Biology Teacher Employment Vacancies – Galaxy International School

Job Title:   Biology Teacher
Organisation: Galaxy
International School Uganda (GISU)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About GISU:
Galaxy International
School Uganda (GISU) is a co-educational school which provides international
education to students between 2 and 19 years of age. From kindergarten to year
13 students are taught using student-centred methods. Emphasis is on the
development of the whole person. Students in years 10 and 11 are prepared for
the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination
and those in years 12 and 13 are prepared for Cambridge A level examination.
These examinations administered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
are recognised worldwide. The school is privately owned with a Board of
Governors and the day to day running of the school is managed by the Principal.
The school is staffed with qualified and experienced staff from UK, USA,
Canada, Turkey and East Africa.
Job Summary: The Biology
Teacher will prepare and teach strong lessons for the classroom which enthuse
and inspire students, and promote enjoyment of learning. The incumbent will
develop, deliver, and support academic programmes in line with agreed standards
and policies. The job holder will teach (I) GCSE, A-Level, Foundation and other
courses and discharge the duties of Personal Tutor (PT) within the College as
required. The incumbent will plan, prepare and teach strong lessons for the
classroom which enthuse and inspire students, and promote enjoyment of
learning. The job holder will effectively use a variety of teaching styles,
having regard to the individual learning needs of students.  He / she will also select and sequence
appropriate materials, resources and approaches according to the course type
and learners to meet challenging, but realistic educational targets that
demonstrate excellence in student academic progress.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.
As a subject teacher:
·        
Assess, track and provide relevant and timely
formative feedback on achievement, progress and developmental needs to
students, academic and other managers/colleagues, including student records and
integrate this into weekly and termly planning.
·        
Ensure accurate attendance records are kept for
every lesson using the College electronic systems.
·        
Prepare and submit half-termly reports on students
with clear formative comments and targets as to how to improve work, by
deadlines given, and provide regular estimated grades and feedback on tests as
required.
·        
Set, evaluate, and mark promptly a range of
formative and summative assessments as appropriate for students including
placement tests, course work, homework, examinations in accordance with the
College Assessment and Marking Policy and procedures and to record marks and
grades on College systems as requested
·        
Complete associated and administrative tasks to
deadlines, as directed.
·        
Ensure lessons are in line with Schemes of Work and
their respective objectives, and that these are shared with students.
·        
Send feedback on materials, courses and lessons to
academic and other managers/colleagues as required.
·        
Develop materials and resources, implement, support
and/or lead in the production and improvement of Schemes of Work as
appropriate, and undertake other academic project work as directed.
·        
Provide work for supervised study when a student has
not completed assignments, notify Curriculum Director or relevant staff, and
ensure work is marked promptly.
2.
As a personal tutor:
·        
To induct students appropriately, to provide
academic advice, counselling, educational guidance, and tutorial support to
students, including individual learning plans as directed.
·        
Supervise students’ attendance and behaviour and
follow up as appropriate, in accordance with the College Behaviour and
Attendance policies.
·        
Encourage students to participate in all sports and
social activities.
·        
Approve Exeats, in line with college systems.
·        
Deal with student issues/emergencies as and when
they arise.
·        
Promote intercultural understanding and be flexible
to specific cultural needs of students
3.
General responsibilities:
·        
Significantly contribute towards the optimal
utilization of learning environments, e.g. Notice boards and displays to motivate
and inform students.
·        
Supervise and accompany students on excursions, as
appropriate, ensuring their safety and welfare at all times.
·        
Attend academic, departmental and College meetings
when required, and attend/deliver INSET sessions as directed. Part Time staff
are required to attend meetings and may claim payment at meetings rate to do
so.
·        
Adhere to the standards and procedures detailed in
the Staff and PT Handbooks and accompanying policies.
·        
Be aware of your responsibility to promote and
safeguard the welfare of children and young person’s you are responsible
for/come into contact with during your employment, and be fully aware of the
College Child Protection Policy.
·        
Participate in Performance Management scheme in line
with College policies and procedures.
·        
Adhere to all statutory regulations and to CATS
policies and procedures.
·        
Carry out any reasonable duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·        
The applicants should hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s
degree with a minor or major in Biology from a recognized University.
·        
At least a year of teaching experience.
Personal Competencies:
General: Is supportive
of the aims, ethos and mission statement of the College both inside and outside
the classroom.
Motivation:
·        
Is proactive rather than reactive in approach, and
can act on own initiative.
·        
Takes responsibility and ownership for work issues
and problems of a primary operational nature.
·        
Implements improvements to work processes and practices
within his/her remit.
·        
In conjunction with the Principal and other staff,
contribute to the establishment of best practices that can be shared across
CATS Colleges.
·        
Understands College goals and direction and brings
these to bear in teaching.
Drive:
·        
Is energetic, enthusiastic and demonstrates a
positive attitude.
·        
Committed to the role and to team / College.
·        
Gets things done through influence and fairness, rather
than by railroading others.
·        
Can confront and overcome obstacles to progress.
Intellect:
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Demonstrates good critical thinking skills to
understand student and staff issues.
·        
Can suggest and where appropriate implement
solutions appropriate to student and staff
·        
situations.
·        
Gathers facts and analyses situations in objective,
accurate and organized fashion.
Judgment:
·        
Can think and act rationally and maturely without
undue bias or reliance on emotional responses.
·        
Can weigh up information, issues and evidence and
draw balanced conclusions from such.
·        
Shows clearly that he/she is learning from
experience.
·        
Knows when to ask for support and advice from
colleagues.
Credibility
and Communication:
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Has appositive and professional relationships with
students, staff and parents/agents.
·        
Projects appropriate professional image.
·        
Speaks clearly, sensitively and persuasively when
interacting with internal personnel.
·        
Keeps line manager and team informed of progress or
difficulties.
·        
Share in promoting excellence in teaching; from
productive teamwork to the self monitoring and improvement of teaching
standards in school.
·        
Displays excellent listening and questioning skills.
Resilience:
·        
Can balance the normal demands or a range of work
and responsibilities without disruption to other team members or College staff.
·        
Can prioritize conflicting demands.
·        
Remains balanced, rational and tolerant in dealing with
others at all times.
Customer
Focus:
·        
Demonstrates a clear empathy with students and staff
and understands their needs.
·        
Shows awareness of issues pertaining to working in a
multi-cultural environment. Understands the demands of working within a
market-led organization.
Technical:
·        
Comfortable with use of Microsoft Office and other
applications.
·        
Good level of written and spoken English.
·        
Problem-solving abilities.
·        
Accuracy and time-keeping.
Teamwork:
·        
Has the confidence and respect of peers,
Departmental team and other College staff.
·        
Supports an open and supportive team climate.
Organization:
·        
Meets deadlines and is able to be flexible when
situations demand.
·        
Demonstrates a capability to balance competing
demands.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates should send a professional CV with a colored passport
photograph in the top right hand corner of the first page. Applications must
include your date of birth, nationality, marital status, number of dependents
and full contact details.
Remember to
include the email addresses of two professional references and send
applications to application@gisu.ac.ug
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