SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED! :Director of Education - Diocese of Leeds

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED! :Director of Education - Diocese of Leeds - West Yorkshire

£80,000 - £120,000 + TPS for an exceptional candidate + Relocation support - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 121 Date Posted: Wednesday 20 Jul 2022
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Salary: £80,000 - £120,000 + TPS for an exceptional candidate + Relocation support
Location: Leeds
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: Negotiable

This is an exciting time in the life of the Diocese of Leeds and the Vicariate for Education. Bishop Marcus Stock has set out clearly his vision for Catholic education for the 82 primary, 11 secondary, 1 sixth-form college and 1 non-maintained specialist, Catholic schools within the Diocese of Leeds.

At the core of this vision is the development of five family groups of schools built around the main geographical areas within the Diocese. Most diocesan schools are already incorporated within the five Catholic Multi Academy Trusts. It is the Bishop’s wish for the remaining VA schools within each family group to join their respective local CMAT in due course.

At a pivotal time in Catholic education within the Diocese, Bishop Marcus is calling for a visionary Director of Education who, along with a capable and committed education team, will help realise the enormous potential within a forward-thinking diocesan family of schools working in solidarity with one another.

As Director of Education, you will:

  • Promote and implement the Bishop’s vision for Catholic education within the Diocese
  • Build capacity, trust and good relationships within the diocesan family of schools; encouraging collaboration to develop and sustain school improvement, and raise aspirations
  • Confidently and enthusiastically articulate the role of Catholic education in the mission of the Church and be an effective witness to it

We are looking for someone who has: 

  • Extensive leadership experience in an education context, whether as a senior school leader, governor or local authority/SIP partner
  • A strong grasp of current educational issues (including CMATs’ evolving role within the parish, diocese and local community)
  • Excellent leadership and management skills - the ability to communicate a clear vision, win trust, influence and respect and bring people with you
  • A deep knowledge and understanding of Catholic education as structured in this country

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

A requirement of the post is that applicants must be practising Catholics.

  • Closing: Monday 6 June at 12 Noon
  • Interviews: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June

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.

The Diocese of Leeds is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. DBS check required.

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