Head of Middle School at Branksome Hall Asia in Korea
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Head of Middle School
Branksome Hall Asia (Korea)

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Branksome Hall Asia

 Head of Middle School



Job Description

November 2020

 


Introduction

Our School


Branksome Hall Asia opened in 2012 on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeju Island, South Korea. Branksome Hall Asia shares the mission, vision, and builds upon the strong traditions of its sister school, Branksome Hall Toronto, which was founded in 1903.

As an IB World School, Branksome Hall Asia offers the Diploma Program, Middle Years Program and the Primary Years Program. The strength of the IB programs, combined with the school’s commitment to empowering women, makes Branksome Hall Asia a truly remarkable place to live and learn.

From JK Prep to Grade 12, our students share their learning and living in a state of the art world class facility that embodies and encourages our value for intellectual inquiry, collaboration, effective communication, and strength of character. Branksome Hall Asia vibrates with students’ energy and warmth.

Our Mission

“Each day, we challenge and inspire girls to love learning and to shape a better world.”

Our Vision

“To be the pre-eminent educational community of globally-minded learners and leaders.”


The Middle School

Our Program

The Middle School (Grades 6 - 9) provides an exemplary preparatory program. Branksome Hall Asia remains dedicated to support students to become confident, capable young women inspired to meet life’s challenges with intelligence, sensitivity, and courage. Our IB advantage, leadership through service, IT integration, and English Language Acquisition programs are distinguished features of the Middle School experience.

We implement an international curriculum framework and are dedicated to ensuring the best possible development of your daughter’s total well-being. We focus equally on students’ academic rigor and challenge, their emotional well-being, and their physical development, and follow inquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching. Service learning is a key component of our curricular and co-curricular programs, as we have a commitment to develop an ethos of care and compassion as students engage to develop solutions to real-life problems.

 


School Life

Our Residence


Branksome Hall Asia’s purpose-built residence is designed to enable girls from around the world to live together and thrive. The residence program provides opportunities for students to develop self-efficacy and with a strong sense of family and community. There is a high expectation of personal responsibility and value for international-mindedness. A large percentage of the student body are Korean with approximately 15% Chinese or other international nationalities.

Our Co-curricular

The school’s innovative co-curricular program, CASE (Creativity, Activity, Service, and Enrichment Activities) provides extensive opportunities for students to explore their areas of interest in the arts, athletics, and community service. Students participate in artistic endeavors including theatrical and musical productions, Korean calligraphy, digital storytelling, symphony orchestra, and much more. Students develop their athletic and sportsmanship skills via a host of team sports and clubs, including badminton, volleyball, tennis, basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, cross country, track and field, and equestrian. Students develop their leadership through service skills and become actively engaged citizens with a local and global outlook. They further discover and pursue their passions and interests through clubs such as yearbook, public speaking, creative writing, Branksome TV production, Spanish, French, and Japanese language clubs, robotics academy, World Scholar’s Cup, Model United Nations, among many others.





The Campus

Our Facilities

The School’s award-winning campus is surrounded by natural beauty and culture. The intentional design of the campus embodies the school’s ethos and provides a landscape for learning where the environment reflects the integration of structure and landscape. The school’s facilities include an Olympic-sized pool and ice rink, fitness center, tennis courts, golf green, and fields. Eight fully outfitted science labs and 4 spacious art studios are housed in the STEM-V Center with design studios and adjacent breakout spaces. The state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center includes a 370-seat theatre, spacious studios, practice rooms, TV and recording studios, and a Black Box theatre.

Jeju Island

One of the nine provinces of South Korea, Jeju Island is known for its natural beauty and miles of seashore. A popular vacation destination, the island welcomes over 10 million visitors annually. Much of the island is a designated national park, and attracts many looking to explore its natural attractions and hike its dormant volcano. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the 700 square miles of island features extensive hiking and riding trails, as well as “the finest lava tube system of caves anywhere.”

The island is a unique and beautiful place to work and live. At once rural and somewhat remote, Jeju is a 50-minute flight from Seoul and other major Asian cities. The air route from Seoul to Jeju is the most frequently travelled domestic route, bringing many visitors and a busy island economy for its half-million residents. Branksome Hall Asia’s modern campus blends technology with appreciation for nature, celebrating both tradition and innovation on Jeju Island.

 


The Position

The Role


The Head of Middle School provides professional leadership and direction to all teachers and staff who work within the Middle School. The Head of Middle School will foster a holistic, forward-thinking, dynamic learning environment by providing visionary leadership in a collaborative manner.

