Description of School:

UWC Red Cross Nordic is a two year residential school for 204 scholarship students aged 16-19, comprising more than 90 nationalities. Admitted students possess a wide variety of prior educational experiences and achievement. All students at UWC Red Cross Nordic study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The College was opened in 1995 and is financed by public funds from the Nordic countries. It is located on the shores of Flekke fjord in the county of Vestland, Western Norway. A number of our students have first-hand experience of conflict and/or poverty within their home societies. They are selected on merit or potential by UWC National Committees in their home country.

Like the other UWC colleges, UWC Red Cross Nordic is strongly committed to the mission of UWC and strives to deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.

Description of Position:

Position Description - Deputy Rektor

Reporting directly to the Rektor. Line-manager for the Education Leadership Team and Senior University Counsellor, the Deputy Rektor will report to the Rektor and will be responsible for the effective management and efficient day-to-day administration of the life of the College. S/he will be in wholehearted sympathy with UWC Red Cross Nordic’s ethos, aims and objectives. S/he will be in charge of a critical portfolio of responsibilities and will maintain the highest standards of personal conduct when carrying out his or her duties.

A position at UWC Red Cross Nordic is remarkably diverse, challenging, interesting and rewarding. It is, in many respects, a vocation; we are a community responsible for students’ welfare and education, working in a collegial context.

The College aims to attract highly qualified and experienced applicants for posts from a wide range of backgrounds who are keen to live and work in this beautiful, remote rural and multicultural community. This position is an opportunity to build an innovative and unique community life experience for our diverse student body.


  • Commitment to the UWC mission and values and modelling these values as part of the community

  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to current safeguarding practices

  • Strong understanding and experience of the particular nature of residential environment

  • Leadership capability with the capacity to inspire confidence and respect of colleagues, students, National Committees and parents

  • Strong undergraduate degree from reputable university, qualifications in teaching

  • Ability to manage and delegate resources and budgets

  • Experience of line-managing diverse group of colleagues to engender and maintain strong collegiate atmosphere

  • Experience of working with staff representatives in allocating work loads, resources and facilities

  • Proven success at leading collaborative student-oriented teams.

  • Prior experience with initiating and leading change in a complex environment.

  • Proven excellence as a teacher, with experience of the IB Diploma program

  • A commitment to continuous professional development

  • Have a good understanding of adolescent development and young people

  • Willingness to participate fully in all aspects of residential life

  • Excellent communication and positive engagement skills with adults and young people

  • Promoting a solutions-oriented approach to challenges and tasks

  • Good ICT and organisational skills

  • Personal integrity and intellectual agility

  • Resilience and capacity to work hard

  • Ability to prioritise workloads

  • Strong involvement in, and support for, the Extra-Curricular Activities program

  • Fluency in English


  • At least two years prior experience of working within a residential boarding role

  • Prior experience working in an international environment

  • A second language

  • Driver’s licence

  • First Aid qualifications

  • Mental Health First Aid qualifications or similar

  • NonViolent Communication qualifications

  • Experience with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy development and/or initiatives

  • Postgraduate degree in Education or Educational Leadership

  • Potential to teach other subjects, e.g. Theory of Knowledge

  • Qualifications in relation to safeguarding/mental health/wellbeing

This is a significant leadership position, reporting to the Rektor and situated within the Central Leadership Team of the college. The position holds line management responsibility for the Educational Leadership Team as well as the University Counselor.

In addition to the Deputy Rektor responsibilities the individual may also hold a House Leader responsibility for one of the 5 residential houses on campus. This Position Description should be read in conjunction with the House Leader Position Description.

This position is residential and requires that the successful candidate live in a House Leader residence within the student village.

There is the expectation of regular scheduled evening and weekend work.

The successful candidate will have convinced us of a willingness to lead and contribute to a demanding and highly stimulating international educational and residential community. The working language of the College is English.

