Secondary School, Head of Humanities Department (Ref: SEC011)

Based in Lusaka, Zambia, Lusaka International Community School (LICS) is a co-educational, secular, fee-paying, non-profit school, which provides an internationally recognised education to a culturally diverse, globally-minded student body in a caring and supportive learning environment. LICS holds in high esteem its vision statement which is to “maximise the potential of future world citizens”.

LICS is a leading independent Pre-Primary, Primary, and Secondary School based in the leafy suburb of Roma in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a member of CIS, AISA, and ISAZ.

The school currently has an opening and is looking for a suitably qualified individual to join the LICS community as a Secondary School Head of Humanities Department effective 1st August 2024.

1.         Requirements

        Be current with the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) – KS3, IGCSE and A-Level curriculum.

        Previous Middle Leadership (minimum 2 years) is essential

2.         Qualities

        Leadership skills, knowledge, values, attributes, and understanding

        Professional relationships in leadership

        Leading teaching and learning

        Leading innovation and improvement

        Community engagement

        Be a dynamic, driven person with a desire for educational excellence.

        Be willing to be part of a successful team at a school with a well-established academic record.

        Have a good sense of humour, and be a great team player

3.         Qualifications

        Possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Humanities), with at least 3 years of relevant teaching experience.

        Additional qualifications relevant to the role.

4.         Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities

4.1  Teaching and Learning

        Teaching Humanities (History /Geography)

        Set and uphold high standards of teaching and learning across diverse age and ability levels.

        Review, develop, and refine schemes of work aligned with KS3, Key Stage 4 & 5 specifications, fostering cross-curricular connections.

        Lead, review, and develop Department policies and strategies in alignment with school objectives.

        Spearhead curriculum development for the entire Department.

        Stay updated on teaching practices and subject-specific advancements.

        Ensure appropriate work is provided for supply or cover staff during staff absence.

        Develop literacy and numeracy skills relevant to the subject(s) in collaboration with school staff.

        Manage and create teaching resources tailored to curriculum needs and student abilities while optimizing budget utilization.

        Improve teaching practices through self-evaluation strategies and the implementation of school and Department T&L Plans.

        Maintain a conducive learning environment within the Department, including classroom upkeep, student displays, and behavior management.

        Support teachers in the Department by managing their allocated teaching time and facilitating professional development.

        Collaborate with the Senior Leadership Team to address professional development needs and support the induction of new Department teachers.

4.2  Recording, Reporting, and Assessment

        Ensure accountability for student progress and development within the Department through leadership and facilitation of assessment arrangements, adhering to department and school policies.

        Lead, develop, coordinate, and monitor strategies to enhance student achievement, aligning with the school’s ‘Assessment for Learning’ targets and utilizing assessment information effectively.

        Review long-term and short-term planning to ensure comprehensive coverage, provision of diverse learning experiences, and continuity for all students, in line with school targets and assessment data.

        Collaborate closely with Key-Stage Leaders to ensure continuity and progression across the Key Stage.

        Ensure timely completion of Department reports on students to a high professional standard, adhering to school reporting guidelines.

        Fulfil Department evaluations as directed by the Principal.

4.3  Leadership

        Foster positive relationships and provide leadership to departmental staff.

        Lead curriculum development within the department.

        Manage resources effectively to maximize support and productivity.

        Uphold school values through policy adherence.

        Develop an annual Department Improvement Plan for student achievement.

        Track progress and report to the principal regularly.

        Organize departmental meetings and support staff motivation.

        Contribute to school-wide policy decisions.

        Implement Teaching and Learning strategies at the departmental level..

4.4  Standards and Quality Assurance

        Ensure that the Department’s quality procedures meet the requirements of the school’s evaluation strategy and the Improvement plan.

        Developing as necessary a suitable department strategic development plan agreed upon by all members of the department.

        Attending and participating in open/parent evenings.

        Attending team and staff meetings.

        Ensure that health and safety practices are observed by the Department.

5.         Remuneration

Competitive package.

6.         Application Process

Please visit our website (www.lics.sch.zm/career-opportunities), fill in the online application form, and upload a detailed CV with a cover letter along with three referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor by 08.03.2023, Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

7.         Safeguarding

 

Lusaka International Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting our children’s and young people’s welfare and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate’s appointment will be subject to full security vetting.