SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Chief Executive Officer - St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Chief Executive Officer - St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust - Merseyside

£Competitive to attract right applicant - Catholic - CEO MAT
Ref: 109 Date Posted: Thursday 14 Oct 2021
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Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Liverpool
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Fixed 2 year term in the first instance
Start Date: Negotiable

Emmaus Leadership are shortly commencing the recruitment process to support an exciting initiative - a MAT partnership between the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Diocese of Shrewsbury (in close collaboration with the DfE) to recruit a CEO for a newly established ‘turnaround’ Catholic MAT.

St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust is being established as a Turnaround Trust to enable schools identified as needing support for more rapid school improvement and/or schools that are unable to find a MAT ‘home’ due to lack of local capacity to join. Whilst in the Trust, schools will access high levels of external school improvement support (brokered by the Trust) with a view that they will leave the trust within a c2-3 year period to return to a secure local Catholic MAT as good schools.

It is envisaged that c10 (primary and secondary) schools will become member schools of the MAT.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right leader to help transform the surrounding educational landscape and lead a national pilot which has significant DfE support. This is a high-profile role which will involve working closely with the DfE for the life of the pilot.

Whilst this post is initially fixed term, due to the pilot nature, there are exit strategies planned for academies and for the central team to ensure that their next steps are secured.

You must be a practising Catholic with the ability to articulate a clear philosophy for Catholic Education. You will have substantial experience of successful system leadership/school improvement across more than one school (Primary and/or Secondary) achieved within the Ofsted framework, leading to rapid and sustained improvement.

Now is a moment of real opportunity within the educational and Catholic life of both Dioceses which makes this post an extremely attractive and rewarding career opportunity.

Closing Date: Monday 20 September at 12 Noon - please note the revised closing date.

Interviews: To Be Advised

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant, on 01737 652 043 or email him at ldowds@emmausleadership.me in the first instance.

"We had been cold called by a few other companies but chose Emmaus as it specialised in Church schools. We were impressed by Liam and his team coming to the school and burrowing in to what the school wanted and needed. He asked searching questions and we were satisfied this was the way forward. I had not been a fan of head hunters before, but I have to say this process and its result was a hugely better experience than going out on our own and was totally professional throughout."

Bridget Prentice, Chair of Governors - Trinity School, Lewisham

"I cannot imagine a better service to fulfil the requirement of helping a Catholic school find a Head. I was impressed with the number and high quality of candidates sourced by Emmaus Leadership."

Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school that is seeking to appoint a Christian Headteacher. In particular, Emmaus’ ability to promote the school, assess the ethos of the school and communicate this within the networks of those who might be considered as possible candidates was invaluable."

Clive Purser, Chair of Governors, St Andrew's CE High School for Boys, Worthing

"We considered TES, but the critical factor for us was that Emmaus are not only specialists in recruiting Headteachers, they are Christians focused exclusively on recruiting for Church Schools."

Canon Bob Baker, Chair of Governors,The Bishop’s CE School - Thetford

"We are delighted with the appointment we made and I have reported to the whole community that we could not have been more thorough in the search or more rigorous in the selection process. Thank you Emmaus Leadership."

Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

"…we also considered other external recruiters, but Emmaus were clear favourites in terms of their recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the catholic school’s sector."

Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

"Thank you for everything you did to successfully support our recruitment of an outstanding Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Using Emmaus Leadership to manage the recruitment to the post was much debated and was the subject of intense scrutiny by our Governing Body who were somewhat reluctant to use a leadership recruitment specialist. However, their confidence was reinstated as a result of your professional approach, your insightful knowledge and the resulting candidate pool produced for both appointments. I have no hesitation in recommending Emmaus to other schools."

Annie Sutton - Executive Principal, St Joseph's RC Specialist School and College

"I’m delighted with the way it went and the successful outcome (third SLT placement now!) helps confirm to Governors that your approach is right for these levels of appointment. It’s difficult to quantify the costs of recruiting and failing to get the right candidate ourselves - we’d only find out the true cost and also lost opportunities if we tried and failed. Altogether better to invest in getting it right first time, so thank you for all your hard work on this. The other side is the perception we leave with all candidates and I think we’ve worked together to do an excellent job (using your Assessment support). The communication, logistics and the care given I think is really important and Emmaus are a big part of that - you work as an extension of the school. I am fairly sure that all of the candidates will go away having had a great experience and that will help our reputation spread in a positive way."

Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school which is seeking to appoint a Christian Head. My only regret is that we did not go to them for the first round of interviews that proved unsuccessful. It is an expensive option, but in the long run they are more than value for money. I am very thankful to God for the ministry of Emmaus, and I warmly commend them to you. In OFSTED terms, they are outstanding."

The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"I have personal experience of the quality of service Emmaus provides, when I successfully applied for a Headship position through them. I always felt I could call up, get the ‘inside take’ on the school and ask any questions in complete confidence. The support and expert advice I received made the application process far less daunting and I would thoroughly recommend Emmaus to any Church School looking to appoint a key Leadership position."

Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

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