Full Time - Commencing 2020
Norwest Christian College is an independent, co-educational P-12 school located in the growing north-west sector of Sydney. With the mission of Building Purposeful Lives; loving God, pursuing our purpose, and building our capacity, our community is focused upon facilitating great learning, serving others, and ensuring that each young person experiences loving and caring relationships in a supportive pastoral environment.
Central to the culture of our College is a strong emphasis upon the professional growth and development of our staff, actualised through bespoke learning programs for teachers. We prize our highly collegiate and supportive community, and look for opportunities to network with schools, the tertiary sector and other organisations to grow and share influence. We also seek to engage our teachers in their areas of passion and interest, providing opportunities for leadership and a professional presence within and beyond the College.
Teaching and learning at Norwest is a dynamic experience. Norwest Christian College educators are passionate about exploring and delivering 21st century pedagogies that enable students to flourish and thrive, and the College is fast growing a reputation for its progressive approach to teaching and learning that facilitates the building of learning behaviours. Our professional learning program is designed to support and engage teachers in delivering a learning powered approach as described in the work of Professor Guy Claxton (2002).
The College is currently seeking to appoint a well-qualified, inspiring educational and cultural leader as Head of Secondary Years.
This position is focused on leading our highly professional team of Secondary Educators as we grow young people who love God, pursue their purpose, and build their capacity. This position is a pivotal role in the provision of strategic, operational, academic and cultural leadership in the Secondary Years. A passion for professional learning that supports educational excellence; experience in the management of staff; as well as strong planning, administration, mentoring and supervisory skills are essential. The Head of Secondary Years is responsible for leading the Secondary operations, including but not limited to budget management, event oversight, parent partnership management, professional learning of staff, pastoral/wellbeing support for staff, students and parents.
The Head of Secondary Years will actively support the College’s mission, Statement of Belief and the implementation of the Strategic Plan. Working collaboratively with the Director, Teaching & Learning (Secondary), the Head of Secondary Years is directly responsible to the Deputy Principal and is a member of the College Executive.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate at interview a personal faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and a lifestyle consistent with that faith, including an active commitment to a Christian fellowship, as well as the following:
Education and Training
- A Bachelor’s degree in Education; and,
- A Master’s degree (or working towards) is highly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- A strong understanding of and commitment to Christian education and the Christian development of students;
- Proven ability in, and dedication to Christian, educational and strategic leadership;
- Strong professional presence and the capacity to engage and inspire students, staff and other members of the wider community;
- An appreciation of the value of building students’ learning power, also known as a learning powered approach;
- A comprehensive understanding of 21st Century pedagogy including relevant technologies;
- The ability to model exemplary teaching and learning;
- Sound experience in best-practice, research driven approach to pastoral care and welfare of Secondary students, staff and parents;
- The ability to encourage and promote parent partnerships with the College and staff;
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills;
- Strong organisational and administrative skills;
- Experience in harmonising processes across teams;
- Ability to grow and nurture teachers; and,
- Previous experience in a school leadership position is highly desirable.
- Critical thinker
Candidates shortlisted for interview will be expected to provide a Working With Children Check clearance number or clearance letter.
Applications close Friday, 11 October 2019