Leader of Finance and Operations

Leader of Finance and Operations

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As Ballarat’s only Catholic co-educational secondary college, Damascus College offers innovative and progressive learning and teaching that inspires and challenges students to be their best and to contribute confidently to the global community. Set in a beautiful 22-hectare bush setting, 7km from the Ballarat CBD, Damascus College is a dynamic Christ-centred learning community, governed by The Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL). With a rich history in the Ballarat community, spanning 140 years, Damascus College is seeking a Leader of Finance and Operations to join their leadership team.

The Leader of Finance and Operations has responsibility for the overall financial, risk and resource management of the College inclusive of Finance, Compliance and Risk Management, College Administration, Information Technology, Property Management and Maintenance. Currently the College has 1200+ students, 180 employees and 4 direct reports. The role requires a collaborative leader who can contribute both strategically and practically to improve student outcomes and engagement in an environment of faith and pastoral care.

Damascus College continues to grow its student population and facilities and the Leader of Finance and Operations will play a critical role in collaborating with the Principal and Leadership Team to seize opportunities, find ways to bring innovative initiatives to fruition while engaging with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders within the Damascus community.

To be considered for this influential leadership role, you will:

  • Hold tertiary qualifications in Accounting / Commerce with CPA or CA designation
  • Demonstrate significant accounting and management experience in a diversified medium to large organisation with expertise in the preparation of annual and periodic financial statements, financial compliance and management
  • Bring extensive experience in successfully leading multi business services portfolios
  • Be a strong people leader who fosters collaboration, empowers their team and is full of energy and enthusiasm
  • Have a proven background in strategic thinking, planning and forecasting with expertise in creating sound master plans and managing medium to large sized capital works projects
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability of, and commitment to the ethos of Damascus College as a Catholic school in the Mercy and Diocesan tradition.

The growth, innovation and capital works projects make it an incredibly exciting time to join the Damascus College community. To truly succeed in this role, you will bring an aspirational mindset, be a true collaborator who can see opportunity and think innovatively to positively challenge the status quo. You’ll be effective in bringing people along on a journey; a natural people person who always has the student at the forefront.

Damascus College is committed to the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people. All employees and volunteers to the college must be committed to providing the highest level of safety and care.

Inspired? For further information contact Ange Connor on 0407 833 152. To apply, please send your application letter and current resume to

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