The Deputy Rektor will report to, and be supported, by the Rektor. The duties associated with this position include:

1. Strategic

1.1. Close and frank liaison with, and support for, the Rektor on all matters;

1.2. A key role in the strategic development and operational management of the College as a whole; 1.3. Deputising for the Rektor in his/her absence and taking responsibility for the daily operation of the College in the absence of the Rektor;

1.4. Overall responsibility, delegated by the Rektor, to lead and manage the academic, extra-academic and residential programmes at the College;

1.5. Playing an integral part, in consultation with the Rektor, in the recruitment, selection and management of members of staff;

1.6. Attendance at, in an observational capacity, meetings of the UWC Red Cross Nordic Board and Council as requested.

2. Staffing

2.1. Line-managing the Education Leadership Team (Community Life Leader, Director of Extra-Academics, Director of Academics), and Senior University Counsellor;

2.2. Overseeing the line-management and appraisal (including the ‘‘Medarbeidersamtale’/IPDP) for Education Leadership Team and Senior University Counsellor;

2.3. Ensuring that line-management and appraisal systems for academic, residential and extra-academic teams are closely aligned and informed by the College Strategic and Development plans;

2.4. Chairing the Education Leadership Team and the College meetings and other relevant meetings in the absence of the Rektor;

3. Communication

3.1. Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with various important and external constituencies including students, education staff, the support / admin staff, National Committees, parents, alumni, the local community, colleagues in other schools and wider communities;

4. Organisation

4.1. Constructing the annual calendar of events associated with residential, academic and extra academic programmes; this includes managing the timing of requests from external visitors, registering visitors on w4 (College database);

4.2. In collaboration with the ELT, oversee the assigning of residential, academic and extra-academic responsibilities to education staff and students and to ensure a fair balance of staff workloads in line with the expectations of the College;

4.3. Close liaison with the Chief Operating Officer and Operational Team Leader in matters concerning the IT, Clearing, Kitchen and Maintenance, and the Administrative Team Leader in matters concerning HR, finance, transport and travel.

4.4. Overseeing and supporting the work of the Director of Academics (DoA). Work in close collaboration with the DoA in the process of allocating teachers and students to classes within the timetable structure, and managing students’ subsequent requests for change;

4.5. In cooperation with the Director of Academics, overseeing the internal and external professional development for all staff; register staff off campus on w4;

4.6. Responsibility for updating staff and student / education information on w4;

4.7. Receiving notice from teaching staff reporting sick, ensure “self-report” form is completed, submitted to Finance Dept;

4.8. Managing attendance records, follow up (ref. Attendance policy), including registration of pre-arranged absences. Approve Trip Form requests for trips that require absences from academic / EA programmes;

4.9. In collaboration with Extra Academic Director and Community Life Leader, manage Staff on Duty schedules for PBL, Friluftsveka/Reading Weeks;

Teaching an agreed proportion of the timetable; OR Deputy Rektor will act as one of the House Leaders (this will be reviewed at the end of the year).

5. Community Life and Wellbeing

5.1. Working closely with the Community Life Leader to elevate excellent pastoral practice within and beyond the Student Village;

5.2. Regular contact with the House Leaders alongside visits to Houses;

5.3. Chair the weekly Student Support Team meeting

5.4. Responsibility for a fair and consistent approach to student disciplinary issues (including attendance, compliance with the UWC Code of Conduct and College policies, plus other behavioural issues);

5.5. Coordinating and supporting the Student Council – School leadership meetings and be the first point of contact for matters arising from SC, as discussed with the Chairperson. Write Records of Progress for Student Council;

6. Policy

6.1. Responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the regular review of College education and community life policies (including the Student Handbook) and practices on w4. Manage Announcements function on w4, including deleted date announcements;

6.2. Responsibility, in cooperation with CLT members, for updating Emergency Procedures (incl. amendments to policies and practices);

Whilst every attempt has been made to cover the main duties and responsibilities of this post, the above list is not exhaustive and each individual task involved in the role may not be identified. This job description is open to discussion at interview to meet a particular individual’s strengths or personal development goals. Furthermore, the exact nature of the post will be finally determined once the appointment has been made and reviewed annually. This will be in full collaboration with the successful candidate taking into account the individual skills and experiences they bring with them.

UWC Red Cross Nordic is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All applicants to the College must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers, and requires that all staff and volunteers share this commitment.

Application for Position:

Please submit a CV of no longer than two pages, details of at least two referees (including your most recent employer) and a cover letter of no more than two pages. Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would contribute to the academic, residential and extra-academic programmes of the school. Please return by email to the Rektor to Please add REF: - Application for Position as Deputy Head of School in the subject of your email.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the following documents prior to submitting an application: