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The British School, Caracas
Head of School
effective August 2020
An outstanding opportunity to lead a well-established Pre-School to IB Year 13 international school that stakeholders celebrate as a “a happy village with high academic standards”.
Are you our next Head of School?
Do you have a deep love and passion for all things related to education and children, who models a positive, flexible, and fun approach to work, someone who knows how to collaborate? Are you a resourceful why-not, can-do attitude individual, with a strong bias for making and doing, who is a relevant and engaging communicator? Do you possess the disposition that flourishes in a challenging, dynamic, highly diverse, transitory, and multicultural environment?
Furthermore, have you demonstrated the leadership and interpersonal skills that inspire students and families to see and realise possibilities and potential for learning and growth, within a close knit “family school”.
Professional Qualifications & Qualities Sought
The Board of Governors is proud of the school’s achievements and seeks to appoint a well-qualified, dynamic and forward-looking leader who will build on the existing strengths of the school and lead it forward into the next phase of its development. The successful candidate will be a flexible, resilient, hardworking individual who is not deterred while working in a challenging political and economic climate.
Desirable qualities and attributes of the successful candidate include:
- Minimum 8 years of teaching essential
- Previous Headship experience highly preferred
- English National Curriculum teaching experience desirable
- Demonstrated experience with IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Programmes
- Hold an advanced degree - MA or higher preferred
- Familiarity with IBO Authorisation and CIS accreditation processes, BSO experience preferred
- Leadership qualification in line with school headship
- Demonstrated strong team leadership and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to enhance the collaboration and partnership between staff, students, parents and the wider community
- Substantial experience in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, school plant and operational management, curriculum development, health and safety and long-range development planning
- Demonstrated community engagement and motivation to involve the full range of the school community - staff, students and parents in the management and development of TBSC
- Sensitivity towards, and familiarity with, a diverse range of student learning needs
- Cross-cultural understanding and a strong desire to embrace the Venezuelan culture
Located in Altamira, Caracas, The British School Caracas (TBSC) is one of the foremost British and International Schools in Latin America, providing high quality international education to both the national and international community.
Founded in 1950 the school has grown from strength to strength and despite challenging times, has maintained a steady enrollment of 300 children from Preschool to Year 13 (IB Diploma Programme). TBSC offers a quality international education focused not only on the academic development of a child but also their personal wellbeing.
The School is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is especially proud of this independent recognition of quality. The School is a member of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC). TBSC also completed BSO inspection in 2017 and is a COBIS Accredited Member School. The school is parent-owned, operated on a not-for-profit basis and governed by a parent elected Board of Governors.
The current Head of School, Yasir Patel, has been employed by TBSC since 2014. He and his wife, who is also a member of faculty, will be returning to New Zealand along with their children at the completion of his contract in June 2020.
Curriculum and Facilities
TBSC offers the National Curriculum of England to students from Pre School to Year 13. In the Early Years and Primary programmes, the International Primary Curriculum complements this curriculum. The Cambridge IGCSE is offered in Key Stage 4 and the IB Diploma is the pre-university curriculum offered at Key Stage 5.
Due to the changing composition of the student body, with far fewer British and other first language English-speakers and many more Venezuelan and other Spanish-speaking children, the School has invested significant resources in its Spanish language programme. The objective is to provide a high-quality programme in which children achieve measurable standards in speaking, reading and writing, and which is horizontally integrated with the National Curriculum program. TBSC is, however, a British School and the intent is not to change its fundamental nature. Classes are offered at each level throughout the School depending on numbers.
The School is well-equipped with classrooms and teaching materials, including music, library, design and technology laboratory, science laboratory, and the open air amphitheatre, which is in many ways the heart of the School. For sports, the School has an open-air space with an all-weather surface which is used for PE and other sporting activities. The School is well-equipped with computers and has a very good network system. The Board and the Head are currently working together to enhance and expand the use of Information Technology in education at TBSC.
Location and Lifestyle
The School is located in the upper part of the Altamira district of Caracas, close to the Avila National Park, formed by a mountain range which dominates the northern skyline of the city. Altamira is part of the Chacao municipality, traditionally one of the best-run and safest parts of the city. It is a pleasant area with many trees, flowers, and quiet streets. Caracas has an amazing climate, with year-round comfortable temperatures, a rainy season between May and October, and drier weather between November and April. Chacao has very good shopping centres and excellent restaurants. Culturally, Caracas has a lot going on in music, arts, and drama, although it takes a bit of research and familiarity with local newspapers to know what is on and where. By car, there are numerous beautiful places to visit outside Caracas, including Venezuela’s famous beaches. There are abundant bed and breakfast style hotels around the country, many of which are simple, yet beautiful. Venezuela has an incredibly diverse range of natural environments, ranging from glaciers in the high Andes near Merida, never-ending plains in the Orinoco basin, the Caribbean coastline, and the unique jungle and Table Mountains in the south, where the world-famous Angel Falls are located.
Safety and Security
Like many other cities around the world, Caracas has no-go areas, but a commonsense approach to personal security and safety is usually successful. The current headmaster lives in Los Palos Grandes within walking distance of the School.
The Board of Governors of The British School Caracas delegates to the Head of School the day-to-day responsibility of managing the school, in accordance with the Statutes of TBSC and the Policies set by the Board. The Head is expected to take a leadership role in all aspects of life at TBSC to ensure that it continues to provide excellent education to its pupils, is well-managed, and maintains its excellent reputation within the Caracas community.
