Secondary Head of Design

Full time Permanent in Design , in Education & Training
  • Lantau Island, Hong Kong View on Map
  • Post Date : November 2, 2021

Job Detail

  • Job ID 21668
  • Offered Salary 0
  • Career Level Others
  • Experience 5 - 6 Years or +
  • Industry Education / Training
  • Qualifications Post-graduate

Job Description

Discovery College Website:

Discovery College is looking for an experienced educator to fill the position of Head of Design to start in August 2021. It is a leadership position for a suitable candidate who has an understanding of the IB MYP/DP curriculum framework.

Job Summary

We are searching for an exceptional educator to lead our Design Department. A willingness and ability to collaborate with high-functioning peers, a genuine love for working with students and absolute commitment to their all-round care are necessities at our school. Experience teaching IB MYP/DP Design is an advantage.

The main role of the classroom teacher is to maximise student learning and development through the planning, preparation and teaching of the curriculum to meet individual learning needs and achieve specific student outcomes. Teachers teach a range of student abilities and classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their curriculum. The teacher engages in critical reflection in order to improve their knowledge and skills to better engage students and improve their learning. Teachers assume roles beyond the classroom in endeavouring to maximise students’ learning.

Main Accountabilities

Teaching and Assessment

  • Building strong working relationships with students in order to make learning effective
  • Planning lessons and sequences of lessons to meet students’ individual learning needs and to ensure students’ progression
  • Using a range of appropriate strategies for teaching and learning and classroom management
  • Using flexible groupings and structured inquiry to deliver high quality lessons in line with the IB philosophy
  • Maintaining a well organised and stimulating learning environment

Work collaboratively with dept members to

  • Set goals and targets for the department and individuals in line with whole school foci and individuals’ professional direction
  • Manage, review and develop current programmes in your subject area
  • Create and manage a department budget
  • Manage the physical resources in the department (ensuring maintenance and replacement)
  • Delegate responsibilities to dept members as required

Wider professional roles

  • Planning and engaging in professional learning activities that support school and systematic priorities
  • Taking responsibility for own professional development and using the outcomes to improve teaching and students’ learning
  • Making an active contribution to the policies and aspirations of the school
  • Planning and engaging in professional learning activities that support school and systematic priorities

Other tasks

  • Contributing to school-wide programme development from PYP to DP
  • Promoting interdisciplinary links that will enhance ‘own’ and ‘other’ subject understanding
  • Maintaining your own level of Professional Development to stay current with curricular and pedagogical developments in your subject area
  • Being the pedagogical leader in your department
  • Managing the performance of department members (identified at the start of each year and may include support staff)

Additional responsibilities may include

  • Assisting with or managing an aspect of daily school management
  • Assisting year level co-ordinators, curriculum co-ordinators, student management co-ordinators, Principal and Vice Principals with the performance of specific functions
  • Assisting with or managing a specialist function such as sport, careers, student welfare, excursions or camps coordination
  • Supervising a range of student activities including support and welfare programmes
  • Supporting school transition programmes

Core Capabilities/ Competencies Required

  • Adaptability
  • Analysis / problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Team work

Minimum Typical Education

Bachelor Degree in Education, or Bachelor Degree similar with PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education), or equivalent in specialist area.

Minimum Typical Experience

  • 5 years of post qualification teaching experience.
  • An understanding of the IB and the key underpinnnings of its curriculum frameworks is essential.

All teachers are expected to:

  • Contribute to the school extra curricular programme
  • Participate in key school and PTA events
  • Contribute to the Education outside the Classroom Programme, including by leading residential excursions in urban or rural locations, in Hong Kong or overseas, as required

For enquiries, please contact Joyce Kwok at .

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and offers may be extended prior to the job closing date. By applying for this position, your application may be considered for other opportunities within ESF.

ESF is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the ESF’s Personal Data Policy, a copy of which will be provided upon request.

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

About Us ( )

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest English-medium international school organisation in Hong Kong. Our 22 schools and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds. There are over 18,000 students from 75 different nationalities in ESF kindergartens, primary, secondary and all-through schools. About 70% of our students have parents who are permanent residents of Hong Kong. ESF is proud of the high academic and wider achievements of our students. In 2020, 22 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide.

About the Team ( )

Grow. Discover. Dream. This vision statement, created by the College community when the school was founded in 2007, recognizes Discovery College’s belief that students should be independent, critical and creative thinkers equipped with the skills, attitudes and values to contribute positively in this complex world in which we live. The College strongly supports all subject areas with a robust academic curriculum, including the performing and creative arts, design and ICT. Technology is embedded across the curriculum, supported by a number of digital literacy staff and a 1:1 laptop programme from Year 6 onwards. The College’s facilities are second to none, with an award-winning design that incorporates an exceptional performing arts centre, gymnasium spaces, 25m rooftop heated swimming pool, library, science labs and design technology rooms.

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