Head of Science
Head of Science
Scotch College in Adelaide
POSITION: Head of Science
STATUS: Permanent Teaching Position, commencing 2014
5 Year Tenure as Head of Science
TIME: Full-time (1.0FTE) Includes a minimum of 0.8FTE Teaching
LOCATION: Torrens Park Campus
Scotch College Adelaide is an Early Learning to Year 12 co-educational day and boarding school, which aims to develop all aspects of each person to instil the capacity for life-long learning and a sense of community.
Scotch College is a high quality learning organisation that:
- Respects its Scottish heritage
- Pursues and expects quality
- Understands the need for agility
- Values diversity and global connectedness
- Prioritises excellence in teaching and learning outcomes
Key to the achievement of this vision is the College’s strategy of attracting and retaining the Best People.
LINE MANAGEMENT: - Line Manager for Assistant Head of Science, Science Teaching Staff, Laboratory Assistants, Head of Agriculture
- Reports to the Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning
- Ultimately responsible to the Principal as CEO of the College.
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: - Assistant Head of Science, Science Teaching Staff, Laboratory Assistants, Head of Agriculture (colleagues)
- Regular liaison with Junior School Science Key Teacher and Heads of Faculty
- Teaching Staff
- All other College Employees
SALARY: Responsibility Allowance 8 Scotch Units
The Head of Science is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of the Science Faculty. This involves planning; monitoring; reflection and review; coordinating the activities and professional learning needs of staff within the Faculty; representing the Faculty within the College and externally.
Accountabilities Responsibilities & Expectations Performance Indicators
- Leadership - Lead and be accountable for all activities within the Science Faculty.
- Make decisions in accordance with the College’s delegations of authority.
- Set and aspire to achieve standards of excellence in student outcomes and teacher performance.
- Lead in a way that articulates, supports and furthers the College’s strategic vision.
- Support the integration of community wellbeing and positive psychology throughout the College.
- Appreciate, respect and affirm others and work effectively with all stakeholders to create a positive and collaborative school culture.
- Model positive behaviours, which support the College’s Code of Ethics and Core Values.
- Determine strategic and operational priorities for Science, in line with the College’s vision.
- Represent the College and participate as a member of internal and external committees and organisations.
- Oversee and manage the Science budget, in liaison with the General Manager, Business & Corporate Services.
- Prepare an annual report for the Principal and Council in relation to the Science Faculty.
- The Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning receives relevant and timely information and advice in relation to the Science Faculty.
- The Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning reports satisfaction with reports and information received, and with decisions made, by the Head of Science.
- Evidence of standards of excellence in student outcomes and teacher performance.
- Evidence of support for the College’s vision and strategic plan.
- Evidence of demonstrating appreciation, respect and affirmation for others and of working effectively with all stakeholders to create a positive and collaborative school culture
- Priorities and plans for Science are aligned with and support the College’s vision.
- Evidence of effective leadership of the Science Faculty, including regular and effective meetings, communication and administration.
- The Science budget is effectively managed in liaison with the General Manager, Business & Corporate Services.
- The Principal and Council report satisfaction with the annual report provided by the Head of Science.
Curriculum Leadership & Student Assessment
- Promote and implement practices and initiatives that support and encourage the achievement of academic excellence and the all-round development of students.
- Assist the Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning with the ongoing process of monitoring and developing the Science curriculum programs for Years R-12, supported by the Assistant Head of Science and the Junior School Science Key Teacher.
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of national and international trends and developments in Science curriculum programs from Years R-12.
- Liaise with Faculty staff to share ideas and consider new or potential curriculum opportunities in order that a dynamic and flexible educational offering is maintained, in line with the College’s educational vision.
- Ensure that appropriate assessment plans and moderation tools are in place to meet SACE requirements.
- Ensure that formative and summative assessment data is gathered in a timely and effective manner by all Science teachers and oversee report writing for the Science Faculty.
- Coordinate Science Faculty learning and assessment plans.
