Head of Campus – St Philip’s Christian College (NSW)

  • Permanent role
  • Applications close: Monday October 12, 5.00pm.
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St Philip’s Christian College DALE -Waratah is seeking an experienced professional, committed to Christian education, to lead their Waratah campus.

St Philip’s Christian College DALE -Waratah is a Dynamic Alternative Learning Environment for students in Years 3 – 12 who have a diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD or Autism. The Head of Campus for St Philip’s Christian College DALE is the operational leader of the respective campuses, responsible for the Mission and Vision of the College. Reporting to the Principal as a part of the College Leadership Team (CLT), the position plays a vital role in leading and contributing to the health and vitality of our Christian educational community, which has as its Mission Statement:

St. Philip’s Christian College will continue to provide quality education in a caring, secure and challenging learning environment based on Christian beliefs, values and practice. 

All members of the CLT consistently demonstrate their personal and professional commitment to fulfilling the vision that “every student develops a personal faith in Jesus Christ and is empowered to live with purpose, integrity and joy.

St Philip’s Christian College DALE, is located in charming residential Waratah, an inner-city suburb of Newcastle. The Waratah campus first opened its doors in 1997 and has grown exponentially over the years. Originally serving students in Year 7 to 10, the school now caters for students in Years 3 to 12. St Philip’s Christian College DALE – Waratah is a school of new beginnings, full of second chances and grace. Working with students who have Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Autism, staff are passionate about ensuring students get the best out of their education.

The Educational Program is based on the NSW Educational Standards Authority approved pathways to Year 12. Students have individualised learning plans and the teaching programs are adjusted so that students can be taught at their level, and be encouraged to move forward. Years 9 and 10 are involved in a highly-developed work experience program and in Years 11 and 12 complete at least one Vocational Education Certificate II course, as a training ground for post-school preparation. The teaching and learning structures are focused on consistency in staffing, whereby the teaching teams work across all subjects throughout a student’s school year. Students benefit from the predictability and safety they feel as a result of the reduced number of staff to relate to throughout the week.

St Philip’s Christian College DALE embeds the evidence-based Collaborative and Proactive Solutions approach, which engages students in finding solutions to the unsolved problems that emerge as they learn and interact with others. The model is based on the premise that challenging behaviour occurs when the expectations being placed on a child exceed the child’s capacity to respond adaptively, and that some kids are lacking the skills to handle certain demands and expectations. In essence “kids do well if they can” and not “kids do well if they want to”.
The Role
Commencing in Term 1 2021, the Head of Campus plays a key role in the learning and culture of the College. They must be a passionate advocate for alternative education and diverse pathways, able to lead a team and develop collaborative practices that lead to positive student outcomes. The Head of Campus has a vibrant Christian faith which they are able to share and which also informs the curriculum. Expertise in student-centred learning with a visionary focus on the future, the Head of Campus will bring a strong sense of innovation, growth and positivity.

The Head of Campus is committed to the development of self and others with capacity to celebrate and inspire staff and students. A solutions-focused approach with a growth mindset, the Head of Campus is able to lead the operational management of the school effectively and in alignment with the College’s core values. They have expertise in working in a diverse environment, have strong networks and are able to build positive relationships across the College to enhance and further the strategic vision and increase student success.

The Head of Campus will be:

  • An expert in pastoral care and wellbeing in an alternative education context
  • A strategic thinker, able to manage the operational needs of the campus
  • A collaborative and inspiring educator, with strong relational capacity
  • Responsible for setting high expectations for learning within a Christian context
  • Have a high order understanding of NSW curriculum and curriculum requirements to HSC level, including VET
  • Aligned with the College-wide Student-Centred Approach to inform planning and practices
  • Able to lead professional learning, staff appraisals and inductions in a positive learning culture
  • A learning leader, who is self-aware, confident, and empathetic

The Head of Campus will be an influential, positive, creative and visible leader. They will be able to inspire and motivate staff and students to take risks with their learning and find their pathway through, and beyond the College. The capacity to build strong relationships, communicate effectively and lead in challenging contexts, is central to this role.
We seek a Christian leader who is professionally and personally committed to bringing their evangelical and Biblically based beliefs, values and practices to this ministry of Christian education, or to their role of supporting this ministry of Christian education.
St Philip’s Christian College DALE -Waratah is committed to child safety. As such, the successful applicant will be expected to satisfy child protection screening, and adhere to the School’s Child Protection Policy and Procedure can be found on the website and the staff Code of Conduct is included in the application pack.

St Philip’s Christian College DALE – Waratah has engaged Hutton Consulting Australia to assist with the search and selection process for this position. All candidates will require an application pack from us. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY ON-LINE. For a confidential discussion regarding the application process and to obtain further details please contact the lead consultant Amanda Samson on 0433 356 911 or amanda.samson@hutton.education or Fiona Hutton on fiona@hutton.education

Applications close on Monday October 12, 5.00pm.