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Signum Fidei National Youth Minister - Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Brisbane Campuses

Postion Description (PDF)

  • Responsible for the coordination of pre-service teacher formation initiatives with the La Salle Academy for Faith Formation
  • Located within the La Salle Academy, Office of the Vice President
  • Continuing full-time appointment

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome. We've also partnered with Blacktown City Council to open a new ACU campus in Blacktown, Western Sydney, in 2021.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The Office of the Vice President is responsible for Catholic-related operations of the University. His portfolio is comprised of Identity and Mission, Campus Ministry, ACU Engagement, the La Salle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education, Church Relations, Congregational (Holy See) Projects, Staff Formation, and the ACU Centre for Liturgy. The Office of the Vice President animates programs and activities that engage, celebrate and support the University community's development in and understanding of our mission, Catholic identity and living traditions.

La Salle Academy (“the Academy”) operates as a functional matrix organisation within the University, working in close collaboration with our Catholic education partners. It incorporates the provision of direct service delivery (teaching, research and community engagement) along with the provision of support and service in the areas of course and policy development, quality assurance, strategic planning, communications and accountability within its nominated disciplinary areas.

The Academy has responsibility for Religious Education, Faith Formation and Educational Leadership to prepare those who aspire to work, teach, lead and govern in a Catholic school. The Academy works with Catholic Education employing authorities in the development and implementation of accreditation requirements to work, teach and lead in the Catholic school.

Signum Fidei (SF) is a Catholic Life and Mission Program for the faith formation of pre-service teachers, early career teachers, and post-school youth ministry leaders in Catholic schools. It aims to equip them with the skills and knowledge to participate in Catholic schools' confidently. The Signum Fidei Program consists of three Modules: Catholic Life and Practice (Certificate of Participation), Formation and Ministry in Catholic Schools (Certificate of Formation), and Youth Ministry Experience (Certificate of Mission).

The Signum Fidei National Youth Minister is responsible for the coordination of pre-service teacher formation initiatives with the La Salle Academy for Faith Formation. This includes the planning and implementation of the Signum Fidei (SF) Catholic Life and Mission Program.

The position holder works closely with Campus Ministry Pastoral Associates to support their involvement with the pre-service teachers participating in the SF Program. The role is responsible for building relationships with Faculty of Education and Arts and Theology and Philosophy staff to engage them with identifying SF Program participants and supporting their ongoing engagement in the program.

In this role you will need to have:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification or an appropriate combination of training and relevant experience in a large and complex organisation;
  • Sound understanding of and ability to articulate the Church’s mission in Catholic education to a range of audience and stakeholders;
  • Experience in coordination of teacher education and Catholic school programs and activities;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience supporting formation initiatives in the aspirations of the new evangelisation within the Catholic Education sector;
  • Capacity to build strong working relationships that contribute to and facilitate effective collaboration with a range of key internal stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and ethical practice principles and demonstrated knowledge of equal employment opportunity and workplace health and safety, appropriate to the level of appointment.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:

Obtain a copy of the Position Description. Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria listed in the position description. Visit Hints and Tips on how to apply.

Total remuneration valued to $105,196 - $113,853 (pro rata) pa, including salary component $88,892 - $96,207 (pro rata) pa (Higher Education Worker Level 7), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be sent to Peter Woods: [email protected]

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

Equal Opportunity and Privacy of personal information is University policy. For more details visit:

Applications Close: Wednesday, 4 November 2020 11.55pm ADST

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

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