Kristiansand International School is currently looking for a full time PYP Coordinator to join our staff from August 2021. The school, which opened in 2008, is just about to go through its second evaluation visit, so the new coordinator will come into the role with a very recent self-study questionnaire and what we confidently expect to be a good evaluation report from the IB. As the attached job description shows, the role is split into two main parts: roughly 40% of time is allocated to supporting staff in building a good programme, with another 30% time spent on various admin related tasks. The position will carry a 30% teaching responsibility.
The person we are looking for to fill this role will be someone who understands the IB curriculum at all levels: planned, learned and taught. They should have empathy for the learning process of both staff and students, a strong focus on building positive supportive relationships, and a commitment to building a culture of collaboration.
This position is an important one for the school. KIS is a small school, and the PYP Coordinator is involved in all aspects of schooling for younger students, working closely with all members of the community to create a clear understanding of the programme within our context. The PYP Coordinator is a member of the leadership team, along with the Principal and the MYP Coordinator and is actively involved in both the day-to-day operations of the school and planning for future development. The position will also require collaboration with other PYP coordinators and school leaders in Norway.
Required previous experience/qualifications:
- Previous leadership experience, preferably as a PYP Coordinator
- Demonstrated ability to actively lead curriculum and programme initiatives.
- Excellent spoken and written English language
- Demonstrable expertise and interest in building student agency
- Experience working in a multicultural context and a committment to internationalism
- Understanding of, and recent training in, the IBPYP
- Examples of recent innovation in the classroom/school and an analytical approach to its success
- A commitment to building a shared sense of purpose in schools
- The flexibility needed to work in a small school, supported by a good sense of humour and a determination to build positive relationships
Desirable previous experience/qualifications:
- Experience working in more than one international / IB school
- Experience living in several countries
- Experience as an IB workshop Leader/ School Visitor
- Teaching qualification already recognised by NOKUT (see below)
- Postgraduate education in teaching and learning, school leadership or a related field
- The ability to read in Norwegian or demonstrable strength in learning languages
Application should be made by clicking on the apply now button, completing the required information and uploading a CV. Details of at least two referees should be given, including your two most recent employers. Applications without these referees will not be considered.
Applicants will be required to have their teaching qualifications recognised by NOKUT (a Norwegian government agency), and will need to present recent police checks from the last two countries of residence.
You must meet the following requirements for a visa or working permit:
- 2 years teaching experience.
- Any degree.
- B. Ed, Bachelors with Teaching Qualification, M. Ed, PGCE or PGDE, iPGCE, UK Qualified Teacher Status, Government approved teaching certification from non-UK country or similar teaching qualification.
- Criminal background check, References
Kristiansand International School
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- All-through School
- Students of mixed gender, age 6 - 16 years