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Deputy Principal - Academic (June 2021)

19 March 2021

Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa

Position Announcement - Deputy Principal - Academic (June 2021)

Who We Are
Waterford was founded in 1963 in order to provide multiracial education in opposition to the bigotry and injustice of apartheid. Starting with just 16 boys, the school grew rapidly and attracted the children of some of South Africa’s best-known activists, including Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, and Leah and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

In 1981, Waterford became the 4th UWC when we joined the United World College movement, which now comprises 18 Colleges around the globe. As a United World College, we believe strongly in the power of “education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”. We place a high value on deliberate diversity, including economic diversity. Currently, 26% of our students receive financial assistance and we are committed to raising this number to 40%.

Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA has an incredible history, from its beginnings in 1963 during the apartheid era, to the present challenges of this unique decade marked by a global pandemic and the continued quest to transform the world through education and service. Waterford Kamhlaba offers both the Cambridge IGCSE qualification and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. More than 95% of our IB diploma graduates go on to tertiary education, with most receiving scholarships to attend universities in Africa, Europe and North America. We have approximately 7,000 alumni.

Engaging with, serving and learning from our broader community is a critical part of our students' educational development and our staff’s working experience. We believe strongly in holistic education and embracelearning both in and outside the classroom. Waterford Kamhlaba’s legacy is firmly rooted
in Southern Africa, in this ancient continent, and in the world. Our name reminds us of our place and purpose and the urgency to create the conditions for equity and sustainability.

Position Description

Job Title: Deputy Principal Academic
Location: Mbabane, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), with international travel
Reporting to: Principal 
Summary: At the heart of the transformational educational experience of which
WKUCSA is so proud, is the Academic programme. The Deputy Principal: Academic is overall in charge of the academic standards and practices of the College


Pedagogical Responsibilities

  • Foster concept-based, student-led, inquiry based teaching and learning
  • Provide pedagogical leadership within the IBDP and UWC frameworks
  • Manage and lead teaching and learning, the curriculum and assessment
  • Monitor teaching and learning to ensure it complies with the College’s overarching pedagogical ideology
  • Manage, review, update and reinforce IBDP and IGCSE academic standards and practices
  • Manage, review, update accurate recording and reporting on academic performance
  • Manage the Special Education Needs (SEN) provision
  • Effect policy and practice initiatives as developed by the Academic Council
  • Drive the Academic Honesty Policy and practice
  • Drive experiential and outdoor education provision at the College

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Manage the capturing of accurate academic data
  • Build and maintain ongoing partnerships with the IBO, Cambridge and other associated bodies
  • Find solutions for academic challenges affecting the whole school
  • Allocation of teaching staff
  • Staff recruitment
  • School timetable
  • Term calendar

Staff Support and Development Responsibilities

  • Academic Orientation of new teachers
  • Orientation of newly appointed Heads of Departments
  • Appraisal of teachers on probation, due for contract renewal or for whom a concern has been raised
  • Appraisal of Heads of Department
  • Lead and support the professional development of teachers
  • Conduct examination results reviews with HODs

Student Support and Development Responsibilities

  • Arrange and lead Parent/Guardian meetings
  • Support the Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • Collaborate with the Designated Safeguarding Lead to implement the College’s Safeguarding policy.
  • Arrange and chair Academic Review meetings
  • Work with the SENco to ensure support for students
  • Oversee Examinations

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a suitably qualified and experienced educator who is
passionate about learning and teaching. You should be committed to the values and
mission of the United World College movement and the facilitation of a transformative
UWC experience for students and staff.
We require a creative and experienced educator who has substantial knowledge of
the IBDP and IGCSE curricula, with a proven leadership track record with highly
developed interpersonal skills. Experience of Online Learning, the systems and
structures to facilitate it and an ability to remain flexible are also important.
Candidates with a deep interest in the theory and acquisition of knowledge, and
knowledge skills, with innovative ideas of how to embed these into the learning and
teaching fabric of the College is desirable.
You will be leading the integration of the Theory of Knowledge programme
throughout the whole school, and the right person for this job will relish this
opportunity and challenge.
Lastly, the right candidate for Waterford Kamhlaba will be solutions focused, positive,
motivated and committed to the UWC mission “ to make education a force to unite
people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”.

A Perspective from the outgoing Deputy Head

"Teaching at WKUWCSA and being privileged to fulfil this leadership role within the College
has, undoubtedly, been the honour of my life to date. It is by no means an easy job at all.
There are days when I feel like I am juggling so many moving parts that it seems not much
is being achieved. But then there are days when the students and staff of this truly amazing
community make what I do so rewarding. The days are long and, like all jobs in education,
the “to do” list is never complete. There are many administrative responsibilities which
require attention and there are always areas in which leadership and guidance is required.
I have loved the opportunities I have had to work on teacher development, curriculum
development and implementation and the ethos of teaching and learning at this College. I
work with an incredible team of professionals who are committed to making education a
vehicle for change in our world but managing teachers is never easy and this job is
certainly not for someone just looking to advance a career; it really will require a
commitment to the values and mission of the UWC movement and WKUWCSA and to work
towards providing effective and transformative education."


If you would like to know more about this position, please contact our Head of HR via /
+268 24220867/8/9, or check our website. Please note that the school offices are closed for 1st term
holidays between 23 April and 26 May 2021.

Our procedure

Waterford Kamhlaba anticipates on receiving a number of internal applications for this position, yet
also encourages qualified external candidates to apply. After shortlisting, we determine the suitability
of candidates to work in our school via reference checks and interviews at our school or via ZOOM.

Your application
You can express your interest by applying via our website.

The deadline for application is Wednesday 30 April 2021.

Only shortlisted applicants who meet the above-mentioned requirements will be considered and contacted.

Waterford Kamhlaba is an equal opportunity employer.