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Working in Catholic Education

Within the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle there are many rewarding employment opportunities

The Catholic Schools Office (CSO), is responsible for the leadership, operation and management of systemic schools which educate more than 18,000 students in 45 Primary schools, 10 Secondary schools and one K-12 school in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

The CSO employs more than 1200 teachers and around 550 support staff. Our main focus is providing support for schools to ensure each student receives a quality education and has the opportunity to grow academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Whether you choose to teach, or work in a support role, you offer to be involved in an enterprise which is both challenging and rewarding.  Catholic education forms part of the mission of the Church and is a shared responsibility and privilege.  We welcome people who are willing to commit themselves to serving young people and their families and supporting the ethos of the Catholic school system.

Learn about our vision and values 

Career and Lifestyle Benefits

The Catholic Schools Office is a merit based employer and promotes a healthy work environment and work/life balance. In joining our team, you will have the opportunity to undertake meaningful work and enjoy excellent working conditions including: a corporate fitness program; employee assistance program (EAP); annual vaccination program; paid parental leave; training and staff development programs; access to long service leave after just five years; opportunity for leasing motor vehicles, and 9.5 per cent superannuation.

Our Recruitment Process

To assist us in recruiting the best available applicant, employment and promotion is based on merit based principles. As part of merit selection, consideration will be given to the capacity of each candidate to promote the ethos of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Application Process

  • Read the advertisement and ensure you meet the essential criteria
  • Ensure the role is suited to your skills and qualifications.
  • Submit a letter of application demonstrating clearly how your knowledge, skills and experience meet each selection criteria. Applications should not exceed 4 pages in total.
  • Provide a brief up to date resume detailing your employment history, education and qualifications and providing contact details of two professional referees
  • Lodge your application to the email address provided in the advertisement. Your application will be acknowledged by email upon receipt.

Shortlisting

Once all applications have been received, shortlisting of applicants usually takes place within four weeks of the closing date for applications. The selection panel (minimum of three members) will review all applications to determine the candidates who best meet the selection criteria. Other selection measures include referee reports and where applicable, task tests and presentations.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Remaining applicants will be advised by email that their application has been unsuccessful.

Interview

Applicants will be advised by phone if they have been shortlisted for interview and will be sent an email providing details of the time, location and composition of the selection panel. Interview questions will be based on the selection criteria. 

Referees

Referees may be contacted prior to or post the interview process.

Notification

Following the interview, the successful candidate will be telephoned by the Chair of the selection panel and will receive a letter of offer.

Successful candidates should not make any decisions regarding the offer of employment until the written letter of offer is received, understood, signed and returned. All unsuccessful interviewees will be notified by telephone or email.