Director of Business Services

St Patrick’s College, Strathfield

Strathfield, NSW 
Commencing May 2022 (or by negotiation)



St Patrick’s College Strathfield is a Catholic boys’ school in the Edmund Rice Tradition, catering for boys in Years 5 to 12. The College has a current enrolment of over 1500 students, supported by over 200 teaching and support staff. Set in spacious grounds in Strathfield, St Patrick’s enjoys an excellent reputation for producing young men who are prepared to serve others and who are committed to living out the Gospel message. The College was founded in 1928 by the Christian Brothers and has a rich tradition of excellence in academic learning and a robust co-curricular sporting and cultural life. St Patrick’s is a member of the Independent Schools Association.

Working at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield means joining a community of highly motivated, passionate, professional and experienced individuals who are known for their inclusivity, expertise and dedication to their students, education and each other.

For further information about the College, please visit



The Executive Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) is seeking to appoint an accomplished professional in the role of Director of Business Services. The Director of Business Services is a key member of the College Leadership Team and provides professional support to the Principal in their leadership by contributing to the effective operation of the College within the following key accountability areas:

*Executive Leadership

*Financial Management

*Business Management

*Property Management

*Work Health & Safety (shared with the Director of Human Resources, Risk and Governance)

*Personnel and Industrial Administration (shared with the Director of Human Resources, Risk and Governance)


This position is committed to providing key linkages between educational vision and the business functions of the College and will ensure the College is achieving its financial and operational requirements for a leading school in the 21st century. The Director of Business Services will create new and improve existing business to maximise the facilities and assets of the College.

The Director of Business Services reports directly to the Principal and is supported by a small team of staff including Finance Manager, Properties and Facilities Manager, IT Manager and other finance office staff.

An Information Package, outlining the key responsibilities for the position and Selection Criteria, can be obtained below.



Applications are encouraged from individuals with educational experience as well as commercial professionals who come from outside the education sector.

To succeed in the role you will have:

*Tertiary qualifications in Accounting/ Business/ Commerce or related field (CA or CPA preferred)

*Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in an energetic and vibrant environment

*Demonstrated experience leading successful teams

*Experience in responsibility for the financial management of a medium-sized business

*A commitment to ongoing professional development

*The ability to think strategically in contributing to the future development of the College

*A proven ability to work in a collaborative environment as a member of a Leadership team and to manage a cohesive support team

*Knowledge of, and experience in, day-to-day accounting procedures, financial management and strategic development in the not-for-profit setting

*Experience with tender development and assessment

*The ability to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice as articulated in the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.



Applications can be addressed to Dr Craig Wattam, EREA Executive Director, and emailed to Please include a:

  1. Current CV
  1. Cover Letter, outlining reasons for your interest in the position and your vision for the Director of Business Services in a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition (no more than 2 pages).


All applicants will be subject to EREA and legislative screening procedures. These checks are consistent with EREA’s commitment to child protection policies and procedures.

Evidence of a valid WWCC clearance and compliance with the current Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2022 will be required prior to employment.

For more information, please contact EREA Recruitment at (03) 9426 3205 or




Edmund Rice Education Australia is committed to ensuring the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and young people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Edmund Rice Education Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Information Package - Director of Business Services, St Patrick's College, Strathfield