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Primary Design Teacher

ICS Inter-Community School ZurichSwitzerland

 In addition to those professional responsibilities which are common to all classroom teachers, the Design teacher position focuses on generating learning opportunities for students to explore engineering, design thinking process and creative problem solving through design technology, robotics, graphic design, coding and digital media production. The position involves teaching students throughout the Primary School, ages 6-11 years.

The Design teacher will work collaboratively within the department to develop unit plans, effective lesson plans and assessment strategies congruent with ICS’s assessment guidelines and curriculum.  The Design teacher will, whenever appropriate, employ an inquiry-based approach and differentiate lessons to support the learning styles of individual students. 


Learning and Teaching

Use a PBL approach.

Provide opportunities for skills development in an authentic context.

Integrate design technology, robotics, graphic design, coding and digital media production into transdisciplinary units.

Work with the PYP curriculum coordinator and Administration to develop a Design continuum.

Plan and prepare the Design learning experiences activities from Grade 1 to 5.

Research, develop, purchase and adapt learning materials and make imaginative use of resources

Celebrate the cultural diversity of the school population and explore possible links with home countries and cultures

Liaise within the Arts Team and Homeroom teachers to support UNits of Inquiry as relevant.

Create opportunities for agency in the classroom by involving students in creating shared routines, making decisions about what, why and how they learn.

Learning Community

Work with the PLT, the Arts department and Digital Coach to create a shared vision for Design within the Primary School

Support the ‘Culture of Care’ by developing a positive prosocial learning environment where all students feel welcomed, significant and emotionally safe. 

Collaborate with Homeroom Teacher about issues of concern related to student welfare, achievement and behaviour

Attend Parent/Teacher/Student  and Student-led conferences

Attend meetings for planning and administration 

The Design teacher is expected to contribute to the extra-curricular activities of the school related to their subject expertise and be involved in school development.

Be up to date with Safeguarding processes and procedures.

Develop and maintain positive partnerships with families.

Be a proactive advocate for Design and Technology.

Professional development

Keep up to date with the latest design trends and developments.

Keep up to date with IBO philosophy and curriculum development and implement change in keeping with the school vision and strategic focus.

Be involved in professional learning activities that support the school and systematic priorities such as working groups, study groups.

Engage in the school's professional growth process.


Qualified Primary school Teacher

Previous Teaching Experience within the last 2 years

Qualification or experience in Design/Science/Engineering

Experience in an international school environment advantageous

PYP knowledge preferred (Completed Introductory IB PYP workshop preferred)

Experience in teaching learners with diverse needs

Experience with/understanding of Making Thinking Visible, PBL, Seesaw advantageous

Strong classroom management skills

Strong organisational skills

Professional performing experience an asset

Excellent IT skills across a range of creative tools

The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the developmental needs of children of 6-11 years

Empathy, social, and communication skills

Documented record of excellence in teaching

Collaboration, teamwork and active participation in school life

Terms and conditions

The initial contract is for two years and is renewable. The generous salary and range of benefits will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate, with the overall package reflecting the importance of the position.

Next steps

Interested candidates should email a full letter of application, a statement of personal educational philosophy, detailed resume/curriculum vitae, and three referees. The Head of School reserves the right to apply directly to the writers of open testimonials for confidential statements.

Applications should be adressed to:

Ms Mary-Lyn Campbell,

Head of School

We are looking forward to receiving your online application.

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