide accurate and timely project reports to the Director – Catholic Identity & Indigenous Education Services which summarise the progress, risks and budget of the Emerging Leaders Project
  • Coordinate the provision of analysis and project support to the Indigenous Education Advisers to enable effective service delivery
  • Develop and maintain community connections at the school level, act as a conduit between TCE and local communities, and strive to ensure that community priorities are reflected in Indigenous Education initiatives
  • Provide advice, analysis and support to TCE-wide cultural initiatives
  • Actively support and contribute to the achievement of key project outcomes, in collaboration with team members
  • Other responsibilities as reasonably requested.

About you


  • Previous experience supporting initiatives within the education sector
  • Experience in working in educational partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Project management expertise, including a demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate multiple concurrent projects is preferred
  • Experience in analysing quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources to plan educational improvement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Demonstrated successful experience coaching and supporting school staff to implement project initiatives


  • Demonstrated knowledge of Commonwealth Government, Queensland Government and non-government funding processes for Indigenous initiatives and awareness of available non-government funding opportunities and application processes
  • An understanding of current curriculum practices and directions in primary and secondary schools, especially in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • A understanding of the diverse cultural protocols within complex communities, and the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families, and communities as they negotiate ‘walking between 2 worlds’
  • A knowledge of culturally inclusive, whole of school strategies and practices which ensure successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and teach all students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • An understanding of change management practices to support whole school change
  • A knowledge of pastoral care practices and principles as applicable to Catholic schools
  • Knowledge of Diocesan policy and procedures and commitment to the Mission and Purpose of Catholic Education


  • Project management skills, including scoping, managing and reporting on multiple concurrent projects
  • Financial management skills to enable proactive management of project budgets
  • Interpersonal skills, including an ability to build and maintain productive relationships with a broad stakeholder group and influence behaviour and practice change without asserting direct line management
  • Communication skills to enable broad collaboration across all Schools and Office Directorates and schools and influencing others to encourage participation in Indigenous Education projects
  • Accountability and diligence with regards to Federal Government funding requirements and KPIs
  • Ability to conduct analysis of multi-sourced data to inform project design and evaluation
  • Ability to prepare well written, researched and developed funding applications for both state and federal government
  • Ability to develop and sustain productive working relationships.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card or eligibility to obtain same
  • Appropriate Tertiary qualifications
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.

Applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please review the Position Description before preparing your application
This position is advertised as Emerging Leaders Project Officer, however, the formal role title is Project Officer - Emerging Leaders Incentive. 

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Upload a cover letter and a supporting statement (no more than 2 A4 pages) which addresses your suitability in relation to the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills required of the role.
  3. Upload a current resume which also includes the name, email address and contact details of two referees.

The closing date for applications for this role is 4.00pm Friday 31st January 2020. 

Interviews will be held on the week of the 10th of February 2020. 


More about Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education
Address: Townsville Catholic Education Office, 2 Gardenia Avenue, Kirwan, Queensland, QLD 4814, Australia. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +61 7 4773 0900