UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) is a K–12 international school offering a holistic, values-based education. One of 18 UWC schools and colleges around the world, UWCSEA embraces the shared mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Both campuses in Singapore are IB World Schools, offering UWCSEA's mission-aligned concept-based curriculum to 5,500 students aged 4-18. The UWCSEA-developed learning programme develops the skills and qualities that our students will need to be independent learners and global citizens.

From Kindergarten through Grade 12, students participate fully in the five elements of the UWCSEA learning programme: Academics, Activities, Outdoor Education, Personal and Social Education and Service. In Primary School (ages 4–11) and Middle School (ages 11–14) students are immersed in our learning programme which prepares students for independent learning regardless of their educational background. In Grades 9 and 10 (ages 14–16), students complete two-year GCSE certificates within the framework of our learning programme, while students who enter the College in Grade 10 enrol in our successful one-year Foundation IB course. In Grades 11 and 12 (ages 16–18), students complete the internationally-recognised two-year IB Diploma Programme.

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Head of High School Visual Arts

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Full Time

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$8,000 - $15,000 / monthly

Job Description

All applications must be submitted through our portal to be considered for the role. Please visit https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/uwcsea-careers/teaching-roles/posts-leadership-role-default-page-clone/~board/teaching-roles/post/head-of-high-school-visual-arts  for the full job details.

Interested applicants, please submit an applicant via our portal by Monday, 26 October 2020.

UWCSEA has a vacancy for January 2021 at its East Campus for Head of HS Visual Art. The appointee will teach a range of High and possible Middle classes and will lead the High School department offering IGCSE Visual Art, IGCSE Graphic Art and IB Diploma Visual Art.

The Head of Visual Art is a pedagogical and organizational leader of the academic department responsible for the teaching and learning of Art. The Head of Arts has responsibility for the quality of the Visual Art Department’s courses, management of departmental resources and the professional practice of its personnel. He or she will also be a key member of the High School Faculty of the Arts, which incorporates Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Film and Dance.

Main Responsibilities

Effective Leadership – Leading across all five areas of the learning programme

  • Puts student learning at the forefront of all decisions and planning
  • Has a clear vision for the department and translates this into practical and achievable plans
  • Ensures that the learning programme in the department is consistent with the UWCSEA mission, the UWCSEA Learning Principles, the UWCSEA profile and with the strategic goals of the school, campus and College
  • Ensures that the learning programme in the department develops and changes as necessary to match developments in technology and educational practice

Professional Development – Supporting the professional development of staff they lead

  • Identifies and utilizes the full potential of staff in the department by being alert to professional development needs
  • Mentors staff within the Professional Learning Programme, and coaches where appropriate so that they work most effectively
  • Organises and/or runs informal/formal Professional Development opportunities for the department as individuals or as a whole

Collaboration – working collaboratively within teams

  • Enthuses and motivates staff and fosters an environment where creativity and collaboration flourish
  • Involves people in decisions, and delegates interesting and challenging tasks
  • Gives, expects and acts on constructive feedback, and acknowledges error
  • Assumes shared and individual responsibility for successes and problems and is happy to be accountable for the outcomes
  • Sets clear boundaries and expectations providing freedom for the team to work effectively
  • Acts and leads ethically and with integrity

Communication – communicates effectively within and beyond their team

  • Relates well to individuals and deals sensitively with potentially difficult situations with colleagues/students/parents and has effective sensitive and/or difficult conversations
  • Chairs meetings effectively and ensures opportunities for more informal communication to take place within the department
  • Is clear and articulate in both spoken and written communications with students, colleagues, parents and the wider community
  • Is proactive in making appropriate information available to colleagues, pastoral teams, parents and the College community

Person Specifications

Qualifications and Experience

  • A relevant degree and professional teaching qualification is essential
  • Experience of middle leadership, ideally in an international environment
  • Knowledge of IB/GCSE level curricula (desirable) or equivalent, their delivery and assessment
  • Knowledge of developments in pedagogy and educational practice
  • Knowledge of the role of team dynamics and instructional supervision and evaluation at a departmental level

Qualities and Skills

  • An understanding of a budgetary process and financial management within a department
  • Fluency in written and spoken English to enable effective communication within working relationships
  • A passion for the subject and a desire to share this with as wide a range of students as possible
  • Good interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style that will develop a good team atmosphere within the department
  • Honesty, integrity, compassion, and a good sense of humour
  • Strong organizational, self-management and problem-solving skills
  • Cultural sensitivity

Alignment with UWCSEA Values

  • The ability to engage with students and to engender enthusiasm for learning is a prerequisite for teaching at UWCSEA.
  • Applicants should be enthusiastic about teaching within a multi-cultural environment. Flexibility of approach and a collaborative style is essential.
  • Teachers should be willing and eager to participate in the five key elements of a UWCSEA education: Academics; Activities; Outdoor Education; Personal and Social Education and Service
  • Academic expectations include enthusiastic participation in Professional Learning
  • Pastoral expectations include the leadership of a tutor group, unless the teacher is exempted due to other responsibilities.
  • On average the College expects a yearly contribution of two sessions per week in each season to Activities and/or Service.
  • The College expects that teachers will participate enthusiastically in the curricular Outdoor Education experiences which are relevant to their students and will also occasionally volunteer for holiday Outdoor Education trips.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential alongside a willingness to adapt and develop pedagogy to meet the needs of our learners


Interested applicants, please submit an applicant via our portal by Monday, 26 October 2020.

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices and all appointments are subject to interview, satisfactory references, identity and criminal record checks.

UWCSEA is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

 Location: 1 Tampines Street 73 United World College of South East Asia 528704.  How to get there?

 Location: 1 Tampines Street 73 United World College of South East Asia 528704.

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