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Principal - Cathwest Innovation College (Mount Druitt & Emu Plains)

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Work type: ongoing full-time
Location: CathWest Innovation College, Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta
Categories: School Leadership

  • Grow as an innovative leader in an extraordinary school

  • Get great outcomes for students in Western Sydney through inquiry-based learning and vocational education and training

  • Deliver school done differently!

A response to changes in the way we live and work, CathWest Innovation College provides exciting new opportunities for students from Year 10 to Year 12. Part of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) system of schools, and with campuses at Mt Druitt and Emu Plains, CathWest offers exciting opportunities and flexible pathways for students informed by inquiry-based learning or through trade training. Combining study and training, CathWest students can attain their HSC and while getting a head-start on their chosen career. Professional mentoring, industry partnerships, workplace placements and recognised qualifications support this learning. CathWest Innovation College really is a school done differently!

About us

A leader in vocational education and training and innovative learning, CEDP is committed to responding to the needs of all students. With over 5,000 employees located across 80 primary and secondary schools and office communities, our aim is to transform learning and unlock the full potential of each of our 43,500 students while enriching the professional lives of staff.

About this opportunity

We are looking for an innovative leader who can continue to bring to life an exciting vision of contemporary learning, execute the strategic development of the College, and deliver strong outcomes for students, all embedded within a Catholic world view. The successful candidate will be able to bring innovative thinking into action and build a community where everyone feels welcomed, valued and confident. 

As the Principal of CathWest Innovation College, you will ensure that the College is uniquely positioned to provide the learning opportunities so that all students have an experience of school that allows them to flourish. To achieve this, you will:

  • focus on equipping students with enterprise skills as well as building their personal qualities;

  • empower staff, students and parents to be strong contributors to the life of the College;

  • lead a high-performing executive team, characterised by transparency, accountability and integrity;

  • provide executive leadership in all aspects of school operations, including resourcing, people management, financial management, marketing, fundraising, communications and governance;

  • work collaboratively with all members of the school community

This position commences in Term 1, 2023.

About you (selection criteria)

To be successful in this unique and rewarding role, you will:

  • give witness to the Catholic faith and exemplify gospel values in their leadership and professional relationships;

  • have a strong understanding of contemporary learning theory and practice, and have demonstrated an ability to apply that knowledge to leading student progress;

  • have an evidence-based approach to school progress;

  • be able to demonstrate success in building high-performing teams and effective relationships across a school community;

  • have a record of building a vibrant Catholic culture;

  • understand the importance of technology as an enabler of good learning and teaching;


Qualifications and accreditations

  • A minimum of four years professional qualification in education and a relevant Master’s Degree

  • Postgraduate study in Leadership, or commitment to commence postgraduate studies within four years of appointment.

Our employee community is a strength of our organisation and we aim to attract great people to achieve our goal of being leaders in quality, faith-based education and an Employer of Choice.


This position involves working with children. The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory employment screening for child-related employment including the retention of a valid Working with Children Check and adoption and compliance with CEDP’s Child Safeguarding Procedures and Code of Conduct When Working With Students and Children. For more information, click here. 

CEDP strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Apply today!

If you are determined to make a difference and want to join a diverse organisation committed to transforming lives through faith-based education, click on the APPLY button. To find out more about CEDP go to  or follow us on LinkedIn. 

Applicants must source the following referee reports prior to the close of advertising to be considered for any School Leadership opportunities:

  • A professional referee report from the current immediate supervisor

  • A professional referee report from the previous immediate supervisor if less than 5 years at current school (or alternative professional reference)

  • A Parish Priest referee report from the Parish in which the applicant regularly worships


As part of your application, please download the relevant documentation:


Download File Principal Leader Referee Report + Child Protection .docx

Download File Parish Priest Reference Form (1) (2) (1).docx


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