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IB Diploma Economics, IB Diploma Business Management, and MYP I&S (Humanities)

3 December 2019

UWC Thailand

 

Guiding Statements

UWC Mission

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

UWC Thailand Motto

“Good Heart, Balanced Mind, Healthy Body”

Context

United World College Thailand (UWCT) is a CIS accredited, IB Continuum authorized, co-educational school for students in Nursery through to Grade 12. Founded as Phuket International Academy in 2008, UWCT has grown to now serve a mix of nearly 500 day and boarding students. Our first Grade 12 cohort graduated in May 2016 and we anticipate growing to over 800 students—including 150 boarders—by 2025.

A mission-driven school, UWCT provides a holistic education through an education model that has five pillars: Academics; Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness; Service; Activities; and Outdoor Education. UWCT offers the continuum of International Baccalaureate programmes—Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma—and has developed a justifiable reputation as being a leader in the field of Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness. The School is a dynamic, hard-working environment and we seek people who will thrive in a student- and mission-centered culture, while endeavoring to remain balanced themselves.

UWCT became the 16 th United World College in August 2016. The School is committed to deliberate diversity in all facets and students come from more than 65 different nationalities. Amongst this diverse group are our National Committee (NC) selected students who have been chosen because of their alignment with the UWC mission through a rigorous process in more than 155 countries. Our NC students come from +50 different countries and make a significant impact from the time they arrive in Grade 11.

Pro-Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Statement

As a UWC, we are committed to deliberate diversity and therefore aim to hire staff as diverse as the students we serve. Our goal is to create an inclusive culture that gives voice to the variety of global perspectives. To do this, we encourage a wide range of candidates to apply, including people from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We consider all applications regardless of race, ethnicity, colour, nationality, religion, gender, age, familial status and/or disability in a manner that is as respectful and as free from bias as possible as we pursue hiring the best available people who are experienced, qualified and incredible human beings.

Reports To

Division Principal

Main Working Relationships

Division Principal and their Leadership Team, IB Coordinator(s), Specialist Coordinators including the Head of Mindfulness, Learning Support and Counselling Department, fellow teachers and most importantly, our students and their families.

Responsibilities

“There is no system in the world or any school in the country that is better than its teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools.” (Sir Ken Robinson, 2013)

Teachers are the key element in our school’s ability to promote the holistic well-being of the students entrusted to our care. Teachers at UWCT are the primary facilitators of student learning, essential elements in encouraging our students to realize their highest human potential in a culture that is warm, supportive and respectful, aligned with UWC Values and the IB Learner Profile. All teachers must be willing and eager to bring the five pillars of our educational model to life: Academics; Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness; Service; Activities; and Outdoor Education. As well as the requirements outlined in the contract, and acknowledging that the role of the teacher can never be fully articulated by any list, the key responsibilities in each area include:

General

  • Commit to and positively promote the School’s Mission and Educational Model in a Nursery to Grade 12, day and boarding context.
  • Model and encourage a culture aligned with UWC Values and the IB Learner Profile.
  • View yourself as a change agent, capable of helping all students make progress in a way that communicates that there is more in them than they think.
  • Develop an environment in which students are challenged and supported so as to maintain their enthusiasm for learning.
  • Constantly improve your own knowledge and skills as an educator through professional dialogue, collaboration and professional development.
  • Build relationships with all stakeholders that promotes the success of students and the programme.

Academics

  • Maintain high—but appropriate—expectations for the progress and achievement of all students.
  • Design curriculum and facilitate learning that integrates all aspects of the UWCT educational model.
  • Monitor student learning in a variety of ways, align reporting with school curriculum and most importantly, adjust teaching practices to promote learning based on the information gathered.
  • Ensure that parents are kept informed of both the programme and their child’s development.
  • Provide timely, meaningful feedback in class and on assessments to promote student learning.
  • Support students in developing a mindset that views mistakes as part of the learning process.
  • Create implicit and explicit opportunities to help students take responsibility for their own learning

Social and Emotional Learning, Mindfulness and Pastoral Care

Be Mindful: Commit to the growth of our mindful community by developing a personal mindfulness practice with the support of the Mindfulness Mentor and colleagues.

Teach Mindfully: Develop classroom practices related to the experience of creating positive student relationships by modelling mindful ways of being.

Teach Mindfulness: Participate in ongoing training to explore and integrate the teaching of mindfulness to and with students with curiosity and kindness.

In addition, all staff are asked to:

  • Take responsibility for the shared welfare of students under our care from admission to graduation.
  • Develop harmonious relationships with families to ensure that students are supported in achieving their aspirations, but at the same time work towards developing autonomous individuals who will become responsible citizens.
  • Work to build a sense of community within the School characterised by trust, integrity, self-discipline, care and consideration for others, where students feel valued and supported.

Service

  • Commit and participate in service to ensure opportunities are provided and modelled for students.
  • Encourage students and parents to become involved in service by promoting the programme as a key component of the UWCT educational programme.

Activities

  • Positively participate in the running of a well-rounded activities programme, making a termly contribution averaging twice per week.
  • Support students to develop a range of interests, skills and talents through involvement in the activities programme.

Outdoor Education

  • Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of outdoor and experiential learning across the curriculum, including taking part in expeditions.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn concepts outside of the normal classroom environment, in real world situations.

Required Qualifications

  • A degree and professional teaching qualification is essential.
  • A minimum of 2 years of successful teaching experience, ideally in an international school.
  • Knowledge, understanding and previous experience in an IB programme is preferred.

Personal Attributes and Characteristics

  • Commitment to, and alignment with, the School’s Mission, Motto and Educational Model.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills: a good listener who thrives in a collaborative environment.
  • Honesty, integrity and compassion, all with a good sense of humour.
  • Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Competence in the use and integration of technology in the classroom with a willingness to grow.
  • Proven problem-solving skills.
  • Have the stamina, resilience and energy needed in order to contribute to all aspects of the UWCT experience, going beyond the Monday to Friday 40-hour work week.
  • Enthusiastic, approachable and open minded.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships based on mutual respect with staff, students and parents.
  • A commitment to model and encourage international mindedness and intercultural understanding.

Terms of Employment

The initial contract is a two-year term. Salary is determined by the Head of School as per the salary scale and will be commensurate with the employee’s experience and training. Salary, benefits and other aspects of the contract are internationally competitive and covered in the Employment Guide and/or Contract.

Child Safeguarding Commitment

Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people is a priority and we expect all staff to share that commitment. Applicants for any position at UWCT undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers, law enforcement authorities and other governmental agencies as required.

How to Apply

All applications for teaching positions go through the UWC Thailand HR /  Schrole portal found HERE.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and UWCT reserves the right to deviate from published deadlines or processes if a great candidate is found at any time.