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Assistant Head of Secondary (Middle school)

The Hamilton International School
Doha, Qatar
Date Added: Mar 13, 2024

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  • ISP Assistant Head of Secondary Role Profile
    Purpose of Role
    The Assistant Head: Middle School will provide professional, highly effective leadership and management that will achieve outstanding results within the Middle School. The Assistant Head: Middle School will support, develop and empower the Middle School, including Pastoral Leaders, Teachers, Parents and Students. Under the direction of the Head of Secondary, the Assistant Head: Middle School will work alongside the Assistant Head: High School, and will take a crucial role supporting curriculum development, teaching and assessment practices and student achievement. The Assistant Head: Middle School, will be a proactive member of the Leadership Team, supporting Hamilton to be the school of choice for families in Doha.
    ISP Principles
    Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding and Health & Safety issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.
    Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.
    Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.
    Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.
    Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
    ISP Assistant Head of Secondary (Middle School) Key Responsibilities
    • 50% teaching commitment
    • 50% non-teaching commitment: Carry out Leadership and Management responsibilities contained within the job description
    • With the support of the Head of Secondary, the Assistant Head: Middle School will lead the day-to-day management of the Middle School, administer and supervise systems and routines to ensure the efficient operation of this section of the school
    • To ensure that the operation of the Middle School reflects the whole schools philosophy and to ensure that the schools mission is implemented
    • To lead data analysis, pupil progress, assessment, tracking and reporting within the Middle School
    • To support the production of a timetable which reflects the needs of the students, and which takes account of staff strengths, skills and reasonable requests in the Secondary School, and which articulates with the timetables in the other sections of the school
    • To maintain an overview of the Middle School curriculum and keep up to date with any curriculum changes
    • To provide professional leadership for the Middle School, ensuring the highest possible quality of education for students
    • To promote a positive and professional learning culture, inclusive of staff wellbeing
    • To support the continuous growth of a school which opened in August 2019, building on the excellent reputation it has established within Qatar
    • Carry out the DDSL role (Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead) within the Secondary School
    • Ensure the Middle School complies with MOEHE regulations
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic action plans, policies and whole school documentation
    • Undertaking teaching duties as required by the Head of Secondary (approximately 50%)
    • Support cover arrangement for absent Secondary teachers
    • Be an excellent teaching role model, implementing practices successfully and consistently
    • Keep up to date with national and international developments in all curriculum areas, and with advances in teaching practice and methodology
    • Monitor and respond to all curriculum initiatives at international and local levels
    • Oversight of the Middle Schools curriculum policies and their implementation, including updating and introducing new curriculum initiatives
    • Maintenance of curriculum mapping within the Secondary School
    • Ensuring the regular reporting processes are adhered
    • Play a key role in whole school accreditation for the Secondary School
    • Support the provision of effective orientation and induction for new Secondary School staff
    • Provision of professional and personal support and direction to Secondary School staff in order to maximize the effective carrying out of their duties
    • Provision of timely advice to the Head of Secondary in matters pertaining to staff movement and deployment, and assistance in the recruitment of Secondary School staff
    • Ensuring the Secondary School staff are given access to appropriate professional development
    • Maintaining open communication with staff through staff notices, and daily briefings
    • Maintaining open communication in order to keep the Head of Secondary well informed about Secondary School matters
    • Support staff, and provide advice, in their interaction with parents
    • Ensure the quality of school reports and other written documentation sent home from the Secondary School is of a premium standard
    • Line management of Subject Leaders and Pastoral Leaders as agreed by the Head of Secondary
    • Create amazing learning opportunities for all students
    • Support Middle School admissions in conjunction with the Admissions Team
    • Active development and fostering of positive relationships with students
    • Responsibility for morale and discipline standards within the Middle School
    • Responsibility for health and safety of Middle School students, staff and visitors
    Secondary School Profile
    • Contribute to regular parent communication regarding Middle School matters
    • Assist in raising the profile of the Middle School and the whole school within the community
    • Ensuring that parental interest and participation in the Middle School is encouraged and that regular parent/teacher meetings occur
    • Maintaining a visible, approachable and welcoming profile for parents
    Health and Safety
    • Emphasize the importance of safety in all areas of the curriculum, communicating to the pupils the importance of a responsible attitude towards personal safety, the safety of others and respect for Hamilton International Schools property and equipment
    • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
    • Assist in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct
    • Ensure that, all the necessary health and safety rules and procedures are being followed
    • Maintain an awareness of all the health and safety measures to be taken when in school
    Skills, Qualifications and Experience
    Position Requirements
    • Bachelors Degree and teaching qualification from an accredited institution
    • Required teaching certification for Qatar MOEHE
    • Minimum 2 years of leadership experience (less for potential exceptional candidates)
    • Meet professional teacher education requirements of school
    • Child Care and Protection training (provided during induction)
    • In-depth knowledge and understanding of school curriculum and associated assessment methods
    • Up to date curriculum developments
    • Application of effective teaching and learning theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children (e.g. classroom organisation and learning strategies)
    • The ability to develop good personal relationships within a team
    • An effective and experienced communicator (written and verbal) to a variety of audiences
    • High level of IT competency
    • Proven leadership and management skills
    Personal Attributes:
    • Passionate about delivering quality education
    • Able to command respect of pupils, colleagues and parents
    • Organised with proven ability to meet deadlines
    • Driven by wanting to improve quality and develop the school
    • Reliable with an attention to detail and a commitment to quality
    • An innovator with a willingness to embrace change
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
    • The ability to work on a regular and punctual basis
    ISP Leadership Competencies
    You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.
    • Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.
    • Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.
    • Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.
    • Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.
    • Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.
    • Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.
    • Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.
    ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles
    ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
    All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years employment history.
    ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
    ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, age, disability status, neurodivergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply.
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