"Head of Department Job Description"
Head of Faculty Job Description Summary This is a Senior Leadership post and the post holder reports directly to the Headmistress The Head of Faculty: Advises the Headmistress in matters pertaining to the Faculty Leads, manages and develops the Faculty and the curriculum, to ensure the highest standards of pupil and staff achievement, personal development and wellbeing All members of the Faculty report to the Head of Faculty Leadership 1. By example to guide the work of all members of their faculty to: a. Inspire our pupils’ curiosity, creativity and empathy b. Empower our pupils with a command of their subject and a critical awareness of its application in the world around us c. Ensure the development and practice of inspirational teaching and learning methods d. Enrich our pupils’ lives 2. Provide a welcoming environment and be courteous to pupils, colleagues, visitors and telephone callers 3. Communicate a clear vision for the development of the subjects within their faculty as academic disciplines 4. Develop and maintain a reputation for excellence and innovation both within and beyond the faculty 5. Develop an awareness and understanding of whole school matters 6. Demonstrate an ability to contribute to whole school development through leadership of an area of development as agreed with the Headmistress 7. Assist the Headmistress in the appointment of new staff 8. Assist in marketing the school to prospective parents and pupils and contribute to the admissions procedures Performance Management of Teachers 1. Guide and support new teachers; play a full part in the induction of new members of their faculty 2. Be responsive to the career and training needs of all members of their faculty; where possible, assign work and responsibilities with a view to career development, and offer support where needed to members of their faculty 3. As part of the performance management scheme to report to the Headmistress, each term, on the performance of the faculty and its members 4. Observe members of their faculty teach on a regular basis Head of Faculty job description, January 2010 1 Monitoring and Tracking of Pupil Performance 1. Scrutinize pupils’ work frequently and regularly and engage other members of the faculty in this practice. 2. Use baseline data to monitor and track standards of pupil attainment and achievement; prepare and implement action plans when performance drops. Following each reporting period, attend formal meetings of the Heads of Faculties and the Heads of Key Stages to discuss the progress of pupils (strong/weak/improvers/underachievers) and agree action on individual pupils whose performance is a cause for concern. Report outcomes for the faculty to the Headmistress. 3. Ensure the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for pupils 4. Submit predictions of likely examination results based on prior student performance; produce an annual examinations analysis and faculty review 5. Attend school on the A level and GCSE Results days in August to provide advice Faculty Subjects, operational planning 1. Work with the Headmistress to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, high quality and cost-effective faculty curriculum plan which complements the College Development Plan 2. Prepare, implement and review the Faculty Development Plan in line with the College Development Plan 3. In conjunction with the Head of elearning, foster and oversee the application of elearning in the faculty 4. Monitor the work of Lead Teachers within the faculty through regular meetings and observation of their practice 5. Encourage such displays of work and extra-curricular activities as support and promote the aims of the faculty (for example, outings, lectures, fieldwork, clubs and so on.) Exercise oversight to ensure balance in the scope and range of activities at each Key Stage. 6. Exercise oversight of the syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies in the faculty 7. Review regularly faculty policies on the marking and assessment of work to ensure that work is regularly set and appropriately marked by all members of the faculty 8. Ensure that all members of the faculty keep appropriate records and are fully cognisant of the relevant schemes of work 9. Hold regular faculty meetings and publish agendas and minutes 10. Ensure that appropriate disciplinary standards are maintained by all members of their faculty Management information: 1. Ensure the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information concerning the faculty on the management information system 2. Analyse and evaluate, with the faculty, performance data provided and take appropriate action in response to the outcomes Head of Faculty job description, January 2010 2 Marketing and Liaison: 1. Contribute to the School liaison and marketing activities, for example, the collection of material for press releases and the school website 2. Organise such public presentations of faculty work as the Headmistress shall require Finances and Resources 1. Prepare the request for the annual faculty budget; ensure that faculty expenditure is kept within that budget 2. Order, check and maintain such books, equipment and apparatus as are needed by their faculty as part of its store and resources 3. Manage and deploy support staff, financial and physical resources within the faculty effectively to support the faculty development plan 4. Ensure that the teaching commitments of the faculty are effectively and efficiently time-tabled and roomed Pastoral System: 1. All staff are required to adhere to the College’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. If, in the course of carrying out their duties, a member of staff becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the College these concerns must be reported to the College’s designated Child Protection Officer. 2. Monitor and support the overall progress and development of pupils within the faculty Teaching: 1. Teach their subject for approximately two-thirds of the week 2. Responsible to the Headmistress for their teaching duties Person Specification Job Requirements Qualifications Good honours graduate Qualified Teacher Status Evidence of Continuing Professional Development Skills Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and appropriately: face to face, by telephone and in writing Good literacy and ICT skills Excellent attention to detail, ability to spot and rectify errors and question information received Teaching experience across the Key Stages with evidence of consistently good to outstanding teaching and learning Good knowledge of current curriculum development Use of ICT to communicate and present information in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences, e.g. Microsoft Office, website, MOODLE Deal with confidential issues tactfully and appropriately Head of Faculty job description, January 2010 3 Leadership and Management Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and delegate workload effectively and meet deadlines Experience of leading and managing a team and of performance management Ability to evaluate standards of teaching and learning Understanding of whole school issues Experience of working with/handling confidential information Experience of running meetings and producing agendas and minutes Personal Qualities Flexibility; ability to adapt to and implement change; willingness to learn and develop new skills Self motivated, ability to initiate and complete both routine and non routine work as required Ability to remain calm under pressure especially when dealing with competing or changing priorities Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, parents and pupils; ability to listen Ability to lead by example, upholding and supporting College aims and ethos; setting and maintaining high standards; willingness to contribute to wider school activity Ability to work as part of a team and share workloads as appropriate The ambition to progress further in career development Excellent attendance record Resilience and a sense of humour * Ability to use data to identify underperformance, inform the planning of intervention strategies and raise standards * Entry and retrieval of data from databases; monitoring and tracking processes * Production of reports for monitoring and review * Desirable: Desirable, but can be achieved through on the job training or experience Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified. The post holder will be expected to undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by the Headmistress. This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder, may be changed by the Headmistress to reflect or anticipate changes in the post and the needs of the College. St Dunstan’s College operates its own salary scale and salary will be determined according to the experience of the successful candidate. Head of Faculty job description, January 2010 4