APPOINTED! : Deputy Director of Education - Archdiocese of Liverpool

APPOINTED! : Deputy Director of Education - Archdiocese of Liverpool - Merseyside

Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 132 Date Posted: Thursday 02 May 2024

Deputy Director of Education - Archdiocese of Liverpool

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant + Relocation support
Location: Liverpool, L17
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: January/April 2024 or sooner by negotiation

Emmaus Leadership have been retained by the Archdiocese of Liverpool to manage the key appointment of a Deputy Director of Education within the archdiocese.

This is an exciting time to be joining the recently reformed Education team. Led by Joan McCarthy, appointed 2 years ago as the Diocesan Director of Education, the department has brought the 230 schools and colleges, as well as the Christian Education and school improvement areas together to form a single, well-resourced and highly capable education team. Alongside the impending roll out of the diocesan academy programme, introduction of the new Catholic School Inspection framework and the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, the department is also looking to expand its work in providing greater support for Catholic governance and school chaplaincy.

As Deputy Director you will support the DDE in offering strategic leadership and management of the Education department. Most importantly, you will take the primary strategic lead in a core element of the Church’s mission and ministry; namely oversight of the highest quality provision in the areas of Catholic Life, Religious Education and Collective Worship in our Academy Trusts, Schools, and Colleges.

You will currently be an SLT Leader/Head of Department with whole school responsibility experience or perhaps currently serving in Ministry with a successful school leadership background.

Given the postholder’s responsibility for protecting and developing the Catholic life of diocesan schools and colleges, it is vital that you be a practising Catholic with a living, vibrant faith.

Now is a moment of real opportunity within the educational and catholic life of the Archdiocese, which makes this post an extremely attractive and rewarding career opportunity.

Closing: Monday 9 October 2023 at 12 Noon

Interviews: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) and to request an Application Pack, please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant on 01737 652 043 or email him at BEFORE applying.

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