SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Director of Education - Archdiocese of Liverpool

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Director of Education - Archdiocese of Liverpool - Merseyside

£competitive to attract the right candidate + Relocation support - Catholic - Operations
Ref: 106 Date Posted: Tuesday 11 Jan 2022
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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: Negotiable

Emmaus Leadership have been retained by the Archdiocese of Liverpool to manage the appointment of a new Director of Education within the diocese.

This is a pivotal time in Catholic education within the Archdiocese as demonstrated by:

• A newly formed Education function that brings together schools and colleges and our Christian Education teams, as we embark upon the development of a new strategic vision.

• The recent launch of our first Archdiocesan MAT, as well as working closely with the DfE in the development of a new innovative MAT for Catholic schools.

• Archdiocesan Synod 2020 - the culmination of a 3-year listening and engagement process leading to a new pastoral plan for the Archdiocese, with an expected special focus on the life of our schools and parishes.

• A structural re-organisation across all functions within the Archdiocese to better support the Archbishop and Trustees in the mission of the Church has largely been completed, with the Director of Education now a key member of a new executive team.

You will be a practising Catholic with substantial experience of working successfully at a senior level in education, including senior management responsibility within a school/academy, college or a local authority. Headship and/or demonstrable school improvement experience across more than one school (Primary and/or Secondary) and a strong grasp of current educational issues (including CMATs evolving role within the parish, diocese and local community) a distinct advantage.

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.

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 BEFORE applying.

"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

"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

"Having previously struggled to recruit two Headteachers - for both a Primary and a Secondary school - Emmaus came to the rescue. Their expert advice and deep understanding of recruiting Headship positions in Catholic schools is invaluable, and I have no hesitation in recommending their knowhow and their values."

Fr David Gibbons, Chair of Governors & Parish Priest, Archdiocese of Southwark

"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

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. We needed strong school leaders to be drawn to apply. Our success was down to using Emmaus and definitely money well spent."

Carry Lynott - Chair of Governors, Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Bradford

"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

"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

"Emmaus were instrumental in persuading me to apply for the post of Headteacher. I had seen the school advertising in the past but nothing inspired me to get in touch. Once Emmaus advertised I felt intrigued and keen to learn more about the school. I was supported throughout the whole process, which was a very personal and positive experience. I would highly recommend Emmaus to any school thinking of recruiting, and candidates considering registering. If my new school had not used Emmaus I probably wouldn’t have applied."

Hannah Walters, Headteacher, Platt CE Primary School - Kent

"I approached Emmaus following our unsuccessful attempts to recruit Deputy DDEs for both Dioceses. They went on to source a far greater number of candidates of high calibre. I highly recommend Emmaus!"

Canon Carolyn Lewis, Director of Education - Diocese of Leicester and Diocese of Derby

"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

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