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DIRECTOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING - PYP/MYP & DP - USA

START DATE: 29 JULY 2024

CLOSING DATE: UNTIL FILLED


The Magellan International School (Colegio Internacional Magallanes), a Spanish immersion school in Austin, Texas, is seeking a Director of Teaching and Learning. This person will provide leadership, coordination and facilitation in the development and implementation of curriculum.


They will support faculty development and foster a culture of continuous improvement in teaching. The Director of Teaching and Learning will also lead the accreditation and authorization processes for the School’s programs.


Magellan is an authorized IB World School (PYP and MYP) and is accredited by Cognia for both Early Learning and K-5. The School serves a thriving intellectual community centered around the University of Texas and a high tech corridor, both of which are adjacent to the

lovely hill country of Central Texas. We are in an exciting growth period which includes the move to a brand-new 14-acre campus this past fall and the opening of a high school in fall 2024. We are an open-minded and inclusive community and we invite you to learn more about us at www.magellanschool.org.


More about Magellan:


  • We were founded in 2009 by a bilingual NASA aerospace engineer

  • Today we are home to 580 students in Preschool - 8th Grade (High School opening fall 2024)

  • 70% of our faculty join us from outside the US

  • 60% of our families identify as diverse.

  • We value innovation and design thinking

  • We strive to live the IB Learner Attributes in all that we do



Description of Position:



 


Essential Functions:


  • Teaches basic to advanced art techniques and encourages students to develop individual art skills to the greatest extent possible.

  • Educates students about cultural and historical influences on art. 

  • Plans and executes a balanced art program and organizes class time so that preparation, instruction, and projects can be accomplished within the allotted time.

  • Supervises and assists students, grades artwork, encourages creativity, and teaches techniques in a variety of mediums.

  • Informs students on proper care and use of tools and equipment. Organizes storage areas and controls the use of materials, equipment, and tools to promote conservation and discourage loss.

  • Plans and presents art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work in the classroom and around the school.

  • Evaluates and assesses each student’s artistic growth.

  • Develops curriculum in collaboration with programme coordinators and teachers.

  • Selects appropriate books and instructional aids to enhance learning and requests art supplies as necessary.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:


Curriculum and Assessment:


  • Define a curriculum review cycle in collaboration with the academic leadership team.

  • Manage and provide leadership for the curriculum review process.

  • Ensure that data is gathered, analyzed and used to make decisions to improve learning and teaching.

  • Oversee school wide standardized testing (e.g. MAP Growth).

  • Oversee the development of common assessment practices and pacing.

  • Report to the community on assessment results.

  • Coordinate the review and selection of textbooks in collaboration with Section Heads and academic program coordinators.


Staff Support and Development:


  • Implement a mentoring program for new teachers and teaching assistants in collaboration with the Section Heads and Human Resources.

  • Monitor implementation of the teacher observation, feedback and assessment program.

  • Coordinate staff professional development opportunities to enrich teaching practices. This includes pre-service days, in-service days and continuing education.

  • Mentor instructional coaches and academic coordinators.


Accreditation and Authorization:


  • Oversee the Cognia accreditation processes for both Early Learning and K-8.

  • Serve on a Cognia review team at least once per academic year.

  • Plan and facilitate the PYP, MYP and DP authorization processes in collaboration with the IB program coordinators.


Other Duties:


  • Complete other tasks assigned by the Head of School.

  • Upon request, participate in the selection process for teachers and teaching assistants.


Please note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Supervisory Responsibility:


The position oversees academic programming in collaboration with the Heads of Section and the Director of Innovation.


Required Qualifications:


  • University degree in Education or a closely related field.

  • Five or more years experience as a classroom teacher (PK-12).

  • Three or more years experience in an academic leadership position.

  • Proven ability to lead teams and work collaboratively as a member of a team.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity to develop and sustain productive relationships in a school community.

  • Excellent communication skills - a good listener, speaker and writer.

  • Experience working in a multicultural environment.

  • Organized, patient, kind and flexible.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master's degree in Education, or a closely related field, with a demonstrated interest in remaining at the forefront of educational trends.

  • Prior experience as a Curriculum Coordinator.

  • Experience with International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

  • Academic proficiency in English and Spanish.


Salary and Benefits:


A competitive salary package with medical and supplemental benefits, generous PTO and summer vacation offered. Possible relocation allowance available. 


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:


“Core” work hours: 7:45 am to 5:00 pm. Availability during occasional nights and weekend events.


Travel:

Some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.


Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

A criminal history background check and federal fingerprint check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Work Authorization/Security Clearance:


If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the school.


Work Authorization/Security Clearance:


If hired, employee will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the school.

 

AAP/EEO Statement:


Magellan International School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetics, or status as a Veteran. In addition to federal law requirements, the Magellan International School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Package:


Salary for each position is based on an individual’s teaching experience. All employees of Magellan receive the following competitive benefits including three health plans to choose from with the employee’s health insurance paid 100% by the schoool, paid dental and vision plans, paid life insurance, paid short-term disability insurance, paid School Holidays, paid time off, up to a 50% tuition discount for employee’s children, professional development opportunities, and an inclusive work environment. Additional insurance is also available. International employees also recieve the following additional benefits including round-trip airline tickets for a hired teacher and their eligible dependents to come to the USA and return home, a $5,000 (US) moving allowance, and one week of hotel accommodations upon arrival.


Application e-mail address: Please apply on the school’s website.


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