The position of Studies Coordinator – Religious Education is a Middle Management position of responsibility within the College. The Studies Coordinator is a member of the Curriculum Team. The appointment of a person to this position within St Patrick’s College is made by the College Principal.
Basic Role Purpose:
The Studies Coordinator, as a pre-eminent teacher, leads a delegated group of teachers in the pursuit of excellence in all areas of teaching and learning including content knowledge, teaching methodology, classroom management, assessment and reporting and professional development.
Work within the role of Studies Coordinator will be consistent with the vision of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA), the Mission and Vision of the College and with Catholic teachings, principles and values.
The Studies Coordinator – Religious Education is accountable to the Principal of the College and reports to the Principal through the Director of Curriculum and is also required to work collaboratively with the Director of Identity.
The Studies Coordinator – Religious Education is a 3 point paid position with 3 point equivalent release time. The Studies Coordinator is subject to the College Middle Management Appraisal Process.
The Studies Coordinator position is usually reviewed in the second year of the initial appointment and then in the final year of contract if a further term is offered.
- Gospel Spirituality: We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.
- Contributing to the development of the College’s Catholic culture and the promotion of Christian values through personal witness.
- Providing leadership in achieving the mission of the College.
- Promoting the four Touchstones of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition.
- Promoting and supporting Religious Education and Formation.
- Integrating Gospel Values and principles across the curriculum.
- Modeling the Gospel values of forgiveness, reconciliation and Restorative Justice by the manner in which conflict is resolved.
- Witnessing to and promoting the life and values of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church, the charism of Edmund Rice and the priorities and vision of the Christian Brothers.
- Liberating Education: We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.
- Demonstrating excellence as a classroom teacher.
- Providing leadership in regards to the pedagogy of teaching, learning and assessment.
- Interpreting, planning and developing Curriculum programs.
- Leading in the differentiation of the Curriculum in liaison with the Diverse Learning Team, in the promotion of an inclusive education for all students.
- Taking responsibility, collaboratively with the Diverse Learning Team, for the moderation of assessment tasks for students with specific needs.
- Establishing and supervising procedures to ensure regular registration of teaching/learning programs.
- Coordinating and managing appropriate assessment, recording and reporting procedures.
- Conducting regular reviews of student workbooks for marking and meaningful feedback provided by classroom teachers.
- Interpreting and evaluating academic data to enhance individual and school results.
- Conducting regular reviews of Curriculum offerings, assessment and reporting procedures.
- Demonstrating and communicating a thorough knowledge of Board of Studies requirements for Stages 4-6.
- Supervising the adherence to all legal and statutory requirements relating to curriculum.
- Modeling and providing collegiate support for teachers.
- Assisting in the on-going development and evaluation of staff.
- Assisting and challenging teachers to be proficient and competent classroom practitioners.
- Contributing to a school environment that is conducive to effective learning.
- Contributing to a culture of Professional Development.
- Designing, implementing, evaluating and supervising teaching/learning programmes in Religious Education in harmony with Archdiocesan guidelines and Board of Studies syllabuses.
- Supporting the College’s priority for staff religious literacy and faith development through an ongoing awareness of courses on offer and the promotion of such courses to staff generally and selectively.
- Inclusive Community: Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.
- Promoting positive staff, student and parent relationships based on and underpinned by the values of honesty, justice, and dignity of the individual.
- Working closely with staff in areas affecting classroom management, efficiency and professional standards.
- Developing programs and communications to assist parents to be more fully informed about the education of their sons.
- Advising pupils and parents on the content of courses within the faculty including choice and the levels of study.
- Assisting in the review and development of the College’s Assessment and Reporting Procedures.
- Maintaining and enhancing faculty morale.
- Attending the Studies Coordinators meetings.
- Contributing to the spirit of welcoming and hospitality within the College.
- Supervising teachers in following the NSW Institute of Teachers accreditation process.
- Providing ongoing professional guidance, support and feedback to staff members of the faculty.
- Assisting in the development of Pre Service Teachers.
- Spending quality time – recess and lunchtimes – in staff room and yard to enable informal access by staff and students.
- Accepting opportunities to engage parents and ex-students in appropriate programs or learning experiences for students.
- Being actively involved in the College’s co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
- Seeking opportunities to promote the College in the wider community.
- Justice and Solidarity: We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.
- Assisting in the selection of new staff to the College and in the allocation of classes within the faculty.
- Establishing clear goals for the faculty, developing strategies for improvement and systems to evaluate success.
- Coordinating and preparing meaningful faculty meetings and providing minutes to relevant personnel.
- Modeling effective administrative practices that empower others by delegating appropriately.
- Establishing and maintaining effective communication – both oral and written – with all members of the College community and the wider community.
- Submitting annual budgets for approval to the Business Manager.
- Evaluating, maintaining and purchasing faculty resources within budgetary constraints.
- Seeking opportunities to reduce waste and promote environmentally friendly practices.
- Monitoring the effective functioning, care and safety of equipment and facilities under the direct supervision of the faculty.
- Monitoring the cleanliness and maintenance of the College environment.
- Collaborating with the College Chaplain, the Junior School Religious Education Coordinator and, where appropriate, the Social Justice facilitator.
Other duties as assigned by the Principal
Knowledge and Experience:
- Qualified to teach Religious Education.
- Demonstrated excellence as a classroom practitioner.
- Practising catholic with active participation in the life of the parish.
- Capacity to lead the spiritual formation of staff and students with a knowledge and understanding of the EREA charter.
- Proven leadership and staff management skills.
- Demonstrated capacity for educational leadership with a focus on innovation in learning, teaching and assessment throughout the curriculum.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills including negotiation and conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated capacity to communicate clearly with all stakeholders regarding educational issues.
- Experience in a variety of educational settings.
- Will hold, or be in the process of completing postgraduate qualifications in Education, Leadership and Theology/Religious Education.
- Experience in working in a boys’ only learning environment.
- Experience in differentiation of curriculum.
Applicants for this position are asked to ensure the following documentation is submitted by the due date:
- A one page letter addressed to the Principal, outlining reasons for your interest in the position.
- A statement of no more than 4 x A4 pages addressing each area of the Essential Criteria.
- A current Curriculum Vitae including Working with Children Check number, date of birth for Working with Children Check verification, qualifications, experience, academic transcripts and three referees (one referee must be a Priest of the Parish in which you worship), including current employer to:
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In accordance with Child Protection legislation, all people seeking child-related employment are required to complete a Working with Children Check clearance prior to employment at the College.
A commitment to the Catholic ethos of the College and involvement in the co-curricular program are essential conditions of employment.
Closing Date: Sunday 16th July 2017