College Chaplain

$34.40 - $36.07 hourly
  • Townsville Catholic Education Office
  • Columba Catholic College, Hackett Terrace, Richmond Hill Charters Towers, QLD, Australia
  • 14 Jun, 2022
Part time - Fixed Term Student Services

Job Description

Position: College Chaplain
Commencing Date: 
Term 2, 2022
Term Time, Fixed Term
Hours: 15.8 hours per week

Salary Range: 
$34.40 - $36.07 per hour pending experience
Closing Date: Sunday, 3 July 2022 unless filled prior

Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers is a vibrant, affordable P-12 Catholic college catering for the full needs of families and students. Being co-educational, students can find their own special niche for learning and personal growth. The P-12 setting gives students access to a wide range of subjects and opportunities, matched to current and emerging pathways and occupations. Columba Catholic College endeavours to provide deep learning for the mind, a spiritual base for the soul, and an athletic dynamism for the body. Current students, past students, future students and their parents all integrate into the Columba family which incorporates those parts of our history which once were Mount Carmel College, St Mary's College, and St Columba's Primary School of Charters Towers.

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission. 

About the role

Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers is seeking an experienced and dedicated College Chaplain. This position is a Term Time, Fixed Term position, completing 15.8 hours per week for the remaining 2022 Teaching Year.

The role of the College Chaplain is to work in collaborative partnership with the school community to provide pastoral and spiritual support to students. The Chaplain works to create opportunities for faith development of students and advance the religious life of the school community. The Chaplain will foster the experience of Catholic community within the school and engage the community in social justice and social action. The Chaplain encourages and facilitates connections with Church/faith communities and agencies.

Key Accountabilities

The College Chaplain will represent Columba Catholic College in a professional, warm, friendly and efficient manner. Duties include:

  • Provide pastoral and spiritual support to students:
    • Spend informal time with students (e.g. playground, classroom and excursions)
    • Mentor and provide practical support to students during their transition to adulthood
  • Engage students in opportunities for faith development:
    • Coordinate and facilitate reflection and prayer experiences (e.g. reflection days, retreats, forums, meetings and other similar experiences)
    • Contribute to the organisation of major school liturgies and celebrations
  • Advance the religious life of the school community:
    • Contribute to the development and promotion of Catholic ethos within the college
  • Foster the experience of Catholic community within the school:
    • Support events that promote the collegiate spirit of the school
    • Under the direction of the Principal, initiate contact with families of the school community (e.g. families experiencing sickness, families new to the college experiencing hardship).
  • Engage the school community in social justice and social action:
    • Make information available to students around issues of social justice support and resource service groups within the school
  • Encourage and facilitate connections with church/faith communities and agencies:
    • Encourage student involvement in parish faith communities
    • Facilitate ecumenical and inter-faith relationships and activities
  • Undertake ongoing professional learning:
    • Participate in TCE facilitated programs for professional learning
    • Contribute to local cluster gatherings of Chaplains
  • Generalist administration support:
    • Maintain relevant records and data.

About You


  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills to balance competing priorities
  • Experience in providing ministry and spiritual support and wellbeing services students
  • Experience in the provision of support to children and young people and their families to address social and emotional needs.


  • Ability to liaise with community service organisations, government agencies and other services
  • Ability to support the college and teachers to identify and develop educational, social and emotional programs to support children and young people
  • Ability to support the ethos and values of Catholic Education
  • Ability to develop and sustain productive working relationships.


  • Sound understanding of the Mission and Purpose of Catholic Education and to developing an understanding of religious and values education in young people
  • Willingness to work and collaborate with students, staff and college community.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - the successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government.
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work, Chaplaincy or Pastoral Care or equivalent or higher qualification – this qualification must include competencies in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and mental heath
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner
  • It is a requirement of this role that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note proof of vaccination (MyGov Medicare Vaccination Certificate or Medical Certificate) will be required as a pre-commencement document.

Desirable Criteria

  • Interest in ongoing professional development
  • Experience in the education or Catholic sectors.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary range: $34.40 - $36.07 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Access to salary packaging options to maximise employee benefits and salary 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Access to additional Employer Superannuation Contributions
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service (portability of Long Service Leave may also be applicable)
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Access to corporate health schemes
  • Induction processes, professional learning programs
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Wellbeing programs and initiatives.

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email) of two professional referees

For more information please see the Position Description.

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 3 July 2022 unless filled prior

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Job Closing Date

03 Jul, 2022