The Head of Middle School is responsible for all matters relating to education in the Middle School, especially standards of achievement, the curriculum, and the quality of teaching and learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership

 

  • Provide strategic direction for the development of the Grade 6-9 MYP curriculum and its implementation
  • Provide strategic direction for the development and enhancement of middle school counseling services
  • Lead and oversee the management of a team of teaching, counseling, and supporting staff
  • Contribute, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, to the strategic development of the Middle School
  • Give professional support and advice on middle years education to the Principal and and Senior Leadership Team
  • Research best educational practice on middle years education to inform and enrich the school’s growth
  • Lead the development and implementation of the IB MYP Program
  • Liaise with partner schools locally and globally
  • Collaborate with the Head of Senior and Head of Junior School and Senior Leadership Team to ensure whole school coherence and continuity
  • Inform and support the Principal on all matters and always uphold Branksome Hall Asia’s image, reputation, and best interest in all things

Staff Development

  • Exercise creative, effective and efficient deployment of staff to maximize benefits for students
  • Oversee staff development and oversee performance management of Middle School teachers and counselors
  • Recommend, recruit, screen, and provide orientation for the most competent, committed, and caring teachers
  • Model the IB Learner Profile
  • Oversee the collaborative planning activities of staff

Curriculum Leadership

  • Oversee the development of the IB MYP Program within all academic departments
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure curriculum continuity through all three IB Programs (PYP, MYP, and DP)
  • Lead and organize the curriculum development and assessment of the MYP Program
  • Lead discussions of pedagogy and develop inquiry-based learning and projects across subject areas and grades
  • Oversee the implementation of the grade 6-9 program curriculum
  • Ensure that the curriculum promotes intercultural understanding and international awareness

Standards of Achievement

  • Ensure that the aims and values of Branksome Hall Asia are translated into high standards;
  • Develop and oversee effective value-added systems to monitor progress and to facilitate suitable early interventions;
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate, and continuously improve systems to provide academic, language and pastoral support for students
  • Create an ethos of high expectations for faculty and students
  • Foster a supportive, disciplined, and nurturing program for all middle school students

Teaching and Learning

  • Model teaching of the highest quality
  • Facilitate creative and rigorous approaches to teaching and learning
  • Help create a learning community in which all members have a desire to inquire, evaluate, and challenge thinking
  • Inform parents of the approaches to teaching and learning implemented in the Grade 6-9 program at BHA
  • Oversee the quality assurance of teaching and learning in the Middle School

Collaboration

  • Oversee the welfare and guidance procedures for students in the Middle School program
  • Manage staff and resources, including cover teachers, to ensure smooth and effective daily operation of the Middle School
  • Develop and refine systems of operation in the Middle School and liaise with residence staff to focus on educational and pastoral care priorities
  • Oversee community participation programs, community links, CASE and Service activities in the Middle School

Wider Role

  • Serve as an active collaborator in educational policy development
  • Cooperate with other senior leaders to ensure consistent development and application of school policies
  • Promote research into aspects of international education
  • Commit to one’s own professional development as a leader
  • Perform other duties which may reasonably be assigned by the Principal

Experience and Qualities

The Head of Middle School will have proven school leadership experience, be committed to the education of girls, and be able to lead a globally-minded Middle School.


The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes and qualifications:

  • Hold a Master’s degree and/or Administrative Qualifications
  • Have experience in international education and a demonstrated understanding and commitment to the IB
  • Two or more years of experience in an educational leadership role (preferred)
  • Demonstrate a cohesive, supportive, and progressive approach to leadership for faculty, staff, and students
  • Share the vision, mission and core values of the School
  • Be culturally aware, empathetic, and diplomatic
  • Be a strong communicator: written and oral
  • Lead by example
  • Support and encourage professional growth in teachers
  • Have passion, energy, optimism, and a genuine interest in and commitment to inspire and serve students and parents, and the wider community

Compensation

Compensation for this position will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and is competitive globally. Benefits include furnished housing, annual travel, phone, health care, and a retirement contribution.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit one electronic .pdf file to

hr@branksome.asia, with the following materials included:

  • Formal cover letter for the position
  • Current resume
  • Statement of educational philosophy and leadership practice
  • List of 3 references with name, title, phone number and email address

Contact Details

Branksome Hall Asia

234 Global Edu-ro, Daejeoung-eup,

Seogwipo City, Jeju, South Korea. 63644

T: +82.64.902.5000

F: +82.64.902.5481

www.branksome.asia

 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Ray Sparks's over 30-year career as an educator has involved working in Canada, Europe, and Asia.