Finance Officer

Diocese of Townsville Catholic EducationDeeragun

Position: Finance Officer
Salary Range: $62,403 - $64,365 per annum pending experience
Commencing Date:
Term 2, 2021

Classification: Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: Friday, 09 April 2021 unless filled prior

St Anthony's Catholic College is one of Townsville's best schools offering Prep to Year 12 Catholic education, located in the rapidly growing Deeragun and Northern Beaches precinct with its motto being "Let Your Light Shine". It is a Townsville Catholic school in the Franciscan tradition and our community continues to be animated by the spirit of St Francis of Assisi. The College comprises state-of-the-art facilities situated in a peaceful bushland setting with extensive grounds and is well-resourced to support a committed and professional teaching staff in the provision of quality Catholic education for students in the Northern Beaches. 

St Anthony's Catholic School is seeking a suitable qualified and experienced Finance Officer to assist the Administrative Team at the Assisi (secondary) Campus. This position is a Full Time, Permanent role commencing Term 2, 2021 (pending availability of the successful candidate). 

About the Role

The Finance Officer is responsible for providing support to the Principal with the financial functions of the school, demonstrating a high level of self-initiative, flexibility and dependability. The Finance Officer is required to be familiar with the School Mission Statement and to strive to achieve the spirit of this statement in performing the role. The Finance Officer demonstrates a high degree of skill and proficiency in managing a high volume of general phone enquiries and in office procedures.

Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for all college purchasing, banking and cash handling transactions and processes
  • Provide support and input with the annual budget preparation, student fee generation and collection of fees
  • Process end of month and end of financial year processes including reconciliations and reporting
  • Reconcile college loan accounts
  • Prepare and reconcile monthly BAS reports
  • Process general journal entries and adjustments as required
  • Manage claims for financial assistance and reimbursements in accordance with processes
  • Assist with accounts receivable processes, maintaining sundry debtors
  • Provide support in relation to college census reporting requirements
  • Preparation of financial reports and documentation to support audit requirements and reporting commitments
  • Carry out a diverse range of school administration duties including record management to support the effective functioning of the college
  • Provide information and respond to enquiries from the school community
  • Work in collaboration with the finance team – Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO)
  • Assist the Business Manager and provide back-up assistance to Accounts Payable officer as required
  • Ensure accuracy and efficiency with data entry utilising required platforms
  • Ensure a commitment to safe, confidential and secure processes
  • Work in collaboration with the finance team – Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO)

Any other tasks as reasonably requested by the Business Manager, Principal or College Leadership Team.

About You


  • Relevant financial administration experience including GST and preparation of BAS
  • Demonstrated experience in carrying out financial accounting capabilities
  • Relevant administration experience including the use of financial software programs.


  • Knowledge of GST as it applies to schools
  • Knowledge of bad debt/accounts receivable management
  • Highly developed computer literacy with the ability to operate a variety of platforms.


  • Supports productive relationships with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to organise work, manage own time to meet deadlines, and be adaptable in response to changing priorities
  • High level of attention to detail and recognition of the importance of accuracy in all aspects of the work
  • Ability to show initiative, flexibility, solve problems and contribute to process improvement in a complex environment.
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government
  • Minimum diploma level qualification or equivalent relevant experience.
  • 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.

Desirable Criteria

  • Certificate in Business Administration
  • Previous experience in the education field would be considered advantageous.

Please see the Position Description for more information

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary starting: $62,403 - $64,365 per annum pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance 
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being 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 two professional referees

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Friday, 09 April 2021 unless filled prior.

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