- Academic excellence and the all-round development of students is actively promoted and supported.
- Evidence of a stimulated, focused and engaging curriculum program that reflects the College’s vision and ethos and educational priorities.
- Evidence of regular monitoring and review of the Science curriculum program, in consultation with the Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning.
- Faculty staff are provided with the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing review and development of the Science curriculum programs.
- Demonstrated knowledge of national and international Science curriculum programs.
- Evidence of potential curriculum opportunities and new ideas being shared with relevant staff, in the context of the College’s educational vision.
- SACE requirements are met by the College.
- Students and parents are provided with accurate and useful assessment information.
- Assessment and reporting systems are evaluated periodically.
Staff Management - Provide line management for the Assistant
- Head of Science, Science Teaching Staff, Laboratory Assistants, Head of Agriculture.
- Assist with the recruitment, induction and appraisal process for direct reports, in liaison with Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning and Human Resources.
- Coordinate the faculty and Work Health & Safety induction process for new Science staff.
- Ensure that the performance of new Science staff is appropriately reviewed and evaluated during the probationary period and that effective feedback is provided to the new staff & the Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching &
- Learning within the probationary period.
- Lead with exemplary practice, acting as a mentor to staff.
- Conduct regular meetings and reviews with direct reports and provide regular feedback regarding performance, including at least one formal appraisal meeting per year.
- Ensure that the professional learning undertaken by Science staff is aligned with the College’s strategic priorities and any specific goals identified during the performance management process in relation to the AITSL National Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Support the ongoing professional learning of direct reports, identifying suitable opportunities in line with College priorities.
- Facilitate a safe and supportive work environment by ensuring compliance with the College’s policies & procedures and with workplace legislation, including: Work Health & Safety, equal opportunities, privacy and WorkCover
- Direct reports are recruited, managed and developed through sound management and human resources practices that are consistent with College policies and legal requirements.
- The performance of new staff is reviewed during the probationary period and effective feedback is provided to new staff and to the Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning prior to the end of the probationary period.
- The induction of new Science staff meets College requirements, includes Work Health & Safety requirements.
- Evidence of acting as a positive role model and mentor for direct reports.
- Communications are clear, concise and timely.
- Evidence of direct reports receiving regular review, feedback and support to meet the responsibilities and expectations of their roles.
- Evaluation of teaching includes data from a variety of sources (e.g. peers, line managers, students), including classroom observation.
- Documentation of the annual formal appraisal meeting for all direct reports.
- Poor performance is managed effectively in accordance with the College’s policies and procedures, in liaison with the Deputy Principal, Director of Teaching & Learning.
- Professional learning and development plans for direct reports are documented and align with the College’s strategic plan and priorities.
- Evidence of compliance with Workplace legislation and the College’s policies & procedures.
Teaching - Teach a minimum of 0.8FTE, as negotiated with the Principal.
- Model exemplary teaching practice.
- Conduct formal parent interviews in accordance with the College’s schedule and other parents meetings as required or requested.
- Teaching is undertaken in accordance with the minimum teaching load.
- Evidence of exemplary teaching practice
- Students are assisted to achieve their personal best.
- Parents report satisfaction regarding formal parent interviews and other parents meetings.
Other - Contribute to the College’s co-curricular program.
- Be a House Mentor.
- Attend all staff meetings.
- Be fully and actively involved in the life of the College, including community events, functions and promotional activities.
- Undertake other duties as required.
- Demonstrate a commitment to professional learning in relation to the requirements of this role.
- Evidence of contribution to the College’s cocurricular program.
- Students are provided with effective Mentor support.
- Evidence of attendance at staff meetings.
- Evidence of regular involvement in College and community events, functions and promotional activities.
- Professional learning is undertaken in a way that supports the College’s educational vision.
How to apply;
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Scotch College Adelaide
Postal Address: PO Box 271, Mitcham, SA, 5062
Tel +61 8 8274 4333
Fax +61 8 8274 4247
Applications Close: 9am, Monday 26 August 2013