Head of Department for Secondary Individuals and Societies
ICS Inter-Community School Zurich
Zumikon, CH
vor 1 Tg.

Head of Department for Secondary Individuals and Societies

The Head of Department is responsible for the leadership of teaching, learning and relevant resources for Individuals and Societies in the Secondary school.

As such, the Head of Department leads and oversees the learning and progress for all students within this subject. The Head of Department leads the professional growth and development of a team of teachers for Individuals and Societies.

The Head Of Department is a member of the Secondary Head of Department Team and is, accordingly, responsible for positively supporting school change as outlined in the school’s strategic plan.

A Head of Department in the Secondary School needs to demonstrate a strong commitment to the school’s shared cultural competencies, such as maintaining a collaborative ethos within the school.

In addition, he / she needs to embody an understanding of the social and emotional dimensions of learning as evidenced through their practice.


  • Supporting the development and maintenance of a learner-centred approach to Individuals and Societies (Humanity subjects).
  • Initiating and overseeing curriculum development within the Individuals and Societies Team and keeping up-to-date with current theory and best practice in relation to Individuals and Societies.
  • Working with teachers, IB Coordinators and the Secondary Principal to implement a whole school philosophy and vision for Individuals and Societies.
  • Modelling best practice in teaching and learning, and a highly collaborative approach to team-planning.
  • Assisting members of the Individuals and Societies team in promoting positive student behaviours.
  • Involving all team members in the school’s strategic plan and the team’s associated priorities.
  • Ensuring that all Individuals and Societies students experience common curriculum plans and common assessment frameworks as appropriate.
  • Leading departmental meetings.
  • Mentoring teachers in their professional development.
  • Supporting teachers in communications with parents and students.
  • Attending and contributing to Head of Department meetings and developing concepts from these meetings with teachers in his / her team.
  • Coordinating and attending parent workshops as needed.
  • Planning and overseeing the Individuals and Societies Department budget.
  • Monitoring assessment across Grade Levels for accuracy, consistency and appropriate connections to the written and taught curriculum.
  • Requirements

  • Experience of the effective leadership of a curriculum-based team of teachers and of successfully leading the learning of Individuals and Societies (Humanities) within a school.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Current classroom teacher qualification to teach Individuals and Societies (Humanities) at Secondary School level.
  • Minimum 4 years recent and relevant Secondary School classroom experience.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Competence in using technology for both learning and information management purposes.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • A specialist, up-to-date knowledge of pedagogy.
  • A thorough understanding of IB Middle Years and IB Diploma programmes.
  • A comprehensive understanding of effective teaching and assessment strategies.
  • Practical knowledge of contemporary leadership practice.
  • Terms and conditions

    The initial contract is for two years and is renewable. The generous salary and range of benefits will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate, with the overall package reflecting the importance of the position.

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