The Head of the IB Programme will coordinate and supervise all activities and programmes related to the IB Programme at BHS (Years 12 and 13). BHS offers both the IB Diploma and IB Courses. The successful candidate will promote the school’s vision, aims, policies and ethos through the leadership, planning and successful delivery of the IB Programme.
The Head of IB reports directly to the Head of School, and works closely with the Senior Leadership Team. The Heads of Year for IB1 and IB2, the IB Coordinator, the University Admissions Counsellor and the IB faculty report directly to the Head of IB. The successful candidate will provide administrative and supervisory expertise for the teaching and learning of students as well as promoting the IB Programme in the community. The Head of IB, in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team, is responsible for recruiting, appraising and further developing the IB faculty. The ideal candidate will have experience in working in an all-girls school environment and in developing opportunities for IB students in STEAM related subjects.
• Master’s degree preferred with specialisation in education, administration or related fi eld.
• A minimum of five (5) years of experience in leading an IB programme (Diploma and Courses) and relevant teaching experience.
• Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with all school stakeholders.
• Be a team-player and have demonstrated qualities in shared decision-making skills and strategic planning.
• Have established relationships with college and university admissions officers in the USA, Canada and the UK so as to assist in placing students into tertiary institutions.
• Have demonstrated a capacity to prioritise, meet deadlines, demonstrate resilience, work accurately and calmly under pressure, be detail orientated.
• Have experience supervising educational leaders such as Subject Heads of Department and Heads of Year.
• Overall academic advisor for every student in IB1 and IB2. This would involve individual admissions interviews re: matching each student’s course choices with future career goals, at the beginning of the programme. In addition, one will monitor and track each student’s academic progress throughout the two year programme and co-ordinate interventions when necessary.
• Supervise all activities and programmes related to the IB Diploma Programme with the assistance of the IB Coordinator.
• Ensure the placement of students at colleges and universities, globally, with the assistance of the University Admissions Counsellor.
• Ensure that all requirements and procedures, as set out by the IB organisation, concerning the IB Diploma are adhered to.
• Contribute to school-wide leadership and planning.
• Collaborate with the Head of Secondary on curriculum and assessment matters.
• Oversee the creation and management of the IB markbooks and reports throughout the academic year.
• Supervise the analysis of the IB results during the first two weeks of July and make presentations with recommendations to the appropriate stakeholders in September.
• Periodically undertake a strategic review of the programme, its performance and its contribution to the aims and educational philosophy of the School and undertake any reviews as required by the IB organisation and the CIS/NEASC accreditation bodies.
• Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Knowledge & Skills:
• Comprehensive knowledge of the IB Diploma Programme and IB courses, principles and current
trends in international education and curricula.
• Demonstrated understanding of and vision for the future of educational practice and learning.
• Be highly articulate and possess excellent writing and analytical skills.
• A student-centred approach to pedagogy and learning.
• An ability to introduce and manage change and innovation.
• Demonstrated respect for diversity and internationalism.
• Be a dynamic, enthusiastic and energetic leader.
• Demonstrate competent use of Excel and Word and other Microsoft products
• Be familiar with School Information Systems, such as SIMS.
• The ability to create/write a timetable would be an asset.
Although the Head of IB is expected to work under our normal school schedule, this position will require some flexibility as, by its nature, some aspects of the Head of the IB Programme’s responsibilities require follow-up, administrative and student support during the Summer and holiday periods.