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DIGITAL LEARNING & IT COORDINATOR

START DATE: JANUARY 2020 - OR EARLIER

CLOSING DATE: 07 OCTOBER 2019

 

 

BBIS offers excellence in a smaller more personal educational environment, leading the way in a new approach to international education. The founder of BBIS envisaged a unique school with members drawn from the local and international community sharing a high quality academic and personal education in beautiful surroundings.

 

As student numbers go from strength to strength; an  exceptionally exciting period of growth and development lies ahead. In the next few years, we will expand to capacity (circa 380 students), develop our facilities accordingly (including a new senior school) and undertake a successful transition to becoming an authorized IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) school, and eventually an IB Diploma School.   As such, now is the time to join BBIS and be part of something uniquely challenging and rewarding.

 

Budapest British International School seeks an innovative, positive and inspirational Head of Mathematics and MYP/DP teacher, to be part of our growing and happy school.  

 

Job Summary
 
BBIS Digital Learning and IT Coordinator
 

The Digital Learning and IT Coordinator leads across the school on the integration of digital technologies to enhance learning; effectively bridging the gap between technical IT support and the chalk-face.

 

The Digital Learning Coordinator has the following principal areas of responsibility:

 

  • Enhancing the development, delivery, and use of technology to impact learning in the classroom.

  • Championing, and contributing to the administration and development of, our supporting systems ecosystem.

  • Working alongside colleagues in a coaching capacity, assisting all staff to leverage digital technology to enhance learning, and create efficiencies across the school.

 
Management Structure

 

  • Reports to the Whole School Leadership Team (WSLT).

  • Collaborates regularly with key support staff including the IT Technician and the Operations Manager.

  • Works closely with Heads of Department, teachers and other key staff (such as the librarian) in connection with digital learning and the use of technology in the classroom.

  • Assists support staff with the effective use of technology to ensure efficiencies.

 

Overview of role

 

In the leadership and coordination of digital learning and the use of technology in school, the Digital Learning and IT Coordinator will:

 

Ensure technology supports learning by:

 

  • Promoting a shared vision, and a strong culture of digital literacy, particularly through opportunities for self-directed and personalized learning using technology.

  • Supporting student’s development as digital citizens; empowered learners; and authentic constructors of knowledge.

  • Working collaboratively with Heads of Department and relevant Coordinators to leverage the power of digital learning technologies to enhance student progress and achievement.

  • Reviewing the curriculum; working to map students’ engagement with digital competencies and looking for areas where learning can be enhanced using ICT.

  • Demonstrating classroom excellence that models effective and innovative use of learning technologies.

  • Seeking opportunities for staff to explore new and emerging technologies, and their potential as tools of learning.

  • Leading meeting time for planning to support digital learning.

  • Keeping up-to-date with technological developments and the research pertinent to the effective use of ICT in the classroom.

  • Providing students with opportunities for digital learning outside the classroom; for example, through educational visits / trips, or running a relevant ICT club (for example programming; ECDL).

  • Making links with other schools, universities and organizations to effectively share resources, information and expertise that will benefit digital teaching and learning in the school.

  • Marketing digital learning within the school community and beyond; keeping staff, students and parents up-to-date with requirements and exciting developments.

  • Working with relevant colleagues (for example the Safe Guarding Lead) to ensure the schools Internet Safety Strategy is implemented effectively school wide.

  • Advising the Deputy Head, Principal and Board about the school’s digital technology strategic direction; particularly in terms of resourcing needs and their impact on learning and budget.

 

Ensure technology creates efficiencies by:

 

  • Creating and developing the school’s Digital Learning strategic action plan.

  • Writing and updating relevant digital learning policies and procedures.

  • Advising on the allocation of resources and establishing priorities; including working with the IT Technician on the ICT budget development process.

  • Orientating and training new teachers.

  • Assessing professional development needs for all staff; and designing individual and group opportunities to address any needs identified.

  • Providing targeted individual teacher support and guidance.

  • Championing, and helping with the development of, our support systems ecosystem (including the schools MIS Engage, Managebac, Google Suite and Office 365).

  • Contributing to compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation; advising and working closely with the designated Data Protection Lead.

  • Joining relevant committees and meetings (for example Heads of Department) as necessary to provide input and guidance.

 

 

Person Specification

 

Essential

 

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree, and excellent subject knowledge and passion.

  • An understanding of transactional leadership

  • An understanding of developing inclusive relationships throughout the school as a senior leader

  • An understanding of the importance of working as a member of the leadership team and the responsibilities this entails

  • A recognized teaching qualification / qualified teacher status.

  • At least 2-years teaching experience.

  • A passion for technology and digital learning and a problem solving approach to work

  • Experienced educator with a demonstrable track record of using technology to support teaching and learning.

  • An understanding of an IB education, including an alignment with the IB philosophy, learner profile, holistic education, international mindedness, and a learner-centred inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.

  • High levels of IT competence, including a deep understanding of the ‘front’- and the ‘back’-end of digital technology.

  • The ability to inspire and motivate all members of our school to leverage the power of technology.

  • Desire to lead through collaboration and develop a coherent team approach to the development of digital learning technologies.

  • Exceptional organizational and administrative skills.

  • High quality communication skills (both written and verbal), and well-developed interpersonal capabilities.

  • Diligent, hardworking, and prepared to lead by example.

  • Flexible, adaptable, and creative.

  • Willingness to contribute to all aspects of life in a busy school

 


Desirable
 
  • A postgraduate degree (preferably in the field of Education).

  • Ability and willingness to teach a subject

  • Experience working with students from different language and educational  backgrounds (particularly international school experience)..

  • Experience of a school management / leadership role.

  • Experience of positive change mangement

  • Experience of teaching and supporting the IB Diploma and IB MYP (including experience of supporting / delivery of on-screen examinations / MYP e-Assessments).

  • IBDP Computer Science teaching experience and/or MYP Digital Design teaching experience or similar.

  • Familiarity with ISTE Standards for students and educators and / or the ECDL (or similar)

 

Application Process

 

Please send your application to Eva Van Schalkwyk: eva.van.schalkwyk@bbis.hu and include REF: www.ibschooljobs.com - Application for Position as Digital Learning & IT coordinator in the subject line of your mail. 

 

Attach the files listed below (preferably in one combined PDF document with the following filename format, ‘lastname_firstname_position_submission date’; for example: ‘blog_fred_History- Teacher_24thJan2019’). Please ensure the email subject is the post being applied for:

 

  1. A completed BBIS Application Form

  2. A covering letter (max x2 sides of A4 Arial 10-12 font) explaining how you would be particularly suited to this position at BBIS. Please ensure your letter directly addresses the job description, and the essential and desirable characteristics detailed above, as well as any other aspects you consider important.

  3. A full Curriculum Vitae including complete employment history (x2 sides of A4 excluding references)

  4. Details of three referees including postal address, email address and telephone number (please ensure they know they may be contacted and will respond promptly). Note that we reserve the right to contact any of your previous employers.

 

All applications will be acknowledged, and those being called for interview will be contacted with more details. Early applications are encouraged, and we reserve the right to appoint before the closing date if an exceptional candidate is found. Long-list first round interviews will take place via Skype with the relevant Head of Department and SLT member. Short-list / second round interviews will involve an interview with the Principal.

 

Following the interview process, we aim to make a decision quickly and inform all short-listed candidates of the outcome as soon as possible. A ‘verbal’ agreement will be expected at this stage, to be followed by contractual arrangements.

 

A FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE

 

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