Overall Purpose of the Role and Working Relationships
The Deputy Head of the Primary School is a member of the School Leadership Team, who reports directly to the Head of the Primary School. The Deputy Head is also the Primary School Curriculum Coordinator. The incumbent must understand fully and support enthusiastically and articulately the stated mission and purpose of Keystone Academy, both in talking and in writing. All senior administrators are expected to model behavior and attitudes that build community, courtesy, and compassion in Keystone’s boarding and day student society. Positive enjoyment of the job and a lively sense of humor will be highly valued.
The Deputy Head is the academic and curriculum program leader of the Primary School. As a key member of the Primary School Leadership Team, the Deputy Head works closely with and in support of the Head of the Primary School in providing the pedagogical leadership and training that envisions and inspires the learning program in the Primary School and promotes the committed and creative practice of its teaching staff. The Deputy Head is responsible for academic curriculum development and oversight and planning for curriculum documentation. These responsibilities also require close collaboration with the Dean of Curriculum for the whole school.
Main responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. The Deputy Head will:
Pedagogic, Academic, and Curriculum Leading and Managing
Support the Head of Primary School and work with other members of the Primary School Leadership Team to continue to develop the Primary School in line with Keystone Academy’s mission and values, the dual requirements of the Chinese National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum, and the requirements of the language immersion program.
Lead the school’s implementation of the International Primary Curriculum such that it is able to deliver the intended teaching and learning outcomes in the context of Keystone’s dual curricula and bilingual program.
Work with the Dean of Curriculum to integrate the Chinese Thread into the Primary School’s programs, and support vertical articulation across the whole school.
Ensure that the IPC can support an academic and experiential learning environment that is challenging, creating, and caring.
Collaborate with the Dean of Curriculum, divisional Heads and curriculum coordinators in the implementation of a school-wide instructional and assessment program that provides consistency, continuity, and varied approaches to curriculum implementation appropriate to the strengths and needs of students.
Support the Head of Primary School and divisional faculty to advance ongoing curriculum initiatives.
Support Primary School teachers with the planning, development, and delivery of high-quality units of inquiry and assessments.
Assist the Head of Primary School to clearly identify and communicate staff development plans.
Provide coaching, demonstrations and co-teaching to support effective instructional practices.
Ensure grading and reporting practices align with the assessment philosophy of the IPC.
Assist with the design and delivery of training workshops for faculty and learning assistants.
Assist the Head of Primary School in ensuring that relevant policies, procedures, guidelines, and systems are in place.
Keep current on instructional best practice, provide modeling and support classroom teachers in the instructional program.
Coordinate curriculum meetings and assist with Primary School faculty meetings.
Administrative Leading and Managing
Support the Head of Primary School to facilitate the close collaboration of all colleagues across the pedagogical and cultural traditions represented in the Primary School.
Oversee the management of training for teachers and learning assistants.
Ensure that the faculty have access to up-to-date curriculum documentation and information.
Ensure communication and information about the curriculum is shared with the school community.
Ensure that school publications are in line with the IPC where necessary.
Assist the Head of Primary School in establishing mechanisms for parental engagement.
Play an effective role in the School Leadership Team, balancing the interests of the Primary School with the whole school and other divisional interests, and understanding the collective responsibility of the School Leadership Team.
Deputize for the Head of Primary School when required.
Financial Leading and Managing
Assist the Head of Primary School in the implementation of the Primary School budget.
Work with the Head of School, divisional Heads and Deans to ensure that appropriate financial resources are available to support faculty development objectives.
Assist the Head of Primary School to ensure a high quality of student life and wellbeing.
Be a visible and engaged participant in Primary School activities and events.
Collaborate with the Primary School Leadership Team, teachers, counselors, and the school psychologist to communicate student academic, social and emotional information as needed.
Work with the Primary School Leadership Team to analyze individual student achievement data to ensure school improvement targets are met.
Other duties as assigned from time to time by the Head of the Primary School.
While one person is unlikely to be able to meet every element of the person specification, this specification is an indication of the strengths and qualities that Keystone Academy will be seeking in its Deputy Head of Primary School.
Experience and Qualifications
The successful candidate will be educated to university level and is likely to have graduate/postgraduate qualifications in a relevant field. In addition, he or she is likely to have:
A minimum of five years’ experience of leadership responsibility in a primary school, preferably in a curriculum capacity.
Experience of the International Primary Curriculum and curriculum development more generally.
Experience of bilingual education.
Experience of having worked in an international or multicultural environment, with experience in Asia an advantage.
Values, Skills Attributes, Personality
The successful candidate will be excited about Keystone’s mission and values and share the school’s commitment to bringing together the Chinese, American and international pedagogical traditions. Beyond this, the successful candidate is likely to be:
Deeply culturally sensitive.
Highly enthusiastic about language immersion.
An excellent and articulate communicator, in particular to be able to communicate effectively with Chinese and non-Chinese faculty.
Innovative and able to see ways of developing the Primary School curriculum in line with Keystone’s mission and values.
A strong advocate for professional development.
Adaptable and resilient.
A problem solver and good at putting ideas into practice.
Open-minded, a good listener and culturally curious, especially about living and working in China.
A strong proponent of experiential education.
Committed to high standards and continued improvement. • Adaptable, resilient, and pragmatic.
Thoughtful, considerate, and intelligent.
Able to work effectively in support of, and to deputize for when necessary, the Head of Primary School.
The recruitment process for both positions is being managed by RSAcademics Ltd. on behalf of Keystone Academy. Unless stated otherwise, all communication about the role and the appointment will be conducted via RSAcademics.
Three members of the RSAcademics team are engaged on this process:
Head of International Leadership Appointments +44 (0)7584 564944 email@example.com
Interested candidates are invited to contact Jean Sullivan by email or telephone for an initial discussion or to arrange a confidential discussion with Aaron Ashton or Keith Clark.
How to Apply
The closing date for applications for both positions is 4 September 2018 at 10:00 (BST)/17:00 (China time).
You should submit:
A copy of your Curriculum Vitae/Resumé. Please include the details (name, address, email address and relationship to you) of at least two professional referees.
A covering letter addressed to the Keystone Academy Head of School, Malcolm McKenzie, outlining:
the position for which you are applying and your reasons for applying;
relevant professional experience that you feel is aligned to the needs of the role;
how you relate your personal educational philosophy to your understanding of the role.
Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. Please email your completed CV and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Alice Matcham at applications@rsacademics. co.uk. Alice can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 467449.
The recruitment process will proceed as follows:
All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you have not received acknowledgement that your application has been received within two working days of sending it, please contact RSAcademics by telephone (+44 (0)1858 467449).
Selected candidates will be contacted by RSAcademics colleagues for a confidential preliminary discussion before 14 September.
First stage interviews with members of Keystone Academy will be held in the week commencing 8 October – these interviews will be conducted by Skype.
Final round interviews will take place at Keystone Academy Beijing in the weeks commencing 29 October and/or 5 November.
RSAcademics will collect full references for candidates invited to attend the final round of interviews. If you have a specific preference that we do not contact one or more of your referees, please notify us accordingly. No referees will be contacted until RSAcademics has received your express permission to do so.
Keystone Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The posts are subject to appropriate safeguarding checks and satisfactory references.
For more information about the school and the position, please refer to the JD in English and in Chinese.