Faculty (Department) Heads at United World College Dilijan in Armenia
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Faculty (Department) Heads
United World College Dilijan (Armenia)

Appointed - Position Filled
Nov 13, 13
Nov 30, 13


United World College Dilijan, Armenia


Faculty (Department) Heads – from summer 2014







The United World College Dilijan is an outstanding new co-educational boarding school opening on a large and attractive purpose-built campus on a 10-hectare rural site in Dilijan, Armenia in the summer of 2014.      It aims to offer a high-calibre international education to boys and girls aged 13 to 18 from around the world, combining the best possible educational standards with the wide cultural opportunities presented by its unique location.   


It is planned that the first intake of students will be approximately 90, including the College’s first IB Diploma class, and that the numbers should grow gradually over the following years to reach full capacity (650 students) by 2020.       


The expectation is that IB students will be selected through the UWC National Committee process.    The College will cater for Armenians, students from the worldwide Armenian diaspora, students from the CIS region and also students from around the world, so that the community is truly international.        Below the Diploma class students will eventually be prepared for the IGCSE.     The College also aims to appoint an international teaching staff.


This visionary project is being guided by a very distinguished Board of Trustees, whose Chairman, Tigran Sargsyan, is the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.


Further information is available from www.dilijanschool.org.



The five Heads of Faculty (Department) are important figures in the administration of the college. They report to the DP Co-ordinator under normal circumstances and in the interim, before the roles are separated, to the Deputy Head. They manage day-to-day staffing, supervise and in many cases generate the course outlines and schemes of work used in their faculties, and appraise their staff. They are the natural first port of call for students with academic questions, difficulties, or concerns about their current or future studies, and a person from who parents will seek advice, direction and reassurance.

During the start-up phase of the college, Heads of Faculty (Department) will be expected to draw up course outlines well in advance of the start of teaching in order to satisfy IB requirements for the delivery of the IBDP and to honour the undertakings given over IBDP authorisation. This will involve some work before they are formally under contract. There may also be a need for advice about planning, ordering and selection of equipment and academic supplies in advance of taking up their formal duties.

Irrespective of any list of duties, and in common with all members of the UWC Dilijan staff, Heads of Faculty (Department) will be in complete sympathy with the vision, mission and ethos of the college, the UWC movement and the educational and pedagogical values of the IB. They will exhibit and embody the generosity of spirit that led to the foundation of the school, and be willing to do whatever it takes to ensure its success.

Specifically, Heads of Faculty (Department) have the following duties.

  • They support the vision, mission and ethos of the college in every way, and are ready to do whatever is necessary to ensure its success in achieving its objectives.
  • They exhibit the highest professional standards in their management, teaching, conduct and discretion, including especially observation of confidentiality over matters concerning staff and students that are sensitive.
  • They manage the day-to-day running of their departments including providing cover and substitutions as necessary.
  • They ensure that course outlines and schemes of work are fit-for-purpose, up to date and exhibit all the characteristics required for the delivery of the standard of education implicit in the college’s vision and mission.
  • They assign duties for teaching, examining, assessment, and supervise the appropriate setting and marking of homework and internal and external assessments.
  • They ensure that reporting is done according to the schedules and standards of the college, including the provision of reports for those writing references for university applications.
  • They conduct in-service training for their departments as they deem necessary in order to ensure that all their staff are fully briefed with the requirements of course specifications and more generally in tune with the vision, mission and values of the college.
  • >They sit on the Curriculum Committee.
  • They advise the SMT of significant developments in the subjects taught in their faculty, especially if those developments have staffing or other implications, for example for budgets.
  • They prepare budgets for their departments annually or as required, under the guidance of the bursar and in consultation with members of the faculty.
  • They conduct routine lesson observations to guide and monitor the quality of teaching and learning and establish and encourage a climate in their faculties and between faculties where mutual lesson observation is commonplace and routine.
  • They arrange and direct collaborative planning for all teaching and learning in their faculty.
  • They chair faculty meetings and ensure that minutes of them are kept, circulated and agreed, including ensuring that all staff attend and contribute to them regularly and promptly.
  • They conduct appraisals of the teachers in their faculties according to the schedules determined by the Head of College, sometimes in collaboration with others if teachers have multiple roles.
  • If a faculty has heads of department within it, as may happen for example in science, languages or humanities, they manage those heads of department and appraise them.
  • They advise and assist the Head of College on the recruitment of staff.
  • They advise the Head of College about staffing requirements for future years by anticipating as far as possible student numbers and other factors that affect such staffing (such as where teachers are assigned additional non-teaching duties).
  • They advise the Head of College in cases where a teacher is ready for additional responsibilities or has expressed a wish to be given additional responsibilities.
  • They assist in admissions when requested to do so by the Head of College or the Head of Admissions.
  • They help provide special assistance to any students whose personal learning requires particular measures to be in place.
  • They take responsibility as appropriate, in consultation with the Head of Operations and the Deputy Head, for health and safety in their departments.
  • They maintain an accident book and/or report incidents promptly to the appropriate authority, usually the Deputy Head.
  • They monitor the performance of teachers and students in their faculties and subject areas, including ensuring that teachers and students arrive promptly for lessons and do not exceed the allotted time for lessons.
  • They anticipate, arrange and manage training requirements for their staff, and participate in inter-faculty training where appropriate.
  • They encourage, support and evaluate the participation of their staff in the wider life and activities of the college as well as maintaining their own participation.
  • They play a part in responding to concerns about teachers and students where performance falls below expected levels, including responding to complaints about teachers and implementing remedial strategies for staff and students who are struggling with their work.
  • Above all, they help energetically, enthusiastically and innovatively to support, establish and maintain the values, mission and ethos of the College.



An attractive salary/benefits package will be offered.     It is envisaged that the Faculty Heads will take up their appointment no later than 1st August 2014, and preferably several weeks earlier by negotiation. The initial contract will be for not less than two years, renewable by mutual agreement.



Suitably qualified candidates should send to David Cope of Search Associates (dcope@searchassociates.com)

all together in one single pdf file, as an email attachment, to arrive as soon as possible and absolutely no later than 30 November 2013


  • a letter of application (two pages maximum), indicating clearly which Faculty Head position is being applied for, and briefly outlining why the candidate wishes to apply for the position, what specific skills, qualities and experience he/she can offer the College, and why he/she feels confident in meeting the challenges of the position
  • a CV (two pages maximum)
  • the names and full contact details (including current email addresses) of three or more professional referees
  • a recent head-and-shoulders photo (if not on the CV)


David Cope

Search Associates, Berry House, 41 High Street, Over, Cambridge CB24 5NB, UK

Tel.  +44 1954 231130            Fax  +44 1954 232145        E-mail: dcope@searchassociates.com


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