South Island School seeks to appoint an outstanding Head of Spanish. Your role will be to lead the team within the Spanish department, in close collaboration with the Heritage and World Languages faculty as a whole.
As a Head of Department, you will be a member of the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), a role which involves ensuring that the Spanish Department is at the forefront of new initiatives at SIS, and is represented appropriately in collaborative academic decisions. You will report to the Head of Heritage and World Languages, who line-manages the heads of each individual language department.
The successful applicant will be a highly skilled teacher, with the ability to motivate, inspire and engage with students in creative and innovate ways, both within and outside the classroom. You will be a skilled manager and leader, as you work with the department team towards our overall goal of ensuring excellent educational outcomes for all of our students. You will also be a highly competent Spanish speaker, with an accurate command of written Spanish, and with a good knowledge of Spanish Literature. Previous experience of IBMYP, IGCSE and IB Diploma would be helpful, though this is not essential for an applicant with the right overall skills set. Like all staff, you will additionally be a tutor within our Pastoral Learning Curriculum (PLC), and will be expected to contribute effectively to our Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes.
The position will be a full-time renewable contract for an initial two year period from August 2020. The role carries an additional TLR allowance for leadership, as per the ESF Terms and Conditions.
The Head of Spanish at SIS is expected to be committed and flexible. Regular duties include:
• Leading the Spanish Department strategically, to develop and sustain high standards and a culture of collaboration and learning;
• Line-managing colleagues within the department, to facilitate high achievement and efficiency across all facets of the department;
• Ensuring close liaison takes place between Teachers and Educational Assistants (EAs) within the Spanish Department;
• Representing the Spanish Department as a whole within the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), attending meetings and leading whole school initiatives as required – and ensuring an appropriate cascade of information to the department as a whole during weekly planning and meeting time;
• Overseeing the planning, development and evaluation of Spanish schemes of learning for all courses to maximise positive outcomes;
• Maintaining a learning climate that is inclusive and safe, yet challenging and innovative, ensuring appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of students with all learning profiles;
• Leading and managing the development of learning and teaching strategies within the Spanish department, ensuring department staff develop innovative and effective pedagogical expertise, facilitating appropriate development opportunities for colleagues as necessary;
• Ensuring that resources are managed effectively within the department, in compliance with school-wide and foundation-wide requirements relating to budgets, procurement processes and facilities management;
• Ensuring appropriate assessment practices across the Spanish department, to support student progress and attainment;
• Ensuring regular celebration of achievements within the Spanish department, in liaison with the communications team;
• Working as a tutor for a group of students, within the Pastoral Learning Curriculum;
• Engaging actively with the Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes, ensuring that Spanish-related activities are represented appropriately within these curricula.
• A relevant degree and postgraduate qualification, including internationally recognised teaching qualifications;
• Fluency in the Spanish Language;
• A strong commitment to taking an inclusive approach to meet the needs of all students;
• The ability to lead and inspire others and to manage a team effectively, showing excellent leadership, management and administrative skills;
• The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with teachers and other relevant professionals, parents and students;
• An understanding of current developments in teaching;
• Experience of a range of assessment strategies for identifying students’ needs and supporting learning;
• A commitment to pastoral care within the school;
• A commitment to developing students’ skills through extra-curricular opportunities.
Teaching in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a premier destination for expatriate and local teachers! ESF Teachers enjoy an extremely lucrative salary package and a very high standard of living overall, in an exciting and vibrant world city. The teaching profession is highly respected, student motivation and outcomes are excellent, and all teachers receive considerable support from ESF and SIS with settling into Hong Kong, as well as with their professional development. Please feel free to contact us in advance about life in Hong Kong if you feel a conversation on this topic would be helpful.
The role of Teacher of Spanish is also currently advertised at SIS. Therefore, applicants are also invited to confirm whether they wish to be considered for a Teacher of Spanish role, in the event that their application for Head of Department is unsuccessful.
Further information can be found in the following locations:
• South Island School website: www.sis.edu.hk
• English Schools Foundation website: www.esf.edu.hk
Thank you again for your interest in this role.
Closing Date: By 8am Hong Kong Time on Monday 14th October 2019
For enquiries, please contact Cecilia Lo at email@example.com.
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