Director for Safeguarding
- Truly hybrid work environment
- Lead an excellent team of dedicated, experienced professionals
- Competitive salary plus salary packaging
The Archdiocese of Melbourne is seeking a Director of Safeguarding to ensure that the safeguarding framework is effectively implemented across their communities. The Director of Safeguarding will lead a team to service the 200 parishes and ensure there is a safeguarding culture which is a safe and respectful environment for all staff, parishes and selected CAM agencies. The Director will ensure the safeguarding practice guidelines are continually developed, in addition ensuring that there is ongoing training and development to strengthen best practices organisation wide. They will provide support, motivation and inform in a timely, sensitive and effective manner.
Reporting into the Vicar General and leading a Safeguarding team of five, the Director of Safeguarding will be responsible for developing detailed guidance and providing ongoing technical safeguarding support to the Archdiocese and parishes to strengthen best practices, the tools, and implementation of strategies to safeguard. The Director of Safeguarding will come into an established function where they will work towards building a cohesive safeguarding team. The Director will participate in industry seminars and benchmark with similar organisations to ensure the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Framework incorporates current and best practices for safeguarding.
The successful appointee will be a natural servant leader who will empower and enable their staff to be a high performing and cohesive team. The appointee will be a relationship builder who has a strong capacity to develop both internal and external stakeholder relationships. Safeguarding projects will be the topic of regular internal communication to the broader organisation. This will inform on updates in safeguarding policies and protocol. In addition, the Safeguarding Director will ensure that lessons learned from remediation following assessments, reviews and investigations are incorporated into enhancing the Safeguarding Framework effectiveness. The ideal candidate will have worked in a similar role across another highly complex environment such as Community, Aged Care, Disability, Child, Youth and Family or Education. Ideally, the appointee will have worked at an organisation of scale and have experience responding to Royal Commission or Coronial Inquest matters.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) is the largest Archdiocese in Australia and one of the largest globally with a wide variety of people, cultures and ministries providing services and support to 1.1 million Catholics including pastoral, educational social welfare, administration and financial support to over 200 parishes and more than 300 schools.
CAM considers Safeguarding to be everyone’s responsibility with the safety and wellbeing of all persons to be their highest priority. The Safeguarding Unit was established in March 2018 and provides advice across the Archdiocese to the leadership, clergy, employees and volunteers to ensure that children, young people and adults are safe from all forms of abuse and exploitation. Key focus areas for the unit are to support and sustain a safeguarding culture within parishes, agencies and entities and to effectively respond to current and historical allegations of abuse and exploitation.
For more information on the organisation visit: melbournecatholic.org
To apply: click on ‘APPLY NOW’ and using reference CAMsaf0323 address your cover letter and resume to Liz Jones or Dani White, of Fisher Leadership, or call 1300 347 437 for further information.