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Executive Secretary, Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council - Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Any Australian city

The Secretariat for the Plenary Council is seeking applications for the position of Executive Secretary to the ad hoc Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council.

This position is most likely to be located in Canberra, however consideration will be given to applicants based in any other Australian city.

This is a high-level position whose primary objectives are to coordinate the process of the preparation for the Plenary Council, which the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will convene in 2020. This will include commissioning research into the canonical norms for a plenary council, methods and processes of preparatory consultation and discernment, the practicalities of celebrating the Plenary Council in 2020, and approaches to implementing the fruits of a plenary council in the Local Churches.

The successful applicant will have a tertiary qualification or equivalent expertise in Catholic theology; a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church; strong awareness and understanding of the issues affecting the participation of the faithful in the life of the Church and an understanding of the political, social and moral issues concerning life in Australian society as well as proven experience in project management.

A copy of the position description and additional information is available at

Applications must include a covering letter addressing the “knowledge, skills & experience” requirements found in the position description as well as a current résumé and the contact details of three referees. Referees will only be contacted once an applicant is shortlisted.

Letters of application are to be addressed to the Employment Relations Advisor and emailed to [email protected]

Applications close at 4pm Friday 5 May, 2017

For more information contact Jane Bashiruddin on 0447 238 432 or email [email protected]

Please note: All applications will be acknowledged on receipt by return email.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is an equal employment opportunity employer and promotes and supports a family friendly workplace. The successful applicant must be eligible to work in Australia and may be required to provide a Working with Children Check or a suitable Police Check as part of the recruitment process.

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