CLOSING DATE: 13 JUNE 2021
STARTING DATE: AUGUST 2021
Description of School:
Branksome Hall, a leading independent International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls, challenges and inspires students to love learning and shape a better world. Through the integration of well-being, outstanding academics and international mindedness, Branksome Hall students and employees become impactful leaders who give back to their communities. With our values of Sense of Community, Inclusiveness, Creativity and Making a Difference as a foundation, Branksome Hall offers a strong liberal arts curriculum that develops critical thinking and inquiry skills.
Description of Position:
Diploma Program Coordinator
Employment Terms: Full-Time, Permanent
Start Date: August, 2021
For the 2021-22 academic year, we are seeking an innovative and dynamic leader in the role of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Coordinator. Reporting to the Head, Curriculum Innovation and Professional Learning, the IB Diploma Program Coordinator is responsible for providing curriculum expertise and knowledge to and coordination of the curriculum and activities related to the DP across disciplines in Grades 11-12.
Working closely and in collaboration with PYP and MYP Coordinators and a range of colleagues and leaders across the Senior and Middle School, the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring excellence in implementing the DP at Branksome while aligning with the School’s overall strategic priorities. These include Social Emotional Learning and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A Diploma Program and curricular expert, the Coordinator will develop and lead professional learning circles, and provide shoulder-to-shoulder coaching and support. The coordinator will also give feedback to faculty in unit design, internal standardization of assessment, and application of IB and OCT Standards as well as provide leadership to the CAS Coordinator, and Core (Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay) Coordinator. The DP Coordinator will teach one DP course in their academic discipline and will supervise Extended Essay students, along with operational and administrative responsibilities tied to the support of student learning in Grades 11-12.
The Coordinator brings a creative and innovative approach when developing procedures and tools to support best practice while investigating new programs and incorporating new initiatives. The Coordinator will develop and coordinate the scope and sequence for the Approaches to Teaching and Learning and have oversight of the development of interdisciplinary units of inquiry in Grades 11-12.
Branksome Hall is entering an evaluation year which will require the DP Coordinator to collaborate closely with the PYP and MYP Coordinators to ensure a successful evaluation.
This is an exciting time for a talented professional to join an inclusive community that is open to new possibilities and committed to making a difference. The DP Coordinator position follows the academic calendar, with 8 additional days in the month of July. The DP Coordinator is required to work on July 5 each year for IB Diploma Program Results Day and be available to respond to questions and concerns after the IB results are released.
Academic administration including, but not limited to, registering students for DP e assessments and moderation of Extended Essay, maintenance of IBIS including student mark entry, organization and completion of the 5-year DP evaluation, lead the review and evaluation of final IB DP results, etc.;
Collaborating with the Service Learning Coordinator and CAS Coordinator to support development of action from learning and action for learning in Grades 11-12 units of inquiry; Leading the development of written curriculum across Grades 11-12;
Reviewing the application of DP level descriptors;
Evaluating correspondence between written and taught curricula;
Acting as a subject matter expert for all new and existing faculty and providing best practice, pedagogy, resources and learning materials that align with their goals and the DP; Liaising with internal and external stakeholders and represent Branksome Hall with the IB as an Academic leader;
Participating in school wide leadership initiatives and committees, for example, Management Team (MT), SEL initiative, GLC Community Time planning team, Instructional Leaders team; Mentoring student leaders;
Supervising the DP Core Coordinator, CAS Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant, IB Programs;
Conducting student discipline with regard to academic misconduct in Grades 11-12.
As the ideal candidate, you possess an Ontario Teaching Certificate, IB training as well as deep knowledge of the IB DP requirements along with 5 years’ experience teaching the IB Diploma Program. With your experience in curriculum development and leading professional learning you are an impactful leader with the ability to mentor and inspire faculty in best practices in teaching and learning. You demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and bring strong knowledge of social emotional learning practices aligned with approaches to teaching and learning. The successful candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively with a range of constituents across the School as well as externally. Strong communication skills support your ability to build rapport and credibility to work across disciplines. Experience as an IB Diploma Program Examiner is preferred with IB Educators’ Network (IBEN) membership considered an asset. Strong technology, superior understanding of the Managebac planner, organizational and time management skills as well as proficiency in Google Suite applications complete your profile.
Application for Position:
If you are interested in this position, along with your resume and letter of interest, please submit a copy of a DP unit plan that you have prepared, and the self-evaluation of this unit you have undertaken following the prescribed DP format by June 13, 2021.
Branksome Hall is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position. Branksome Hall is strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with (dis)abilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas, and champion diversity in its broadest sense. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates engaging in all parts of the recruitment and selection process at Branksome Hall.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.