Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission (APRIM) Cardijn College


Assistant Principal Religious Identity & Mission

Teacher Permanent (Marian & Marcellin Campuses)

AP3 A/B – 4 year tenure  (January 2024 –  January 2028)


About Cardijn

Cardijn College is an R-12 co-educational Catholic school in the Marist tradition, deeply inspired by the dual charisms of College patrons Cardinal Joseph Cardijn and St. Marcellin Champagnat. Educating and inspiring students in the Southern Vales region of Adelaide since 1984, Cardijn has grown to be a College across three sites, each with distinct offerings. With a current enrolment of 2050 students and over 300 staff, Cardijn College is a Catholic institution which strives to be a beacon of faith in the community and to holistically educate students to have a positive influence on the world around them.

Cardijn College Marian at Noarlunga Downs offers Years 7-12 and is renowned for its extensive curriculum and a vibrant extra-curricular program so as to provide learning pathways for its diversity of students. Cardijn College Marcellin at Christie Downs provides a wide variety of vocational education and training opportunities for students in Years 10–12 and beyond, with relationships that extend well into their careers across a range of industry partnerships. Cardijn College Galilee at Aldinga offers Reception to Year 9 in a context where every student experiences a unique sense of belonging in a caring and ecologically aware environment.


Position Summary        

The APRIM exercises leadership in the areas of Faith and Religious Education, Learning, Community and Culture building, and Resource Operations as appropriate to their role. The APRIM is a skilled educator and leader who works with staff, students and the broader school and church communities. The APRIM’s role is multifaceted and many elements are named in Area 1 (Catholic Identity) of the CESA Living Learning Leading Standard (2020) and outlined in the Continuous Improvement Framework domains of ‘Catholic Identity’ (Domain 1) and ‘Strong Leadership’ (Domain 3). The APRIM works in collaboration with others to develop theological reflective practice (‘Doing Theology’) in the school, incorporate Catholic Social Teaching into the life of the school, lead for quality teaching and learning in the Religious Education curriculum, develop the prayer and liturgical life of the school, and foster the faith formation of students, staff and the school community. The APRIM also has influence over the many other tangible facets of school life that reflect its Catholic identity and mission. 


Person Specification

The APRIM will:
• be a Catholic who is an active member of a Catholic Sunday Eucharistic community
• be able to demonstrate exemplary commitment to the Catholic Church and its teaching
• be a skilled educator and committed learner
• be strongly committed to the development of the religious dimension of the Catholic school
• have excellent skills in the design and delivery of Religious Education curriculum with demonstrated ability with employing contemporary pedagogies
• be committed to and capable of working collaboratively in a partnership model. 

Essential Selection Criteria

  • registration as a teacher in South Australia 
  • Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School (CESA)  
  • completed, or embarked upon prior to appointment* (with a minimum of acceptance into the degree and enrolment in a unit), a relevant Masters Degree in Catholic Studies (e.g. Religious Education, Theological Studies or Catholic Educational Leadership) which has a substantial component of theology, or comparable qualification (e.g. a Bachelors Degree of Theology). There needs to be a minimum of 4 tertiary units in theology (inclusive of scripture) across all qualifications.  
    (*This requirement is to be completed by the second period of tenure).  
  • at least 5 years teaching experience as a successful teacher of Religious Education 
  • endorsement from school leadership of demonstrated leadership capabilities. 

It is recommended that the APRIM will have completed a recognised leadership preparation program such as the Aspiring Leaders Program or possess equivalent experience. 


Specific Requirements

  • participate in good character screening processes and hold a current acceptable Police clearance; 
  • act at all times in accordance with the CESA Code of Conduct; 
  • comply with the Work Health & Safety management system and, as a worker, while at work: 
    • take reasonable care for their own health and safety 
    • take reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons 
    • comply, in so far as they are reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction given by the employer 
    • co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the employer that is related to health and safety at the workplace that has been notified to workers. (Ref: Division 4, Section 27 & 28 – SA Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2012) 
  • hold current certification in Responding to Abuse and Neglect in Education and Care Settings
  • WHS for Officers training and First Aid Training prior to, or as soon as possible after appointment 
  • participate in regular professional review processes (see below) 
  • have a current driver’s licence  
  • be able to travel intrastate for professional learning. 


Employment Conditions and Benefits:

Cardijn College provides a supportive, inclusive and stimulating work environment, with access to outstanding facilities and resources to enable academic excellence. The employment terms and conditions are governed by the South Australian Catholic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020. Working hours are 37.5 hours per week for 41 weeks per year.


To Apply

Applications submitted on SEEK will not be considered.

Please submit your applications online at: by 9:00 am, Thursday 14 September 2023.

We welcome applications addressed to the Principal, Mr Steve Byrne, including:

  • 2-3 page document describing your suitability, experience and vision for the role.
  • Resume including the names and contact details of two referees (one current) 
  • Catholic Education South Australia Employment Declaration Form. 

The Position Information Description can be viewed on the Cardijn College Employment webpage –