Job Advert – Academic Vice Principal Primary School (Ref: PRM004)
Are you an inspirational educational leader eager to take a growing and vibrant Primary School through its next exciting phase as you help shape and lead its strategic direction?
As part of a strong Executive Team in a supportive and dynamic international school environment, you will lead our current 231 strong Primary School towards its capacity of around 300 students.
Lusaka International Community School will appoint for August 2021, with a 3-year commitment and a possibility of renewing for a further 3 years, an exceptional Primary School Vice Principal – Academic to significantly develop and advance the programs and standing of our school.
The successful candidate will be a committed, engaging, and innovative educational leader, strongly identifying with and articulating the school’s mission and objectives. The ideal candidate will lead by example and be a respected school ambassador with a strong commitment to the strategic planning and operational management of the whole school as part of the Executive Leadership Team.
Founded in 1993, LICS is a dynamic international teaching and learning environment; a CIE (Cambridge Assessment International Education) school providing for Checkpoint, IGCSE, AS, and AL assessments. LICS, a CIS fully accredited school and committed to achieving re-accreditation in the next 3 months, is situated in the leafy suburb of Roma in Lusaka, the capital of beautiful Zambia.
To assist in Leading, developing, and managing the Primary School of LICS in an inspired, motivated, and dynamic way. To strive for optimal academic performance from each learner by maintaining teaching standards and quality in staff in a caring and supportive environment. To support the Community Service efforts and enable the sports and extra curricula program to function effectively within the school day. To lead the pastoral care team and have an overall knowledge of the needs of all learners
- Leadership knowledge and understanding
- Skills and practices of leadership
- Leadership values and attributes
- Professional relationships in leadership
- Leading teaching and learning
- Leading innovation and improvement
- Establishing management systems
- Community engagement
- BEd / BA (QTS) / PGCE or equivalent.
- Qualifications and training relevant to the leadership position
- For non-Zambian applicant’s qualifications will need to be certified and evaluated by the Examinations Council of Zambia and Zambia Qualifications Authority.
- Registration with a Teachers’ Accreditation / Registration Body.
- Senior Leadership skills (motivator, discipline, initiative, professional manner). Experience as part of a Senior Leadership team would be an advantage.
- Academic experience in a Cambridge Assessment International Education School.
- Willingness to optimise, communicate and coordinate continuous review of processes
- Proven and respectful communication skills within a diverse cultural teaching staff, with students and parents/business partners
- Proven skills/record in management of a department/area in an international school
- Proven experience leading an academic department, (in senior leadership or proven whole-school change.)
- Proven track record of management of teaching pedagogy and student performance.
- Knowledge and experience of data analysis and student tracking.
- IT literacy, knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint within the Microsoft Office Professional Package
- Ability to Teach ICT will be an added advantage
- Oversee the quality and relevance of the curriculum.
- Keep up to date with CAIE curriculum and assessment development and communicate necessary information to the relevant faculty members.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of new developments in teaching and learning; pedagogical approaches and strategies.
- Promote and advocate the use of IT to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum in collaboration with the ICT department
- Work with class and subject teachers to maintain and raise academic standards.
- Formulate and review an annual curriculum development plan
Tracking and Assessment
- Lead the tracking, analysing, and monitoring of learner’s attainment and progress using the school’s chosen academic tracking system.
- To use data from the tracking system to make data-informed decisions to improve academic systems in the Primary School
- Triangulate data from class teachers, VP Pastoral, and SENCO to gain a full picture of each learner through regular meetings (3 x per year)
- Design, implement and develop strategies to improve the academic performance of all pupils in the Primary School
- Checkpoint; entries, timetables, invigilation training and rosters, seating plans, access arrangement documentation, communicating results to teachers, SLT, and the Board
- Coordinate learner awards and certificates for assemblies and awards ceremonies
- Along with the Primary School Principal, play a key role in the performance management of all academic staff.
- Undertake regular work scrutinies along with both formal and informal lesson observations in line with school procedure.
- Support new staff and guide them through the probationary period/procedure.
- Take full responsibility for the teaching assistant (TA) appraisal system.
Reporting, policies, and communication
- Compose, contribute, review, and monitor all Primary School academic policies and be directly responsible for teaching and learning, assessment, reporting, and tracking policies.
- Be responsible, as directed by the Primary School Principal, for maintaining, reviewing, and updating the academic/curriculum sections of the school’s CIS Self Evaluation Form; ensuring that the school is fully prepared for CIS or any other inspection relating to his/her areas of responsibility.
- Oversee, monitor, and review the school’s assessment, recording, and reporting procedures.
- Develop, design and implement, modern vertical curriculum structures between the three schools in collaboration with PPS and SS VPs
- Work closely with the Vice Principal of Secondary (Academic) to promote effective academic and curriculum links and transition between LICS Primary and Secondary Schools.
- Assist the Primary School Principal in the recruitment and appointment of staff
- Develop and coordinate the Primary School timetable, liaising with the Pre-Primary, Secondary Schools, Arts and Sports departments
- Actively contribute to the PS calendar (keeping at least one term ahead)
- Ensure that pupils feel safe and secure within the school environment.
- Undertake child protection and safeguarding training relevant to the role.
- Ensure that the Primary School environment is safe, well maintained, and in keeping with the health and safety policy
- Coordination contribution to LICS staff policy handbook.
- Development of the LICS Primary School parents handbook
- Contribute (as requested) to SCOOP
- Communicate with parents on academic matters.
Line Management, Staff Development, and Training
- Line manage the coordinators, supported by the Primary School Principal,l and support their CPD
- Oversee the work of the Student Success Services to ensure learning needs are being met and that they are receiving appropriate support.
- Line manage all TAs and contribute to their CPD
- Where necessary lead on Staff Development and training
- Definition, planning, and coordination of required staff development (internal and external) with Principal and involved staff members of the Faculty.
- Support the directors of the Primary School Nativity and the PS Production
Apply using this link here and fill in the online application form and upload a detailed CV with a covering letter along with three referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor by 04.02.2021, Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Lusaka International Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Potential employees will be subject to full security vetting.