Head of Primary School at Khartoum International Community School in Sudan
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Head of Primary School
Khartoum International Community School (Sudan)

Nov 22, 21
Dec 14, 21

 

KICS Seeks a New Head of Primary

For August 2022

 

Position Description

Head of Primary School (PYP)

 

The School Environment and Context

As a long standing CIS accredited and IBDP and PYP authorized school, the first in the Sudan, KICS is the school of choice for expat/diplomatic/UN and local businesses and organisations families wanting an international, world-class, education for their children that will facilitate transitions to national/international systems or overseas universities.

Since the establishment of our new campus in August 2005, the roll climbed steadily to a pre-pandemic high of around 430. Currently we are just over 300 and rising, with 150 students in the Primary). Our IB Diploma programme has flourished since our first small intake of 17 DP students in 2007 to over 50 students in the programme this year. The school's admissions policy is designed to ensure both an international mix and a generally high level of academic ability within the student body but there is also a direction towards greater inclusion. Such is our commitment to a diverse student population we admit no more than 50% of any given nationality in any grade level (with the exception of the IB DP). This has led to our school enjoying a mix of more than 50 nationalities.

The 2021-22 academic year will be the 17th year in our school’s history and was the first year to gain a 45 point Diploma. The school's expansion from the English-medium Infant School known as Hai El Matar has been rapid, with KICS now catering for students aged 3 to 18, Pre-K (Little KICS) to Grade 12 (Year 13). Our aim is to provide a complete educational experience of the highest quality from the age of 3 to 18 - but to do that we need educators who seek personal and professional excellence, enthusiasm and sense of mission.

Perhaps the most exciting development in recent years has been the introduction of Professional Learning Communities (DuFour) for the faculty, and an increasing, technology-facilitated, drive to personalised learning and Student Agency. Teachers joining KICS can look forward to working in a well-resourced, supportive and extremely purposeful school. There is a strong sense of shared mission across all members of the community and a real feeling of doing something special. In “post-revolutionary” Sudan there is a renewed sense of optimism and pride in Sudan, making professional life even more rewarding as the school continues to help Build a Better Sudan.

The Primary School enjoys an excellent layout of subject classrooms, specialist learning spaces, gardens, and a central library, two floor learning hub. The spacious cafeteria adjoins a coffee shop is shared with secondary. The whole campus is shared with the Secondary and IB Centre, sports field, amphitheatre, 25m pool, tennis courts and gym. A short drive from the KICS campus are the Stables, on the banks of the Blue Nile, where there are horses for riding lessons, a mini farm, beautiful gardens for BBQ’s and a watersports area that can be used December-March (when the Nile is at its most tame).

The curriculum across the school is, or will soon be, IB. The PYP and DP programmes are well established and now we are aligning fully with the IB by replacing IMYC and IGCSE with the MYP. The PYP coordinator and curriculum coordinator (covering maths and English programmes too and is 100% non contact) is supported by a Literacy coach and Maths/Tech coach. By the end of 22-23 we will become an IB Continuum School. This will help transitions from PYP into Secondary MYP.

In 2020, through a community consultation process, we designed our Vision 2025 which strongly aligns with our Mission that was developed over 10 years ago and is more relevant than ever.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

1. Leadership for Learning, Student Life and Well-being

Pastoral care, student and teacher welfare and an understanding of how to promote and enhance student well-being, mental health and the inherent needs of primary aged children as they grow and develop.

Champions inquiry in the PYP aligned with the Vision 2025 and the Mission.

Represents the Primary on the school wide operations and strategic Senior Leadership (SLT) and the Learning Leadership Teams (LLT).

Manages change and encourages innovation, communication and teacher/student empowerment and agency

Models the IB Learner Profile and has a sound understanding of IBs Approaches to Teaching and Learning

 

2. Staff Development

Collaborates with teachers on individual goals and provides timely and thorough analysis of teacher performance through implementation of the school’s performance evaluation system

Recruits, hires, evaluates, and develops high quality, committed faculty and staff

Establishes professional development needs for the PYP within the parameters set by the Mission and Vision 2025

Supports and promotes Professional Learning Communities across the Primary.

 

3. Communication

Communicates effectively with the divisional staff to ensure alignment and collaborative decision making

Liaises between Leadership Team, parents, staff, and students

Maintains regular written communication with faculty, parents, and students

Articulates the Primary school program and initiatives through open houses, evolved parent-student conferences and other venues as needed to engage the community

Understands and effectively articulates the school’s values, strategic plan, board policy, and established procedures

Oversees procedures for reporting student progress to students and parents on a regular basis

 

4. Management

Plans and implements a master schedule which ensures that each student receives the full benefit of the program (both curricular and co-curricular and student supervision/duties) and teachers have an equitable load in terms of subject contact time/course load and other aspects of the professional role (pastoral care, sports, clubs).

Plans, organizes, and oversees the development and implementation of school emergency procedures in coordination with SLT

Leads divisional strategy to embed a culture of equity, diversity and social justice that supports our commitment to engage voices and honor the dignity of all

Oversees budget lines for the Primary as directed from the Finance and Operations Manager

 

5. Child Protection and Safeguarding

Leads divisional commitment to safeguarding students as a priority

Develops, communicates, oversees, and complies with relevant policies and procedures including but not limited to: - Child protection, - Code of conduct

Collaborates at leadership team level to further develop school wide child protection and safeguarding

Designation as a member of the divisional Child Protection Team

 

Skills and Attributes Desired

A collaborative, dynamic, and self-motivated individual with a passion for providing the best possible educational experience to middle school students

Proven multicultural awareness, sensitivity in meeting the needs of a diverse student body and commitment to inclusive just and equitable practices

Collegial, open, forward looking, and proactive, and an advocate for middle school students, faculty, staff, and families

An individual who enjoys interacting with students and playing a vital part in their lives

Communicates effectively in written and oral formats

Well versed in technology and its use within the classroom for effective student learning

Models a collaborative and supportive approach to problem solving

Innovative and creative, models the values and direction of the school

Demonstrates success in people development, team building and leadership

Unquestionable personal integrity and professional ethic

 

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of MA or MEd or equivalent in Educational Administration/Policy or Educational Leadership

Successful experience as Principal or Associate/Vice Principal in a primary school setting

Demonstrated excellence in leading people, managing processes, and improving learning

Demonstrated experience leading faculty in a PLC environment to set and reach SMART learning focused goals

Exceptional knowledge of best practices in curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, and data informed decision-making

Five or more years of successful teaching at the primary school level

Experience in an international and/or multi-cultural environment

 

Salary and Benefits

Initial three year contract

Competitive tax-free salary (USD)

World-wide Medical Insurance

Free furnished housing provided

Freight allowance

Car provided

Annual flight allowance to home of record

Mid-year flight allowance

Free education for up to 2 dependents educated at KICS, potential spouse opportunities.
School issued laptop

Generous Professional Learning allowance

Candidates should send the information requested below by email to recruitment@kicsnet.org. Please do not send any information other than that which is specifically requested.

  • A letter of application
  • A current résumé
  • Contact details of three or four professional referees

 Application deadline December 14th. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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