Director of Studies/Curriculum, Division Head/Principal, Early Childhood
The primary function of the PYP coordinator/ Assistant HOS is to work with the Head of School to share the responsibility of pedagogical leadership and school management. You will ensure the program is taught, planned and assessed collaboratively at all instructional levels; will facilitate discussions with teachers on pedagogical aspects of the curriculum; will ensure all procedures and timelines are strategically planned and followed for authorization and evaluation.
The PYP Coordinator post is currently being held by Head of School. In this capacity, the coordinator exerts leadership and the authority of her/his expertise in the development of PYP curriculum, instruction, and assessment Preschool through Grade 5. In addition, s/he serves as administrator for the overall curriculum, providing all the data, documents, and reports required by the school’s administration and the PYP office of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Duties of the PYP coordinator are outlined below:
PYP COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Stimulate, motivate and monitor the development of the PYP programme in the school
Observe and provide supervision in classrooms for the purpose of helping teachers to implement instructional principles and methodologies pertaining to the PYP.
Support professional development by planning, organizing and leading in-house teacher training workshops
Have weekly planning meetings with all teachers in the programme and document them
Assist and support teachers in their understanding of the PYP.
Keep teachers up to date with developments within the PYP and of workshops available.
Keep current with developments with the IBO.
Ensure high-quality PYP related displays around the school.
Ensure students are educated about the terminology, practices, and beliefs of the programme.
Facilitate student involvement in assemblies using PYP themes.
Supervise the Grade 5 Exhibition, with particular regard to time management, and the assigning of and monitoring of the work of mentors.
Promote the understanding of the PYP to the wider community.
Disseminate information about the PYP, relating to its philosophy, curriculum, and implementation.
Plan and give presentations about the PYP to parents during parent education sessions, in cooperation with other staff members.
Collaborate in giving a presentation for Grade 5 parents, and arranging for the presentation of the Exhibition.
Form and chair a PYP steering committee.
Attend meetings with the administration to plan for implementation
Document all planning meetings and to keep dossiers of examples of work required.
Use planning guide to plan with teachers
Produce a curriculum guide for each year level, including all year level expectations
Work on reviewing and refining the curriculum map for Preschool-Grade 5
Assist with the refinement of reporting system.
Review and update all policies (language, assessment, inclusion, academic honesty
Develop an action plan for PYP
Propose and oversee the budget for PYP materials, oversee the timely ordering of materials.
Lead the schools PYP evaluation self-study.
International Baccalaureate Organization
Maintain the required contact between the school and the IBO
Provide all required data to the IBO, after checking accuracy
Distribute information from the IBO to appropriate members of staff.
Maintain documentation relating to curriculum and assessment within the PYP, and have teachers up-date this as needed.
Develop and monitor the timeline for the PYP action plan.
Review the action plan and follow through with any feedback based on this.
Register yourself as PYP Coordinator, so that you are the point of contact for the regional office.
Register all teachers for their ‘My IB’
Register teachers for regional workshops as soon as they are approved.
Consult with the administration team for any other workshops during the year that you feel would be beneficial to the school.
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES
Act as a fully contributing member of the executive team.
Collaborate with Head for strategic planning regarding all aspects of school development.
Collaborate with Head and CFO to manage the budget, oversee spending and ordering of materials.
Develop and monitor schedules for all classes
Assist Head with class placements
Assist with recruitment of teachers
Oversee Preschool Phase in period
Present regular teacher education workshops
Present regular parent education workshops
Oversee curriculum mapping and the resources to support it
Collaborate with Head with admissions and all of the duties connected to the process
Oversee organizational systems within school
Lead parent communications
Present ‘thought leader’ events
Assist Head with teacher supervision and evaluation
Assist Head in development of the Middle School, including implementation of the MYP.
Monitor completion and storage of weekly lesson plans.
Monitor and oversee substitute teachers
Bachelor’s Degree in subject area(s)
Post graduate training in Educational Management
Trained and experienced IB PYP Workshop Leader and School Site Visitor.
Minimum of five (5) years teaching experience with the PYP
Experience as a curriculum coordinator for the PYP
Experience in middle management of a school
Valid teaching certification (or equivalent) for subject teaching area(s)
Native fluency in the language of instruction you are being hired for (English, Mandarin or Spanish)
Fluent in English (able to successfully lead workshops and work collaboratively in the language.)
Advanced knowledge and skills in using ICT to enhance the learning process
We love demo lessons, they let us observe your teaching skills. Teaching portfolios, samples and demo lessons are welcome as part of your application!
About Green Ivy Schools
Pine Street School is a Spanish and Mandarin dual language immersion preschool and elementary school.
We are Lower Manhattan's only International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school offering the Primary Years Programme.
Our curriculum is inherently STEAM-based, promoting hands-on experiences that fuel innovative thinking and cultivate a culture of teamwork and collaboration in support of global citizenship.
The Pine Street School community is committed to inspiring life-long learning and international mindedness through purposeful inquiry and human connection.