The International School of Port of Spain believes that our teachers and staff are the School’s greatest assets. We are an equal-opportunity employer and open to ideas and people regardless of their age, race, nationality, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex, disabilities or marital status. The Board of Directors is intent on recruiting and retaining the service of highly qualified professionals committed to the needs of children and the Mission and Vision of the school. As such, we seek qualified teachers and staff who are deeply committed to creating a vibrant learning community dedicated to developing passionate learners who strive for excellence and pursue their unique potential. We seek to employ persons who are resilient, innovative, act with confidence and integrity and are caring global citizens. We also seek to employ persons who are dedicated to creating a harmonious working environment through shared values, reflective dialogue and collaboration.
The school works to promote a lifelong commitment to learning through a variety of ongoing professional development activities. Staff members are encouraged to join and participate actively in professional associations in order to keep abreast of current educational research and practice.
Dear Prospective Employee,
Thank you for your interest in The International School of Port of Spain(ISPS). I hope that the information provided on our website answers many of your questions related to what it would be like to work at ISPS and to live in Trinidad and Tobago.
We are looking for individuals to join our community who will be passionate about helping us to achieve our Mission and Vision.
As a vibrant learning community we are seeking professionals who are able to see the unique potential in each of our students and are able to develop independent learners who strive for academic excellence, pursue their unique potential and meet challenges with confidence and integrity as they prepare for global citizenship.
If you are passionate about learning and the pursuit of personal excellence please consider joining our community at The International School of Port of Spain.We are looking for difference makers, future shapers!!
Our recruitment policy is to recruit candidates with the skills and qualifications that match the position requirements. Candidates are hired from various countries. For Teaching Positions candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in the subject area from an accredited university, have current/valid registration with the Ministry of Education or possess a valid teaching certificate from abroad. A Bachelor of Education or equivalent is preferred. We require at least two years of recent, full time classroom teaching experience at school level of vacancy. International experience or experience in a North American system is preferred. Training and experience teaching at an IB school at level of vacancy is preferred. For overseas hires we hire singles and/or teaching couples with or without children. Dependent children are permitted to attend the school at reduced rates. All dependents must meet the entrance requirements.
The International School of Port of Spain invites applications for
- Are you passionate about development and committed to student achievement?
- Do you want to inspire thinkers and doers to shape a better world?
The International School of Port of Spain offers a full educational program for students from the age of four to pre-university. We are authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver the Primary Years Programme in the elementary grades, the Middle Years Programme in Grades 6-10 and we provide an American style high school program in Grades 11 and 12, offering Advanced Placement courses.
Our Mission: ISPS is a vibrant learning community dedicated to developing passionate learners who strive for excellence and pursue their unique potential. We encourage resilience, innovation and collaboration, preparing students to act with confidence and integrity as caring global citizens.
As Director you will build upon the achievements of the past 24 years. You will be accountable to the Board of Directors for delivering on its vision effectively and lead and serve a committed a focused Senior Leadership team. The Director is responsible for implementing and evaluating the curriculum program, the development and implementation of the School Improvement Plan, management of the day to day operations of the School, policy development and implementation, human resource and financial management. The Director develops and maintains effective relationships with all stakeholders (Board, PTO, parents, students, staff, government bodies).
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
You should have:
- Significant experience as a head of school, working and living internationally.
- Experience with the IB, PYP, MYP, DP and AP programs.
- An Advanced Degree (MA or equivalent).
- Accreditation experience.
- Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
- Familiarity and proficiency in technology.
- Prior successful administrative experience as a change agent in international school settings
- Conversational Spanish (would be an asset).
You should also demonstrate:
- Passion for teaching and learning.
- Great commitment to children.
- Good listening skills, recognizing everyone's need to achieve, but also appreciating their differences.
- An openness to new ideas for school improvement, encouraging creativity
- A commitment to diversity, inspiring colleagues to do their best.
- Steadfastness in challenging and managing under-performance or poor behaviour.
- An understanding of the importance of relationships, empowering staff and students while holding accountability.
- Confidence and effective communication, utilizing flexible styles to fit the audience.
- A commitment to utilizing data for assessment and the tracking of student progress with appropriate support and intervention, based upon a detailed knowledge of individual students.
Salary and Benefits
The Salary and Benefits package for the new Director will be competitive with other leading international schools in the Caribbean.
- Appropriate housing.
- Annual round-trip airfare for Director and dependents to home of record.
- Comprehensive medical, disability and life insurances.
- Use of school-provided vehicle.
Candidates wishing to apply for this position should submit the following two documents:
1. An up-to-date C.V/Resumé, which should include:
- personal details (name, contact email, Skype ID, address, phone number)
- education history
- qualification details
- full career history detailing leadership roles, curriculum experience, areas of expertise
- recent professional development, further study / areas of educational interest
- the names of three referees (including current line manager / employer)
2. A Personal Statement (no more than two sides of A4 using Ariel point 10) supporting your application. Please demonstrate how your skills and experience match the requirements for this post and include your:
- passion for teaching and learning
- proficiency in technology
- familiarity with research into international education
The closing date for applications is September 29, 2018
Letters of interest and enquiries should be emailed to:
Local applicants are also required to submit a copy of the application to: Chief Manpower Officer, Ministry of Labour & Small Enterprise Development, Duke Place, 50-54 Duke Street, Port of Spain.
ISPS offers the opportunity of working in a supportive, professional setting. Professional Development is of paramount importance to us and all of our staff are exposed on an on-going basis to professional development.
Our Parent Teacher Organization plays an active part in the School and during the year a series of activities/surprises are hosted by the PTO for our staff.
The School year kicks off with a week long orientation for all staff. This is planned one week prior to the official start of School and culminates with a “lime” at the Director’s home. Our new hires coming from abroad usually arrive two weeks before School starts and are treated to a “special” orientation centered around getting acclimatized to Trinidad & Tobago.
During the year the School is a buzz of various activities; from coffee mornings, curriculum nights, International Week, CAISSA and Carnival week. International week usually begins with the Parade of Nations Assembly and ends with the fantastic International Food Festival. This event is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together and to learn about the cuisine and cultures that characterize our international community. We usually host CAISSA once a year. During the Carnival season many activities are planned and culminates with a Carnival parade.