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Special Educational Needs Coordinator

22 November 2019

UWC Maastricht



UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future

UWC Maastricht

We offer a challenging and engaging education for students from all age groups, equipping them with
the attitudes, skills and knowledge to live a meaningful and flourishing life. The UWC Maastricht
educational experience is about knowing and acting. We nurture an understanding of the world and
its major challenges, and help students discover how they can serve others and make a positive
contribution to society and the planet. We currently serve over 900 students from more than 100
countries, 200 of whom live in our residential community on campus.
The value of a UWC education
A UWC education is life-changing. We empower change makers and future leaders through the
delivery of a unique programme in a deliberately diverse community. The educational ethos of UWC
combines rigorous academic standards with experiential and inquiry-based learning in areas such as
sustainability, intercultural dialogue, social justice, conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship.
UWC students come together from very diverse backgrounds, including the most marginalised. Access
to a UWC education is given independent of socio-economic background, supported through a
rigorous admission process and a comprehensive scholarship programme: around 65% of UWC
students attending the final two years of secondary school are awarded a full or partial scholarship.
UWC’s 60,000 alumni are prized by top universities worldwide and, in their professional lives, they
occupy positions of influence in industry, finance, civil society, government, healthcare, academia and
the media.
Join us!
UWC Maastricht recruits qualified and experienced staff from around the world who are committed
to our school’s mission to make education a force for peace and a sustainable future.

UWC Maastricht has a full time vacancy (as soon as possible) for a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (MYP/DP)

The job
UWC Maastricht recruits qualified and experienced staff from around the world who are committed
to our school’s mission and vision.
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the various types of academic
and social-emotional support provided to MYP and DP students.
Aspects of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
● Support the Counsellors by offering non-specialist pastoral care to students requiring additional
socio-emotional support.
● Offering specialized learning support (remediation) to students.
● Assist the Head of Student Services to carry out the Care Plan,
● Coordinate with the Academic Coordinators and Heads of Year of MYP and DP to provide support
for students with identified needs or emergent concerns,
● Team with MYP and DP Coordinators to help all students access the curriculum,
● Coordinate with the learning support Specialist, the Year 6 teachers and the MYP 1-3 Head of Year
on the effective transition of UWCM students from Primary to Secondary.
● Provide strategies, resources and training in learning support for subject teachers,
● Team with the ELL teachers to support students with English language learning needs,
● Create after school, evening and occasional weekend support sessions that combine scheduled
activities with drop in services (i.e. TH math tutoring and Drop in Writing center). In order to offer these sessions, the position is expected to have a typical time footprint of 1000 to 1800, with
compensatory time offered for evening or weekend hours.
● Contribute to Professional Development sessions as requested by the Head of Student

The successful profile & qualifications

Pursuing the UWC mission requires a commitment from our staff members to the following values:
International and cultural understanding, celebration of difference, personal responsibility and
integrity, mutual responsibility and respect, compassion and service, respect for the environment, a
sense of idealism, personal challenge, action and personal example.
It should be noted that the school is a dynamic and high energy environment: the satisfaction from
working at UWC Maastricht is high – but so are the demands on time and engagement.
Education degree and Professional competencies
● Completed Bachelor Degree with a specialized Master Degree in the field of Special
Educational Needs
● Experience in the field of educational needs/learning support, preferably in an international
● Organizational: Ability to create a well-organized, orderly and task-oriented learning
● Collaboration with colleagues: Makes a professional contribution to a good pedagogic and
didactic climate, and models effective collaboration
● Interpersonal: Creates an atmosphere of trust by dealing with students in a positive and
open way
● Interaction with the environment: Communicates with stakeholders in a clear manner and
coordinates with parents and others involved in the education and development of the
● Reflection and development: Reflects regularly on the development of personal and
professional capabilities
● Computer literacy
● Fluent in English
UWC Maastricht is committed to upholding the highest standards in student safeguarding.
Throughout the application process we will be assessing your suitability to work with children and
young adults. Prior to an offer of employment being made, UWC Maastricht will check directly with
current and former employers about safeguarding.
Terms of Employment / Remuneration
● You will get a contract of employment under Dutch law: the initial contract is for a period,
beginning as soon as possible, until August 1, 2021.
● The package will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position, according to the Dutch
Collective Labour Agreement for Secondary Education (‘CAO VO’).
● Participation in the school’s pension plan via the ABP Retirement/Pension Fund.
● Support in the application for the ‘30% Facility for Incoming Employees’ with the Dutch Tax
Authorities (if relevant).
● Location: UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands.
To be able to work in the Netherlands, a (foreign) staff member must be able to successfully apply
✔ Residence and work permits for the Netherlands.
✔ A Dutch VOG (certificate of good conduct).
UWCM will assist in the application process for residence and work permits and VOG.
If you would like to know more about this challenging position, please contact our HR Team via / via +31(0)43 2410 410, or check our website
Our procedure
After shortlisting, we determine the suitability of the remaining candidates to work in our school via
online testing, reference checks and interviews at our school or via Skype.
As per our Hiring Policy, Safeguarding is a priority of UWCM and therefore all references will be asked
questions in this area.
Your application
You can express your interest by sending per e-mail your CV (linked to the described successful profile
and qualifications) and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to our HR
The deadline for application is November 15th, 2019.
Further information can be found on our website via ‘Working with us’. UWCM reserves the
right to identify and appoint a qualified candidate prior to the submission deadline.