Primary Functions and Responsibilities
The Head, as the chief executive of the school, reports to and is evaluated annually by the Board of Governors and is accountable for ensuring that the Mission and Philosophy statement of TBSC is fulfilled. S/he achieves this through the routine management of the School in accordance with the policies and directions set by the Board. Primary accountabilities are described below, and the Head may delegate responsibility to other members of the school staff, as s/he deems appropriate.
Routine School Operations
The Head of School is expected to:
- Promote and contribute to the school's aims (mission, vision, values, policies)
- Promote a positive school culture which is happy, purposeful and productive
- Contribute to the effective and efficient management of the school
- Encourage consultation and discussion with staff
- Liaise effectively between all members of the TBSC community
- Work with the School Improvement, Operational and Strategic Plans (establish priorities and targets for their subject and monitor the progress)
- Model the behaviour, work ethic and standard expected by all members of the TBSC community
- Assume responsibility for staffing, community relations and the overall management of the school
- Report to the Board of Governors and work as required with the President of the Board/Executive Committee to ensure good governance.
- Chair the School Leadership Team, Primary Management and Secondary Management Team meetings
- Monitor the health and safety of the school (classrooms, common areas and other) in close liaison with the school nurse
- Coordinate management and leadership activities
- Oversee the ongoing evaluation process for the school, reporting both internally to the Board and externally to accrediting organisations
- Be responsible for admissions
- Work in partnership with the Board and SMT to promote the school’s mission and articulate this to students, faculty, staff, parents and the wider community
- Keep the Board informed of the nature of the educational process within TBSC
- Ensure there is a written plan for educational, financial, facility and governance objectives within TBSC, and to oversee and implement this development plan, possibly creating and reviewing a Strategic 5-year plan
- Teach approximately 20% of the normal timetable allocation
- Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required
- Oversee the shaping of the school’s educational programme and the quality of life in the school community
- Oversee the development and implementation of the pre-school to Year 13 plan for curriculum in line with the educational philosophy of the school, aligned with IB and Accreditation protocols
- Direct the overall professional development programme for teachers and support staff
- Coordinate with the SLT and the ICT Team to ensure the effective use of technology
- Establish an effective manner of leadership and involve members of the administration and faculty in decision-making, where appropriate
- Attract, retain and develop excellent teachers and administrators who are directly responsible for the successful learning of students
- Oversee and evaluate the work of the SLT, LSU, School Legal Officer, Bursar, Admissions Officer, School Nurse, ICT Team and School Counsellor
- Work towards the improvement of the performance review system for administrative and teaching staff
- Manage the performance review system and discuss results with the Board Committee
- Meet with faculty and appropriate personnel, as necessary, to address matters concerning the improvement and welfare of the school
- Manage personnel situations relating to leave, tragedies, family celebrations and similar concerns
- Counsel faculty in matters particular to career development and overseas teaching positions
- Conduct interviews with leaving staff
- Oversee/Implement a staff survey
- Communicate on a regular basis with the community through the Weekly Bulletin, email and other appropriate media
- Be directly responsible for news releases and other items of public interest which pertain to education matters, policies, school-related incidents or events
- Establish and maintain a working relationship with the Parent-Teacher Association
- Act as the final point of arbitration between administrators, faculty, parents and students
- Establish and maintain contact with CIS
- Establish and maintain contact with the IBO
- Participate fully in LAHC activities
- Work in cooperation with the Board and Business Manager towards agreed fiscal targets
- Oversee the budget planning process
- Work to effectively plan for the use of available resources for the continued improvement of the educational programmes
- Endeavour to attract a diverse Venezuelan and international student body and achieve full enrollment of the school
- Maintain contacts with embassies, key businesses and business associations that have an interest in the school
- Promote and market the school by raising the public profile of the school
- Supervise the school alumni liaison programme
- Supervise the public relations programme of TBSC
Terms & Conditions
The initial contract will be for a period of three years with an option to extend. The contract is renewable at the discretion of the Board. Salary and benefits for this post are highly competitive and will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position. The Board seeks a candidate willing to take a long-term view regarding employment tenure at the school.
Child protection and safety:
TBSC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in the school. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. TBSC recognises that every student should feel safe and protected from any form of abuse, which includes verbal, physical, emotional, cyber, neglect or sexual abuse.
CIS is delighted to announce that The British School Caracas has retained CIS, represented by Joe Cornacchio, in consultation and with support of the CIS Leadership and the School Support & Evaluation Team, to lead the search for a Head of School.
If you are interested in this position and meet the criteria outlined, apply now via the link below. Please provide a letter of motivation and your CV. The letter of motivation should clearly outline your interest in the school and the position you are applying for, what you would bring to the role and how you meet the requirements in the profile.
Should you progress to the next stage, you will be invited to continue the application process and will be required to provide copies of the following:
- University degree/s
- Certificates/licenses confirming qualification in your field/s of expertise
- A copy of the biographical page of your Passport
- Criminal background checks from all countries where you have lived or worked as an adult
- Contact details for three supervisory referees
This information must be complete when you enter the final stages of an application process. Finalists will be invited to TBSC for interview to meet with the Search Committee and constituent groups of the school community, with the intention of making a final selection shortly thereafter.
Should they receive an outstanding application, the Selection Committee reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date mentioned below.
If you have any questions about the position, the application process, or require any assistance, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 September 2019
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