At Catholic Schools Broken Bay, our Vision is to provide ‘Authentic, professional Catholic education, delivered with care and compassion’. The Vision underpins our exciting and robust Towards 2025 Strategy which places students at the centre of everything we do, and which brings schools and parishes together to work as one. The Towards 2025 Strategy commits our system of schools to being at least as good as the very best, to maximise the learning growth of every student, and to inspire hearts and minds to know Christ and love learning.
Covering an expansive geographical area which includes the Central Coast, Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore, Catholic Schools Broken Bay is a system serving 44 Catholic Schools with around 17,000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
About the Role
This role has Strategic leadership of the overall Support of Student Diversity, inclusion, and Wellbeing at CSBB Schools. As the functional leader, this role is accountable for supporting the diverse needs of the CSBB student population, ensuring that children are supported in their learning, that principals and teachers are able to engage the right support and that CSBB can mitigate risks to the wider system.
Through the leadership of the Counselling and Diversity and Student Wellbeing teams, the role contributes to the research, design, implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives designed to build cohesion of policy and practices in well-being for learning and learner diversity across CSBB.
This role ensures that frameworks are designed and delivered to support the needs of CSBB Students and staff, as well as meet the regulatory requirements for students with a disability, student wellbeing and attendance.
Leads the strategy on service provision of system-wide processes aligned to evidence-based clinical interventions, psychometric mental health screeners and assessment, and child protection is a key responsibility. The role regularly provides mental health consultation to school and system leaders, as well as other professionals involved in the case management of students.
- Contributes to the development of a sustainable culture of inclusion and wellbeing for learning, identifying priorities in response to strategic directions aligned to Towards 2025 and the Equity and Diversity Review Report (2021)
- Develops and leads a student welling support and management framework that meets the needs of CSBB students and School needs as well as external regularity and legal commitments.
- Ensure services to schools is resourced appropriately and best practice models align to CSBB requirements and code of conduct, and professional standards of the Australian Psychological Society and Australian Association of Social Workers
- Leads a team of professionals to ensure cohesion within the team, collaborative case management and highest quality support for students with disabilities and/or additional needs related to student wellbeing for learning
- Develops and maintains a K – 12 system-wide database to monitor and track mental health trends and presentations to the school counselling service to inform strategy, procedures and funding proposals
- Develops and maintains CSBB response protocols and policies in relation to behaviour support, student wellbeing and significant mental health concerns such as Part 5a legislation, problematic sexualised behaviour, self-harm and suicidal ideation
- Leads the team to build teacher and school leader knowledge of the Disability Discrimination Act, Disability Standards and the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for students with disabilities
- Has oversight of NCCD reporting requirements
- Manages the processes of medical funding support for students with additional medical funding requirements
- Oversees and advises on disability and wellbeing funding, staffing and internal budgets and approvals
- Supportive of, or can demonstrate an understanding and commitment to, the ethos of the Catholic faith in an educational context.
- Knowledge of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers as they apply to learner diversity and wellbeing.
- Understanding of learner diversity and student wellbeing within a school and system context
- Expertise in supporting a strategic response to multi-tiered systems of support aligned to the CSBB Pastoral Care & Student Wellbeing policy and other related policies.
- Has a thorough understanding of clinical consultation and support in relation to child protection (safeguarding)
- A strong understanding of current research and practice in the field of children and adolescent mental health, wellbeing, and education
- Has led a diverse learning and/or student wellbeing for learning team in a large school or system
- Has worked at the practitioner level within a diverse learning and/or student wellbeing for learning team
- Has led a team through effective change and innovation that had a positive impact on organisational culture and student learning
- Has extensive experience offering expert level clinical advice, and responding to student mental health concerns with expert knowledge of DSM-5 diagnostic mental health disorders
- Extensive experience as a mental health practitioner specialising in children and young people’s mental health
- Experience in the administration of cognitive, emotional, and behavioural assessments and mental health screeners
- A track record of managing self to meet deadlines, deliver high quality work with emotional self-awareness and awareness of others
- Demonstrates skills managing multiple and competing agendas to deliver outcomes
- Takes an evidence-informed consultative decision-making approach
- Demonstrates high level written and oral communication skills for a range of audiences
- Postgraduate qualifications in Education, Psychology or Social Work and experience in an educational context
- Registered membership with an appropriate professional association (i.e. Australian Psychological Society or Australian Association of Social Work)
- Valid Working with Children Check
- Current NSW Driver’s Licence (and own car required)
Benefits of Working with Us
- Competitive salary on offer
- Free onsite parking or public transport close by
- 25% School Fee Discount for eligible employees
- Generous leave entitlements including ex-gratia leave at Christmas time
- Annual Leave Loading
- Salary Packaging
Applications should include:
- A cover letter of no more than two pages addressing why you are interested in the role and addressing the criteria listed above.
- A current resume.
Applications should be sent directly to Cassandra Vasic; [email protected]
Applications Close on Friday December 22, 2023.
Please note applicants may be interviewed and appointed prior to the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
If you have any enquiries about this role, please email [email protected]
Agencies, please note that unsolicited resumes for this position will not be considered.
Catholic Schools Broken Bay promotes a culture of safety and care for children and young people. The Diocesan Office for Safeguarding Charter provides overarching principles that ensure children and young people are at the centre of the work we do and that every child and young person is encouraged to have a voice and participate in their community to their fullest potential. All employees must be aware of the Diocesan Office for Safeguarding Charter and be committed to organisational child safe standards and practice. Successful applicants for child-related roles must meet the requirements of the Working with Children Check.