Head of Design Technology, Aubonne, Switzerland

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La Côte International School AubonneAubonne, Switzerland

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Job Reference : 004441

An outline of the role

The Head of Design Technology will lead and manage the Design department in the Secondary School. S/he should be an adaptable and innovative leader, a good motivator, communicator and administrator, and should be capable of managing key aspects of an expanding International School. S/he should be seen by staff, parents, students and the wider community to fully support the values of the school. The Head of Design will oversee the development of Design teaching and learning and drive forward the agenda of STEAM learning through the Nord Anglia collaboration with MIT. By tackling real-world challenges within the Design department, you will teach transferable skills such as flexibility, creativity and communication. You will be encouraged to experiment and help our students to collaborate and think critically to solve even the trickiest problems. The role requires a dynamic and inspirational leader to co-ordinate, manage and lead the department into the next exciting stage of development.

The Secondary School

It is our aim in the Secondary School to give the children in our care a full and exciting school experience. We want the students to maximise their potential; to achieve more than they thought possible. Secondary School students will be encouraged to explore new disciplines, skills and interests; to give everything a try and in doing so learn to take risks and to risk failure. It is our belief that in doing this we are enabling them to find their passion and that ‘thing’ that really makes them tick, which will in turn support everything else that they do. At LCIS, we will ensure that students are able to do this, knowing they are in a safe and secure environment.

Personal Skills

  • Enthusiastic and passionate about Design education with a sound understanding of best practice in STEAM education

  • Lead the Design department and contribute to the development of excellent learning for all our students

  • Ensure that planning, preparation, recording, assessment and reporting are of the highest quality and meet the varying learning and social needs of students

  • Be flexible and adjust to the needs of the school, actively contributing to the school development plans and growth

  • Take personal responsibility for professional development and to keep up to date with educational research to enable us to deliver excellent learning

  • Flexible and adaptable to the varied demands of working in an international school

  • Proactive in all aspects of school life through participation and support

  • Able to develop and foster teamwork

  • Exceptional organiser and administrator with the ability to delegate and empower colleagues

  • Able to think strategically and plan for development

  • Creative and innovative with an eye for detail and a determination to see tasks through from beginning to end

  • Talented communicator, both orally and in writing

  • Able to work successfully under pressure

  • Reliable and respectful at all times

  • Has a positive and proactive attitude towards participation with CPD and the school’s APT (Ambitious Performance Tracker) and appraisal processes

  • Able to present a professional image in line with the high expectations of LCIS

  • Confident and competent user of IT in the classroom and for administrative purposes

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To be an ambassador of the Secondary School at all times

  • To promote participation and enjoyment of Design so that it becomes a noticeable feature of the school

  • To develop strategic plans for the department

  • To manage the operation of the Design department and ensure budgets are effectively managed

  • To extend the opportunities for Design learning beyond the school day

  • To lead by example in all areas of school life and to be a powerful role model for colleagues, as an outstanding practitioner

  • To carry out reasonable professional requests made by the Principal or Head of Secondary School

  • To meet all additional teaching and pastoral responsibilities, as outlined in the Teacher’s Job Description

  • To promote, through collaboration, a school culture of permanent improvement in order to raise standards of achievement at all levels

Leadership Responsibilities

  • To create and develop a positive team atmosphere

  • To lead team members through Nord Anglia’s appraisal system and Ambitious Performance Tracker (APT)

  • To coach, mentor and provide professional support to all departmental staff to ensure that they are the best they can be

  • To encourage staff to keep up-to-date with, and share information on, advances in Design practice and methodology

  • Promote the use of Nord Anglia University to enhance professional development

  • To provide curriculum leadership for Design and ensure a written curriculum is implemented and reviewed throughout the School

  • To ensure the department maintains the highest possible standards of teaching and learning


  • To promote pride in the school amongst the pupil body through high standards of dress, behaviour and commitment

  • To establish a safe and attractive learning environment for all students

  • To alert appropriate staff to students’ pastoral problems and offer solutions wherever possible

  • To effectively communicate pastoral issues effectively with parents, liaising with staff as appropriate

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • To plan an enrichment programme that provides opportunities in Design beyond the classroom

  • To look for opportunities to promote Design during events, assemblies and within the wider community

Tracking and Monitoring

  • To ensure that all students reach their potential through enthusiastic and personalised provision, with rigorous record keeping and follow-up

  • Make effective use of formative and summative assessment to provide challenging learning opportunities for all

  • Monitor attainment and progress in line with agreed assessments

  • To track and monitor performance, in relation to academic performance, outcomes and engagement with school and follow through with staff and parents accordingly


  • To be aware of and act upon all policies regarding the safeguarding of children

  • To liaise with the Head of Secondary School, be familiar with the policies on Health and Safety and be proactive in ensuring the safety of all members of the school community at all times.

Formal Qualifications/Experience

  • A good Honours Degree

  • A certified teaching qualification

  • A distinguished record of teaching and middle management experience

  • A strong record of professional development

  • At least four years teaching experience


The closing date for applications is 20th April 2018, Applications should consist of a letter of application, CV and the name of two referees.

La Côte International School, Aubonne, Switzerland
Department : Academic
Hours Per week : Not Specified
Reporting to: Head of Secondary

Job location

More about La Côte International School Aubonne
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: Chemin de Clamogne 8, 1170 Aubonne, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 823 26 26
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